Almost two months after the tragic death of Michael Jackson, the iconic music superstar will be finally laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA, on Wednesday. The private funeral for Jackson will begin at 7 p.m.
The body of Michael Jackson will be given a final resting place in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn, which also serves as the burial spot for numerous other Hollywood celebrities. Police and security in the area will be extremely heavy and authorities will be flying air patrols over the cemetery.
All the costs of these support services, estimated at up to $150,000, will be charged to Jackson’s estate. Parking on nearby streets will be closed off, some streets will be closed entirely, and traffic is expected to be heavily disrupted in the area around Forrest Lawn well into the evening.
Last week, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office officially declared Michael Jackson’s death a homicide by drug overdose. Jackson reportedly died from a lethal dose of the powerful sedative propofol in combination with a score of other prescription drugs. Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, has admitted to injecting the singer with propofol shortly before his death but has not yet been charged with any crime.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, aka “Dr. Death”, told Fox News correspondent Neil Cavuto that Michael Jackson “got what he wanted” from Dr. Conrad Murray and defended the physician’s actions.
Dr. Kevorkian said he does not believe Dr. Murray acted maliciously when he gave Michael Jackson the drugs he allegedly asked for. “Murder is defined as malice aforethought,” Kevorkian said in the interview. “Did he have that aforethought? I doubt it,” he said. “Maybe Jackson craved these things so much pestered the doctor until he got it.”