Actress Gabrielle Union attended the PUMA Motorsport event at the Performance Motorsports Garage in Las Vegas, Nevada, yesterday. Sources say Gabrielle "deeply regrets" walking the red carpet before Clive Davis' dinner at the Beverly Hilton where Whitney Houston's body lay in rigor mortis on the fourth floor. She's telling friends that if she had to do it over again, she would have bypassed the red carpet because the fallout from her lack of good judgment wasn't worth it.
Insiders whisper that party organizers had to beg celebs to pose on the red carpet in front of the "walk-and-repeat" backdrop so the big money sponsors wouldn't get upset. Some celebs were reluctant to pose, while others flatly refused to walk the red carpet.
Radar Online reports that police and the coroner's office were instructed NOT to remove Houston's body from her hotel room while Davis' party was ongoing.
The reason given was that Davis and other party organizers didn't want a coroner's van mingling with the arriving limos and luxury vehicles.
Most narcissistic celebs wait all year to be seen at Davis' grandiose annual pre-Grammy party. They say Davis' party is the hottest ticket in town -- where you can find the biggest gathering of self-centered snobs in one room.
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A Pittsburgh man is behind bars for savagely beating his girlfriend's 11-year-old son to death for nine hours. According to the Daily Mail, Cynthia McKee returned home from work Saturday to find her son Donovan bloodied and barely breathing on the floor.
Another two hours went by before McKee called police to her apartment at Rochelle Towers on Knox Avenue at 11:45 p.m.
Donovan was taken to Mercy hospital in uptown Pittsburgh, and later to Children's hospital in Lawrenceville, where he was pronounced dead. The coroner concluded he died of multiple injuries to his head and body.
McKee told police that her boyfriend, Anthony Bush, 29, told her to say Donovan fell from an open window.
Bush was arrested and charged with homicide and child endangerment. Bush - who is six feet five inches - told police he beat Donovan for nine hours with a belt and three sticks as punishment because the boy refused to vacuum the apartment.
Bush told police, "I did it. I did it. It's my fault."
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One of music's most respected living legends has weighed in on the sudden death of pop icon Whitney Houston at age 48.
TMZ reports that Celine Dion isn't waiting for a coroner's report to confirm the obvious. Dion called into Good Morning America this morning and told Robin Roberts, "Whitney has been an amazing inspiration for me ... It's just really unfortunate that drugs, bad people or bad influence took over. It took over her dreams. It took over her love and motherhood."
She went on to say, "When you think about Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, to get into drugs like that, for whatever reason. Is it because of the stress and bad influence? What happens when you have everything?"
It's interesting that she should ask "What happens when you have everything?" I tell people all the time that you get what you ask for but you may not be ready for it.
Everyone wants to be rich (and some want to be famous) but they never think about the heavy burden that comes with the riches and the fame.
Life is about the struggle. As infants being born, we struggle to get here, and life continues to be a struggle. The struggle doesn't get any easier with money. It's a sobering reality when you achieve your dreams and there is nothing left to achieve. You have every materialistic thing you could ever want, but you have nothing else to look forward to.
There's a line in one of my favorite movies that goes, "When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer."
The true meaning of life is in the struggle. The happiest people I know live from paycheck to paycheck. Once you reach the top, there is nowhere left to go but down. Be careful what you ask for, kids.
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According to celebrity gossip website TMZ.com, pop icon Whitney Houston was already dead before her head slipped under the water in a hotel bathtub Saturday. TMZ had previously reported that Houston, 48, drowned in the tub after ingesting a cocktail of prescription anti-anxiety pills mixed with alcohol already present in her system.
But a family member has confirmed to TMZ that, according to the LA coroner's office, Houston died of a prescription drugs overdose. This is the same cause of death that was told to Sandrarose.com exclusively by a family friend in the hours following Houston's death.
The record label exec, who was on his way to Houston's hotel to be with the Houston family, reached out to Sandrarose.com to correct misinformation that was in the news media. Specifically, he wanted our readers to know that Houston's leech, Ray J, was not with her when she died, and that Whitney died of a drug overdose.
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According to gossip website TMZ.com, R&B singer Bobby Brown has left the New Edition Reunion tour to fly to LA to be with his daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
Bobbi Kristina, 19, has been hospitalized twice since her mother, Whitney Houston, was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel Saturday.
With the death of ex-wife Whitney Houston, and his daughter Bobbi Kristina in the hospital, sources close to Bobby Brown tell TMZ he is on his way to Los Angeles be with his daughter ... and skipping a concert to do so.
According to our sources, Bobbi Kristina has not been alone since her mother passed -- she's had Bobby's family by her side the entire time.
New Edition has a concert tonight in Nashville, but we're told Bobby will skip the show so he can get to Los Angeles to be with Bobbi Kristina.
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According to celebrity gossip website TMZ.com, Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina was rushed to a LA hospital earlier today.
Friends say Bobbi is "distraught" over the death of Houston, who was found dead inside her hotel suite yesterday in Beverly Hills, CA.
According to TMZ sources, Houston's 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was rushed to Cedears-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
Bobbi was taken out of the Beverly Hilton, where she was staying during Grammy week -- and where Whitney died yesterday, on a stretcher.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ police and fire responded to a call for a medical emergency, but would not confirm who was transported.
Update I, 3:52PM ET:
TMZ reports that Bobbi Kristina was rushed to the hospital today for the 2nd time after Whitney Houston died.
According to TMZ sources, Bobbi Kristina went to the hospital last night as well, but was not transported via ambulance. We're told she was "hysterical, exhausted and inconsolable."
Update II, 5:10PM, ET:
According to PEOPLE, Bobbi was cleared medically and released from Cedars Sinai this afternoon.
Various media outlets have reported that pop icon Whitney Houston drowned in the bathtub of her hotel suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel after mixing a deadly cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol. Houston is seen leaving her doctor's office on Tuesday (Feb. 7) in the photo below.
According to gossip website TMZ.com, Houston, 48, was found unresponsive in the bathtub. Her stylist, hairdresser and two bodyguards were among the people in the room at the time. The entourage reportedly grew concerned when Houston didn't emerge from the bathroom after an hour.
The hairdresser, a female, entered the bathroom and screamed when she saw Houston's face under the water. A bodyguard ran in and pulled Houston's lifeless body out of the tub. The source described Houston's body position as "legs up" as if she slid down the back of the tub under the water.
Her body was reportedly "very cold" when she was pulled out of the tub. Paramedics were called to the room but they were unable to resuscitate the singer. She was pronounced dead at 6:55PM EST.
TMZ.com reports that bottles of prescription anti-anxiety drugs Lorazepam (Ativan), Valium, Xanax and a sleeping medication were found in the hotel room. It is believed that Houston had an adverse effect to the prescription drugs that were mixed with the alcohol already in her system after bingeing on alcohol for two nights in a row.
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Of all the celebrities who attended Clive Davis' Grandiose Pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hills hotel last night, singer Alicia Keys was one of the few who had the common decency to bypass the red carpet while the body of the late Whitney Houston lay upstairs in her room at the same hotel. According to reports, Houston died Saturday of unknown causes at age 48.
A somber Keys arrived at the hotel's rear entrance in a chauffeured limo with her husband, Swizz Beatz. Davis greeted Keys with a hug as she exited the limo. Inside the party, Keys posed for pictures with Sean "Diddy" Combs and his longtime girlfriend, Cassie. Surprisingly, Diddy also bypassed the red carpet.
Self-centered celebrities such as Ciara, Diana Ross, Kelly Rowland, Kim Kardashian, and others, cheesed for the cameras on the red carpet at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hills Hilton, while the body of pop icon Whitney Houston's was in rigor mortis in her room at the same hotel.
These celebs wait all year to strut their stuff at Davis' annual party-of=the-year, so they are not going to let something like the death of a legend stop them from being seen on the red carpet. As you look at the pics after the break, keep in mind that these celebrities were fully aware that Houston's body had not been removed from her room yet.
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According to TMZ.com, Hazell Stoudemire Jr., the older brother (and the only sibling) of NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire, was killed in a fiery car crash in Florida early this morning.
The accident happened on Route 27 in Lake Wales. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Stoudemire was driving at a "high rate of speed" when he collided with the rear of a tractor trailer.
He died on the scene.
The Florida Highway Patrol says 35-year-old Stoudemire was not wearing a seat belt when he smashed into the big rig ... and they are unsure if alcohol was a factor.
Singer Ciara, who once dated Amar'e, tweeted her condolences: "So sad to hear the news about Hazel. That guy was an awesome person with so much personality. May he RIP, my prayers go out to his family."
Rap mogul T.I. and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, remembered Don Cornelius during their visit to '106 & Park'.
“For me, it was about him creating a platform for us to be able to see ourselves,” said Tip. “Every Saturday morning after cartoons went off, I was waiting and hoping Run-DMC or somebody was on there. If not for him, we wouldn’t have had that. And not just my generation, but generations before me.”
From Miss Xpose:
Tiny recalled her appearance on the show in the ’90s with her group Xscape. “When I first started out, we were on ‘Soul Train’ and it was a great experience,” she said. “It was the first time I realized that they lip-sync, so it was something different, but I loved it. He paved the way for a lot of us to make it and be seen.”
The couple also addressed rumors that they’re expecting another child. “Ya’ll know I can’t give it away,” said Tiny, before T.I. interrupted to tell them to tune in to their VH1 show, “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle,” to find out.
While we're on the subject, Tiny is looking for a licensed nail tech for her new location. You must be licensed in the state of Georgia. (See new post).
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Don Cornelius, the creator of 'Soul Train,' apparently shot himself in the head in his Beverly Hills mansion early this morning. The 911 call to LA city fire dispatch was placed by his son around 4:00 A.M., according to TMZ.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... one of Don's two sons made the call around 4:00 AM ... and paramedics were immediately dispatched to Don's Sherman Oaks home in an effort to save his life.
Don was transported to a nearby hospital -- where he was later pronounced dead.
Cornelius was 75 years old.
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The music world is mourning the loss of innovator Don Cornelius, who died of an apparent suicide this morning.
From the NY Daily News:
“Soul Train” creator and host Don Cornelius, who brought R&B into America’s living rooms with his long-running television show, committed suicide Wednesday, according to TMZ.com
The 75-year-old Cornelius was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head around 4 a.m. inside his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home, the celebrity web site reported.
His show, dubbed “The Hippest Trip in America,” presented stars like Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin and Barry White to a national television audience.
Cornelius, with his deep voice, stylish clothes and Afro, provided a hipper alternative to Dick Clark and “American Bandstand” when his show debuted on Aug. 17, 1970.
A cop killer had his day in court yesterday, but instead of exercising his right to remain silent, he caused a disturbance, shouting obscenities at the judge and reporters.
Joshua Tremaine Jones, 26, was arrested Saturday and charged with shooting Master Public Safety Officer Sandra E. Rogers in Aiken, S.C. Saturday morning.
According to WRDW.com, Rogers, 49, was gunned down while responding to a call from a concerned citizen of suspicious activity at Eustis Park just after 7:30 a.m.
Jones is also charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Cayce Vice, who was shot once in the head in her Augusta, GA apartment on Saturday. Cayce (pictured above) was 5 weeks pregnant.
On Monday Jones stood before Judge Donna Williamson for a bond hearing in Aiken. He entered the courtroom wearing a orange and white striped jail jumpsuit. Jones appeared to be experiencing acute side effects of antipsychotic medications.
"Do you want to be screened for an attorney?" asked Judge Williamson.
"I don't care!" Jones yelled back. After mouthing a few profanities in the direction of reporters, Jones turned his attention back to the judge.
"Do you have the income to hire an attorney on your own?" she asked him.
"Does it look like it? G** d******!" Jones answered back.
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Tongues were wagging during the touching performance of songstress Christina Aguilera's performance at Etta James tribute on Sunday. Not because she tore the roof off the place with her amazing vocals, but because she appeared to be leaking bodily fluids on the stage.
Here's what actually happened according to US Weekly:
In photos of Aguilera's incredible tribute to James -- who passed away Jan. 20 -- fans noticed odd streaks running down her legs.
"She sang her heart out. It was a memorial service for her idol and she was nervous," an insider explains to Us of the performance. (Aguilera, 31, has been covering "At Last" for years and called James "a true gift to music and a woman of great spirit and courage" on her website after James' death."
"It was her proudest moment," the source explains. "The sweat caused her spray tan to streak."
Good answer. But she doesn't appear to be "sweating" anywhere on her body -- except in the vicinity of her vagina. Do women spray tan their vaginas?
Thanks to loyal reader mzwhang90210 for the tip!