- Title: USA: Fans gather as flowers are placed on Michael Jackson's star
- Date: 27th June 2009
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JUNE 26, 2009) (REUTERS) PAN FROM GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATER TO CROWDS AT STAR FLOWERS BEING PLACED ON MICHAEL JACKSON'S STAR (SOUNDBITE) (English) LYNN BOOTH, JACKSON FAN, SAYING: "I'm still in astonishment, I'm still stunned. I'm shocked and still sad, because I went to his first concert in 1968 at The Forum. They first came with Diana Ross, she brought them here. And I went to their first performance. And then I went to the Cow Palace. I don't know what to say it's just, it's still overwhelming. I went to UCLA yesterday when I heard on the way home from work.I ran straight to UCLA just so I could see what happened, and be with everybody. I don't know, I'm just still hurt and shocked and everything." CLOSE OF UP STAR WITH CANDLES AND GIFTS SIGNS ON GROUND NEXT TO STAR (SOUNDBITE) (English) ESTHER CHITOLIE, JACKSON FAN FROM LONDON, SAYING: "Just very shocking really. Just wanted to come up and just pay a tribute, something." MEDIA AND FANS CROWDED AROUND STAR AND FLOWERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) LADY WAUTAUSA KAHEZAM, JACKSON FAN, SAYING: "It's a shock. Michael Jackson was expected to live forever. We were looking forward to his comeback , we just weren't expecting this to happen. It was really a surprise." PAN FROM STAR TO PEOPLE STANDING AROUND FLOWERS WIDE SHOT OF GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATHER AND CROWDS AROUND STAR
- Embargoed: 12th July 2009 03:17
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Obituaries
- Reuters ID: LVADVRE4C84SHJTGQFGMDWEZADI8
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3
- Story Text: Fans and media gathered in droves at the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. People came to pay tribute to the pop icon by leaving candles, posters and photos around the star.
At dawn on Hollywood Boulevard, fans gathered at Jackson's star on the Walk of Fame to honor the former child prodigy who became one of the best-selling pop artists of all time before descending into a strange and reclusive lifestyle amid accusations of child molestation.
Shortly before 9 a.m., a representative of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce appeared and wordlessly placed a large flower arrangement the star. It was made of white roses and purple baby's breath and tied with a huge black bow. Fans had been crowding around the star on Hollywood Boulevard in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater since early this morning.
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