- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson, “the King of Pop,” will be buried on what would have been his 51st birthday, a spokesman for his family said Tuesday.

Mr. Jackson will be buried at a private ceremony at Forest Lawn-Glendale on Aug. 29, spokesman Ken Sunshine said in a statement. Guests will be limited to family and close friends, Mr. Sunshine said.

“The Jackson family once again wishes to express its gratitude to Michael’s fans around the world for their support during these difficult times,” the statement said.

Details about the ceremony and the whereabouts of Mr. Jackson’s body have been guarded tightly. The announcement came a day after the New York Daily News reported comments by Mr. Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, that his son would be buried on what would have been his birthday.

Mr. Sunshine said 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 re-creation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”

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

Forest Lawn spokesman Bill Martin said the cemetery does not comment on private funeral services or on steps that might be taken to handle fans who try to show up for the burial.

“We’ve handled high-profile services in the past,” Mr. Martin said.

He said the cemetery is on private property, and measures will be taken to discourage “loitering” on the day of Mr. Jackson’s service.

Also on Tuesday, Mr. Jackson’s personal physician, the target of a manslaughter investigation, posted a short video thanking his supporters.

The one-minute video, posted Tuesday on YouTube, is the first time Dr. Conrad Murray has spoken publicly since Mr. Jackson died.

Representatives for Dr. Murray said he has received death threats and has hired a bodyguard. In the video, he says he is afraid to return phone calls or use e-mail.

Dr. Murray thanked those who had reached out to him with messages of support and said, “I told the truth, and I have faith the truth will prevail.”

Dr. Murray is at the center of the manslaughter investigation because he was with Mr. Jackson the day he died and has acknowledged giving him various medications.

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