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Michael Jackson's death: 'He's a true legend'

June 26, 2009 | 10:34 am

Zarina Henderson of Sylmar made a spur-of-the-moment decision to stop by the Jackson compound with her two children, Avazia and Garrid Tillis, at about 9 a.m. today.

Henderson said her daughter had asked where Jackson lived, so she decided to take the kids to see the home in which he grew up in Encino.

"Michael is the major legend, he's a real legend, he's a true legend," she said.

Henderson said she wondered why legends seem to die so early. Although Elvis Presley may have been the king of rock 'n' roll, Jackson brought more people of different backgrounds together, she said.

"He broke the color barrier in music," she said.

Henderson said Jackson's music was universal. For example, her father, Oprey Anderson, is 74 and loves Jackson, she said. Her children, 12 and 9, like Jackson, too.

"He touched people from all ages," Henderson said.

She remembered emulating Jackson's moves growing up, and said she owned a replica of the signature red jacket, a Jackson doll and a white glove.

"You couldn't tell me I didn't have his dances down," she said jokingly.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz in Encino