Fake News: Michael Jackson's Body NOT Cremated & NOT Made Into Necklaces

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: Michael Jackson's Body NOT Cremated & NOT Made Into Necklaces
Was Michael Jackson's cremated body made into necklaces for his children? No, that's not true: The pop icon was embalmed, not cremated, at Forest Lawn Hollywood Cemetery, and later interred in a crypt in the Holly Terrace section of The Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Glendale in August, 2009. Just days before the 10th anniversary of Jackson's June 25, 2009 death, a celebrity news website falsely claimed Jackson was cremated to prevent grave robbing and potential DNA collection for future sex abuse cases. Lead Stories has confirmed through interviews with Jackson family members and a certified government document what really happened to Jackson's remains.

The false story originated from an article published by RadarOnline on June 19, 2019 titled "Michael Jackson's Cremated Body Made Into Necklaces For His Children -- Insiders reveal the singer's coffin is actually empty!" (archived here) which opened:

Accused molester Michael Jackson was secretly cremated -- and sources exclusively told RadarOnline.com his children wear his ashes in necklaces shaped like broken hearts.

But news of the "Beat It" singer's hush-hush cremation means shell-shocked victims of his alleged sexual abuse will never be able to prove his attacks.

A well-placed Jackson family source said: "There are at least 11 more Michael Jackson victims who had hoped their stories would be proved by digging up his body and examining his remains and taking DNA swabs."

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Michael Jackson's Body Cremated & Made Into Necklaces

Monstrous accused molester Michael Jackson was secretly cremated, and sources said his children wear his ashes in necklaces shaped like a broken heart.

Our Jackson family sources -- including one person who was there as he was dressed and placed in his gold coffin -- assured Lead Stories that the singer was not cremated, but placed in the tomb after his August 3, 2009 funeral. But we needed more, so we found definitive proof.

A cremation in California requires a permit issued by the county's public health department, but the county's copy of those permits are destroyed after a year. The information must also added to the death certificate later. The version of the death certificate that was released to journalists -- including to this writer -- was printed on July 7, 2009, which was nearly a month before his funeral. It only read "TEMP," meaning that he was temporarily in the refridgerated morgue at Forest Lawn Memorial Hollywood (which is actually located in Burbank.) A county official informed us that there had been two amendments to the death certificate after that, including one by the coroner to update the cause of death (homicide) and a second time to include the final resting place as provided by the funeral officials. Lead Stories obtained the amended death certificate, which held the answer: Michael Joseph Jackson was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial in Glendale, California, on August 3, 2009.


The is a close up view of the 3rd page of the updated death certificate, showing Jackson was buried, not cremated. It would be a criminal offense if the funeral director provided false information for the document, so we accept it as the truth. Below is the PDF of all three pages of the death certificate, along with an enlarged look at the 3rd page amendment.

Michael Jackson Death Certificate updated by Alan Duke on Scribd

RadarOnline is owned by AMI, by the same company that publishes the National Enquirer. The company's name may be familiar because it was ensnared in special counsel Robert Meuller's probe of Donald Trump's campaign because of questionable transactions involving the president's alleged mistress.

This writer had ordered seven roses to be placed at the entrance to Michael Jackson's tomb just before seeing the cremation story. We will be there as fans from around the world gather on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, to remember the pop icon. Now we know Michael will be there, too.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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