Friday, June 26, 2009

Types of Angels

Types of angels, and demons for that matter, are popular in our fiction and in our reality. Farrah Fawcett, for example, is heavily identified with her role as Jill Monroe on Charlie's Angels. Although she only played that role for one year and in a series of guest spots over the next couple of years, nearly every news report calls her one of Charlie's Angels.

Michael Jackson, celebrated for his music, also spent a great deal of time as a fallen angel -- a demon, vilified for his time spent with children and his eccentric lifestyle. His sudden death created a culture shock of reaction. Will he be remembered as angel or a demon? Hard to say.

Ed McMahon, the voice of the host Johnny Carson and a well-deserved power figure in his own right also passed away this week. How many people remember McMahon's Star Search and his discovery of such wonderful types of angels in entertainment including Aaliyah, Drew Carrey, Dave Chappelle, Tyce Diorio, Bill Engvall, Kevin James, Alanis Morrisette, Ray Romano, Adam Sandler and countless others. He was there for Johnny and he was there for us.

These three angels left us this week and while I was heavily invested in following the story of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal, this does not diminish the loss of the others. I know that just a few days ago Ryan celebrated because Farrah finally said yes to marrying him, a question he'd asked over and over again.

I know Michael fought to find love and acceptance, but he never quite seemed to be comfortable enough with whom he was to find anyone else and Ed McMahon, Ed was a familiar and comforting voice and laugh. These three people were wonderful parts of my childhood and I will miss these angels, I will miss what they brought to the world, the gifts they shared with us and I hope they find peace in their next lives.

Rest in Peace:

Ed McMahon (1923–2009)
Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009)
Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

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