MJ's funeral remains a mystery as tour rehearsal pics surface
Jackson rehearsing for London tour, two days before his death (Photo by Kevin Mazur/AEG via Getty Images)
By Marlene Naanes
The King of Pop is dead, but he wont be buried until his family gets the results of a private autopsy, Michael Jacksons father said yesterday.
Joe Jackson also knocked down reports that his son will be buried at the fabled Neverland ranch, which some had suggested could become the West Coasts answer to Graceland.
When we get the plan, youll hear about it, Jackson told reporters at a news conference outside his San Fernando Valley home.While the funeral is on hold, New Yorkers today will get an early chance to honor Jackson. An Apollo Theater memorial starts at 2 p.m. with videos; a eulogy by the Rev. Al Sharpton will follow after 5 p.m. Fans also will be allowed to place mementos at the foot of the stage.
Back in Los Angeles, the focus very much remains on what killed the pop star. TMZ reported Jackson likely died from a drug overdose, quoting sources who also said more than one drug may be involved.
Final results from the county coroners autopsy could still be weeks away. The coroner continues to investigate, and staffers in search of Jacksons medications removed two large bags from his rented Bel Air mansion yesterday.
The coroner also slapped down a British tabloids claim that it had exclusive access to an autopsy report, which said Jacksons stomach was full of pills and he only weighed 112 pounds, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The fate of his children and estate also kept the courts busy.
The superstars mother, Katherine Jackson, won temporary guardianship of his three children. A judge will hear her request to keep them permanently on July 6.
The same judge refused a request to name her as administrator of the childrens estates amid reports that she wants to take control of her sons estate. TMZ reported that Michael Jacksons personal attorney has the singers will, and said he will file it in court in 30 days.
A family attorney said the Jacksons have not heard from Debbie Rowe, the mother of the pop stars two eldest children.
The concert promoter released photos from a rehearsal for the tour held two days before Jacksons death.
A video shot by Jackson two weeks ago features a cemetery similar to the one in the Thriller video.