July 6th, 2009
09:14 PM ET
Rolando Chretien said he feels like a part of him has died.
The native of French Guyana has been impersonating Michael Jackson for the past 20 years and Monday he stood outside the gates of the late singer's rented Holmby Hills mansion reflecting on the icon's life and death.
"It was like my brother was gone when I heard on the radio that he had died," Chretien said. "Now it is strange because so many people want to take pictures and talk to me."
Fans rushed over to him and he flashed the peace sign at the countless tour buses driving by.
Chretien removed his black fedora out of respect as he walked by the many flowers, signs and gifts admirers left at a makeshift memorial. A film crew working on a documentary about Chretien's life hovered nearby and his manager, Ben Cerceau, said the response has been overwhelming.
"In Santa Barbara, a few thousand people surrounded him and we had to escape to get him out of there," Cerceau said."It's been crazy."
People are fascinated by the impersonator, partly because of their fascination with the star, Cerceau said.
"There was something mysterious about Michael Jackson," Cerceau said. "He was a real star."
And now that he is gone, Chretien said he plans to continue his legacy of thrilling fans and performing.
"I must go on from here with the work," he said, before climbing into a limousine and leaving.
–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer
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