This has been a sad week for the families in the celebrity world.

On Tuesday June 23, 2009 The man that was famous for his introduction line “Heeeeeeeeere’s Johnny”, Ed McMahon died. He was 86 years old. McMahon was also pretty well known for his work with Publisher’s Clearinghouse. I remember that time of year it would soon be time to hear who won. We would see McMahon on TV in practically every other commercial reminding people to be sure to send their entries in soon and maybe they would be the lucky winner and find Ed McMahon standing at their door with the check from Publisher’s Clearinghouse.

Then yesterday June 25, 2009 the news that Farrah Fawcett, who was 62 years old had lost her long time battle to cancer. I remember Farrah Fawcett from her famous role on the TV series, Charlie’s Angels playing the role of Jill Munroe. I remember everyone wanting her hairstyle. Everyone was hitting the hair salons wanting their hair cut and styled and curled just like Farrah Fawcett’s. She was a beautiful woman. She may have been famous as one of Charlie’s Angels, but personally I remember her most for her role in “The Burning Bed” when she played the part of an abused woman that was given no choice but to fight back when she couldn’t get the much needed help. Her performance there was spectacular.

Well as the old saying goes they do go in threes. OK now this made two celebrities gone and not that I wished for anyone else to die, but I wondered who the third one would be hoping that this time the myth would be broken.

Yesterday evening I saw the announcement first that said Michael Jackson had been rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles and it was said he wasn’t breathing. The next thing I heard was that Michael had died at the early age of 50. He apparently suffered cardiac arrest but an autopsy is being done to determine exactly what the cause of death was. I know at 50 it is not uncommon but still this was Michael Jackson.

No one would expect this. I was in shock. I realized he was the third. The old saying is definitely true. It is so sad.

I was never a huge fan of Michael Jackson’s after he grew up but I remember his songs as a teenager in the 70’s. One of my favorites when he was still singing with his family, The Jackson Five, was called, I’ll Be There. To this day when I hear the song my eyes tear up. Of course I do have personal reasons for that but the point is his song will stay with me for life. I will always think back to my teenage years when I hear it. Michael grew up with lots of problems. He was reportedly was having heavy financial problems and as everyone knows he went through a lot of legal problems too.

I know we all are going to die at one time or another but the thing is we never know when or who will go next. I was so shocked to hear of these three dying. We look at these celebrities and think they will be here forever. After seeing what Farrah went through with her battle to survive it made me realize they are all just like us. They are humans too and they do have their problems also. Just because they are big stars doesn’t mean they are trouble free in life.

I am truly sorry that Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson are gone now. My prayers are with them and all their loved ones that are left behind to mourn them. I am sure each one of them will be sadly missed. They are all at peace now and that gives me some comfort just knowing that. May God be with them all!

Jan Barrett

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