Singer Michael Jackson died of acute propofol intoxication in June 2009. On the day of his July 7 memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, 3,000 police officers were placed on duty, an effort that cost the city $1.4 million. He was later buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, Calif., at a cost of more than $1 million.
The cost of the funeral included $25,000 for Jackson’s casket, $35,000 for his clothes, and $590,000 to be interred at the Great Mausoleum, also the final resting place of actors Clark Gable and Jean Harlow. The cost also included more than $11,000 for invitations, $30,000 for security, and $16,000 for flowers. Attorney Howard Weitzman justified the expense by saying, "It was Michael Jackson. He was bigger than life when he was alive."