That’s the report, anyway.

It is a shame, much of the past 15 years has been a shame. He became a sad figure – and I mean that in the sense you sort of felt sorry for him, with such a wealth of talent and dearth of normalness.

For those who subscribe to the “troika” theory of celebrity deaths, this makes: Farah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, Michael Jackson as a set.