Taking a pause from the usual to comment on one of the saddest stories I seen in many years.

A public tragedy. An exercise in greed.

Vickie Lynn Hogan might have grown up to be anything in this liberated era. She grew up to be known to us as Anna Nicole Smith.

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How much more tragic could a life be? I became aware of her after her fight to gain control of her late husband’s estate. She was only 26 when she married multi-millionaire oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II. He died about a year later.

There was the lengthy fight for the money – she never got it. There was the fight with her weight – she claimed that TrimSpa (a diet product now being sued for false advertising) helped her. There was the marriage to her long-time lawyer Howard K. Stern. Then there was the birth of her daughter, and a few days later the death of her 20 year old son.

There were the drugged-out interviews. They were hard to watch, and hard to turn away from. There was the assorted cast of vultures hovering around waiting for their chance to pounce. And there was Vickie Lynn, in charge? or victim?

Now death has closed the books on the life of Vickie Lynn Hogan.  Oh,  the story will go on,  but time for change is over.  I wonder who the next victim of over-blown fame and greed will be?

Hers was truly a life to bring flesh and blood to the words – what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?

See ya!

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