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Michael Jackson's death: Hollywood Boulevard pays tribute


Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue was already closed off for the premiere of “Bruno,” but that didn’t stop Robb Saxx and his brother Gary for paying tribute to the pop star who died Thursday afternoon of a cardiac arrest.

 “He was one of the geniuses. Words can’t describe our loss. He’s leaving with a legacy,” said Saxx, who turned up the volume of his iPod to blast “Rock With You” before joining his brother on the saxophone.

 “He made a great contribution to music. We can rejoice and be thankful,” Saxx said.

Some fans went to another Michael Jackson star, this one belonging to the former KABC radio personality of the same name. That didn’t matter to the crowd of about 75 people that gathered, as purple flowers and candles covered the star.

“We love Michael” rang out above the crowd. There were tears, prayers and singing as cars whizzed by playing the 50-year-old's music. “Michael was the greatest of all time!” Marshall Bell shouted at the top of his lungs, holding back tears. “We’re gonna miss our pop star. He is greater than the Beatles. He is the king of all time. I love my Michael.”

For Christina Williams, hearing the news of his death was surreal. “I’m shocked,” she said before telling fans nearby of her first California memory: her mother taking her to see the Jackson 5 in concert.

Jackson’s death was also a blow for Roger Smith of Hollywood. The 39-year-old said he credits the pop star for helping him kick an addiction to alcohol. Smith said that when he returned to Los Angeles after Operation Desert Storm he hit rock bottom and found himself homeless on skid row. He said that while he was staying at the Los Angeles Mission the organization received a visit from Jackson.

 “He shook our hands and let us know we were OK. What I liked was that he came at night, this wasn’t about cameras. He was there for us,” Smith said. “I don’t care what anybody has to say about him. No one has a right to judge him.”

--Gerrick Kennedy in Hollywood

Piper James,38, from Los Angeles, holds up his copy of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album, as he makes his way down Hollywood Boulevard, soon after hearing of the pop-star's death, June 25, 2009. James said it wasn't his favorite album by Jackson, but knew it was his most recognizable.

Walkoffame Check out The Times interactive map on important locations in the life and death of Michael Jackson.

Use it to travel to Neverland Ranch, his boyhood home in Gary, Indiana and more.

Comments () | Archives (9)

man, i just cant believe michael jackson is gone. i mean he was one of a kind. a hero to millions. its such a shock, i still cant get it threw my head that he is gone...i was awaiting his big come back. im gonna miss him.

Im so SHOCKED & extremly sad that Micheal Jackson died.... R.I.P. WE LOVE YOU MICHEAL!

I cannot believe this news, my sincerest condolences to the family and prayers go out to all of them. I along with probably billions of people will forever miss this so short lived genius who has entertained us all for many years, God bless you Michael and may you finally be at peace.

So sad this news, so young, why ???? R.I.P. Michael ....See ya someday.

Peter Weel The Netherlands

As Einstein's genius revolutionized the Physics, Michael Jackson's genius as well revolutionized the the Music. He was one, the genius, and the odd genius. He was not a King of Pop. He was the Emperor of Pop. Nobody can equalize his genius. As Einstein was one and Michael was one.
Peace on his soul.

michael is a great man may have ups and downs in his life but if he can see us right now he would know how meny people care and respect him i am a fan of micheal jackson and hes better than all the musitions in the world to me and we are the world rilly spoke to me i hope hes happier up in heven

of all the people I thought would die this year (Brittany Spears of a drug overdose, Cris Angel in a stunt gone wrong) never did I expect Michael Jackson to leave us so soon. I am going to be blasting the Thriller album all day. Truly I am in shock.

RIP MJ! I know you'll be in heaven!!! No one will EVER replace you!

Born in 1960, I grew up in the era of the Jackson 5. Of course I had a crush on Michael. I still did , right up until his death. I loved his childlike demeanor, his gentleness, honesty and true giving selfless way. He went through so much scrutiny that i believe it left a scar on him, right up until his last breath. I haven't stopped crying, I keep playing all of his music and watching the interviews with Oprah and his home movies on Youtube. When will this hurt go away?, I would think not for a long time.

I loved Michael Jackson. and forever he will be missed by many. I only wish he knew how much he was deeply loved.


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