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More celebrity deaths

June 25, 2009 - Steve Murch
They (and who exactly are they) always say that celebrities die in threes. Well following the deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett today, that's three when combined with Ed McMahon.

Farrah was one of THE women of the 1970s. Every teen-aged boy either had the Farrah red bathing suit poster or knew someone who did. There was no way my mother would let me have it, so I only had friends who had the poster. It wasn't that long ago that the poster was still the top selling poster ever.

She, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson crashed onto the scene as Charlie's Angels. The thing people tend to forget is that Farrah was on the show for only one season, replaced by another blonde bombshell, Cheryl Ladd. She then went on to show people she was more than a sex symbol and received rave reviews for some of her roles.

Love him or hate him, Jacko is one of the most successful performers in recording history. After going leaving the Jackson 5 and going solo in the mid '70s, he became an icon. His music is front and center in any soundtrack of the 1980s. He was so popular that it was said at any given time, a Michael Jackson song was being played somewhere in the world at all times.

However, he likely will be remembered more for what can only be described as an odd life the last 10 years. Tried and acquitted twice on sex charges, he also had his children wearing burqas in public, plastic surgery that went wrong, a couple of bizarre TV documentaries (one self-produced), and an instance where he dangled his baby over the balcony of a hotel room in Germany. The mugshot following his second arrest, with a very Joan Crawford-like look, made its way around the Internet a couple dozen times. Still, he was loved by fans around the world.


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