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Longtime Michael Jackson fan connects briefly with pop star's mother

June 28, 2009 |  2:33 pm

As a black van carrying Michael Jackson’s parents crawled out of the family’s Encino compound today, it slowed for Donna Green, a longtime fan from Las Vegas.

Jackson’s mother, Katherine, rolled down the window. Green handed her a card.

“If she needs anything, we’re there for her no matter what,” Green said she wrote in the card.

Green, 44, missed the past three days of work as a hostess at a restaurant in the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas to spend part of each day showing her respects at the compound. She said that, over the three days, the crowd had shifted from heartsick fans to "looky-loo" people more curious than sad.

“Why do they wait until he’s dead to show their love and respect?” asked Green, who managed a fan club called the King of Pop Fanatics from 1998 to 2003. She said that she intended to miss work for Jackson’s memorial services.

"Whatever it takes," she said, "I will be here for the funeral."

-- Nicole Santa Cruz