The family and friends of Michael Jackson are paying their final respects the late pop star in Los Angeles, Thursday. Jackson was interred at a cemetery where such Hollywood stars as Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were laid to rest. Mourners recalled Jackson's legacy, while questions remain over the singer's death.
The ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale will be private, unlike the public memorial nearly two months ago. Family members and friends will remember the singer for his talent and contributions to charitable causes.
Those close to the singer will celebrate a career that began when Jackson was a child and became the star of the family group The Jackson Five.
Jackson will be buried in an elaborate crypt in the ornate mausoleum, where the public is barred by tight security. Security is also tight on streets around the cemetery, which is closed for the day to the public. The Jackson family has offered to pay security costs to the city of Glendale, and a judge overseeing the Jackson estate has agreed.
The drama surrounding the star's death is still unfolding. Last week, the Los Angeles coroner's office called the signer's death a homicide, and the death certificate was amended to show death by another as the cause. Investigators attribute Jackson's cardiac arrest June 25 to an injection of the powerful anesthetic propofol and a sedative. Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray, has told detectives he gave the singer propofol and sedatives to help him sleep. No charges have been filed.
But the focus of the private interment service is the singer's life, through a spectacular career that had its up and downs, but lasted more than four decades.
It all ended in June, when the singer was about to attempt a comeback, and died suddenly at age 50.