Farewell Ed, Farrah, and Michael


Mar 18, 2006
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Savannah Vixen Marie
Hollywood isn’t shining as bright this week with the loss of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.

Ed McMahon, born Edward Leo Peter McMahon Jr on March 6, 1923.
McMahon was a comedian, a game show host, and was best known as Johnny Carson’s announcer on the Tonight Show from 1962-1992. Ed also hosted Star Search from 1983-1995, along with co-hosting TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes with Dick Clark. Ed McMahon made an annual appearance on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, made appearances in many commercials and covered NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Entertainment Weekly considered Ed McMahon to be one of the “greatest sidekicks”

But what many people may not know was that Ed McMahon was a fighter pilot in the US Marine Corp serving as a flight instructor and test pilot during World War II. Ed remained in the reserves, earning 6 Air Medals and then being discharged in 1946. After college, Ed returned to active duty, and in 1952 he was sent to Korea. In 1966, McMahon retired from the US Marine Corp Reserves as a Colonel.

McMahon died at age 86 on June 23, 2009, shortly after midnight at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. No formal cause of death was given, but McMahon’s publicist attributed his death to the many health problems he had suffered over his final months. McMahon spent weeks in the ICU fighting pneumonia, bone cancer, and other medical problems before his death. McMahon had said that he still suffered from the injury to his neck in March 2007. Signs point to the cause of death being due to his bone cancer.

His laughter and presence will be missed, Farewell Ed McMahon.

Farrah Fawcett, born Ferrah Leni Fawcett on February 2, 1947.

Farrah was best known for her role as Jill Munroe on Charlie’s Angels which first appeared on March 21, 1976. Farrah made several guest appearances on various shows such as I Dream of Jeannie, The Six Million Dollar Man, Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law and The Dating Game.

In 1976 Pro Arts Inc pitched the idea of a poster to Farrah and her agent. A photo shoot was arranged with the resulting poster of Farrah in a red one piece bathing suit. That poster sold over 12 million copies. Men loved her and women wished they had her hair.

Farrah was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006 and treatment began. Four months later, on her 60th birthday it was reported that Farrah was cancer free. She discovered less than 4 months later that a malignant polyp was found in the area where the cancer was treated. After 3 years of various treatments, Farrah lost her battle with cancer.

She died on June 25,2009 at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.

Her brilliant smile and golden locks will be missed… Farewell Farrah

Michael Jackson, born Michael Joseph Jackson on August 29,1958.

Michael was the seventh child of the Jackson family. His musical career started at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5.

Michael started his solo career in 1971, five of his solo albums are among the worlds best selling albums, Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995). Earning him the title as the “King of Pop”.

Michael was a brilliant songwriter, an amazing dancer, and a singer who’s style changed with the times and allowed his artistic side really shine in his music videos. Michael also collaborated with many big named artists such as Paul McCartney, Lionel Ritchie, Slash, Eddie Van Halen and even his sister Janet Jackson.

Between songwriting, and touring all over the world, Michael also found time to participate in many benefit concerts that helped various charities. Charities such as; The Red Cross, and UNESCO. Michael was a great humanitarian who gave generous donations to help find a cure for HIV and to help feed families in Africa.

Throughout his career he received numerous honors and awards, including the World Music Awards‘ Best-Selling Pop Male Artist of the Millennium, the American Music Award’s Artist of the Century Award. He was a double-inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, once as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1997 and later as a solo artist in 2001. Jackson was also an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. His awards include multiple Guinness World Records (eight in 2006 alone), 13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era—and the sale of over 750 million albums worldwide, making him the world’s best selling male pop artist.

Jackson was preparing for what was to be his greatest comeback. He was scheduled for an unprecedented 50 shows at a London arena, with the first set for July 13. He was in rehearsals in Los Angeles for the concert, an extravaganza that was to capture the classic Jackson magic: showstopping dance moves, elaborate staging and throbbing dance beats.

Sadly Michael Jackson passed away from cardiac arrest today. Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to the UCLA Medical Center.

A loss of this magnitude has not been felt since the death of John Lennon, Elvis, and James Brown, the Godfather of Soul. What a sad day indeed.

I hope you find the peace you deserve, You have been an inspiration to many and you will be missed… Farewell Michael