Singer Michael Jackson Dies

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I know this is not a political or foreign policy matter — but news has just broken that Michael Jackson has died of heart attack (according to current reports) at the age of 50.
No matter the controversies, I grew up on many of his songs.
Condolences also to the family, friends, and fans of the iconic Farah Fawcett who also died today from a two and a half year struggle with cancer.
— Steve Clemons

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54 comments on “Singer Michael Jackson Dies

  1. samantha barrett says:

    in that photo he is holding a tiger

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  2. alexis medina says:

    we will all miss michael but i am a true fan i dont care what people say about michael i used to think he was hot when he was black but now thats gone oh well in love and memory michael 1958-2009<3333333333333333

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  3. vequista says:

    michael i love you and it aint the same without you here so i will keep you in my heart forever aman i love you

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  4. makayla says:

    he was the king of pop he will always be remembered forever R.I.P MICHEAL JACKSON

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  5. LoVe says:

    michael jackson we love you forever
    <3 <3

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  6. adinutza says:

    i can’t belive ….michael jackson is dead….but in my heart he live forever

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  7. yohancy says:

    hola q mas esta foto es muy bella………

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  8. Demarcus linson says:

    r.i.p michael jackson u in good hands of the lord now

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  9. Franziska says:

    I miss you so much!!! Michael Jackso!!!! I Love you!!!! Rest in Peace!!!!
    Kiss from switzerland!!!
    Franziska

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  10. Ramatu Nguere Micha Sanchez says:

    I will always remember him, and also always listhining to his music, because indeed hi was a nice man, i wish all mylife to meet him befour i die, but his ded nothing i can do, i live now with his remembress and all hi live on aerth music films and pictures; i love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuMichael Jackson 4ever

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  11. Ramatu Nguere Micha Sanchez says:

    I will always remember him, and also always listhining to his music, because indeed hi was a nice man, i wish all mylife to meet him befour i die, but his ded nothing i can do, i live now with his remembress and all hi live on aerth music films and pictures; i love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuMichael Jackson 4ever

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  12. pauline says:

    “Jackson Riddled with Injection Marks”
    Posted Jul 1st 2009 5:25PM by TMZ Staff
    Multiple sources tell TMZ Michael Jackson’s body had dozens of injection sites all over his body.
    As we first reported, Propofol, a powerful anesthesia, was found in the house after Jackson died. Various medical experts tell us there is absolutely no medical justification for Jackson to have had this drug in his home — it is used to knock people out before surgery. It is administered through an IV.
    We’re told Jackson wanted the drug to sleep and that he had cravings for anesthesia — whenever he had even the most minor medical procedure … he had the doctor put him under.
    It is increasingly looking like Propofol may have caused Jackson to go into cardiac arrest and die. The doctors we spoke with say it’s reckless for any doctor to supply Jackson with Propofol and especially reckless to administer it to him at home.
    The fact that Jackson had dozens of injection sites on his body would have made it clear to any doctor that Jackson had a drug problem.
    Criminal manslaughter is defined as the reckless disregard for human life. The talk in law enforcement — this case seems to fit the bill.
    source —
    http://www.tmz.com/2009/07/01/jackson-riddled-with-injection-marks/

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  13. pauline says:

    “Jackson/Rowe Not the Biological Parents”
    “We’ve learned Michael Jackson was not the biological father of any of his children. And Debbie Rowe is not the biological mother of the two kids she bore for Michael. All three children were conceived in vitro — outside the womb.
    Multiple sources deeply connected to the births tell us Michael was not the sperm donor for any of his kids. Debbie’s eggs were not used. She was merely the surrogate, and paid well for her services in the births of Michael Jr. and Paris.
    In the case of Prince Michael II (the youngest), we’re told the surrogate was never told of the identity of the “receiving parent” — Michael Jackson. Three days after Prince was born at Grossmont Hospital in San Diego County, Jackson’s lawyer came to the hospital to pick the baby up and deliver him to Michael.
    We do not know if Jackson chose the sperm or egg donors or if he even knew who they were.
    Although Rowe is not the biological mother, it’s not a slam dunk that she would lose a custody battle. This type of case has never been litigated in California courts. Since Rowe was married to Jackson when Michael Jr. and Paris were born, there’s a presumption that she’s the biological parent. That presumption can be rebutted by other evidence.
    We know there are documents outlining the whole arrangement for the birth of all three kids. Nonetheless, it’s still an open issue with the courts.”
    source —
    http://www.tmz.com/

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  14. DonR says:

    Billy Mays
    Gale Storm
    Michael Jackson
    Farrah Fawcett
    Ed McMahon
    Who’s next — the state of California?

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  15. bangzoom14 says:

    Michael Jackson was a definate one-of-a-kind musical genius. Too bad we didn’t get to witness his comeback via London.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Wrong post. Apologies.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    What matters now certainly depends on what happened in the
    recent past, and why.
    From Col. Patrick Lang:
    “Al-Maliki is celebrating victory over the American invader.
    “A great deal of Mr. Maliki’s political support rests on the fact
    that violence has declined since the carnage of 2006 and 2007,
    that he has rebuilt the security forces, that he has presided over
    the beginning of the end of the American war. He rarely
    mentions any American role in the improved security in Iraq —
    though 130,000 American troops remain in the country.
    “We will not ask them to intervene in combat operations related
    to maintaining public order,” he said in an interview with Le
    Monde published last week. “It is finished.””  NY Times
    ————————————————-
    ——————-
    Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the neocon scum will be held
    accountable somewhere, someday for their crimes against the
    American soldier.
    Here is a partial list of my accusations.  It will be argued that
    some of these things are not technically “crimes.”  I think that
    irrelevant. These specifically apply to Iraq.  You may add your
    own and I may comment further:
    – “Planning and waging aggressive war..” Keitel and Jodl were
    executed for this.  In this case the “aggressive war was against
    Iraq, a country that, however ill governed, had not attacked the
    United States and that did not have WMD weapons any longer. 
    This latter point was in the process of being proven by the UN’s
    inspectors when the miscreants under dicussion succeeded, with
    the help of White House staff still in the public square, of
    deliberately propagandizing the American people by making a
    false case against Iraq in the public media.  By carrying out
    these actions those charged involved the United States in a
    senseless war in which many thousands of American military
    personnel were killed or mutilated.
    -  Those charged directly intervened in the operational planning
    of the invasion of Iraq in such a way as to risk defeat in detail in
    many smaller actions.  They did this by denying to the ground
    component commander (Mckiernan) the forces that he
    reasonably and prudently requested and by “nickel and diming”
    him endlessly in such a way that the forces involved were still
    minimal and barely adequate.  The success of these forces is not
    an indication of whether or not the force was adequate in
    strength.  The additional risk assumed by fielding too small a
    force placed the troops involved at risk.
    – Those charged insisted on assuming in pre-invasion planning
    that Iraqi resistance would be minimal and that the coalition
    invasion force would be met with “open arms” rather than IEDs
    by the Iraqi populace.  This foolish and willfully blind
    assumption caused the death or wounding of many American
    soldiers.  Many experts tried to tell the accused that their
    assumption was wrong but they would not listen.
    – Those charged insisted on disestablishing the public
    institutions of Iraq; the army, the police, the civil service, etc. 
    These actions were taken against the advice of US Army and
    USMC senior officers on the ground who were in the process of
    sorting out which units and commanders could be used to re-
    establish public order.  Considerable progress had been made. 
    These disestablishments drove many Iraqi officers and men into
    the various insurgent groups where they formed a hard core of
    competence that killed and wounded many American soldiers.
    – Those charged refused to accept the plain and abundant
    evidence present in the first two years of the war that what was
    faced by the coalition was nothing less than a full-blown
    national resistance insurgency.  By so refusing, they caused US
    forces to operate in an inadequate planning environment that
    exposed US soldiers to much greater risks than might otherwise
    have been the case.
    – Those accused encouraged the use of brutal and illegal
    methods of interrogation of prisoners.  This was done in spite of
    US doctrine and law that specifically forbade such conduct.  Was
    this not a crime against the souls of the junior soldiers
    encouraged and pressured to do such things?
    I will stop at this point and wait for your comments.  pl”

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  18. leo says:

    I’d love to see a list of all the people who have been leeching off of Michael Jackson’s wealth, all the while allowing his opiate addiction. What a sad life it must have been.
    But I suspect all we’ll hear are variations on the Haters’ wacko jacko themes. I’m very interested to hear what Rushbo has to say, might there be a drop of sympathy left in that man?

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  19. pauline says:

    The mysterious Jackson doctor, supposedly hired to travel with Jackson on his upcoming European tour, apparently left the scene without his car before parametics arrived, this licensed doctor didn’t sign a death certificate, so now the LA cornoner is involved.
    “Michael Jackson died after being given a shot of a powerful narcotic which he was receiving daily, according to the blog that first reported news of his passing.
    “A close member of Michael Jackson’s family has told us Jackson received a daily injection of a synthetic narcotic similar to morphine — Demerol — and yesterday he received a shot at 11:30 AM,” TMZ reported Friday.
    “Family members are saying the dosage was ‘too much’ and that’s what caused his death,” they added.
    If Jackson was given the shot at 11:30 AM Pacific time, it would have been about an hour before he was pronounced dead. The singer reportedly suffered slowed breathing in the moments leading up to his death.
    According to the site, the live-in doctor who gave Jackson the shot is now missing.
    The doctor, who remains unnamed, allegedly left his vehicle at Jackson’s home from which it was towed last night.
    Wrote TMZ Friday morning: “Law enforcement sources tell us a BMW belonging to the doctor was towed from Jackson’s home last night. Cops are looking to interview the doc.”
    “A law enforcement source says the doctor gave Jackson an injection before he died,” the blog alleged. “Jackson reportedly may have OD’d on Demerol. As we first reported, family members were concerned that Jackson was taking too much morphine.”
    http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=7938599
    Police Say Michael Jackson ‘Heavily Addicted’ to Oxycontin
    LAPD Investigation Heats Up As Detectives Search for Mystery Doctor
    By RICHARD ESPOSITO
    June 26, 2009 —
    Michael Jackson was “heavily addicted” to the powerful pain killer Oxycontin and received “daily doses” of it and of another pain killer, Demerol, according to a senior law enforcement official briefed on the initial investigation of his death.
    The Los Angeles police were told Jackson received an injection of Demerol one hour before his death, the official said.
    The information and other emerging details, make it almost certain the Los Angeles Police Homicide and Robbery Division will launch a full investigation into the circumstances of the pop singer’s death. The squad was given the assignment initially because of the “high profile” nature of the case.
    As part of the broadening investigation, police detectives are searching for Dr. Conrad Murray, a Las Vegas cardiologist, who was reportedly with Jackson yesterday but has not been located since.
    A car towed by police from the Jackson home was registered in the name of Dr. Murray’s sister, Susan Mary Rush of Houston, Texas.
    “There is no immediate indication of a crime,” a police official told ABC News, “but because of the high profile nature of the case the robbery and homicide detectives with review all evidence and work with the coroner’s office.”
    Los Angeles police were reported to be seeking a doctor who was with Jackson when he collapsed yesterday at his rented mansion in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles.
    Log on to ABCNews.com all day for the latest on Michael Jackson’s death and autopsy information.
    The LAPD is also reportedly searching for a doctor who may be able to help in their investigation. Police say that they towed a BMW owned by the doctor from Jackson’s home.
    “We have not been able to interview the doctor yet. His car was impounded because it may contain medications or other evidence that may assist the coroner in determining the cause of death,” said LAPD spokesperson Karen Rayner.
    The Los Angeles coroner began an autopsy this morning although it could take several days before full results are known.
    A Jackson family attorney, Brian Oxman, told ABC News today he had no hard evidence but that he feared Jackson died from “overmedications.” On Good Morning America, Oxman said, “Drugs had been part of Jackson’s life since the 1980’s” and said he had warned family members that “if Jackson dies of overmedication I will not hold my tongue.”
    Federal agents said they also could become involve if there is evidence that a pharmaceutical drug played a role in his death, much as they did in the case of heiress Anna Nicole Smith who died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
    California attorney general Jerry Brown worked with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in the Smith case and ultimately brought charges against her lawyer, Howard K. Stern, and a doctor. Brown said Smith and been drugged to the point of “stupefaction” and called Stern “a primary enabler.”
    There is a hearing scheduled for later this summer to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to proceed to trial. Both Stern and Smith’s doctor have plead not guilty to the charges.

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  20. D! says:

    Thank God! At least the 5 and 6yr old little boys are safer now. FU jacko!!!!

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  21. Kathleen says:

    Just had this comment read on BBC
    “When my 83 year old retired truck driving, teamster belonging, WWII veteran Archie Bunker type father has repeatedly said that “MIcheal Jackson is (was) the best singer, dancer performer of all times”…you know Micheal broke through all barriers. May he rest in peace”

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  22. weltron says:

    Iv’e seen people in this thread be ripped apart when they bring up MJ’s sex abuse scandal. Although it was true he was acquitted of charges, he fully admitted to sharing his bed with children. So I have a simple question for people who maintain his innocence=
    Would you let your child sleep in the same bed with him?
    If your answer is “no”, then maybey you should reconsider your position.
    If your answer is “yes”, then maybey you should get your head examined.

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  23. charles anne fisher says:

    this anne i love all of your sing could i have some of your cd free all old songs her my address 144shield lane apt a4 natchez,ms 391204141Her all the earth shall worshipthee,and shall sing unto thee;they shallsingtothyname psalm66;4 6014425361

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  24. No Fan Of Jackson says:

    He was apparently rehearsing beat it, then bit it.

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  25. Lamar Cole says:

    The passing of Michael Jackson is like a star being plucked from the sky. The sky becomes a little dimmer.

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  26. Paul Norheim says:

    “Posted by varanasi, Jun 25 2009, 11:51PM – Link
    the happiest person in america tonight?
    governor mark sanford.”
    ——————————
    The happiest guys elsewhere in the coming days?
    Ahmadinejad and Khamenei.

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  27. Preston says:

    OMG…I just found a detailed report of what happened at http://www.dailypennies.com/mjackson.htm
    Crazy stuff man.

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  28. Joe says:

    I dont understsnd why some people show hatred to a legend
    calling a child molester which he was never found guilty of ,
    one of my friends laughed at how people where sad , i gues
    she is ignorant and does not no better that a legend has died
    i love you michael !!! I love you :(
    I wished i could have seen you in a concert ! I am a 90s
    person but still know you are and always be the reason to
    why i love music !!!

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  29. Roy Schwartz says:

    You can read more about the condition behind Michael Jackson’s death here:
    http://bit.ly/E8ie7

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  30. Brett Bao says:

    God bless you.

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  31. ... says:

    lol, he could have a little less air time and he would definitely be happy!

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  32. varanasi says:

    the happiest person in america tonight?
    governor mark sanford.

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  33. ... says:

    i thought the jackson 5 were great… michael did some good stuff too on his own.. he was completely overshadowed by james brown who he patterned himself after, but a lot of young kids don’t know much about that i guess… anyway, i really liked some of his music… he is a bit of a poster person for the jw religion which i find a tad scary, but maybe others aren’t interested in that… either way too bad he died suddenly of a heart attack..

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  34. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Wow. What a bizzarre thread.
    Where did these people come from? Are they really lurking on a political blog?
    Gads, I can just see it, some of these people will be claiming, thirty years from now, to have seen Jackson at a McDonalds in Dayton Ohio.
    Jackson, like so many geniuses, could not avoid the eccentricity that is so often attached to genius. For all his bizzarre and detestable traits and habits, he was truly and greatly gifted. I always pitied him, for it is a real shame that such genius comes at such a high price. I hope he has found peace in this next stage of his journey.

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  35. iMaim says:

    Hey FUCK YOU Mark Di. Michael Jackson is the one of the greatest artists of all time and how dare you say he produced horrible music. In my opinion, you’re just a low-life, blue collar scumbag. Stop hoggin’ oxygen and bandwidth and just die.

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  36. John Löfgren says:

    Well i hate to dissepoint u but his carer is over but still.. (He is NOT dead) if you look att the newest picture on wonderland youl see an hearth in an boddy on the right.. aaaand more things like he sedd he would go in an coma and gues what !? hes whole carer in vidios and songs shows that he will die (end his carer)
    im the one n1 fan Mickael if you can see this i suport youre needs :)

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  37. Patricia Broughton says:

    I am devistated to hear that Michael has died today, today is my wedding anniversary and it is the saddest anniversary I have every had. Michael will always have a place in my heart, I love him dearly, and send my deepest sympathy to his family.

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  38. Angelo says:

    Rest in Peace Michael.

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  39. emmie says:

    Well, I hate to hear that Farrah passed away…as for Michael…I hate it for the family but I say oh well.

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  40. yc says:

    If we are all aliens in this planet Michael and Farah just went home…
    It is really sad to see them go tho…
    I couldn’t believe it. The other rumors years ago sound hoax from the start but this one doesnt.
    Condolences to their kids,family,friends,fans and love ones.

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  41. Autumn says:

    Michael Jackson is forever a legend! I feel terrible for his family at this tyme. He will forever Rock My World! Rest in Peace

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  42. dan johnson sr says:

    Michael Jackson is, and will always be what “music” is all about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  43. dan johnson sr says:

    some may remember the crazy antics and controversey but this is the greatest entertainer that ever breathed air!he’s had audiences bigger than presidents! sold more records alone than alot of other labels combined artists! and made the best videos ever for the best songs at the time ( and maybe ever) from beatles ownership and rights to their music, songs with jay z , biggie, janet, paul, on and on and on and on. Michael Jackson was not born into royalty, but he may be the most loved “King” in history!!!

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  44. Samrah says:

    R.I.P. MiCHAEL JACKSON! (F)
    I still think it`s a lie to get people`s attention cuz there were many more similar reports of his death, from two years ago, fours years ago; my point is it could be another false report since there were many false reports in the past. If it`s a false report, then that person should seriously get a life, and stop ruining others’. I am on Michael Jackson`s side even though I`m not a huge fan of his. A lot of people hate him for a few reasons, including the fact that he`s now a MUSLiM ♥; he made the right choice, and I totally respect him for that (Y)
    If he`s alive, hopefully, then I wish the best for him, but if he`s not, then again:
    R.I.P. MiCHAEL JACKSON (F)

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  45. steve clemons says:

    50 something — regrettably, he is dead. LA Times quickly confirmed after TMZ. MSNBC also announcing death.

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  46. Dave McBrayer says:

    Wow, 3 icons in 2 days, As a child Ed McMahon was of a forbidden existence for me as he was on Late with Johnny Carson whom my Mother said was vulgar.Farrah Fawcett was the reason I knew I loved women from an early age. I spent many years listening to Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 cassettes as I grew older My musical influences changed but I still enjoy hearing any of MJ’s pre 1990’s music. Rest In Peace.

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  47. 50 something says:

    Only TMZ is reporting that he died. No one else. I hope no one is jumping to conclusions.

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  48. Kayla says:

    OMG, I couldnt believe it when I got the news. R.I.P. You will surely be remebered.

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  49. anna says:

    RIP Michael…. You truly are a king to us all!!

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  50. christy says:

    Rest in Peace Michael.

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  51. dwg says:

    indeed I “grew up” on both cultural icons (though never a fan of fawcett’s her photo/poster was EVERYWHERE) I am keenly aware that the dangerous “thriller” lives many of us led from the seventies well into the early nineties are exacting their toll now.

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  52. WigWag says:

    How sad. Life is just so fragile.
    If you grew up on Michael Jackson songs you may also have grown up watching “Charlie’s Angels.”
    Farah Fawcett died (of cancer) today as well.

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