Michael Jackson's death: Fans gather at wrong Hollywood star
A crowd of about 75 people gathered in front of a Michael Jackson star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this afternoon, but it was actually the wrong star--this one was for the former KABC radio personality of the same name.
Jackson's real star near the front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard was covered by scaffolding in preparation for the "Bruno" movie premiere so fans gathered at the other Michael Jackson star to light candles and place purple flowers.
Helene Kress, 43, of Los Angeles described the time her daughter auditioned for a Disney dance troupe to Jackson’s “Rock With You.”
“She got the job because of that,” Kress said, choking back tears. “He was so positive, how could you not love him? There’s never going to be another Michael Jackson.”
Kress said she learned of Jackson's death while her daughter, Cheyenne Haynes, 13, was at an audition and did not tell her until after they left.
“I didn’t want her to know because I didn’t want her to get upset,” Kress said.
Afterward, they headed for the radio personality's star to join a prayer circle and sing “We Are The World.”
“He’s still here. He isn’t going anywhere,” Cheyenne said as she cried.
At the star for “The Jacksons” someone had scrawled “5” on top of the “S.” A helicopter hovered overhead and people gathered on patios nearby, snapping photos. LAPD officers directed passersby to join the circle or keep moving.
-- Gerrick Kennedy in Hollywood
Fans of pop star Michael Jackson sit vigil at talk radio host Michael Jackson's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
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