First was Ed, the definition of the sidekick, Mr. Hi-Yooooo and Heeeeere's Johnny. He later went on to host Star Search and give away Publisher Clearing house checks. His later life was mixed with financial tumult and at 86 we hear he didn't have much left. But that does not distract from who he was and the legacy he left.
Farrah Fawcett was every high school kids fantasy. As a punk 16 year old when the iconic poster was released, Farrah become the talk of the classroom. And when she began her stint on Charlie's Angels it had everything a kid looked for in TV back then. Hot girls with a PI twist. Although she is mostly tied to Charlie's Angles, it was only a one year stint. Later her performance in the Burning Bed gave her the critical acclaim she deserved. Even in dying she put herself in the public eye for all to see so they would be more aware of the process.
The King of Pop died in a way that immediately reminded me of Elvis. A mysterious premature passing of a music icon. As was the case with the King of Rock, Jacko's death is being reported as Cardiac arrest. But hints of over medication and drug cocktails is starting to swell:
Jackson apparently collapsed in his home in Los Angeles on Thursday and was taken by ambulance to UCLA Medical Center.Oxman in other interviews warned of the impending consequences of over mediacation ans has vowed 'NOT to be Silent!" should pharmaceutical mixtures become the ultimate cause of death.
Brian Oxman, Jackson family attorney, told CNN Thursday that Jackson's use of medications had gotten in the way of doing rehearsals.
"His injuries, which he had sustained performing, where he had broken a vertebra and he had broken his leg from a fall on the stage, were getting in the way. I do not know the extent of the medications that he was taking," he said.
Micheal's talent is unquestioned, but his evolution from pop icon to eccentric loner may be his legacy. Regardless, his music will remain, and albums like Thriller are as relevant today as it was almost 27 years ago.
What do they all have in common, a perpetuity or legacy that will carry on for generations. Like Johnny Carson, Marlyn Monroe and Elvis the simple passing of their mortal bodies will not stop those of future generations from knowing and appreciating their talents. Regardless of what we may think of them ourselves, they will be missed by many and still enjoyed by future generations to come.