This Day in Death

4.6.12: Michael Sands, Creator of Mr. Blackwell’s “Worst Dressed List” – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 9:30 am April 17, 2012

It’s vaguely ironic that this is the only picture I could find of a famous Hollywood publicist.


Michael Sands, the man who developed the concept for Mr. Blackwell’s “Worst Dressed List,” died on April 6 after choking on a beef sample 13 days earlier. Alright, I just typed that and even I’m not sure I didn’t make it up.

Sands was at Gelson’s deli counter in Century City on March 24 when he began to choke on a beef sample. His son, Nick, told The Wrap that his father had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which meant that his airways were smaller than normal.

He was revived by paramedics and rushed to Cedars-Sinai, where he was placed in a medically-induced coma. He died on April 6 at the age of 66, The Wrap reports.

Those of you who are regular readers know that I don’t like to use my platform to mock people. No, I believe that humor is much more powerful when nobody’s feelings get hurt. However, if I had to come up with the bullet points for the most inconsequential life ever led I’d have a hard time beating:

And this is coming from a guy whose Alexa ranking is currently getting slaughtered by an Angelfire blog about casserole recipes that hasn’t been updated since 1998. I know a thing or two about being inconsequential.

That’s not to say Sands didn’t go out of his way to insist he was actually super badass and interesting and had about a billion girlfriends and a race car but he borrowed it to one of his friends who’s an astronaut and that’s why he can’t show it to you.

Sands was known for his eccentricities, claiming to have been a CIA operative who helped capture terrorist Abu Abbas, who hijacked the Achille Lauro cruise ship in 1985. He also once posed partially nude in a magazine to promote his line of cheesecakes. He had appeared in various TV commercials and some film roles.

“Wow, white people are really serious about this cheesecake stuff,” said all black people.

As for the CIA thing, I’m actually starting to buy it. Laugh all you want but fashion commentators have long been considered America’s secret weapon. I once heard a rumor that Tim Gunn single-handedly fought off an invasion of mole people with nothing but a tastefully subtle Vitaliano Pancaldi necktie. Annnnnnnnd moxie!


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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