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Family Of Man Buried In Garden Of House Now Up For Sale Speak Out

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Family Of Man Buried In Garden Of House Now Up For Sale Speak Out

The family of a man who is buried in the garden of a house that's now up for sale have spoken out about the controversial property listing.

Michael Jackson, who was 61 when he died in September, was born in the Leeds three-bed semi and lived there for his whole life.

His dying wish was that he was buried in the garden, which his family granted. A local vicar consecrated the ground, which was once a fish pond, and an intimate service was held.

Credit: Ben Lack
Credit: Ben Lack
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Michael's mum, Joan, 84, told the Sun: "Michael loved that house and always said he wanted to be buried there.

"The whole family knew that was what he wanted."

His son, who is also called Michael, said: "Dad was born and lived all his life in the house.

"It seems right that he remains there. He wanted the house to stay in the family."

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Credit: Ben Lack
Credit: Ben Lack

The handyman, who has four children and six grandchildren, was born in 1958.

His parents raised him and his seven brothers and sisters in the house, but Michael decided to stay in the family home after his mum moved out.

At the end of September last year, Michael tragically choked to death while he was eating, but his final wish was to be buried in the garden of the house he loved so much.

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Credit: Ben Lack
Credit: Ben Lack

When the family decided to put the house up for sale, the unusual listing caught the attention of the public.

It highlights the fact the body of its previous owner is buried in the garden.

The end terraced property in Middleton near Leeds, West Yorkshire, is being sold for £125,000 ($170,000), provided the new occupant is OK sharing their outdoor space.

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Photos on property website Zoopla from seller Manning Stainton show the spacious family home, complete with a large, kitchen, bathroom and living room.

The house also comes complete with its own driveway, solar panels, double glazing and a wood burning stove.

Credit: Zoopla
Credit: Zoopla

However, anyone looking to do any landscaping might need to contact Leeds City Council, who rent out part of the garden.

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While removing the remains would also require an exhumation license granted by the Ministry of Justice.

A description of the property informs potential buyers: "Please be aware this property is being sold by family members as part of a relative's estate.

"It was the deceased's wishes to be buried in the garden as he was born and died in the house. This wish has been carried out and the property will be sold as is."

Featured Image Credit: Zoopla

Amelia Ward
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