No doubt, I was saddened to hear that he passed. He has been a presence my entire life from watching the Tonight Show as a kid to Star Search to seeing him knock on doors presenting sweepstakes checks to lucky winners.
He had a long, fulfilling life for which we will all remember him. It's unfortunate that he had to spend his last years dealing with his very public financial issues. He will be missed.
Farrah Fawcett's death was also not too terribly unexpected. However, I feel very sad about her passing. Her battle with cancer has been long and very public; I don't think there was a person out there that wasn't pulling for her to beat it.
I'm sorry she lost her battle and I am sorry for those who loved her. I think I am particularly touched by her death because she was only a year older than my mother. May her family find peace.
Michael Jackson's death is such a shock. I first saw it online and I did not believe it. Then my mom told me she heard it on the radio.
I know his life has been strange the last decade or so, but he is an icon, a true American Idol, the King of Pop. I do not remember a time in my life when Michael Jackson wasn't influencing something. The first record I bought was his. I have his doll. I had a glove like his.
I will not speak to the allegations and charges he faced nor his plastic surgeries. I will not disparage the dead. However, I will say that he will be remembered for his musical contributions and the way he changed the face of pop music and videos.
His death is shocking me almost as much as Heath Ledger's. I just cannot believe it.
I hope all three icons can rest in peace and their families can also find peace. The world will not forget them.