Questions Linger in Wake of Memorial

How much it will cost? Where is his body? And what caused his death?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2009 8:44 AM CDT
Questions Linger in Wake of Memorial
This image provided by the County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services shows an informational copy of Michael Jackson's death certificate.   (AP Photo/County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services)

Fans are donating to the city of Los Angeles in an effort to defray the cost of Michael Jackson’s memorial, E! reports. The final total is still in the works, and some famous friends and corporate sponsors are rumored to have donated generously. More from the aftermath:

  • Los Angeles could break even, an economist tells the AP, thanks to the tourists who flocked to the city for the memorial, bringing in an estimated $4 million.

  • The whereabouts of Jackson’s body were unknown last night, the Sun reports. Though he was expected to be buried at Forest Lawn cemetery, his body was never transported there, and some now speculate his family will bury him in a secret location. Others contend he's already been buried, and the casket at his memorial was empty.
  • Jackson’s death certificate has been released, but the cause of death is listed as “deferred.” Investigators are still testing his brain, and the family may wait until it is returned before burying him. “The last I heard, they are not burying the body yet,” the assistant chief coroner tells the AP.
(More Michael Jackson stories.)

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