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Jackson to be buried on 51st birthday

By Associated Press
August 19, 2009

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LOS ANGELES - Pop icon Michael Jackson will be buried on what would have been his 51st birthday, a spokesman for the Jackson family said yesterday.

The private ceremony will be at Forest Lawn-Glendale on Aug. 29, spokesman Ken Sunshine said in a statement.

Guests will be limited to family and close friends, Sunshine said.

Details about the ceremony and the whereabouts of Jackson’s body have been tightly guarded. The announcement came a day after the New York Daily News reported comments by Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, that his son would be buried on what would have been his birthday.

Sunshine said Michael Jackson will be buried on the Holly Terrace at the cemetery’s Great Mausoleum. The cemetery’s website describes the mausoleum as featuring replicas of works by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.

The cemetery is located in the city of Glendale, which is about 8 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. It is a different location from the Hollywood Hills cemetery where Jackson’s family was seen gathering days after his death on June 25.

Forest Lawn spokesman Bill Martin said the cemetery does not comment on private funeral services or on steps that might be taken to handle fans who try to show up for the burial.

“We’ve handled high-profile services in the past,’’ Martin said.

He said measures will be taken to discourage loitering on the day of Jackson’s service.

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