UPDATE: Jackson's burial has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3.
"It was supposed to be on his birthday and fans wanted to celebrate [that day] instead of having that sorrow," nephew Taj Jackson, son of Michael's brother, Tito, told E! News.
Michael Jackson fans will have to wait a little while longer before their idol can finally rest in peace.
What had been billed as a birthday burial for the late King of Pop on Aug. 29 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park has now been postponed to give the Jackson clan more time to prepare for the funeral.
Joe Jackson told E! News Thursday that he doesn't know when his son will be laid to rest, that there are still more things needed to get in order. So instead of doing it on what would've been his 51st birthday, they've opted to push the 10 a.m. burial service at the Holly Terrace in the cemetery's Great Mausoleum back.
One report placed the burial on Aug. 31. "I don't know now," Joe said. "We have to figure it out."
Meanwhile, per the Glendale Police Department, the Jacksons have agreed to cover all costs associated with the ceremony. That includes paying the city for providing police officers, closing roads and hiring additional security personnel to keep would-be trespassers (and any kooky Thriller reenactors) at bay during the interment so family members can mourn in private.
—Additional reporting by Ashley Fultz
(Originally published on August 20, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. PT)
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