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Free Rolls-Royces for Jackson's funeral

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  July 7, 2009 01:46 PM

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Michael Jackson may have died with hundreds of millions in debt, but his funeral procession this morning to the private service and then to the Staples Center in Los Angeles was led by five Rolls-Royce Phantoms and 10 Range Rovers.

All of the cars were black and provided to the Jackson family for free by a local dealer, according to (rumors on that site aside, TMZ was the first source to report Jackson's death).

The hearse carrying Jackson's gold coffin, however, was just a Lincoln Town Car.

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18 comments so far...
  1. 5 Rollies and 10 Range Rovers, and not one broke down?

    Posted by alex g July 7, 09 02:29 PM
  1. And tomorrow the dealer will have these cars ready to go, with a photograph of the celebs who rode to them to this historic event. You can own your own bit of history for $20K over MSRP

    Posted by K July 7, 09 03:22 PM
  1. Oh Hell, I'd be happy with Chrysler 300's w/ Bentley bodykits.

    ".....just a Lincoln Town Car", Its always a Lincoln Towncar. Mikey is just keepin' it real. And those things are like $45k base. Not exactly pocket change but in comparison I can agree it's bland. Maybe the Princess Diana 'nanny' hearse was already booked.

    That is really decent of the car dealer to offer these vehicles.

    What a funeral. Simply Amazing.

    Posted by Andy July 7, 09 04:37 PM
  1. Anything to try and sell some SUV's that no one in LA wants anymore. Even Jacko wouldn't be caught dead in one, and he was never accused of having overly refined taste.

    BTW I love to see the "esteemed" Globe citing TMZ as a primary source. Almost as good as the MSM getting scooped by the Enquirer on Edward's adulterous lovechild. Delicious!

    Posted by Frannie Felcher July 7, 09 06:35 PM
  1. Let's us more on to another day. He was a pervert. It's finally over. Next.....

    Posted by John July 7, 09 10:03 PM
  1. They should've made Joe Jackson moonwalk his way there

    Posted by J.Dirt July 7, 09 10:15 PM
  1. I want 2 Prius's and a dozen bicycles for my funeral procession. I want to leave with a good impression.

    Posted by Michael July 7, 09 11:04 PM
  1. Sorry to see that they use a simple hearse like the TOWN CAR..

    Posted by Jon Vest July 8, 09 05:45 AM
  1. I love MICHAEL

    Posted by sopo July 8, 09 10:38 AM
  1. Come on people. You know the dealer will then sell the cars as "those used in the Michael Jackson funeral procession". Mark my words.

    Posted by ckjake July 8, 09 01:34 PM
  1. A pedophile went out in style. Michael Jackson will burn in hell.

    Posted by MichaelJacksonPEDOPHILE July 8, 09 02:36 PM
  1. HE WAS NEVER CONVICTED! he was accused by parents of a kid who saw $$ when the saw MJ take friendship with the people are so naive.....ugh disgusting...the man had tons of talent, a loving father, a person who donated so much money to charities......i aint making him look like god, sure he did some wacky things...but hey we all do insane things every now and then and dont lie....and just give the guy a break let him rest....hes EARNED IT!!!

    Posted by Love4MJ July 8, 09 03:30 PM
  1. I think they should have gone to Rent-a-Wreck for Joe Jackson. They could have got an old pinto with only 1 hubcap and dents with rust all over the car. Joe would also have to drive himself like the Pimp he is

    Posted by chris July 8, 09 06:46 PM
  1. I'm surprised the casket wasn't carried in a van, isn't that the preferred vehicle for pedophiles?

    Posted by hawkface July 9, 09 09:39 AM
  1. My customer's at least get a Cadillac Hearse and they aren't famous.

    Posted by Abby July 9, 09 01:02 PM
  1. just ejoyed reading all the comments, but damn i missed the show on T.V

    Posted by fIJI.iSLANDER.fAN July 9, 09 10:59 PM
  1. It is a shame where we as people can not let the man rest in peace. As far as him being a pervert/pedophile that was not proven. The bottom line is Mike was the greateast of all time. There has not one before him, nor will there ever be one after him. He did what no other singer/dancer/performer could ever do. As far as his father, like him or not, he was the man that pushed the Jackson 5. We need to give him some credit for that at least. Well, I am sorry to say, its not over yet. After death there is life. Now where will Mike spend eternity is not up to me to say. I was not with him before he died. Nor do I know his heart.

    Posted by Jon Calvin July 10, 09 02:59 PM
  1. The Range Rovers are badass. Thats how ill die cause i got 5 of em!

    Posted by Nick September 16, 09 05:45 PM

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