June 26, 2009

'Charlie's Angel' Farrah Fawcett Loses Battle With Cancer

Goodbye Angel.  Actress Farrah Fawcett, of TV series 'Charlie's Angels' fame and whose feathered blonde mane made her one of the reigning sex symbols of the 1970s, died at 62 after a long battle with cancer.

Fawcett, born February 2, 1947, in Corpus Christi, Texas, started guest-starring on TV in the late 1960s and appeared on the television hit "The Six Million Dollar Man" after marrying the show's star, Lee Majors, in 1974. The couple divorced in the early 1980s.

She rose to fame in the 1970s, thanks to a best-selling poster showing off her famous mane and the hit show "Charlie's Angels."

Her death in a Los Angeles hospital came just six weeks after the TV broadcast in May of a video diary she made chronicling her battle with cancer and her final months.

The documentary, called "Farrah's Story,"  was a self-penned obituary by the actress, who was bedridden and had lost her famous hair by the time it was shown.

King of Pop Michael Jackson Is Dead at 50, 1958-2009

Death of a Pop Legend.  Michael Joseph Jackson, who died on Thursday (June 26, 2009) at a Los Angeles hospital after a cardiac arrest, was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 13 of his songs hit No. 1 and he won 13 Grammy Awards.

In a 40-year musical career, Jackson endeared himself to millions of adoring fans all over the world with his electrifying stage presence that has made him one of the most popular artists of all time.

Jackson, born on August 29, 1958, started his singing career as a child in the family group, The Jackson 5, that broke a colour barrier and won them international fame as one of the best teenybopper acts.

Later, as a solo act, Jackson went on to achieve world fame with smash hits such as 'Billie Jean' and 'Bad'. His album 'Thriller' which was released in 1982, established the singing phenomenon as one of the most influential solo artists in the modern era. 'Thriller' was the biggest-selling album of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

'Wacko Jacko' dead at 50? That must have come as a great shock to many of his millions of fans. Many will remember their childhood crush, the Michael Jackson 'moonwalk' and the image of a beloved child star whose adult life was mixed with adulation and a professional eccentricity that turned him into a fascinating but strange troubled freak show.

For Jackson, his queasy Neverland bubble, his self-professed devotion to children, his self-indulgent shopping habits, the cosmetic surgery experience and the whole mask thing is an ironic testament of a child star turned adult whose fame in later years was all for the wrong reasons. He was like a Peter Pan who could not accept the reality of age catching up on him.

Quincy Jones, who produced Jackson's top-selling albums, 'Thriller', 'Bad' and 'Off The Wall', said: "For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don't have the words."

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June 3, 2009

Asia, Europe Condemn North Korea's Nuke Test

Asian and European foreign ministers have condemned North Korea's nuclear test, while Japan sends surveillance planes to test fallout from the action.  US President Barack Obama on Monday also condemned North Korea's nuclear test, calling for a global response to what he said was a "threat to international peace". 


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