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Jackson won't be buried without his brain

world Updated: Jul 09, 2009 15:46 IST

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Michael Jackson's family is awaiting the return of the pop legend's brain before planning a burial, according to a new report.

Jackson's family have reportedly delayed the funeral so medical experts could continue their examination on singer's brain to determine the reason behind his death, the Mirror online reported.

"As soon as we are done with the brain, we will return it. There is a whole series of tests that will be done. The last I heard, they are not burying the body yet," Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said.

Jackson's brain was retained for tests by the Los Angeles coroner's office following an autopsy. The tests could show whether Jackson had a fatal drug overdose and if he had a history of drug problems.

It is still not known where Jackson will be buried, but his golden casket, which took centre stage at the Jackson memorial in Los Angeles on Tuesday is said to be at a top secret location.

Reports suggest the pop star's remains have been returned to Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, where family members staged a private service before the public memorial at the Staples Center. A burial permit has reportedly been filed by the family in Los Angeles County.