Garrett Harris 6 p.m., April 20
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BREAKING NEWS BLOG -- Michael Jackson and Farrah Die
So, Ed McMahon died. And his death gets pushed to the side by Farrah Fawcett dying this morning. Fawcett gets overshadowed by the king of pop, Michael Jackson, dying this afternoon.
I think it would take Madonna or Obama dying to bump Jackson.
I have to say, I wasn't sad by McMahons passing.
First, it was because of all these lawsuits with hospitals. And the whole defaulting on his home loan, and wanting us to have sympathy for him spending many millions more than he had. It's hard to have sympathy for famous people that blow their money, even if they are old.
I like to think that if there is a heaven, and it's the way we all want to picture it...white clouds, harps playing, and running into all your loved ones -- Ed will walk up to Carson greeting him with a "Hereeeeeee's Ed!"
Farrah Fawcett was an icon I couldn't figure out. I had two posters of her in the 70s...the famous one, and another where she's crawling in a bathing suit. I'm not sure why they never show that one. Well, okay, I guess I am. Nothing beats the red bathing suit. That smile. That hair. Those....well, you get the point.
She appeared on Letterman, and was stoned out of her mind. After that appearance, a friend of mine (who wouldn't let me write a music story about this) worked for local venues, and talked about ZZ Top playing a show in town. Farrah seemed out of it, as she went backstage during an afternoon soundcheck. And, her and one of the fellow Texans, started engaging in some sexual activity. My friend found it odd, as there were sound techs and other people walking around nearby.
She appeared in Playboy at age 50. And everyone was praising how beautiful she still looked. Yeah, in the photos she looked great. But how much of that is airbrushed? I've seen photos of Bo Derek, and she still looks amazing. Yet I met her in person a few years ago, and up close, she certainly wasn't a 10.
You can't help but feel bad for someone that gets cancer. I had actually never heard of anyone getting anal cancer before.
I remember feeling bad when I first heard about her going to Germany for alternative treatments. Those things never work.
I thought it was wonderful how Ryan O'Neal, who we've heard so much negative stuff about over the years, really stepped up. The way he's been by her side and done interviews, it's heartbreaking.
So, I got home and hear that Michael Jackson was rushed to the hospital and wasn't breathing. My first thought was...how could he breath with that nose?
Hey...you might say that's in bad taste. But come on! I turned CNN on, and a female newscaster was in tears, talking about a few concerts she's seen. Other callers were crying. This isn't John Lennon being murdered. This is a guy that was a freak, albeit an amazing entertainer, who probably didn't die of natural causes.
I love his music. I have Off the Wall and Thriller. But this guy was involved in inapprorpriate behavior with children. And, I'm not even talking about child molestation. That was never proven. I'm talking about him, by his own admission, saying he lets children sleep in his bed. As an adult, that's a no-no. Even with your own kids.
I think there's a possibility that he wasn't interested, sexually, in children. It would just make it strange that he settled with one family for $20 million. Everyone knows, when you settle, the court of public opinion finds you guilty.
And, no matter how rich you were or what lawyers tell you...would you really give a family $20 million if you know you didn't do anything wrong?
Jackson had said in interviews he didn't expect to live past 40. I'm not sure why.
I heard another reporter say she thought he was anorexic.
I'm sure we'll get all the details. And even some we shouldn't be getting, when some tabloid pays a hospital employee or ambulance driver for.
My heart goes out to the family of these three icons.
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