Michael Jackson Pronounced Dead At 50

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  • According to reports from law enforcement sources, Michael Jackson was pronounced dead this afternoon after arriving at the hospital in a coma. He suffered a cardiac arrest in his home, but paramedics were unable to revive him. [L.A. Times]
  • On Barbara Walters 20/20 special on Farrah Fawcett tonight Jaclyn Smith will pay tribute to fellow Charlie's Angels star saying, "Kate experienced breast cancer, I experienced breast cancer, and then Farrah, you know, anal cancer. So, Farrah in her humor said, what was it, the water we were drinking?...And we you ... I mean, she, she maintained her humor, which is hard to do in the face of cancer." [ABC News]
  • Ryan O'Neal's lawyer sent a cease and desist letter to Greg Lott, who is pretending that his Farrah Fawcett website is her official site. He's been writing that Ryan is cheating on Farrah and using drugs and claims to be Farrah's high school sweetheart. Lott took his site down after receiving the letter. [TMZ]
  • Kate Walsh's estranged husband Alex Young has filed court papers asking that the President of ABC testify in their divorce about Kate's salary and earning potential. ABC says Young is harassing the network. [TMZ]
  • Adam Lambert said of the album he recorded pre-American Idol, "I was hired as a studio singer to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else ... I was broke at the time and this was my chance to make a few bucks." However, documents from his old record label list him as the co-writer on 9 out of 11 tracks. [TMZ]
  • Leighton Meester will be performing on Saturday at the Santos Party House in New York. [Fashionista]
  • Is People's "Hottest Bachelor" Chace Crawford having such a hard time finding a significant other that he needs to speed date? He said, "I want to so bad - I've heard these wonderful things about them, it'd be kind of interesting. I mean, 10 people and you get two minutes? It's like, what's going on? Let's do this." [The Mirror]
  • Kelis' lawyer asked a judge to move up the hearing over getting child support from Nas because she may be in labor already on the day its currently scheduled and she needs money badly. [TMZ]
  • Daryl McCauley is facing charges for embezzling money from his brother Dane Cook, and now McCauley's wife has been charged as well. Erika McCauley was arraigned today on charges of larceny by scheme and receiving/concealing stolen property. [TMZ]
  • You can watch a video of Edie Falco's statements at today's health care rally on Capitol Hill here: [Politico]
  • Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls says she did not see Britney Spears once while they were on tour together. "We have busy schedules and she does too and we go on stage at different times in different cities at different times so it's understandable," she said. [Take 40]
  • Has Leonardo DiCaprio broken up with Bar Refaeli? He was seen at a club in Hollywood flirting with several women. [E!]
  • The small town of Hamburg, New York has proclaimed Friday Def Leppard Day. The band will perform in town tomorrow night. [The Daily Express]
  • Land of the Lost is the film people complained about most to the Classification Board of Australia. Parents thought the film was too raunchy for a PG rating. [News.com.au]
  • An attorney who doesn't work for the Gosselins says even if they reach a custody agreement, the kids could still be taken off Jon And Kate Plus 8 because, "the long arm of the law will reach in and say, 'I think these kids need a child advocate because people have not been looking out for their best interests." [USA Today]
  • Ed Hardy sent a box of clothing to the Gosselins, but so far Jon Gosselin is the only family member seen wearing the shirts. [TMZ]
  • Here's an interview with chef Sam Talbot of Top Chef. He says he really is friends with Kelly Killoren Bensimon, his appearance on The Real Housewives of New York wasn't just a gimmick Bravo came up with. [W]
  • Liam Gallagher insists that rumors that he's going to be in a movie about a rock band's struggle with sex and drugs are "simply not true." [The Daily Mail]
  • Patti Blagojevich said her time in the Costa Rican jungle on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here was a great diversion from her problems at home. "It was a really welcome break that I didn't know that I needed, but it turned out to be the right thing at the right time for me," she said. [Yahoo]
  • Daniel Radcliffe says in many ways he and Harry Potter are similar. "When I started out at the age of 10 or 11," he says, "I was essentially saying the lines as I myself would say them. When I became aware that that's what I was doing, at 13 or 14, it didn't make sense to change, because it would suddenly be a dramatic shift in the character." He adds that when his mother read the sixth Harry Potter book, she noticed that "Harry argues in the kind of irritating, pedantic way that I argue. She thought Harry and I were getting closer and closer together at that point." [Parade]



I grew up on Michael in the 70's and he was nothing short of an idol, but for me he died for me long ago. This makes one less pedophile hiding behind wealth and fame. I look at him as I do Roman Polanski. Appreciate the dance, but definitely not the dancer.