AceShowbiz - Where is Michael Jackson's real resting place? Rumor has it, the King of Pop's grave at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles is empty. His family is reportedly hiding his remains at secret location.
According to Michael's mom Katherine, Michael's corpse was not in the coffin during his star-studded July 7, 2009 burial service which was held a dozen days after he passed away. His body was kept on ice for months before being cremated to thwart ghoulish efforts to rob his grave.
An insider tells Radar Online, "Everyone thinks Michael is buried at Forest Lawn, but he's not. The family has kept the secret for safety reasons and to fulfill Michael's wishes. But Katherine has privately revealed the truth to trusted friends."
According to the insider, Katherine decided to burn Michael's remains after months of family in fighting. "The family fought for months about what to do," explains the insider, "Katherine was paranoid, and scared someone would steal his body."
"Michael was used to putting on a show, so the family wanted the monument at Forest Lawn because so many Hollywood legends have been buried there," continues the insider.
Michael's true final resting place is actually beneath a beautiful pear tree, known as the Giving Tree, on his California ranch, according to the insider.
"Michael's ashes were scattered at his beloved Neverland, which was very special to him," the insider adds, "The Giving Tree was his favorite spot on the property. He would spend hours there writing. The family wanted him to rest in peace in a familiar place. The kids can go to the property whenever they want to visit him."
Michael died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on June 25, 2009. He was 50.