UnNews:Grim Reaper commits suicide after massive week of celebrity deaths
29 June 2009
HOLLYWOOD, California -- Johnny Carson sidekick, second banana, and WWE mogul Ed McMahon (a.k.a. Ed MacMahon a.k.a. Vince), 86, died Tuesday from cancer. Thursday saw the death of Farrah Fawcett -- 62, also of cancer -- and the sudden, shocking, and unexpected death of "King of Pop" Michael Jackson -- 50, still pending autopsy results, but believed to be cardiac arrest. Then on Sunday, the world lost infomercial extraordinaire Billy Mays, also 50. But it hasn't stopped there.
Police Sunday found The Grim Reaper "unconcious" and "not breathing" at a Hollywood Marriott Hotel on the morning of June 29, 2009. The famed undertaker was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where Death Himself was pronounced dead on arrival at 3:23 pm, after more than an hour of CPR. He was a mere 550 years old. Police found on the nightstand a suicide note.
"Here is the suicide note in its entirety," says Sgt. Joe Friday, warning, "but it's not exactly pretty..."
The suicide note is reprinted here with permission of the Associated Press and the David Carradine Center for Handling Shocking Celebrity Deaths:
|“||To whoever cares, I, the Grim Reaper -- born August 29, 1458 in what is now Montana -- can no longer handle my duties as an undertaker. I am under so much pressure and stress after this busy fucking week of having to rid the world of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Billy Mays, let alone musical icon Michael Jackson. Nevermind what he did in his personal life, his music is still the only thing that matters.
I went through a long bout with depression and the bottle when I had to cancel Pushing Daisies, but this was fucked up to the core. Why take so many celebrities at once? I wanted to take Robert Carradine instead of David, but that would have gotten me fired. I tried telling my boss no, but he threatened to cut my pay, and I'm on the brink of bankruptcy already.
I have too many bills to pay, a wife who left me, kids who don't even know me, an asshole boss, a dead-end job, and this just adds insult to injury. I'm sick of it all! I'm burned out, but as Neil Young once said, "It's better to burn out than to..." something. Haven't heard that song in ages, and now I can't even remember it. Bah, I'll remember it after I blow my brains out.
P.S. Enclosed is a picture of Ed McMahon going gangsta!
Strangely, no bullet wounds were found anywhere on his body, leading police to believe he tried a different method of suicide. "His .44 Magnum had no bullets, no fingerprints," Friday says. "We have an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday for sure."
The Reaper's death ends one of the most shocking and bizarre weeks in the history of celebrity deaths.
"I guess there's no way to describe what's going on here," says Harrison Ford, who is still very much alive, despite internet rumors. "Celebrities are dropping like flies lately. It's, it's tragic, to say the least."
"I agree with Harrison Ford," says Jeff Goldblum, another living celebrity rumored dead, "Stars are dropping like flies. Like flies." Goldblum was desperately trying to make puns on his 1986 film The Fly, directed by David Cronenberg.
"I am shocked to hear of the tragic death of the Reaper," says Blue Oyster Cult guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser. "I am at a loss for words right now, and I think we should re-release 'Don't Fear the Reaper' as a single to benefit Grim's family and those affacted by his untimely loss."
Known in folklore for taking souls, the Grim Reaper grew weary of his job and formed a British heavy metal band in 1979 called Grim Reaper. Playing guitar and lead vocals, he released the 1984 album See You in Hell, featuring the number 1 pop hit, "See You in Hell, My Friend." It was the band's only commercially successful recording. They broke up in 1988 and briefly reunited on VH1 in 2006 up until Grim took a leave of absence to focus on his dayjob. It is rumored that he converted to Islam in the past year.
Grim had also been parodied on the Cartoon Network animated series The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
No funerals or memorials are planned as of yet.
- Lynn Elber "‘Tonight’ sidekick Ed McMahon dies in LA at 86" Associated Press, June 27, 2009
- Lynn Elber "Farrah Fawcett loses battle with cancer" Associated Press, June 26, 2009
- Richard Lacayo "Michael Jackson: The Sad End of an American Icon" Associated Press, June 27, 2009
- Mitch Stacy "TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead at Florida home" Associated Press, June 28, 2009