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Unfortunately, it appears that Jackson's extremely lavish lifestyle is the one that will be following him into the afterlife -- and less one that benefits the planet. As I wrote over on the green gossip site, Ecorazzi:
This coffin, which was just spotted live on CNN being placed in a hearse for Jackson’s funeral, is called the Promethean. It’s the creation of the Batesville Casket Company in Ripley County, Indiana, and is made from solid bronze and plated with 14-carat gold hand-polished to a mirror finish. The interior is lined with luxurious crushed velvet. Retail value: $25,000.
Other celebrities who have departed in this coffin include James Brown and Bob Hope.
Personally, give me a biodegradable cardboard box and plant a tree over me. I’d rather become a part of something than remain sealed up for all eternity in a box of gold.