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Jackson's estate to cover funeral costs

September 2, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
More than two months after his death, Michael Jackson will be laid to rest on Thursday.Wednesday, a judge approved a plan to have the singer's estate pay for his funeral.

Preparations are underway for the funeral and the Glendale Police Department has issued credentials to 500 members of the media from all over the world.

Public access to the service will be zero. Every street going into Forest Lawn Memorial Park will be closed all day Thursday and only invited guests will be able to get through police check points.

"We have what are called force multipliers," says Glendale Police Sergeant Tom Lorenz. "We call that our K-9 units, and we call that our air support units and we also have some undercovers."

The Jackson family is paying for all funeral expenses and much more.

In court today Judge Mitchell Beckloff authorized the estate of Michael Jackson to pick up the tab after he was assured there was enough cash to cover it.

The attorney for the estate called the figure, "extraordinary," and that Michael was extraordinary so the burial would be equal to him.

It was also revealed on Wednesday that twelve plots were being purchased at the cemetery.

Attorneys did not give a total figure for the extraordinary service, but the city of Glendale estimates that it will be upwards of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

Glendale Boulevard will be shutdown all day between San Fernando Road and Los Feliz on Thursday. Side streets will only be accessible to residents and business clients.

Fans are being told to not even try and come to Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Thursday.

"Law enforcement has closed the streets around it," Sergeant Lorenz said. "You won't be able to get near the park to see the park."

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