“Terrible news about Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson AND Ed McMahon… they will be missed by all.” – Greg Grunberg via Twitter
It is an old adage, but today it held some truth.
On Tuesday, June 23, Ed McMahon passed away at the age of 86. He was a voice familiar to Americans as Johnny Carson’s sidekick on the tonight show as well as appearing in several television ads. We knew he had been ill and although his death saddened us, it was hardly shocking news. And today two more American Icons passed away in Los Angeles.
Farrah Fawcett was the bouncy blond detective on Charlies Angels who released a swimsuit poster and a hairstyle during the run of the show. She had spent the last few years of her life making limited appearances on talk shows while fighting off cancer. She and her long time companion, Ryan O’Neal had recently announced their intentions to tie the knot. Sadly, she lost the fight.
Michael Jackson had achieved immortality with the release of his multi-platinum album Thriller. He sank into notoriety with accusations of pedophilia, followed by economic difficulties. He had become reclusive and apparently addicted to cosmetic surgery (a possible contributing factor in his death). The immediate cause of his death remains unclear.
Having forgotten of McMahon’s death two days prior, many have taken to callously spreading rumors of the demise of other celebrities; even resurrecting old rumors. Our hearts are burdened with enough sadness.