It's not been a good few weeks for celebrities. David Carradine died unexpectedly. Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon both died after long illnesses (cancer and pneumonia, respectively). Billy Mayes, the television pitchman whose internal volume control was broken, died at age 50. Lorena Gale from Battlestar Galatica succumbed to her battle with GI cancer. English actress Molly Sugden from Are You Being Served? who was a master of well-timed racy double entendre died after a long illness. Karl Malden, who was in A Streetcar Named Desire, Patton, The Cincinnati Kid (among many, many other films) died at age 97.
They say these things are supposed to come in threes, not gaggles.