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Many in the online green world have been chronicling the environmental legacy of Michael Jackson in the wake of his death; noting that the legendary singer was ahead of his time with such hits like "Earth Song" and "Heal the World". In an interview with Ebony magazine, Michael said, “It’s been described as a runaway train; if we don’t stop it, we’ll never get it (world) back. So we have to fix it, now."

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: 

While we expected nothing less from a man known for his ridiculously extravagant lifestyle, it’s still too bad that Michael Jackson’s commitment to the planet didn’t extend to his burial. Of course, the late great singer never intended to depart so soon, so we may never know if this is what he intended or not.

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.

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Michael Jackson's gold coffin less than green
The King of Pop's environmental passions apparently don't extend to the afterlife.