The Michael Jackson Memorial Photos: The Coffin, The Brochure, The Kids, The Hearse & More…
It’s over. The funeral and the memorial service for the King of Pop have occurred and the Jackson family had their own private luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
It was beautiful, moving, well coordinated and produced. Wonderful performances and eloquent speeches echoed the sentiments of most of the world. Somber but still warm and loving, it was a respectable and fitting tribute.
You’ll be able to see broadcasts and videos of Mariah Carey, Trey, Usher, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, John Mayer and the other performers and speakers, along with his daughter’s heartbreaking comments, played over and over again online, on YouTube, on tv, etc.
But let’s face it, what you really want to see is that coffin, his kids, the brochure and other little incidentals. I’ve got those here for you, thanks to the AP and Getty images.
The Memorial Brochure Cover:
The back of the memorial brochure:
A sad, Joe Jackson leaving his Encino home, heading for Forest Lawn Cemetery early yesterday morning:
The Motorcade consisted of black Cadillac Escalades, black Ford Explorers and black Rolls Royces:
The motorcade leaving Forest Lawn cemetery on their way to the Staples Center:
On the freeway:
A good look at that gold-plated Casket (Coffin):
Above and below: The Promethean velvet-lined model by the Batesville Casket Company. Rumor has it that, Michael Jackson ordered it for himself, after seeing that James Brown was buried in the same years ago. It’s a $25,000, solid bronze, 14-karat gold-plated, custom casket.
The pallbearers, those of whom were the Jackson Brothers, each wore a single white sequined glove:
Above: From left: Randy, Tito, Marlon, Jackie and Jermaine
Above: a tender moment as brother Jermaine tosses a rose onto Michael’s casket while singing “Smile”.
The Children: Paris, Prince and Blanket:
Above: Michael Jackson’s children, Paris Michael Katherine, Prince Michael II (aka Blanket) and Michael Joseph Jr. (aka Prince Michael).
Above: Janet (L) and La Toya (R) with Prince Michael Jackson II (Blanket) and Paris Jackson
Above: the heartbreaking and unexpected speech from Paris Jackson
Rev. Al Sharpton (nice eulogy, by the way):
Yes, it’s true, Corey Feldman donned his “Michael Jackson” costume:
Above: A Michael Jackson mural with fan’s signatures stands in front of the Staples Center.
Above: A Michael Jackson impersonator poses outside at the public memorial service at the Staples Center.
See a video of the memorial in its entirety here.