19 August 2009
Michael Jackson is to be buried on August 29th, his 51st birthday, in a cemetery in Los Angeles where other celebrities are laid. Well wishers have planned parties on the same date.
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Michael Jackson will be laid to rest at the Forest Lawn Glendale Cemetery, north of downtown Los Angeles. It's a place that guards closely the identities of other celebrity residents but it's reported Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn and Clark Gable are buried there, some in private locked gardens. The event will take place on August 29th, the day Jackson would have turned 51.
Some fans are planning parties on the same day to celebrate his life and music, among them film director Spike Lee who worked on the video for the Jackson hit They Don't Care About Us.
By the time he is buried it will be more than two months since Michael Jackson died. The whereabouts of his body have been kept secret.
Meanwhile police are still investigating his death and have focussed on doctors who treated him to find out what drugs were in his system.
By contrast to the spectacle of his life and death, Michael Jackson's funeral is planned as a private ceremony for family and close friends but it's bound to attract a huge amount of interest.
Rajesh Mirchandani, BBC News, Los Angeles
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- laid to rest
buried, his dead body will be put in the ground and covered with earth
place where dead bodies are buried
- guards closely
- identities of other celebrity residents
names of other famous people who are buried in the cemetery
- turned 51
become 51 years old
something (for example, a film, a play or here, a song) that is very popular and successful
- focussed on
concentrated on, gave a lot of attention to
here, blood stream or body
- spectacle of his life
his life was very unusual and attracted a lot of interest from other people
- bound to