Michael Jackson

jackson3August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

I hesitated adding a post about Michael Jackson for one, simple reason: I have not personally visited his grave, nor do I see it happening any time soon.  He is interred within the halls of the most secure, private mausoleum in Los Angeles – and probably the whole country: The Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Glendale.

However, A) I didn’t feel right posting about Farrah without posting about Michael, given the close proximity of their deaths sort of bind them together forever. And B) His death and burial was the single, biggest celebrity death media spectacle this side of Elvis, so he sort of needs to be included.

So…Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana into an insanely talented family.  His life is fairly well-documented – child superstar, “King of Pop,” adored by millions, weird as hell, magical self-lightening skin, may have liked little boys a bit too much, etc – so, I’ll just start with his last day.  Jackson died of an alleged overdose of a powerful anesthesia that he should not have had access to. At the age of just 50, and on the cusp of an epic comeback concert series in London, it was the biggest celebrity death story in decades. His funeral details were drawn out for weeks.  He was finally buried at Forest Lawn, locked away from his legions of fans forever.  Good move, I guess <eyeroll>.


Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale, CA


Photo credit: Lisa Burks

Specific Location

Great Mausoleum, Holly Terrace, Sanctuary of Ascension (Private); under the Ascension Windows at the end of the corridor.


There is also a cenotaph memorial for MJ at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.

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