Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Michael Jackson Funeral and Memorial
In the end, the apocalyptic predictions of crowds running out of control, of pandemonium on the streets, of chaos on stage - like so much of the wild speculation that has poured out since Michael Jackson died 10 days ago - proved wide of the mark. He may have led a life that was increasingly eccentric and troubled in later years, but none of that dark side was on display today.
His final performance - from the gathering of LA crowds shortly before dawn, to a private memorial in a cemetery up in the Hollywood Hills, a motorcade through the streets of the city and culminating in a memorial led by preachers, singers and sportsmen - was as flawless and precision accurate as his teenaged singing had been or his legendary dancing in the 1980s.
For the family and friends of the stricken star, the day began well before 8am local time, when about 200 gathered at the Jackson parents' home in Encino. There too, fans had begun to coalesce, and were kept back, along with a mounting pile of flowers and cards, by police barricades.
Michael Jackson's casket, from Indiana. WTHR:
Michael Jackson will be buried in a gleaming gold and bronze custom-made, hand-polished casket from the Batesville Casket Company, which has been in business for 120 years. Workers say the coffin was shipped out Thursday night. It's called the Promethean, features a crushed velvet interior, and it cost $25,000.
Video of Paris seen here.
The most poignant moment...Jackson's youngest son Prince Michael II, known as Blanket, clutching a Michael Jackson doll during the services.
Michael Jackson, may he Rest in Peace.
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