Michael Jackson burial delayed by money

2012-10-05 18:15
Los Angeles - Michael Jackson's burial was delayed for three months in a row over money.

The Thriller singer died in June 2009 from acute Propofol intoxication but wasn't laid to rest in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles until 3 September because his sister Janet Jackson paid a $40 000 deposit to secure the spot but wouldn't let the burial go ahead until she was paid back.

In his new book Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson, author Randall Sullivan writes: "Michael's burial had been delayed by wrangling between Janet and the estate, on the one hand and Janet and her family on the other hand.

"As the only living Jackson with money of her own, Janet had put up the $40 000 deposit at Forest Lawn to secure the burial spot for Michael in the marble Sanctuary of the Ascension. She had refused to let the funeral take place until the money was repaid."

Janet had reportedly grown "frugal" after her 2000 divorce in which her former husband Rene Elizondo "reportedly walked away with $15m, a five-bedroom beach house in Malibu, and a piece of her song royalties."


  • allan.mccabe - 2012-10-05 19:31

    Couldn't be bothered, don't like her or her music.

      brandon.penny.10 - 2012-10-05 19:45

      its not about her and her music, its about total tabloid BS, and it seems that people simply believe what they are reading and take it as something relevant and factual.

  • brandon.penny.10 - 2012-10-05 19:41

    From ROGER FRIEDMAN/showbiz411.com: The new Michael Jackson book excerpted in Vanity Fair looks like a clip job. As well, author Randall Sullivan seems to have depended on the most questionable of the Jackson so called “insiders” as his sources. They include Brian Oxman, who was never Michael’s lawyer, was fired by Tom Mesereau during the 2005 criminal case, and is now disbarred finally after many sanctions by the CB; Howard Mann, a Toronto online gaming entrepreneur; and Tohme Tohme, Michael’s short-lived manager. No one I’ve talked to associated with the Jackson estate, or the real “inner circle” has spoken to Sullivan. His book is being published by Grove Press, which sold the rights to Vanity Fair. The magazine can’t know that Sullivan’s sources are highly suspect, or that much of the material they’ve got from him comes other sources including this column. Sullivan never covered Jackson during his life, wasn’t around during his trial or its aftermath, but now pitches himself as an expert. Sullivan also seems to be, at least in the Vanity Fair excerpt, on the side of the Will-doubters. This is the group that thinks Michael Jackson’s Will was forged or invented. I liken them to the Obama birthers. Sullivan cites this column toward the end of his excerpt in the new Vanity Fair, but really–most of the stuff in this story comes from other places. It’s a clip job. I suspect his book will be much the same. Look for the fingerprints of other disgruntled ex-Jacksonians.

  • brandon.penny.10 - 2012-10-05 19:43

    PLUS I’m getting a lot of calls about the Michael Jackson story in Vanity Fair, which is an excerpt of a book by Randall Sullivan. Sullivan long ago wrote the unimpressive story of the Billionaire Boys Club. Now he’s back. Anyway: Sullivan says in his piece that Michael Jackson’s funeral was delayed because of financial wrangling between his estate and Janet Jackson over who was going to pay for everything. his is incorrect. I know it, and the people who have called in know it. Indeed, the estate paid for everything including the Staples Center memorial blockbuster, a $100,000 party that followed in a hotel, and the eventual funeral at Forest Lawn. For the Staples Center extravaganza, AEG Live kicked in. The funeral was delayed over wrangling among family members and Colony Capital about whether Michael should be buried at Forest Lawn or at Neverland. This went on for weeks. Also, Sullivan–at least in this excerpt– jumps right over the Staples Center deal where Janet pushed Paris Jackson forward to speak, where Louis Farrakhan sat in the row in front of me, and that big party that followed. There is also no mention of Joe Jackson bringing a Michael Jackson impersonator to the BET Awards four days after Michael died. That’s because Sullivan wasn’t there, and doesn’t know what he was talking about. More on showbiz411.com

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