Michael Jackson wasn't cremated, ashes aren't 'in necklaces' - report

Michael Jackson was not cremated and his ashes weren't made into necklaces, despite multiple international media reports alleging otherwise.

The 'Billie Jean' hitmaker died in June 2009 from acute Propofol intoxication, after which there was much speculation as to what became of his body.

Radar Online quoted an unnamed source alleging the popstar's body was cremated and put into necklaces for his children.

Those claims were relayed by multiple media outlets around the world, including the Newshub website and the New Zealand Herald.

The information was refuted by more than one unnamed Jackson family source to fact-checking website Lead Stories.

The article, bylined by the website's editor-in-chief Alan Duke, refers and links to an updated version of Jackson's death certificate.

The third page records Jackson was buried, not cremated.

"It would be a criminal offense if the funeral director provided false information for the document," Duke writes. "We accept it as the truth."

The documents note Jackson's "place of final disposition" as Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

Editor's note: This article was amended on June 27 because it referred to media reports about Michael Jackson being cremated - a claim that's refuted by fact-checkers.