Hollywood celebrities including Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Macaulay Culkin and Jackson's ex-wife Lisa-Marie Presley, were waiting inside the memorial park along with 200 guests on white wooden chairs arranged outside one of the many ornate buildings on this site. Programmes containing pictures of Michael Jackson were being played, while the guests were fanning themselves in the night heat.
After the family arrived, the 'Thriller" star"s mother Katherine and father Joe sat down in the front row, while his three children sat between their grandparents and an upset Janet Jackson. Family members wore black armbands and his brothers stood at the front, ready to repeat their roles as pall-bearers. They had walked beside their brother's coffin at the memorial service in July and did the same at the burial.
And after everyone was seated, Jackson's coffin was driven in by hearse, unloaded and wheeled into place. His three children walked up to it and gave a brief farewell after which the media was asked to switch off the cameras for a private service as per the family"s request. The service lasted around an hour and cars departed swiftly.
Earlier in the day, police had sealed off part of the area and even enforced a no-fly zone to keep news helicopters from buzzing overhead. They had warned fans to stay away.