Jackson Funeral Will Hold for Autopsy No. 2: Dad

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 29, 2009 3:23 PM CDT
Joe Jackson speaks to reporters at a news conference in front of the the Jackson family residence in Encino, Calif.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Michael Jackson's father, Joe, says planning for the pop star's funeral is awaiting results of a second autopsy. Joe Jackson told reporters outside the family's Southern California compound at midday today that the second autopsy is under way, and he expects results soon. The county coroner conducted an autopsy Friday but has deferred a decision on the cause of death.

Joe Jackson denies reports that his son will be buried at his Neverland ranch: "That's not true." He also says that Michael Jackson's children are happy and are in the company of other children. Civil-rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, who spent the morning with the Jacksons, says consideration of how to celebrate the legacy of the pop star must be done carefully.