According to Page Six, there was no body in the golden coffin at Michael Jackson's public memorial at the Staples Center last week.
"The coffin was empty. There was no body there at all," a source told Page Six.
Earlier that day, an insider emailed me to tell my loyal readers not to be fooled by the shenanigans going on in California. She said the casket was empty and that Jackson's body -- minus his brain -- was already in a crypt at a cemetery in L.A.
My source said the brain would be placed in the casket at a later date when it was released by the L.A. coroner's office. Despite denials by the Jackson family, my source's words rang true when, after the memorial, Jackson's "body" went missing sending paparazzi on a mad scramble around L.A. in search of his mortal remains.
She also told me, among other things, that AEG, the firm that booked Jackson to perform 50 concerts in London was also organizing the public memorial fiasco -- and they wanted the show to go on, body or no body. AEG originally planned to charge Jackson's fans a grip to attend the public memorial. But the Jackson family nixed those plans.
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