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Michael Jackson service belatedly under way
GLENDALE, Calif. – Michael Jackson's outdoor funeral service is under way, delayed more than an hour by his family's tardy arrival.
Their lateness kept 77-year-old Elizabeth Taylor and other celebrities waiting at Forest Lawn Glendale in the stubborn heat Thursday evening. The mourners were seated outside the marble mausoleum where Jackson's coffin will be entombed.
Parents Joe and Katherine Jackson and the singer's children, 12-year-old Prince Michael, 10-year-old Paris Michael and 7-year-old Prince Michael II, known as Blanket, were in the front rows for the service.
A police escort had ushered the family's motorcade of 31 cars, including Rolls-Royces and Cadillacs, from Encino to Forest Lawn, with the hearse bearing Jackson's body at the end.
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GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — Michael Jackson's family has arrived more than hour late for the pop singer's funeral, keeping 77-year-old Elizabeth Taylor and other celebrities waiting on a hot summer evening.
A police escort ushered the motorcade of 31 cars, including Rolls-Royces and Cadillacs, to Forest Lawn Glendale on Thursday.
The planned start of the service came and went as the crowd of about 200 awaited the arrival of Jackson's parents Joe and Katherine and the singer's children. The motorcade from their Encino compound departed more than a half-hour after the funeral was to begin.
Temperatures hovered at 90 just before sunset, with some mourners fanning themselves with programs for the service. Other mourners included Barry Bonds, Macaulay Culkin and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Excuse me, but Michael Jackson died when?
On, June 25, 2009 from what has been reported.
Where has his body been kept for the past two months?