Michael Jackson will be buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 3, 2009. Funeral services for family and friends will begin at 7 pm (Pacific).

There is no deadline in California requiring burial by a certain date after death.

Although there has been an unusually long-time since Michael Jackson’s death with no burial, this is an issue Michael’s parents need to agree upon, or eventually a court will.

As detailed on the page about who makes funeral arrangements, Michael Jackson’s parents are in full control of his burial.

If they cannot agree, then one can file a petition with the court for a judge to decide whose wishes (mother or father) will be followed so that Michael Jackson can be laid to rest.

There are, of course, several important considerations not common for the usual burial:

- Can Michael Jackson be buried in a place that will not be desecrated?

- Can Michael Jackson be buried in a place that will not be overrun for years with well-wishers?

- Should Michael be buried at Neverland, even though he indicated a personal desire never to return there after his criminal trial?

- What is the estate worth (both in cash and value of assets)? Then, the IRS estate / death tax will have to be determined. It is likely that the value of Michael Jackson’s assets will create a large tax bill that cannot be covered by cash, and that could require the sale of his assets (such as intellectual property and musical recordings) and that will reverberate in the future through lost yearly earnings for his family. This is important if Neverland, or another location, needs to be evaluated as a burial shrine, such as Graceland for Elvis, to enable a future flow of income.

- There is the criminal investigation surrounding Michael’s death. Final autopsy reports have not been provided. Since Michael Jackson’s body is, unfortunately, potential evidence in the ongoing investigation of this doctors, related issues could also delay his final burial.

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59 Responses to “When Will Michael Jackson Be Buried?”
  1. olga says:

    hey, just like to be sent a magazine of michael memories photos and tragic moments, when buried i hope not , he wanted to be freeze and years to come , come back and live anormal life, a chance to live again. he’s wishes you be made , life can be raised again , and man made can make it happen God gave them that knowledge, so be it, any way God decides who goes to heaven ………..not mankind we love you michael jackson no matter what. God bless you 1081 branson apt 1 , las cruces,nm 88001…..mail me a memories of michael jackson magzine thanks.

  2. SUE says:

    Michael you will always be in our hearts and we are going to deeply miss you. My kids love you so much. YOU ARE THE KING OF POP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now you can RIP. WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU

  3. DAVID 47 white man says:

    It was your dancing that got me from the Jackson 5 and your spin, to the moonwalk of the 80′s to this day I love to watch you dance oh yes the tunes are fresh as well. Rest in peace!

  4. MJ FAN says:

    MICHEAL NEEDS TO REST IN PEACE SO ALL THESE ####### TABLOIDS NEED TO GET A LIFE AND RESPECT MICHEAL JACKSON AS HE IS DEAD AND PEOPLE ARE STILL SHOCKED AND SUFEFRING A SERIOUS LOST

    RIP MJ

    • gLORIA says:

      Now that remark deserves two AMENS

    • Brionna says:

      I Think They Should Let Michael Rest In Peace Too!!..They Have Him On The Radio Or On TV All Dayy Everydayy..Dont Get Meh Wronq He Was The Best But Just Give Him A Break!!..
      *R.i.P MiCHAEL JACKSON*

  5. MJ FAN says:

    MICHEAL NEEDS TO REST IN PEACE SO ALL THESE ####### TABLOIDS NEED TO GET A LIFE AND RESPECT MICHEAL JACKSON AS HE IS DEAD AND PEOPLE ARE STILL SHOCKED AND SUFEFRING A SERIOUS LOST

    RIP MJ a true friend lost

    • trintrin says:

      U r so right. Michael is alive it is not like his children are dead too. Hear and see what u guys say. Let in R.I.P.

  6. MJ FAn 2 says:

    he was the greatest and will always be the greatest of music he will be forever the king of music RIP MJ YOU WERE GREAT AND THAT WILL NEVER GO AWAY

  7. Helena says:

    I feel sad that his body is not yet buried. I believe Michael wants to rest in peace now, despite the autopsy process or disagreement from the family of where he should be buried. He needs to rest in peace!

    Michael, you are in my prayers. We love you. Hope things are settled soon so you can rest in peace.

  8. cheyenne says:

    he’s mother should decied where to buried him i hope he will be buried soon i do really hope Paris is propmbley saying to the family when will my daddy be buried

  9. Roberta Pretsch says:

    I think that Michael should be with his muscial friends at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. He did not wish to return to Neverland. Don’t you think he has been threw enough there? His good friend Berry Gordy will be at Forest Lawn when it’s his time, so come on and let him rest in peace. He loved his fans, so put him where he can be visited, but can’t be gotten to. And it doesn’t matter if he has his brain or not. Just let him rest.

  10. MJ FAN says:

    will i am very sad that his body is not buried and he needs to buried and lay to rest in peace because in my whole life i never see any family do that to a family member and were his family wont him to be buried at i will be happy that he will be lay to rest and also he will be happy to because he had be lay to rest and Paris should tell her family when is my daddy going to be buried and i lave you Michael Jackson AND I MISS AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART

  11. dj paul says:

    macheal you did more for ur fans eveen me i lost a friend and my heart even the god fther of soul now u can reat in god hands my brother r.i.p we all love you kid and ur family with love and holpe you the man of love brother i lost my love of music and rob now i have nothing to dj for just pray and do it again just like u did in my heart alway love brother your brother dj.paul i’m from BAYTOWN TX

  12. richu says:

    Dear Mikaeel,
    I dnt know hw you got a place in my heart, I lov u very mch. Its too late,all fans pls agree with his decision. He liked to be according to islamic beliefs. If you all love Michael Jackson 100% true love, then pls agree him to be buried according to Islamic beliefs.
    Its the grace of Allah that he called MJ before his next stage performance,becoz accoording islam these dance and musics are prohibited. I’m sure that all of his sins and wrong doings forgave by ALLAH and he died with with a pure soul.
    I can guarantee u all fans that bury him according to Islamic beliefs and he will be safe and thats what he likes.

  13. pam says:

    I think Michael should get what he wanted which was for “every one to leave him alone” As Janet put it best he wasnt just an ICON he was FAMILY Its nobodys business where or how he is buried. I feel this is a private matter between his family and his children. S I P (Shine in Paradise) Michael. Always and forever “THE GREATEST ENTERTAINER IN THE WORLD!.

  14. Julie says:

    Not gone but changed, a soul returned to light that will burn in the sky forever!!!!!

  15. Julie says:

    R.I.P. Michael we love you so much!!!!

  16. Don_Zicco says:

    R.I.P. but i wnt to know u are for now……. my great fans and i love u so so much,infact u’ve change our life with ur music

  17. ImRaN_hUsSaIn says:

    dear michael.
    may allah bless u … rest in peace…we all love you…tahnks for entertaining us…

  18. Daelyn H. says:

    I just can’t believe this….A month later and still,I’m buying albums,books, magazines,pictures. It’s such a loss to me cause personally whe I saw him on screen-he always made me smile. Even wayy back in 1986′, I had the biggest crush on him and I had to have the BAD album cause he is soo cute!!!! I truly think of him every day, keep reaserching his life and time, and remember he is one spirit that will never die-in my heart anyway. He had a big, gigantic heart, and people like Micheal will never, ever be forgotten by his TRUE fans. R.I.P Micheal-I’m so sorry your gone, but you definatly change me for the better for my life through you incredible music. I love u!! :)

    • Michael fan forever says:

      Me and my 3 daughters will always love you and never forget either. Every year me and my very close friends celebrate MJ’s b-day, we play his music and dance to only his songs and his favorite one that he loves to listen to, like the song Smile by charlie Chaplin. I play his music day in and day out. I have dreams about him all the time. I and my daughters want to let his children know that their dad is not gone as long as we keep him in our hearts. Hang in there kids, you will see your dad again. RIP MJ

  19. mike says:

    mj ghost is real

  20. MJ says:

    mj was to leave for london on july 3, mj day july 2, michael jackson august 29 1958-2009!
    Ghost is real, no shadow can have its shadow, is transparent, all real!

  21. Sarah says:

    Michael Jackson was the most caring loving person on this planet. He inspired many people to go for their dreams and their was nothing wrong with him. He may have seemed weird to some, but to others, such as me, he was just not afraid to be himself. He had the kindest heart ever. And the tabloids and the press are still going on about that stupid molestation stuff, when people know darn well that he cared too much for children to even think about found anything to them. They just saw a very kind man, that some thought were strange, yet very kind, and took advantage of him for his money because they knew the public would believe all of it. Well I never did. He is the coolest person that has ever lived. Michael, you will forever and always be the king of pop. Your music will live on forever, as will you, in my heart. I love you! Rest in peace.

  22. 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 motherĀ“s language but thanks to Michael I learned it.
    Michael showed me answers to questions repeating in my mind round and round, 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 expectations 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, how ugly Joseph treated Michael, how he beated him …
    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

  23. Briana Chu says:

    I really loved Michael Jackson! He was the greatest guy ever born. When i had found out that he was dead and gone i screamed, cried for hours, and i wanted to be there at the staples center. But there was no way i could go. i didn’t have a ride, no money, nothing on me.
    And i had never seen one concert while he was still alive. Not one. All i could see of him is shows, music videos,magazine, and cds of michael jackson now.
    I’ve always wanted to meet him in person but i had lost my chance of doing that now. I prey every night for MJ. I’m in tears when i prey, when i feel pain that he’s gone. My heart aches everyday and every night. I have always loved Michael Jackson and he will always be within my heart and soul because he is the king of pop and the trust i feel between me and him. I had always felt some kind of connection to him, always. And i hope to one day that some day i can share my hopes, dreams, and my thoughts to his brothers. And my dream is for MJ his spirit and the rest of his family is to come to my hip hop and dance studio one day when i’m nineteen years old. And out of high school.
    I hope that day will come. Please take care MJ’s family.
    I love you all!

  24. Chucka-cann says:

    My dear friend Michael died many many years ago when he was burnt doing the pepsi commercial. He fell into a hole of drug abuse that erroded the Michael I knew & loved. He then started changing his appearance & skin colour, a true sign of a death & the hope of a re-birth. Michael was looking for himself and was financially able to do whatever he thought needed to make progress on his journey to self discovery. Unfortunately it was a journey of self distruction and now he has found out how he really is, a normal human being able to live & die.
    R.I.P. Michael

  25. Melony says:

    My heart and soul hurts from the lost of Michael.
    I had the two chance to enter Michael’s life back in 1985. But I was too scared to take that step.
    Now I look back and wonder if I had would if he let me in to his world?.
    Or would he have been too scare and untrusting to take that step also?
    We came face to face one day at his home , we just stared looking at each both scare too say anything to the other!.
    I think about that time in my life wonder what if?
    I miss you Michael and if I could have made a different in your life and my? I regret that still to this day.
    I love you miss you and pray God give you the love and peace you never got.

  26. MBONGOH ELVIS says:

    THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPENNED TO ME WAS MICHAEL BEING ALIVE.LISTENNING TO HIS INSPIRATIONAL TACKS WAS A FORM OF INCOURAGEMENT.UNFORTUNATELY DEATH DEPRIVED ME OF YOU. I HOPE I WILL ONE DAY FIND HAPINESS AGAIN.
    MICHAEL,I MISS YOU. YOU WERE INDEED THE KING OF POP.

  27. crisma says:

    dear jacksons

    Iknow it was hard for u that michael died but keep your heads up. i just wanna say thanks for everything because if it wasnt for joe jackson michael jackson won’t be here so keep all heads up ok and anotherthing i am a big fan of all michael,janet,and the jacksons i love all yall

    love always jacksons

  28. cindy says:

    YOUR THE BEST

  29. Chinedu says:

    No body have given me a particura date that micheal will be buried someBODY should sent me MASSAGE ON WHEN HE will BE BURID MY EMAIL IS EDUSON2000@YAHOO.COM

  30. Peter Obiora says:

    Michael I love you, each day that passes I feel guilty of your death. As a matter of fact, I never realised your importance to this world until your death, not only in entertainment, but in all aspects of life. Please Michael forgive me for all the evil I have done to you by not appreciating you when you were alive. Now what I am going to do? live with regrets all my life? GOD PLEASE LET MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON SIT AT YOUR RIGHT HAND IN HEAVEN, THEN I WILL FOREVER BE HAPPY.

    • Vanessa says:

      I totally agree with you. I didnt realize how important he was in my life until we lost him and that i should have appreacted when he was alive but i have always loved him.

  31. doodie says:

    No no, he is alive. They found him in the woods. Then the video taper got it!!!!

    http://doodiepants.com/2009/08/27/michael-jackson-is-alive-and-well/

  32. Felix says:

    when he will be burial

  33. taylorrae bryant mcbridde says:

    michael jackson was burried on saturday the 29th of august 2009 you idiots the family didnt say anything kozu stupid ameicans are stupid and will try un burry him durrr
    new zealand for life

  34. taylorrae bryant mcbridde says:

    any way happy bday 4 saturday the 29th

  35. mjzgal says:

    PLEASE PRESSURE ABCNEWS TO REMOVE MARTIN BASHIR FROM THEIR NIGHTLINE TELECAST. HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN REWARDED WITH THAT SHOW AFTER WHAT HE DID TO MJ. IT WAS HE WHO USED AND MANIPULATED MIKE INTO THAT INTERVIEW THAT SET THE STAGE FOR MJ’S FALL. BASHIR IS A SNAKE. WRITE ABCNEWS AND PROTEST FOR MICHAEL’S SAKE.

  36. Vanessa says:

    Thank you so much Michael for your insperation and for sharing it with the world, you are now andwill forever be the greatest artist that has ever lived no one will ever be able to replace you. May you rest in peace and keep on smiling.I love you so much Michaeland I will miss you deeply.

  37. Michael fan forever says:

    This is to everybody who has responed to this site, just remember his song “You are not alone” there are alot like you and me who miss him and love him forever. Until it is time for us to meet with him and the father of our heavenlly world that he has created for us. When it is our time we will be reunited with the king of pop. I look at it as that God needed to be entertained. for MJ will always be the king of pop.

  38. rucaisan says:

    The King of Pop, Michael Jackson and his legacy will live on forever.

    Thank you for all your music, the dance moves, the love, the care, and the thoughts.

    We love you and miss you so much Michael!

    May God bless you and keep you forever. R.I.P.

  39. hikari says:

    i love u mj!!as long as i live u’r in my heart i always remember you.thank you for all the smile,for the love,yore music that lives forever and no one can dance like Michael jacson. For The Only King Of Pop MICHAEL JACSON I miss you so much R.I.P

  40. joe says:

    certainly long overdue!

  41. joe says:

    interesting to note, (check michaeljackson ghost here) he died on thursday buried on thursday

  42. Nick says:

    Rest in Peace (R.I.P) Michael Jackson You Will always be the king of pop god bless u michael

  43. cecilia says:

    He is a man of heart,love,caring…………..but GOD have given and he will take it again. He lives good memories and hope people in this world is to unite, no more fighting, no wars and to love………HEAL THE WORLD.

    May your soul rest in peace.
    rip……mj

  44. lisa says:

    i hope YOU ARE RESTING IN PEACE WEREEVER YOU ARE AND YOUR FANS WILL NEVER FORGOT YOU

  45. Jada says:

    i love michael!!!! u will always be in my heart

  46. melvyn says:

    i love u micheal i hope u can rest in peace

  47. trintrin says:

    Michael Jackson is still the King Of Pop. His kids still need all the support they can get. So, shut up about their father. Show some respect. We still love him.

  48. michael sears says:

    he is a life singers i am sorry he losted life died 3 years go.

  49. michael sears says:

    i like a michael jackson he was singer to me i was lived at the miami fl 3 years gos he was died i am sorry losted is life happy smile aloha to mahalo.by the michael sears,

  50. michael sears says:

    3 under a rounted heaven with a god father with the jeus is lord te michael jackson life singers .mahalo

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