Friday, June 26, 2009

Celebrities Die In Threes?

Yesterday, was just another example of why many people believe that famous people (celebrities) die in threes. For decades, people from all backgrounds have said that anytime someone famous dies, within a few short days - two more celebrities will also die. Of course, there is no scientific evidence to support that belief - but in offices around the world many people believe that and with the death yesterday of Michael Jackson, which was preceded by the passing of Ed McMahon and Farrah Faucett - once again we have seen three famous celebrities die within a short period of time.

My wife gets aggravated at me when I mention things like celebrities dying in threes. She always points out to me that the deaths of famous people in Hollywood are no different than anywhere else, but a belief by millions of people that celebrities do die in threes continues to be passed on from generation to generation. I remember as a young boy growing up in the 1960's first hearing my mother talk about how celebrities always died in threes. Also, many other people thought the same way as my mother - so the idea that famous people could and did die in threes was something I just excepted as fact when I was young.

Most people around the world expected that Ed McMahon and Farrah Faucett would soon die. The downward spiral of Ed McMahon's health and years of less than successful cancer treatments for Farrah Faucett caused most people to expect that they could die at any time. However, when news arrived late yesterday afternoon that in addition to McMahon and Faucett that Michael Jackson had also died - shock was felt all around of the world, because no one was expecting him to die at the young age of 50. So for people that truly believe that famous celebrities do really die in threes, the past 48 hours has done nothing to diminish that belief.

When I arrived home from work last night and started talking to my wife about the deaths of Farrah Facuett and Michael Jackson - I could not help mentioning to her that once again three celebrities had all died within a very short period of time. While I know there is really no truth to the belief that famous people always die in threes, there are countless examples throughout history that seem to prove that there is some type of correlation. The main topic in offices around the world today and at backyard barbecues this weekend will be the fact that Ed McMahon, Farrah Faucett and Michael Jackson all died within a very short period of time and inevitably the next topic discussed will be how celebrities always seem to die in threes.

Title: Celebrities Die In Threes?
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