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Michael Jackson's death: Crowd control at Hollywood star [Updated]

June 26, 2009 | 10:35 am

[Updated at 11:50 a.m.: Police have placed barriers on Hollywood Boulevard to control the scores of fans who have gathered around Michael Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The foot traffic is being funneled between the barriers, allowing people to catch a glimpse of the pop singer's star in the sidewalk as they walk past.

At one point this morning people were pushing and shoving their way through the thick crowd gathered around the star, and some fans had gotten into shouting matches with photographers and cameramen.]

The Los Angeles Police Department is trying to control large crowds in Hollywood and at the county coroner's office as people mourn Michael Jackson.

At least 200 people are crowded around Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and officials are considering placing a barricade around it because pedestrians are having trouble walking on the sidewalk. Hollywood Boulevard will remain open for cars.

The LAPD is also dealing with a flood of reporters and photographers at the Coroner's office, where officials are performing an autopsy on Jackson this morning.

-- Gerrick Kennedy in Hollywood and Ruben Vives

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