Michael Jackson’s family’s decision to encase his body in concrete explained
Michael Jackson's family were so concerned about his body after his death that they decided to have his coffin entombed in concrete.
It is ten years since the death of Jackson, who was at the time labelled the 'King of Pop'.
His reputation has been tarnished somewhat by allegations of child abuse, many of which were included in the Leaving Neverland documentary.
After his death, there was an outpouring of grief and Jackson's family went to great lengths to ensure his body was preserved.
Jackson was buried in full stage costume, along with items from his life in music including his iconic white gloves.
He was going to be laid-to-rest in a gold coffin and his family were so concerned about grave robbers and looters, they made the decision to encase the coffin in concrete before he was buried.
Jackson’s brother Marlon revealed that the children -Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Blanket, seven at the time of the funeral – wrote “Daddy we love you, we miss you” on notes which were placed in his coffin.
Marlon said that Jackson's casket cost £18,000 and the singer was fitted with a special wig to give him flowing shoulder-length hair.
And a make-up artist painted his face to ensure he is buried as if he was taking to the stage for his last bow.
CCTV cameras linked to sensors were then installed, which will activate an alarm to warn security guards of any would-be trespassers at the grave.
Marlon, 52, said at the time: “This will be Michael’s final curtain call – the last show. His shell will be gone but his spirit lives on.”
Jackson is buried in Holly Terrace Grand Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park, five miles from Hollywood in North Los Angeles, alongside stars including Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable.
The cemetery is closed to the public and is surrounded by high walls and anyone visiting has to show ID.
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