EXCLUSIVE: Michael Jackson's Family Drops Extra Security At His Tomb

Mar. 9 2010, Published 6:34 a.m. ET

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Nine months since he passed away, Michael Jackson's family has stopped paying for the extra security to guard his tomb, has learned exclusively.

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After pulling their own private security from the area a month after the pop icon's burial last fall, the Jackson family arranged to have a Forest Lawn security guard to exclusively guard his tomb for up to 12 hours a day (a normal guard shift). Jackson is buried in the Holly Terrace section of the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

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However, last week the family decided they no longer wanted to pay for the service and felt Forest Lawn should handle the cost, according to a source close to the situation. Since the cemetery felt differently, the guard has been reassigned and there is no longer anyone exclusively guarding Jackson's tomb.

There are still restrictions on who is allowed to visit Jackson's final resting place. There is an exclusive list of about 12-15 people who currently have permission to. If anyone outside of that list wishes to visit, they must first be cleared by a vice president of Forest Lawn's main Glendale, Calif., office.


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