I know you’ve heard the news that shocked the world. I guess I don’t have to repeat what’s been lingering on the Internet, televisions and other mass media. I was actually in the midst of preparing Joe for school when I heard the news on BBC. It was about 6am, Malaysian time. At that time, BBC couldn’t confirm the news yet but did stated that TMZ (a well-informed celeb web) has already confirmed the tragic news.
Many people were unsure of what had happened until radio stations nations all around the world started playing MJ’s songs one after another, which caught some suspicious minds. No doubt it was a grieving and sadden moment but fans believe that the only way to commemorate him is to play and dance to his songs.
I’ve gathered some information about MJ’s ins and outs’ that I want to share. Some are his best memories and some are ours to keep and hold on.
- People stood in line at 1AM to purchase “Thriller” when it came out,even though the store didn’t open until 9 AM.
- Michael has 30 CD releases over the course of his lifetime, including his time with the Jackson 5.
- He used to date Brooke Shields back in the days when she was a supermodel.
- The rock guitar solo for Jackson’s hit song “Beat It”, was provided by Eddie Van Halen.
- Michael’s “Billie Jean” was the first video by a black artist to air on MTV.
- Michael was an occasional video game contributor including the excellent ‘Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker’ which was developed by Sega.
- Michael wears his trademark black armband to remind fans of the suffering of children around the world.
- Michael was a vegetarian.
- 43 artists were involved in putting together the charity song “We Are The World” which Jackson co-wrote together with Lionel Ritchie.
- Macauley Culkin is godfather to Jackson’s 2 eldest children, Paris and Prince Michael. He also helped Jackson designed his Neverland Ranch.
- Michael provided a voiceover on The Simpsons – but it remained a secret for 12 years. He voiced a character in a mental institution in the Stark Raving Dad episode, which aired in 1991.
- “BEN” was one of Michael’s favourite song, and it was his first #1 hit as a solo artist.
Below is a video of a young soulful Michael rendering “BEN”.. enjoy!
Because of the media scrambling to get the upmost news on the death of MJ, his death has definitely outshined everyone’s favourite angel, Farrah Fawcett which passed away in the morning on the very same day as ‘The King of Pop” (within 4 hours of each other).
What is there to know about Farrah Fawcett:
- Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006.
- Fawcett starred in ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ and later married lead actor, ‘Lee Majors’ but separated 4 years later.
- Fawcett documented her last days with the help of a friend.
- In early June, Ryan O’Neal of Bones, 68 (Fawcett’s partner since 1982) asked Fawcett to marry him which she accepted but due to Fawcett’s poor health, the two never walk the aisle.
- She claimed to fame with her fabulous all-time bestselling swimsuit poster.
Following the deaths of the 2 American icons above, Ed McMahon also passed away on Tuesday the 23rd June, due to many health problems he had suffered over the months. I don’t really know who is Ed McMahon but I know he is one of the most successful TV personalities. It’s a tragic to lose 3 amazing Hollywood notables in just one week.
What you don’t know about Ed McMahon:
- Ed McMahon served in WWII as a fighter pilot for the US Marine Corps (6 Air Medals) which later discharged and sent to Korea and remained as a Reserve, retiring at 1966 with the rank of Colonel.
- Ed McMahon was more famous as a sidekick for Jonny Carson’s “The Tonight Show”.
- Ed McMahon appeared as himself in Bewitched, Baywatch, The Simpsons, Scrubs, Las Vegas, The Family Guy, Higglytown Heroes, etc.
- In 2008, Ed McMahon had financial issues (sued by Citibank, attorney lawsuit, mortgage loans) which resulted in the closure of his multimillion-dollar home.
- Real estate mogul, Donald Trump purchased Ed McMahon’s home and lease it back to McMahon, so the home would not be foreclosed.
- Ed McMahon died at the same hospital as Michael Jackson which is the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in LA, California.