Goodbye, and thanks for the memories.
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It has been a strange Hollywood week. Ed McMahon was elderly and apparently in ill health. Farrah was in intensive care and her family had been called in to say their last goodbyes the night before her death. Michael Jackson caught everyone off guard. Three celebrity icons gone. It seems odd, like the end of some kind of era. But eras never really “end” do they? They sort of overlap one another and just … evolve somehow. The people who died this week haven’t really been in the public eye in a while, and Hollywood will go on to the next “biggest and brightest” star story tomorrow, like it always does. News is only news until the next story comes along.
Still, I enjoyed Michael’s music, I envied Farrah’s beauty, and Ed’s straight-man to Johnny brought me a few laughs. I’m glad I got to witness part of their lives, at least.
Do they wish to be remembered fondly, with smiles? Or with tears? I don’t know. I do think that laughter can be the best medicine sometimes, and while I certainly mean no disrespect to the families of those who have passed, I did hear a joke that made me smile despite my shock and sadness at the loss of these three this week.
“Heeeeeere’s Farrah! … Heeeeeere’s Michael!”
And God said, “Doggone it Ed, knock it off!”
I pray they found peace in Christ before they passed, and that they are now indeed resting with Him. My sincere condolences to the families of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson. May God comfort you during your sorrow.