By Dan Wooding
It has been revealed that Michael Jackson’s private funeral at Forest Lawn cemetery in the Hollywood Hills was a Jehovah’s Witness service.
According to a story posted on www.actressarchives.com, David Fossett, 50, who was Michael Jackson’s cousin, told People magazine that on the Tuesday morning, July 7, the Jackson family gathered for a private ceremony at Forest Lawn, where a Jehovah’s Witness service was conducted by Jackson’s cousin, Wendell Hawkins, and another cousin, Myron Hawkins, who is Wendell Hawkins’ brother.”
“Fossett, who isn’t a Jehovah’s Witness, said that the service was ‘spoken in a way that their belief is that he [God] is going to be back on this earth,’” said the www.actressarchives.com story.
“Hawkins addressed guests and said he was glad that his [Michael’s] life was connected with Jehovah.”
The story went on to say, “Michael Jackson had been vocal about how difficult it was to be raised by Jehovah’s Witnesses, and expressed his sorrow at never getting to celebrate birthdays or holidays as a child. Once he was in his twenties, he began to celebrate his birthday.
“Jackson’s three children attended the service where they leaned on their family members to get them through the emotional experience.”
Fossett was also quoted as saying, “They lost their father. They were sad. All of us were comforting each other.”
Fossett stated in the story that the night before Jackson’s memorial service at the Staples Center, his family viewed his body in an open casket at Forest Lawn cemetery.
Speaking to People magazine, Fossett revealed, “He looked like himself. He looked like he just was lying there sleeping. He looked peaceful.”
Fossett, who grew up with Jackson, explained that relatives who gathered around Jackson’s casket “talked to each other and cried.” Michael’s parents, Katherine and Joe Jackson were not among the gathered family members, but after the viewing, the family headed back to the Jackson home in Encino.