Michael Jackson to be buried without brain

July 9, 2009 by  
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Michael Jackson was buried on Tuesday in Los Angeles without his brain, or at least part of it. Coroners had decided to keep part of the singer’s brain in order to run further tests to determine the cause of death, which has yet to be established.

Jackson died from an apparent coronary on June 25, and while his body was released to the family the following day his brain was not. And the organ may not be returned for several weeks as examiners wait for it to “harden” before they can conduct tests.

Forensic neuropathologists will slice the brain into thin segments to see if the pop icon had suffered from any diseases or engaged in drug or alcohol abuse. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said, “The redacted death certificate is now available for purchase from the Department of Public Health,” and said applications could be made at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles.

Thousands turned out for the memorial service at the Staples Center where the singer had been rehearsing for his scheduled concerts in London prior to his death. Earlier in the day the family had attended a private ceremony. But the main event drew the strongest interest with saturation coverage on television networks and fans trying to get a glimpse of the singer’s golden coffin.

Hundreds also gathered outside the singer’s home at Neverland but were somewhat outnumbered by media and vendors selling T-shirts. One attendee described the spectacle as being “more like a circus than a funeral.” As the media circus packed its bags, the real circus, that of the Barnum and Bailey Circus was unpacking at the Staples Center for a performance due to start Wednesday.

The final resting place for the pop icon has still not been decided with family members seeking permission to have him buried at Neverland, Michael Jackson’s home for the last 21 years.

Because the burial permit was filed in Los Angeles County and not Santa Barbara, the chances of a Neverland burial are dwindling, despite brother Jermaine’s stated preference for the sprawling ranch as Michael’s final resting spot.

“We have not been contacted by the Jackson family or any of their representatives about a burial or a funeral service at the Neverland Ranch,” William Boyer, communications director for Santa Barbara County, tells E! News.

“Because this would be on private property they would actually have to go to the state department of consumer affairs. We would know about it because part of the permitting process is the state goes through a checklist of things they would need to do…local jurisdiction would have to be asked. We have not received any contact from the state.”

Dan Redmond, spokesman for the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, concurrred, saying the family would have to get a “certificate of authority” from the bureau and “that has not happened.”

Another reason the Jacksons may prefer Forest Lawn: Michael’s maternal grandmother, Martha Bridges, is buried there.

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5 Responses to “Michael Jackson to be buried without brain”
  1. all of my friends are Michael Jackson fans, we would really miss the King of Pop.

  2. godswill says:

    i think buring micheal jakson withiout a brain dosen’t make any diffrent, micheal jakson is dead and he is dead. but He is always going to be the KIng and master of pop. i love micheal

  3. Michael Jackson will be the greatest pop singer in the whole world. Everyone will miss him.

  4. Cornelius says:

    Interesting and informative. But will you write about this one more?

  5. | Michael Jackson is truly the King of Pop. i am a die hard fan of him and we are going to miss him now that he is gone.