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Michael Jackson's Funeral Pushed to September 3rd

August 21, 2009 1:30 PM ET

Michael Jackson's burial at Glendale, California's Forest Lawn Memorial Park has been pushed back to September 3rd, the Jackson family announced in a statement today. The family originally planned for Jackson to be laid to rest on August 29th, the day that would have marked Michael's 51st birthday. As Rock Daily previously reported, the funeral will take place at Forest Lawn's the Great Mausoleum for family members and close friends.

Michael's father Joe Jackson had hinted to TMZ that the funeral would be delayed until August 31st, but as that day marks the first day of school in that area of California, the burial was pushed to September 3rd. As the Jackson family previously said in a statement, they "wish to express its gratitude to Michael's fans around the world for their support during these difficult times."

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