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Jackson Estate to Pay for Burial Costs

9/2/2009 1:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A judge just granted Katherine Jackson's request to have Michael's estate pay for the cost of the singer's burial.

Jeryll Cohen -- a lawyer for the special administrators of Jackson's estate -- said in court today that the expenses for Michael's burial on Thursday are "extraordinary."

But Cohen also said this isn't your run-of-the-mill burial ... and that the administrators "understand and appreciate" the scale of the event.

Jackson will be buried tomorrow in The Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA.


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61.

InPerspective    

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Greetings from Dot number 7698 :)

DAH

1843 days ago
62.

Missed Oppurtunity    

I think the family is making a HUGE mistake by not turning Neverland Ranch into a "Graceland" type of situation. Think how much money his estate could bring in. The number would be more than the Gross National Product of a small country.

1843 days ago
63.

Hmmmmm    

There’s a better than even chance that Dr. Conrad Murray may go to prison for the death of Michael Jackson. He was the physician in attendance at the time of death of the pop icon, and admitted injecting Jackson with the powerful anesthetic propofol in the hours before his death. But does that mean Murray is responsible for the superstar’s demise? Somehow I doubt there will be a groundswell of public or prosecutorial sentiment to pin what is now being called a homicide on Murray … and for good reason.

Like Anna Nicole Smith and Elvis before him, the combination of wealth and celebrity proved Jackson’s undoing. Both fame and fortune were heaped on them — as we continue to do to others — by an adoring and uncritical public in amounts they were ill-equipped to handle. In the end, no one could just say “no” to their unrelenting demands as they attempted to simply escape their brutal realities … if only for eight hours at a time.

More than a homicide, Jackson’s death — along with those of Jimi and Janice — is another case of celebrity “accidental suicide.”

No one was ever able to stop poor Michael from going too far. Family members (or others with influence in his life) should have tried harder to restrain him from additional face-altering surgeries and skin lightening treatments 20 years ago, but who could tell him “stop, enough” and enforce it? It certainly wasn’t going to be his dermatologist, who seemingly was getting filthy rich off of just one client, nor, obviously, any of the other members of his ever-changing entourage of sycophants.

The more Jackson attempted to look like a white person, the more white persons loved and adored him for the effort. How could he stop in the face of such validation? His tortured contortions to be someone else confirmed some whites’ secret sense of superiority and entitlement: White is right.

Skin cream companies make small fortunes selling bleaching creams to the world’s darker populations, and Michael Jackson was living proof of the rightness — actually it’s a sickness — of the quest by some to inhabit a fairer skin than the one they were born with. It isn’t a mere coincidence that every indigenous group of people anywhere in the world who pray to a God of another skin color is either poor or enslaved … and oftentimes both.

Trapped in the living hell of the bubble that those we confer superstardom on have to inhabit, Jackson, like others before him, sought relief via the wonderful, magical, and seemingly easy world of pharmacology. If you, gentle reader, sleep well at night … thank your lucky stars; blissful, untroubled sleep is just one of the tradeoffs celebrity demands. As more is reveled regarding our so-called “war on terror” we’re learning that sleep deprivation is tantamount to (alas, a form of) torture.

We erect human idols so that we can vicariously feed off of them. They satisfy a hunger within us to, on the one hand to be like them, while at the same instance wanting to devour them alive. If Jackson had ever dared to leap into the crowd at one of his live performances he would have quite literally been torn limb from limb.

Tormented by a burden too heavy for any mortal to carry, Jackson’s life devolved into a world of drugs on top of other drugs. Yes, the pain he was experiencing (caused by a years ago performance accident) was real — but others have had to learn how to successfully manage and live with pain; it sometimes goes with being human.

But Jackson, empowered by his wealth, and the slavish desire of everyone around him to fulfill his every god-like demand, couldn’t take “no” for an answer. If Dr. Murray had declined Jackson’s insistence for more and more medication he would have simply been replaced by a doctor who would willingly acquiesce to such demands. That’s what man-child gods come to expect: Obsequence.

So, who really killed Michael Jackson? With our fawning worship of the cult of celebrity, our ever-lowering of the standards of what we deem as acceptable behavior, and our childlike embracing of spectacle over substance in our daily lives … we all did. And the sickest part is … the culture we’ve erected and so mindlessly embrace makes us serial killers: We will strike again when given the opportunity …whenever the next superstar weakens just a bit and begins to fall from orbit, or from grace. Just watch.

1843 days ago
64.

Cali MJ Fan    

YO... TMZ... YOU MISSED THIS part of the court hearing....

The REAL reason the expenses are soooo high....
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h9a7kycTsBsS5YVilTVuapWmQ4JgD9AFAO4O0 (read the whole thing)

Quoting the AP:
"Few details about the service have been disclosed. Cohen said during the hearing that part of the reason it was

EMPHASIS HERE so expensive was because 12 burial spaces were being bought.EMPHASIS HERE

Beckloff said normally, costs of a funeral would be paid by the estate after the service. But Jackson's family couldn't afford to pay the costs upfront and wait for reimbursement."


JACKSONS HAVE NOOOOO CLASS!!! Michael is now paying for them ALL to have famous plots! WTF!!!!

1843 days ago
65.

janalal4    

I heard the same thing about a live broadcast on Hollywood 411-Tv Guide network. This was last night & the host of the show said, "Join us here Sept. 3rd where we will bring the broadcast live." I don't know what the hell is going on here. I don't buy it yet because I don't see anything about it on the net but who knows. It'd be just like the Jacksons. P.S. I WANT MY DOT!! lol!

1843 days ago
66.

Utohhh    

...Im so upset. When Michael first passed away, Why couldn't fans view his body at a public place with tight security, Its not like they paying for A THING ANYWAYS.... They had this done for James Brown, Ted Kennedy, And of other celebrity Deaths. The Jacksons, who said the burial will be private, who is has went to the estate to pay for $150,000 burial, which should have been paid for by them since they NEVER PAID FOR ANYTHING, will now have his burial broadcasted on tv for all to see, after they were PAID for this issue also. The Jacksons are something else. I say boycott the remaining Jacksons too the end...Why couldn't somebody say NO to these people, they don't pay for NOTHINGGGG.

1843 days ago
67.

InPerspective    


"EMPHASIS HERE so expensive was because 12 burial spaces were being bought.EMPHASIS HERE"

Oh. Dear.

I fully expect a huge furor to arise from this disclosure. I'm not quite sure how I feel about it either.

Not sure at all.

Then again, I'm not liking this as an internment place for MJ to begin with so that may well be clouding my judgement here.

DAH

1843 days ago
68.

mimi    

bless your soul michael. i love and miss you. i can't believe this has all happened. i feel sick, we shouldn't be talking about a funeral.

i'm glad the estate is helping out

1843 days ago
69.

InPerspective    

"P.S. I WANT MY DOT!! lol!"

Go get it! Easy procedure. I think this is an interesting memorial. Looking forward to seeing the finished picture.

Signed:

Dot 7698 :)

1843 days ago
70.

Irene    

Does anybody know at what time the burial will be???

1843 days ago
71.

LuvMJbad    

Wow it's about time that they finaly give him his resting place. Sitting here listening to Earth Song and MJ sings the line "I used to dream" and WHAM ~ the tears started flowing!!!! I still cannot believe that he is gone, taken from his children and his fans who truly love him more (I believe) than his own flesh and blood. He wanted to fix this world so bad, gave so much time, money, blood, sweat and tears to try and do so and this is how he gets treated??? It's only (using that lighly) 10 weeks later they decide to bury him and wait for the day before to go to court to see if his estate will pay for it????? What if the judge had said no? MJ would stay forever waiting for his family to "scrape" up the money...... RIP Sweet Prince. I've been a fan for 30 years and will be until I take my last breath. Missing MJ more everyday.

1843 days ago
72.

Michael Jackson    

To be more exact, MJ will be laid to rest near Walt Disney's ashes. Walt Disney was cremated and the ashes were buried.

1843 days ago
73.

Cali MJ Fan    

MICHAEL IS PAYING FOR 12 PLOTS AT FOREST LAWN..... WTF !?!?!?!

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h9a7kycTsBsS5YVilTVuapWmQ4JgD9AFAO4O0 (read the whole thing)

Quoting the AP:
"Few details about the service have been disclosed. Cohen said during the hearing that part of the reason it was...

****EMPHASIS HERE****
so expensive was because 12 burial spaces were being bought.
****EMPHASIS HERE****

Beckloff said normally, costs of a funeral would be paid by the estate after the service. But Jackson's family couldn't afford to pay the costs upfront and wait for reimbursement."

JACKSONS HAVE NOOOOO CLASS!!! Michael is now paying for them ALL to have famous plots! WTF!!!!

MICHAEL IS PAYING FOR 12 PLOTS AT FOREST LAWN..... WTF !?!?!?!
MICHAEL IS PAYING FOR 12 PLOTS AT FOREST LAWN..... WTF !?!?!?!
MICHAEL IS PAYING FOR 12 PLOTS AT FOREST LAWN..... WTF !?!?!?!
MICHAEL IS PAYING FOR 12 PLOTS AT FOREST LAWN..... WTF !?!?!?!

Sorry.. I knew there was a reason this was ridiculous! Like Michael would want his family buried WITH him. Just ridiculous! Tacky Tasteless Greedy Unbelievable.

1843 days ago
74.

Utohhh    

IM so upset right now. I can't believe Michael has to pay for his own burial. That is crazy. Why couldn't the family keep this out of court and come up with the cash and pay for his burial themselves. Its all about the money to the end with these people. First they said the service will be private, but now since they got PAID, His burial service will be broadcasted all over TELEVISION for the world to see. What I dont understand is, Why Fans couldn't pay there respects AT ALL IN PERSON, like previous celebrities that passed were allowed to? Since Fans weren't allowed at is private funeral, they SHOULD have atleast been allowed at his burial, SINCE THE JACKSONS AREN'T COMING OUT OF POCKET FOR THE EXTRA POLICE PROTECTION AND THE TYTE SECURITY.

Everything with them is bullcrap. I HATE ALL THE REMAINING JACKSON...

1843 days ago
75.

MJ    

MICHAEL
If tears could build a stairway,
And memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to Heaven
And bring you home again.

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of his hand

MICHAEL you came into our lives
and leave footprints on our hearts
and we are never ever the same.

Your fans will never let you fade Away.

1843 days ago
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