3 icons of American pop culture have died

Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson died within days of each other.

Ed McMahon, who played second-banana to Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, died Tuesday, June 23, at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center of the University of California, Los Angeles. He was 86. He had been suffering from many medical problems, including bone cancer and pneumonia.

Farrah Fawcett, 62, died Thursday morning at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. She had been battling anal cancer since 2006, according to her spokesman. She is perhaps best known for her pin-up poster and her flowing hairstyle, which influenced many women in her generation.

Michael Jackson, 50, died Thursday afternoon at the University of California, Los Angeles, apparently of cardiac arrest. Although his personal life in the last two decades has been marked with tragedy and scandal, his musical style and sales success influenced an entire generation of musicians. His 1982 album “Thriller!” is the best-selling album of all time in any genre. His “moonwalk” and hallmark vocal stylings will continue to influence artists for many years to come.

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