Michael Jackson buried with glove, pearls and shades
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009), known as the “King of Pop”, and also, during his life, as “Jacko” in newspaper headlines, was an American musician and one of the most commercially successful entertainers of all time. His unique contributions to music and dance, along with a highly publicized personal life, made him a prominent figure in popular culture for four decades.
He started a solo career in 1971, having made his debut in 1964 as a member of The Jackson 5. His 1982 album Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time, with four others—Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995)—among the best selling. He popularized several intricate dance moves, such as the robot and the moonwalk. He is widely credited with having transformed the music video from a promotional tool into an art form, with videos for his songs “Billie Jean”, “Beat It” and “Thriller” making him the first African American artist to amass a strong crossover following on MTV.
Twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his other achievements feature multiple Guinness World Records—including the “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time” — 13 Grammy Awards, 17 number one singles (including the four as a member of the Jackson 5), and estimated sales between 350 million and 750 million records worldwide. He was also a notable philanthropist and humanitarian who donated and raised millions of dollars through support of 39 charities and his own Heal the World Foundation.
Michael Jackson was buried with one of his iconic white gloves, sunglasses and dressed with pearl beads and a large gold belt, his sister, La Toya, said in a television interview to air on Friday.
“He was dressed in all white pearl beads going across, draped across (and) a beautiful big gold belt … like a belt that you win being a boxer,” La Toya Jackson told journalist Barbara Walters in a “20/20” interview to air on ABC on Friday night.
Jackson, 50, died on June 25 of a prescription drug overdose and was buried eight days ago in a Los Angeles suburb.
Aside from full make-up, Michael Jackson also was buried with one of his iconic white gloves, La Toya Jackson said.
She described him as a man with a great heart.
“He wasn’t God, but he was certainly God-like,” she told Walters. “He was the closest thing to a god that I knew.”
La Toya Jackson dismissed questions about the parentage of her brother’s three children, Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Prince Michael II, 7, also known as Blanket.
“It doesn’t really matter, those are Michael’s kids,” she said in the interview. “He raised those kids. They were in his arms when they were born.”
Media reports have suggested that Jackson’s dermatologist, Dr Arnold Klein, was the sperm donor for Jackson’s two oldest children with ex-wife Debbie Rowe. The biological parents of Blanket have never been revealed.
In other developments, the private company with an ownership stake in Michael Jackson’s famed central California estate, Neverland Ranch, this week withdrew official applications made in August to trademark various names for the property.
The applications were filed in the event that the Neverland owners and Jackson’s estate decided to transform it into a tourist attraction with a museum. A spokesman for the company, Colony Capital, declined to comment.
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