For his burial, Michael Jackson made his final appearance looking every inch a star.
“He was dressed in all white pearl beads going across, draped across. A beautiful big gold belt. Like … a belt that you win being a boxer,” the late King of Pop’s older sister, LaToya Jackson, tells Barbara Walters in an interview to air Friday night at 10 on ABC’s 20/20. “Full makeup … His hair was done beautifully, his makeup was done beautifully.”
According to his sister, he looked “absolutely fabulous.”
LaToya, 53, was one of the first to be at her brother’s bedside when he died on June 25. The superstar’s death has been ruled a homicide. She also signed Michael’s death certificate and became legal guardian of his body as she and her family planned last week’s memorial service at Forest Lawn in Glendale, Calif.
According to La Toya, Michael’s daughter Paris, 11, placed stones on her father’s chest, while the Jackson family put sunglasses, one of his iconic white gloves and some other personal effects in the casket with him.
Addressing reports that Michael’s 13-year-old son, Prince, was summoned by the singer’s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray the day of Michael’s death in order to help resuscitate his father, La Toya says, “He called Prince … Prince … watched him do this, Barbara. And you don’t do that to a child. You don’t do that to a child, especially when you knew prior to asking that child to come up, that Michael was no longer alive.”