Family Attends Michael Jackson's Funeral

Celebrity News Jul. 7, 2009 AT 10:56AM
Michael Jackson Family and friends gathering in Encino, California as they prepare to leave for the Michael Jackson Funeral at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles, California on July 7, 2009. Credit: INFphoto.com

Michael Jackson's family has arrived at his Los Angeles funeral, Usmagazine.com has confirmed.

Joe Jackson was in the first car of a processional that departed from Katherine's Encino, Calif. mansion, Hayvenhurst, CNN reports.

He was followed by six Bentleys and Rolls Royces, eight Land Rovers, two limo buses and 19 California Highway Police motorcycle cops.

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A dozen-car police motorcade was also spotted inside the Forest Lawn Memorial Park around 7 a.m. PST, a witness tells Usmagazine.com.

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Security checked each car that was admitted to the cemetery.

After the private funeral, Jackson's body will be transported to the Staples Center for his public memorial, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has confirmed.

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There, over 17,000 fans will watch Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and other stars perform in memory of Jackson, who died June 25 from cardiac arrest at age 50.

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Last night, family gathered at Forest Lawn Memorial Park for a private viewing. Bodyguards attempted to shield Jackson's draped casket as helicopters flew overhead.

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