Hollywood heartbreak June 25, 2009 – the day icons Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died
On June 25, 2009, the entertainment world and fans suffered a double heartbreak – on that day actress Farrah Fawcett and pop superstar Michael Jackson died – about 12 hours apart.
Fawcett, who inspired millions of women to copy her feather haircut, fought with every fiber of her being when she was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006.
The actress and model was declared cancer-free in 2007, but then discovered it had spread to her liver.
“There is a reason for all this. It is a challenge to my very heart, to my strength, my mind, my spirit and my soul,” she says in a documentary made at her request by her best friend, Alana Stewart, who followed her journey to treat the cancer.
Fawcett died at 2:28 a.m. on June 25, 2009, in the emergency room of Providence St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 62. His death occurred almost exactly 12 hours before pop star Michael Jackson died at 2:26 a.m. the same day.
She says in the film that she will “never compromise” on her “want to live”. I won’t go easy on this good night.
Fawcett pursued experimental treatments in the United States and abroad.
Her doctor said, “She wasn’t afraid of anything.
Fawcett was born in Texas. She moved to California to pursue a modeling career with her good looks and signature feather cut.
Fawcett, wearing a red bathing suit, is the subject of a 1976 poster which is the best-selling poster of all time at 12 million copies.
Fawcett was also one of the original “Charlie’s Angels” along with Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. Fawcett left the show after just one season and was replaced by Cheryl Ladd.
Fawcett was married to actor Lee Majors from 1973 to 1982. She then had an on-going relationship with actor Ryan O’Neal until his death. They had one son, Redmond O’Neal.
According to biography.com, Fawcett appeared in the blockbuster films “Logan’s Run” in 1976, “Sunburn” in 1979 and “Saturn 3” in 1980.
She starred in the 1981 TV miniseries “Murder in Texas” and the 1981 movie “The Cannonball Run”.
In 1984, she produced and starred in the domestic violence television movie, “The Burning Bed.” She earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance.
She appeared in the play “Extremities” then in the film version in 1986, which earned her a Golden Globe.
In 1989, she portrayed a mother who shot her children in “Small Sacrifices”. She got an Emmy Award nomination for this miniseries.
In addition to other television roles, in 1997 she appeared with Robert Duvall in “The Apostle.” In 2000, she was in the comedy “Dr. T and the Women” with Richard Gere and Helen Hunt. Her third Emmy nomination came from “The Guardian” in 2001.
In May 2009, NBC aired the documentary “Farrah’s Story”. The film includes actual footage from her cancer treatments and follows her to a few weeks before her death. In the film, Stewart said that Fawcett told him to keep recording even the difficult parts because “that’s what cancer is”.
When news spread on June 25, 2009, that Jackson had died, his music shot to the top of the charts.
Amazon.com sold all of his CDs as well as those of the Jackson 5.
Jackson suffered cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009, at his home in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, after being given the anesthetic propofol by Dr. Conrad Murray. Jackson was 50 years old.
At the time, he was preparing for a 50-show comeback tour called “This Is It”.
Media reports in the weeks before his death indicated that Jackson had been acting oddly, being exceptionally thin and anxious, but after a week without rehearsals he seemed to have improved.
On June 24, 2009, according to history.com, Jackson left home around 7 p.m. for a rehearsal at Staples Center. The rehearsal went well, but later that evening he complained to Murray that he was tired and wanted propofol. Murray instead gave him Valium until mid-morning on June 25.
The New York Times called Jackson “the Peter Pan of pop music: the little boy who refused to grow up.”
“Jackson was battling a prescription drug addiction, riddled with self-doubt and deeply in debt,” according to biography.com.
“With his announced comeback rapidly approaching, Jackson’s final days were spent rehearsing and preparing for the spotlight as he battled inner demons.”
According to the coroner, the cardiac arrest was caused by acute propofol poisoning.
“Jackson had been given the drug by his personal physician to help him sleep at night,” according to biography.com.
Murray was convicted of intentional homicide for Jackson’s death and served two years in prison.
In 2007, a Beverly Hills pharmacy filed a lawsuit against Jackson for failing to pay a prescription drug bill of $101,926.
Jackson was also investigated for child molestation, but was acquitted of those charges in 2005.
In 2019, HBO released a two-part, four-hour documentary titled “Leaving Neverland.” The film accuses Jackson of sexually abusing children. The film focused on two men who claimed to have been abused by Jackson.
Neverland Ranch was Jackson, California’s home and private amusement park and zoo. He lived there from 1988 to 2005.
Michael Jackson began his musical career as part of the Jackson 5 with his brothers in the early 1960s. Michael began his solo career in the early 1970s. He last toured with his brothers in 1983.
His first No. 1 solo hit was “Ben” in 1972. In 1979, he released “Off the Wall” which featured the Grammy-winning song “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”.
“Thriller” was released in 1982. The record generated seven Top 10 hits and received eight Grammy Awards. Songs included ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Beat It’.
In 1983, Jackson performed his famous dance move, the Moonwalk.
1987 hits included “Man in the Mirror” and “The Way You Make Me Feel”.
The “Dangerous” album was released in 1991 and included the hit song “Black or White”.
Jackson was married to Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, from 1994 to 1996. In 1996 he married Debbie Rowe, the mother of two of his three children. The marriage ended in 1999.
His children are Michael Joseph “Prince” Jackson Jr., Paris-Michael Katharine Jackson and Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II.