Merlin Olsen is dead

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gm1983 Merlin Olsen is deadNews JUST broke that former TV and NFL star Merlin Olsen died last night at age 69.  He was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year.

I hate to speculate — OK, I LOVE to speculate.  It’s in my blood.  But, with Corey Haim’s passing yesterday, could this be 2/3 of a Celebrity Death Trifecta?  Click more, and I will explain.

As the Little House On The Prairie star heads to the “Little House In The Sky,” he may be accompanied by two other celebrities.  Celebrities tend to die in groups of three.  This is called a Celebrity Death Trifecta (or CDT for short).  It’s creepy, but true!  This has been happening for years and years and years.  2009 was a red letter year in CDTs.  Need I remind you of June 25th?  Both Farrah Fawcett AND [lastfm]Michael Jackson[/lastfm] died on the same exact day.  Just days later, we lost Gale Storm, Fred Travalena and Billy Mays!  Hey, show Fred some respect.  He was a star.

There are generally two points of contention in a CDT: 1) Was this person truly a celebrity?  Without an official committee, that is all in the eye of the beholder.  And, 2) How far apart can the deaths occur and still be considered a trifecta?  I don’t have a concrete answer for this one.  But, my “rule of thumb” is within a week.  That rule can be – and has been – broken.

Soooooooo…who’s next?  Place your bets below.  And, don’t say Abe Vigoda!  That man is immortal.

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