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Why did they die?
The truth about the early exits of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett

It's sad when anyone dies young. Human beings created in the image of God are precious, and life is indeed a gift of God.

In the Middle Ages, dying in your 50s and 60s was common. But better food, cleaner water, and modern research, surgery, prevention techniques and medicine have today made 77.7 years the average life expectancy in the United States.

Many people were shocked that Michael Jackson died at age 50 and Farah Fawcett at age 62. But modern medicine could not have prevented what these celebrities did to themselves. It was Jackson's and Fawcett's own behavior that led to their relatively short lives.

This sober truth should serve as a warning to young people: don't get hooked on prescription drugs or other artificial substances, don't engage in sexual activity before marriage, don't get your value from the attention that people lavish upon you, etc.

The faces of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett are in the grocery-store stands and are saturating the media. Young and old, churched and unchurched, are talking about them.

I've researched these facts to empower you with knowledge so that you can talk with young people, to warn them about the wrong way to live. For, as poet and philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." 

Michael Jackson

As a child, Michael Jackson's identity was damaged by his father and never restored. In his 30+ years of adult independence, the "king of pop" made a series of horrible lifestyle choices that led to his early demise. Outliving Jackson is his father (age 80) and his mother (age 79).

• He remembered his father taunting him about his "ugliness."
• He underwent a series of plastic surgeries because he didn't "want to look like my father."
• He was reportedly a homosexual who dated men, in addition to his pedophile-like behavior of "sleeping" with boys.
• His addiction to prescription drugs began in 1984.
• Nearly 20 years later, in 2003, he entered clinical treatment for his drug problems.
• In the last three years, he was taking heavy prescription drugs including Demerol and morphine.
• He had a personal physician or nurse check him out regularly, and near the end, his doctor was with him every day.
• His nanny had to regularly pump drugs out of his stomach.
• He was hardly eating and was becoming anorexic and was suspected of being bulimic.
• He had recurring nightmares and could hardly sleep, keeping on lights and music all day and all night.
• At night, he was hooked up to an IV that pumped him with Diprivan (Propofol), a potent injectable drug used to induce and maintain anesthesia during surgeries and to provide continuous sedation.
• Because the drug-related cause in Jackson's death is so strongly suspected, his body was buried without his brain so it can be studied to determine which drug was the most lethal.

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide idolized Michael Jackson, and many will continue to be "hooked on him" in his death. Yet, despite his "spiritual" public funeral, no one should want to be like him. Jackson's lifestyle was a death style, full of emotional misery, many resulting physical problems, and a dangerous mix of prescription drugs. His personal demons had devoured him.

For all his weirdness, emotional immaturity, pedophile-like activity, homosexuality, crotch-grabbing dance moves, and nightmares, I wonder if Michael Jackson had been molested as a child to set him on this disastrous course.

Farrah Fawcett

Early on, Farrah Fawcett's identity was in her looks. Influenced by years of attention from boys and girls and men and women, Fawcett became the "pin-up poster girl" of the late 70s, and had lots of sexually-charged admirers. In the end, it was a sexually-transmitted disease -- human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes anal cancer -- that killed her. Outliving Fawcett is her father (age 91); her mother died at age 91 in March.

• When she was a young girl in Texas, her parents let children come over to look at how beautiful she was.
• In high school and college, she got lots of attention for her looks and won "best looking" contests.
• At age 20, her parents approved of her "trying her luck" by entering the sexually-promiscuous modeling world in Los Angeles.
• She became world famous in 1976 for her lust-inspiring swimsuit poster and her TV role in "Charlie's Angels."
• She posed naked for Playboy in 1995 and again in 1997.
• Porn kingpin Hugh Hefner said, "Men fell in love with her and women wanted to look like her."
• Her life in Hollywood involved drug abuse, alcohol abuse and cosmetic surgery gone wrong.
• She had several boyfriends and had to have caught HPV from one of them.
• She was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006.

First Fawcett developed an appetite for others' attention, then she entered the sexually-promiscuous modeling world. In the midst of it all, she had one marriage and several romantic relationships before and after. Sex outside of wedlock opens women, especially, to being infected by human papilloma virus (HPV), which is the cause of 73% of anal cancer cases and is associated with up to 90% of cervical cancer cases.

The legacy of Farah Fawcett is as a sexy pin-up. She taught girls and young women to look like her to get more attention from men, and taught millions of boys and young men to lust after women who looked like her. She leaves the world a more sex-saturated place. Her death is another sad example of the high price of "free sex."

Read about pre-marital and extra-marital sexual activity leading to HPV, which can result in cervical cancer, anal cancer, ovarian cancer, and other deadly cancers.
US News & World Report | CDC | National Cancer Institute

LISTEN NOW to the SaveAmerica.com Radio Show with special guest Jennifer Strickland, who escaped the destructive modeling world and found her true identity in Jesus Christ.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
         Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7 NASB 

There is a way that seems right to a man,
       but in the end it leads to death.
Proverbs 14:12 NIV

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