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Farrah Fawcett had about four hours of headlines to herself on Thursday before Michael Jackson kicked her off the metaphorical front page. And both overshadowed Ed McMahon, who died on Tuesday.
They say celebrity deaths come in threes, but rarely do they come in such close proximity. The cancer-related deaths of former “Tonight Show” sidekick McMahon and former “Charlie’s Angel” Fawcett came as little shock, but Jackson’s was perhaps the most stunning celebrity exit since his friend Princess Diana died in a car crash in 1997.
Speaking of the so-called “People’s princess,” whose death basically paralyzed Britain and large parts of the world for weeks, she stole some of the thunder of Mother Teresa, who died five days later. And forget about conductor Georg Solti, who had the misfortune to die on the same day as the saint-in-waiting.
Jackson was pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The former president died on June 5, 2004, and the lengthy mourning period enveloped the death of Ray Charles five days later.
The 50-year-old self-proclaimed “King of Pop” died of suspected cardiac arrest as he was about to launch a major comeback with a string of 50 concerts in London.
Michael Jackson will need to be supremely fit to perform a series of 50 shows in London starting next month. The dates are fast approaching. Who better to get the so-called King of Pop into royal shape than bodybuilder and actor Lou Ferrigno, who was known for having fast-growing muscles playing The Incredible Hulk on television in decades past.
Ferrigno’s wife, Carla, on Thursday told Reuters that her husband has been helping Jackson train in advance of the shows.
Spandau Ballet have added their name to the ever-lengthening list of disbanded bands announcing they are banding together once more. Like their music or loathe it, who can blame the quintet famous for 1980s quiffs from jumping on the reunion bandwagon? Some people believe reforming groups should be banned outright, but most, it seems, are welcoming them back with open arms and, more to the point, open wallets.
What I want to know is when our appetite for Bands Reunited will finally be satisfied? Take That have stormed the British charts since reforming, Michael Jackson has sold out no less than 50 concerts in London as he attempts his long-awaited comeback and The Police made a mint from their world tour of 2007 and 2008. Even Blur are getting back together later this year. After a string of success stories, is someone heading for a flop?
News that Michael Jackson is flying to London this week to make a “special announcement” on Thursday sparked a flurry of expectations that he is planning a series of comeback concerts in the British capital later this year.
It’s been an eventful year in celebrity news, and even if it has been light on scandals , stars held the attention of fans.
But some big names, notably Michael Jackson and Miley Cyrus, appear to have worn out their welcome, according to a fan poll from celebrity Web site Parade.com.
Some 41 percent of respondents said Jackson, who turned 50 in 2008 with no sign of making good on repeated promises of a comeback, should officially retire. They also said the pop star’s antics are the most disturbing behavior from any Hollywood star.
Has reclusive pop star Michael Jackson managed to stave off foreclosure on his famed Neverland Valley Ranch in California? The answer, depending on who you ask, is: “Yes,” “no,” “maybe,” “sort of” or “go away and don’t call here anymore.”
The confusion began when the Associated Press ran a story on Thursday, headlined “Jackson lawyer: Neverland auction off” that said the self-appointed King of Pop had reached an 11th-hour deal to refinance the property before New York-based Fortress Investment Group foreclosed on him.