Aug 17, 2009

Michael Jackson funeral and burial set for 51st birthday

MICHAEL Jackson will finally be laid to rest on August 29, the day the King of Pop would have turned 51.

His father Joe Jackson, 80, said the birthday burial at Los Angeles' Forest Lawn Cemetery would be a private event, although he could not say which family members would be present.

The singing star's interment is to be held more than two months after his June 25 death from heart failure.

Authorities are investigating whether prescription drugs played a role in death the death of Jackson, 50, and have focused on the role played by his personal physician Conrad Murray.

Dr Murray was present at the time Jackson died and reportedly has admitted prescribing powerful anaesthetics to his world-famous client.

Joe Jackson, who spoke from Las Vegas, said he planned to return to the city immediately after the burial service to attend a charity fundraiser in the famed Palms Casino Resort.

The event, Las Vegas Celebrates The Music of Michael Jackson, is to showcase Las Vegas Strip entertainers singing hits made famous by the pop icon.

A new released video of MJ's children:

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