You can view Michael Jackson’s initial and incomplete death certificate at the link below:

Michael Jackson’s Death Certificate

The reason this is an initial and incomplete death certificate is that no place of final disposition is listed.

You will see the reference to Forest Lawn and that this is ‘temp’ or temporary.

Per California law, however, this is not a valid death certificate to permit burial or other disposition!

California Health and Safety Code Section 102875(a)(6) states that a death certificate must contain:

“Disposition of body information including signature and license number of embalmer if body embalmed or name of embalmer if affixed by attorney-in-fact; name of funeral director, or person acting as such; and date and place of interment or removal.”

Michael Jackson was embalmed even though this was also a coroner’s case. Some of the embalming information has been blacked out, but the embalmer’s license number has not been blacked out – # 8473.

According to the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau in Sacramento, embalming license number 8473 belongs to Jesus Miguel Ruiz.

No place of interment is listed. A ‘temp’ place could be a church. A ‘temporary’ location is not a proper location on a California death certificate.

California Health and Safety Code Section 7009 defines “Interment”:

“‘Interment’ means the disposition of human remains by entombment or burial in a cemetery or, in the case of cremated remains, by inurnment, placement or burial in a cemetery, or burial at sea [].”

“Temp” is not a valid disposition.

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109 Responses to “Michael Jackson’s Death Certificate”
  1. sophia qureshi says:

    i love you michael you truely was the king of pop may u rest in peace there will never be another like you, you are irreplacible. wish this was all a bad nightmare…love sophia

    • Jessica says:

      u wil truly b missed but never forgotten. U will always be the king of pop.

    • Hannah Seabolt says:

      Now I am his number 1 FAN!!!!

      • Hannah Seabolt says:

        I bought DIED when I heard on the news that our KING OF POP died he was like my role model and I have like every picture of him in my room and his hat and jacket and like every thang that he had and I went to his concert and then his stupid old doctor killed him. And if I was his family I would SUE that dumb doctor and. He just sent him up to heaven and I will pass every thing down 2 my kids some day cause I think every 1 should know about him!!!

        • bob smith says:

          oh get over it he has been dead for 1 year now.plus i am pretty sure that the family did SUE the doc … stop remorsing ovr him and get on with your life!!!

  2. Julie says:

    I cant even put into words how saddened I am..I grew up in Detroit so always loved motown music..I grew up with Michael Jackson and I cannot believe he is gone…I feel like a part of my child hood died on June 25…I always loved him and never believed all the bad things people would say about him or things that he supposedly did..Its all lies…It was very obvious that he was a good man and did alot for this world…I was so looking forward to his concerts and to see all the new stuff from him..Now we will never know..The doctors that were treating him should be ashamed of theirselves…It just makes me so mad..I could go on forever about that but what good would it do now..We lost Michael and we cant get him back…He is gone but will live on in all of us that loved him and loved his music..I will make sure that my grand kids know exactly who Michael Jackson is..Thank You Michael for all that you gave us and now may you rest in peace for eternity..You are so loved and so missed…God Bless!!!!!!!

  3. Michelle - United Kingdom says:

    I just want to say how I agree with Sophia and Julie who posted before me. I too have been deeply saddened and affected by this. I wish it was a bad nightmare too.
    I grew up with Motown music too and I really liked Michael Jackson. I don’t think it’s too difficult to see the humane and caring and loving person that Michael was. So gentle and humble. It is beyond my understanding why so many people wanted to and still seem to want to blacken his name.
    I can’t understand how this has happened. Whatever did happen to him that day? He needed to be here for the children he loved and who clearly loved him unconditionally.
    You are right that he has gone and can never be brought back to us.
    I just love watching videos on ‘You Tube’ of any shows or grammy awards he received or interviews he did. I also love to see him with the children.
    Maybe God felt that people had treated him badly for long enough.
    Michael – you are not alone and are truly missed and loved very much. This world is a much emptier place since we lost you.
    God bless and with love
    Michelle

  4. Sam (NZ) says:

    To the Jackson family, New Zealand is grieving without, although your loss was personal, the world lost a compasionate, humble, caring and gentle soul and we all pray he rests in peace, Kia Kaha (be strong) to all the media/press who made false and disgusting acusations against MJ, piss off you lifeless pricks, live your own life instead of harrassing the Jackson family. Long live the King-

    Sam, on behalf of New Zealand

    • Louis, london says:

      Say it as it is Sam (NZ). I am a grandmother and have watched, listened what has been said about Michael.
      He was persecuted by his so called (Family). Tito disowned him and hadnt spoken to michel for years. At his funeral he was so heartbroken, yeah right. His family are now “close to michael”? Its more like his wealth.
      I wont comment on his father, he is just a low life. There are things we will never know as to what did or didnt happen in michaels past. He had a loving heart that was abused. I personally dont give a flying fig about his “family” they helped to destroy the lad. He has 3 lovely children who adored him, the same way as he adored them, bless them.
      So all i will say is Godbless you michael may you have peace now.
      Louis, london, england

  5. marci says:

    Michael Jackson was the king of pop….He was bigger than Elvis….He was the only superstar that made a differences in children’s life….He was a hero to most kids in my generation..I will miss his music a great deal…I loved him for what and who he was and what he stood for…God bless your soul Michael….Will miss you….

  6. shawna knoble bills says:

    my grandma used to tell us stories about you because me and my sister was so in love with you. she told us that she only knew rebbie, and that she never had met you! me and my sisters didnt have a clue who rebbie was, until we got older and realized that you had an older sister. i know you have alot of fans, but if this message never gets read, just know i feel like a child with a crush ounce again! i know in my heart you were the best parent you could ever be! michael i know its hard for you to stay still when you here a beat, i so deeply love you,ill always miss you, but you will always be with me!
    shawna michelle knoble-bills

  7. michelle b says:

    I have always been a fan of michael jackson sence i was a lil girl and i will always love him and keep him in my heart for ever.

  8. caroline says:

    I grew up listening to the king of pop,and was so very sad to hear of his death how this to the man i looked most of the life.I remember learning the whole dance of thriller in my bedroom,it took me a whole year to get it right.As i sit here in my lounge listening to the essentail Michael jackson my heart is heavy with sadess,but he may be gone but in my heart and in the hearts of every single Michael fan.At least Michael is at peace so sleep tight to the king of pop i will keep you in my heart.

  9. Austin Makani says:

    Michael, You rest in peace. I pray for your soul. May they great memories of yours cherish the life of promising artists ahead.

  10. Olga says:

    I have loved Michael and his music since I was child.
    When he had HIStory tour in Munich, I wanted so much to go there and see him but I was just too young to go there on my own.
    I am very gratefull to Michael for showing me how English is nice language, it is not my mother´s language but thanks to Michael I learned it.
    Michael showed me answers to questions repeating in my mind such as Can we help to the world, animals, children and rainforests?
    He was thinking about it much longer before I did and showed me the way how we can help.
    His music went with me and my best friends through all my childhood and far.
    I always knew Michael is innocent and sweet helping person.
    So emphatic that many people are not even understand the level of love he felt to children and animals.
    I feel very sorry for his lovely children as I also lost my father verry suddenly with no expectation so I know the pain.
    I hope Katherine, Janet and the other will raise them good.
    No Joseph please, we everybody know how he treated Michael.
    If do not, just google and watch LIVING WITH MICHAEL JACKSON, where Michael speaks about ut.
    If doctor Murray really killed him, he must be punished.
    If Michael had any health problems than as his doctor he should have done anything possible to cure him and not to make him addict on drug, while imagine Michael still could have been here tears are coming to my eyes.
    Thank you Michael for everything you gave me.
    I will always love you.
    OLGA, from The Czech Republic

  11. Anne says:

    My husband and I live in Indiana. We went to Gary where the house the Jackson family lived in when Michael was little. They weren’t kidding when it was reported what a small house it was. There was still a makeshift memorial. The police had taped around the house, but you could go up to the house just short of the front steps. I had an old deck of Disney cards I tied with a gold ribbon and put it in a baggie (keep rain off, in case a kid might get to use them-know Michael would’ve liked that. I had those cards since I was about 4 and never knew what to do with them, I just kept holding onto them for some reason; now I know why. Anyway, I placed the deck and one Mickey Mouse card on the pile along with a card I made him. I had written a poem the day he passed away; the words just came tumbling out on the paper. I printed it out and glued it to the back, on the front I put a picture of Michael hugging Minnie Mouse. Inside I just stuck a little note about how I feel about him and his passing. I read the note to him and recited my poem to him while kneeling down by the memorial. Not many people there, but the ones who were were very polite and gave others “their time” at the memorial. I was “given” that precious time alone at the house and memorial when I read my note and poem to him. I could hardly get through it, I was just sobbing. Maybe because I want to beleve it, I felt like he was listening to me recite the poem to him. My poem was a “response” to his sad song “Childhood”. I don’t think I will ever get over him passing. Rest in peace dear sweet love.

  12. ishmael kgoete 4rm RSA says:

    machael i will always remember you and your music. may your soul rest in peace

  13. Anita says:

    I love Michael. This is a horrible nightmare. I know that he is in Heaven and God loves him so much. God made Michael a very special person. May he rest in peace. He is singing and dancing for God and the angels now. What a great loss we have suffered.

  14. Anita says:

    so, so sad.

  15. samir says:

    Rest in peace, dear Michael. We`ll love you forever.

  16. keymonei says:

    michale jackson will be missed

  17. Christine says:

    I love you Michael, I am really going to miss you. Michael was a very special and gifted person and he will always be remembered. There is a special place for him in my heart forever. RIP Micheal Jackson and I will always, always love you. My condolences goes out the the Jackson family

  18. Sharmaine Angton says:

    Hi Michael,
    I met you a long time ago. You’ve never met me and that’s ok. I’ve loved you since you were little, you and were both little at that time. I’ve followed your career, along with your family. I think you’re all great. I’m sorry the way things have turned out, you know all the harressment and everything. You know what exactly I mean. They were all wrong. They didn’t know you like I did, and what you really wanted. You see Michael, I want that kind of peace too. Pity on them, and their ways. I saw you when I was a young girl, long, long ago. You had so much excitement, you and your brothers, I was so happy back then. That feeling lives on inside of me everyday. I think of you all the time and now that you have passed on, I think of you more. I hope that you’re happy and ok up there. Oh Michael do you hear me, please don’t think that this is an obsession, it’s not. It’s just that one of the greats is gone. And I just think it was oh too soon. I will miss you Michael. I’m so sorry you didn’t have someone to reach out to, I would have helped you in any way that I could. But you rest now, and maybe one day we’ll meet and we won’t blame it on the sunshine, not even the moonlight, not even on the yellow light, we’ll just blame it on the boogey.

    I love you Mike, let God take care of you now.

    Love you always Sharmaine

    • zack says:

      i read this and it seems you were real close to him even though you only met him 1 time. but in my words mj is not dead. there is to much info out there and i think he is alive. me my mom and my nephew think he is. we have pulled up a lot on him and especially the death certificate. it was sighned be his sister not a doctor. all the doctore refused to sighn it. now to me that seems kind of weird and not even that. normally the hospital a person dies in wtites it down, well they didnt have his name or any records of michael at all. i think michael is alive and well. im not 100%sure but i am pretty sure and i ask all of you guys to agree with me on this. i think he is alive and if e is he is supposed to be coming back in 2010. the “this is it” movie is differant. michael has a lot of personaters espacially e-cassanova. he moves like him and talks like him. but in the 02 confrence i know that isnt him for a couple reasons. 1. he dosent know what to say or do. 2. he had to ask the man where the mic was. 3. his hand is all screwed up. 4. it lookes kind of like somebody is behind the certain in the back. i personally think he was at his own mamorial and funeral. i say that for a couple reasons also. 1. his cascet looked a little to cmall. 2. why wasent the cascet open. its a memorial/viewing. it is supposed to be open. i seen that and there is an old man in the crowd. this old manodly enough didnt have wrinkles and had a video camera. wore a black glove on his right hand. other than that the hair is a wig. you can clearly see that if you look closely. that is all i have to say for right now. thank you a lot for reading this and i hope you believe me and agree with me.

      • Cindy says:

        I too feel that he is alive. After doing a lot of digging around and reading lots of information that still keeps being posted, I fully believe he is alive. The impersonator at the 02 conference…teeth gave it away real fast along with a swagger that MJ never had. He walks with a smooth gate, not a (pardon the expression) street boy “bounce” while walking. I love Michael with all my heart and will keep doing the digging to find the truth I believe to be.. And that is that he is alive… Long live the true KING..

  19. Stephen says:

    i love you michael you truely was the king of pop may u rest in Venisancte .

  20. Mike says:

    WHERE’S LINK TO NEW DEATH CERTIFICATE DOWNLOAD?
    CHECK OUT HERE COMMENTS ON MJ’S GHOSTS, WOW! 7/2 RULES!

  21. Mike says:

    Y IS IT SO HARD FOR WEBMASTERE TO POST CORRECT CERTIFICATE, LAZY1!

  22. Donninger says:

    death certificate should say death caused by doc and self, indifference to m powerful opiates, sedatives, etc

  23. Martin C. says:

    Michael jackson..umm i love you and your music. i started listening to your music like when i was in the 9th grade(currently in the 11th)at RHHS. i was the only person at my school listenin to beat it, smooth criminal, and come together.i had to do a school project and they asked who was my favorite musician was and i said you. and people started crackin jokes and i said i was serious. but um every since you have died i listen to your music EVERYDAY!!!..so um i guess it is tue that you will live through your music because ima jam to your music FOREVER. bye.

  24. Ameena Adnan says:

    3 months ago you left us…too soon… we still need you…need the peace you so desperately tried to give to the world…need the innocence of your childhood…your children need thier daddy but the rest of us need you..you were taken from us all…too soon…There are people that made your life unbearable, but for me life is unbearable without you…your gift of music will be missed each day…may Allah keep you and give you peace in the grave…may we meet in paradise one sweet day love…Allah hafiz Michael…
    eternal fan;
    Ameena

  25. tracy king says:

    let me say that my life has been turn upside down since the passing of Michael Jackson. iam a woman of the world, meaning i take pride with what i have accomplished. Michael Jackson has transcended music, video, clothing, most of all PEOPLE. This man has touch every single corner of the world with his style, and grace, and music. There will never be another musical legend in our lifetime that has done what Michael Jackson has given us. i TRULEY BELIEVE IN MY HEART that this man was a gift. we did not appreciated him when he was here. i have three children, and everyday i step in my car the children say mommie please play M.J! WE start our day with prayer and also the music of M.J! i have never felt this way before about any other entertainer, but because he started at age 6 we grew up with michael jackson. i know he is in a better place now then here trap by his fame, and pressure from the media. we must know in our hearts that he gave all of himself to us. m.j live in butcharest!!!! check out that show! you cant tell me that he is the TRUE KING OF POP! i love you michael! we always will! love tracy king

  26. dominicjuanico says:

    I LOVE Michael Jackson SONG AND LOVE IS BEAT IT YOU ROCK MINE WORLD AND ITS IT COOL SONG

  27. dominicjuanico says:

    have loved Michael and his music since I was child.
    When he had HIStory tour in Munich, I wanted so much to go there and see him but I was just too young to go there on my own.
    I am very gratefull to Michael for showing me how English is nice language, it is not my mother´s language but thanks to Michael I learned it.
    Michael showed me answers to questions repeating in my mind such as Can we help to the world, animals, children and rainforests?
    He was thinking about it much longer before I did and showed me the way how we can help.
    His music went with me and my best friends through all my childhood and far.
    I always knew Michael is innocent and sweet helping person.
    So emphatic that many people are not even understand the level of love he felt to children and animals.
    I feel very sorry for his lovely children as I also lost my father verry suddenly with no expectation so I know the pain.
    I hope Katherine, Janet and the other will raise them good.
    No Joseph please, we everybody know how he treated Michael.
    If do not, just google and watch LIVING WITH MICHAEL JACKSON, where Michael speaks about ut.
    If doctor Murray really killed him, he must be punished.
    If Michael had any health problems than as his doctor he should have done anything possible to cure him and not to make him addict on drug, while imagine Michael still could have been here tears are coming to my eyes.
    Thank you Michael for everything you gave me.
    I will always love you.
    OLGA, from The Czech Republic

    I just want to say how I agree with Sophia and Julie who posted before me. I too have been deeply saddened and affected by this. I wish it was a bad nightmare too.
    I grew up with Motown music too and I really liked Michael Jackson. I don’t think it’s too difficult to see the humane and caring and loving person that Michael was. So gentle and humble. It is beyond my understanding why so many people wanted to and still seem to want to blacken his name.
    I can’t understand how this has happened. Whatever did happen to him that day? He needed to be here for the children he loved and who clearly loved him unconditionally.
    You are right that he has gone and can never be brought back to us.
    I just love watching videos on ‘You Tube’ of any shows or grammy awards he received or interviews he did. I also love to see him with the children.
    Maybe God felt that people had treated him badly for long enough.
    Michael – you are not alone and are truly missed and loved very much. This world is a much emptier place since we lost you.
    God bless and with love

  28. Paul S. Johnson says:

    The World did lose a tremendous bigger than life performer and human being. MJ seemed so delicate and kindly. He was about to be the biggest entertainer with the wildest stage set up in HIStory. I feel so sad that the British and the world missed out on the biggest musical come back EVER!!

    MJ, You are gone, so special, such a classic unique person, I love you and your music and I only wish this was a nightmare, but it’s not. Still, I feel that one day, we will see him again, and he will perform for the Lord.

    Long Live Michael Jackson!!! -Paul-

  29. Rajiv says:

    Michael, You Are A True HERO.

  30. Mahesh Gunalan says:

    Michael you’re the only one. There is noone who can even touch your place. MJ I LOVE YOU FOREVER. You will live in everyone’s forever as HERO.

  31. Lizzie says:

    Michael, i love you soo much. I miss you a bunch too. It’s been so many months since you’ve passed away. It’s terrible :( Whenever i think about it, it’s too much to handle. I just wanted to say that i love you a lot, and that you are such an amazing person. You’re music is my favorite and i love it. You will always be missed. You had such a great personality and you were so caring. Gone to soon </3
    I love you,
    Lizzie. Rest in peace.

  32. paola says:

    machael,
    if you are reading this…
    i had (always will) so much respect and love for you as an artist and person. while i understand that you do not know your fans, know that your fans saw your character, your person and felt your love. we know not only how talented you were but how caring you were. like all of us, you are so very special…you were one of the lucky few able to channel this to the world and make an impact on our lives for the best.
    i wish you eternal peace. i hope to see you on the other side…

  33. sc341 says:

    Dear Michael, I know you can’t read this but maybe someday Paris, Prince and Blanket might. I saw your sister Rebbie on television on the Today Show the other day and they showed some recent pictures of your 3 beautiful kids in their karate outfits. Prince (Michael Jr.) is getting so big and handsome now and Paris is a young lady. Blanket is growing up too. I cannot believe it’s been 10 months since you left this world. The world seems like a colder place without your presence. You had a great influence on my generation’s music. I watched you grow up from 1970 and still feels like such a loss that you are gone. Whenever I feel down and need some inspiration I listen to your music. I also love your Earth Poem. Your voice is so soothing to listen to as you recited that poem. Hope you are resting in peace.

  34. claire says:

    i always loved you mj you were my life you made me the happiest person your spirit lit up a room you were a gental giant who loved life and missed out on so much no one will ever understand you like a true fan they have to follow you to know in my heart i know what a wonderful human being you were a credit to this earth i will love you now as i did then you will always be with me that warm smile those beautiful eyes how would someone forget that and the gentalness of your music i hear it when i sleep and when i look at the stars i know you are there i love you mj you one in a million and i hope that when i die you be there to greet me you will stay with me forever

  35. shamar sellers says:

    Micheal Jackson is my moms and my idol i always listens to your music i miss you you will always be the kop (king of pop)

  36. tanechia says:

    To the jackson family I. Want the jackson family to. Know that we are all god children. I go to church every Sunday and and I pray and ask god to lift this family up and be strong. We all will meet. Him again micheal is always with us and I he is watching over every body. Smiling. God work in misterious ways. I love y’all. And if y’all need. Any thing. I am. Here.

  37. BobSaw.com says:

    Note that the cemetery address on the death certificate – 6300 Forest Lawn Drive – is NOT the address of Forest Lawn in Glendale where MJ rests, but of Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills.

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