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Michael Jackson to be buried in Glendale

August 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Michael Jackson will be buried at Forest Lawn in Glendale, according to a statement released by a Jackson family spokesman.The funeral will be on Saturday and will be limited to family and close friends.

Jackson's father Joe had earlier said his son would be buried on his 51st birthday, which falls on Saturday.

The family again expressed gratitude to fans around the world for their support.

Details about the ceremony and the whereabouts of Jackson's body have been tightly guarded.

Jackson will be buried on the Holly Terrace at the cemetery's Great Mausoleum. The cemetery's Web site describes the mausoleum as featuring replicas of works by Michelangelo. It also features a stained glass recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper."

The cemetery is located in the city of Glendale, which is about 8 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. It is a different location from the Hollywood Hills cemetery where Jackson's family was seen gathering days after his death on June 25.

Many Hollywood celebrities were buried at the Glendale Forest Lawn, including Sammy Davis Jr. and Dorothy Dandridge.

How will the facility accommodate the hoards of fans that will want to visit in the years to come?

"Forest Lawn has been around for more than 100 years. It has always been able to maintain high standards for privacy," said Bill Martin from Forest Lawn in a statement.

"If we find visitors acting inappropriately, they will be asked to leave. That has always been our policy."

In the meantime, Jackson's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray is speaking out on YouTube.

Murray is the focus of a manslaughter investigation, but there may not be evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

"I want to thank all of my patients and friends who have sent such kind e-mails, letters, and messages to let me know of your support and prayers for me and my family. Because of all that is going on. I am afraid to return phone calls or use my e-mail. Therefore, I recorded this video to let all of you know that I have been receiving your messages. I have not been able to thank you personally which as you know is not normal for me. Your messages give me strength and courage and keep me going. They mean the world to me," he says in the video.

"Please don't worry. As long as I keep God in my heart and you in my life I will be fine. I have done all I could do. I told the truth and I have faith. The truth will prevail. God bless you and thank you."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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