Jackson's 51st birthday to be his burial day: family

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 18, 2009 at 3:11 PM EST

Michael Jackson will be buried on August 29, the day the King of Pop would have turned 51, his family said in a statement on Tuesday.

The private ceremony -- more than two months after his June 25 death from heart failure -- will take place in Los Angeles and "will be limited to family and close friends" the statement said.

"Michael Jackson will be laid to rest at Holly Terrace in the Grand Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale (California) on Saturday, August 29, 2009, at 10:00 am (1700 GMT)."

The announcement came as investigators said they were still weeks away from reaching a conclusion explaining how Jackson died, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Authorities are investigating whether prescription drugs played a role in the death of Jackson, 50, and have focused on the role played by his personal physician Conrad Murray.

Murray was present at the time Jackson died and reportedly has admitted prescribing powerful anesthetics to his world-famous client.

On Monday Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, 80, told AFP of plans for the birthday burial, but said that he could not say which family members would be present.

Speaking in Las Vegas, Joe Jackson said he plans to return to the city immediately after the burial service to attend a charity fundraiser in the famed Palms Casino Resort.

The event, "Las Vegas Celebrates The Music of Michael Jackson," is to showcase Las Vegas Strip entertainers singing hits made famous by the pop icon.

Later that day, the Jackson family patriarch is to receive a celebrity star in his late son's honor from the Brenden Theatres, a cinema at the Palms frequented by Jackson and his children.

The theater also has planned a charity screening of the 1988 film "Moonwalker," a feature film of Jackson concert footage and music video clips, with proceeds going to public school music education programs in Las Vegas.




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