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Michael Jackson's death: Flowers placed on Hollywood star

June 26, 2009 |  9:17 am

Shortly before 9 a.m., a representative of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce appeared and wordlessly placed a large flower arrangement on Michael Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was made of white roses and purple baby's breath and tied with a huge black bow.

The crowd surged forward, frantically snapping pictures.

Fans had been crowding around the star on Hollywood Boulevard in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater since early this morning. Many were in tears as they maneuvered closer, trying to get photos of the star.

Some brought flowers, balloons and even original artwork. One person showed up with a picture of a young Michael Jackson that he had fashioned from old vinyl records. Another man crouched beside the star, painting a picture on the sidewalk.

Among the mourners was actor Prince Selvage, 36, of Van Nuys, who was wearing a long-sleeve Michael Jackson T-shirt from a Stockholm concert. He said his parents used to take him to Michael Jackson concerts when he was about 5 years old and by the second show, "I was hooked."

Selvage said he used to wear a white glove and red jacket to school and later worked as a Michael Jackson impersonator. Through his tears, Selvage said he had already purchased tickets for Jackson's comeback tour, choosing the Sept. 10 show as a birthday present to himself.

"It's hard to put into words." Selvage said, adding he didn't believe the news about Jackson's death when his father told him.

"I woke up thinking I had a bad dream."

-- Gerrick Kennedy in Hollywood

Michael Jackson, 1958-2009
Photos: Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

Fans grieve worldwide
Photos: Fans grieve worldwide


Interactive map: See significant sites in the life and death of Michael Jackson, including Neverland Ranch and his boyhood home in Gary, Indiana.