Michael Jackson’s body finally buried

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Exactly 10 weeks after his shocking death at the age of 50, Michael Jackson was finally laid to rest Thursday evening at a highly guarded mausoleum in a Los Angeles suburb.

The service had been scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. at Glendale’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park but didn’t actually start until about an hour later than planned.

The coffin was covered in white lilies and roses and topped with a crown. Insiders say the King of Pop’s three children each wrote special notes to be slipped into their father’s casket.

The 90-minute ceremony was attended by both Michael’s family and his famous friends including Elizabeth Taylor, Lisa Marie Presley, Macaulay Culkin, Quincy Jones and many others.

Jackson’s brothers and his two sons all wore black suits and red ties and sported purple arm bands embroidered with gold crowns as they filled the front rows. According to the L.A. Times, his young daughter Paris wore a dark dress as she watched soberly.

Gladys Knight sang at ceremony, while civil rights campaigner Reverend Al Sharpton spoke, reports BBC News.

After the service, the family released a statement, saying, “The Jackson family wishes to once again thank all of Michael’s fans around the world for their generous outpouring of support during this terribly difficult time.”