Michael Jackson Neverland Memorial Cancelled
Posted on Wed Jul 1, 2009 12:59 PM PDT

jackonogo200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - An effort to bury Michael Jackson at Neverland Ranch has fallen through, and it appears more likely that a funeral and burial will take place in Los Angeles, according to an Associated Press report.

Authorities in Santa Barbara County had been preparing for tens of thousands of fans to show up to the 2,500-acre ranch for a public viewing on Friday, but a source close to the family has revealed that "nothing is planned for Neverland at least through Friday." The source added, "The family is aware a Neverland burial is not possible. They are expected to make decisions about whatever funeral and memorial service."

A private memorial service for family and friends could take place at the ranch, but the source said that Thomas Barrack, the co-owner of Neverland, sought an exemption to bury the singer at the ranch, which further complicates matters.

In order to bury Jackson on the property, the family would need to get permission from local land-use officials and submit an application and paperwork with the state Cemetery and Funeral Bureau. The state application would then need to be approved by the funeral board, a process that could take anywhere from seven to 30 days.

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