Six Feet Under?
The aftermath of Michael Jackson's death is so intriguing. I have to admit, I just can't get enough. It's becoming addicting and I promise, I will focus on something else soon.
In the meantime though, People.com has reported that Colony Capital, the investment firm with a 50 percent stake in Neverland, was denied permission to bury Jackson at his former Santa Barbara home. It made me wonder, where will the King of Pop be buried and well, what is the proper place?
Elvis Presley, of course, is buried at Graceland. Hundreds and hundreds of tourists come each year to pay respects and visit his grave, located next to the graves of his mother Gladys and father Vernon. (I was there and it is worth the visit.) But did you know that originally the King was buried at a cemetery down the street and had to be relocated after a failed break-in by grave robbers?
John Lennon was cremated after his 1980 murder and now his fans flock to Strawberry Fields in Central Park, which is across from the Dakota Apartments where Lennon had lived. Visitors lay flowers at a memorial with a mosaic of inlaid stones that spell "Imagine." The actual site of Lennon's ashes has never been revealed.
Princess Diana is buried at her childhood home in Althorp, England that had been open to visitors long before her 1997 death. Now the estate features an exhibition of Diana's extraordinary life.
Another fun fact: The Doors frontman, Jim Morrison, who died in 1971 at 27, is buried at an unassuming Paris cemetery. (Another site I have visited.) Much to the chagrin of cemetery officials, the site is a popular tourist attraction and some have even scaled the walls at night to perform devil worship or host orgies and drug parties. Litter, wine bottles, cigarettes, drug needles and graffiti were left behind.
So, what are MJ's options? Share your thoughts of where you think he should be buried. Should there be a public memorial site? And is Neverland appropriate? In the end, it was no longer his home.
By Lauren Wiseman |
July 2, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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