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Oprah Winfrey's father, Vernon Winfrey, has died following his battle with cancer, News Channel 5 reported. He was 88.

Vernon owned a barber shop in East Nashville and worked as a city councilman before retiring.

His death comes days after Oprah celebrated him on the 4th of July, which she dubbed, "Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day."

In an Instagram video, Oprah said her father had no idea that the celebration was for him. He thought it was going to be a Fourth of July party.

Oprah's pal Gayle King then panned the camera to show tables stocked full of barbecue chicken and hamburgers. Then she showed Vernon, who was given his own barber chair to sit in.

Oprah captioned the Instagram post, "Giving my father his "flowers" while he's still well enough to smell them. Happy 4th of July as you gather with your family and friends. Remember to celebrate each other."

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Fans are concerned about Lori Harvey's significant weight loss a month after she broke up with actor Michael B. Jordan.

She was seen picking up a vegetable smoothie after attending a pilates class in West Hollywood on Saturday, June 18.

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Friends say Lori subsists on a diet of vegetable smoothies and water. She's so skinny that her pants hangs off her frame.

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Friends say Lori is unrecognizable now since losing so much weight. Lori's dramatic wight loss was obvious when she stood next to a friend whose weight was proportionate to her height. That's Lori on the right.

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Media Take Out spoke to a person close to Lori's camp who said Lori is taking the break up very hard. She's wasting away because she's not eating. She's gone from 135 pounds to just 95 pounds, which isn't healthy.

The friend, who claims that she's "worried" about Lori, explained, "Lori has been dieting like crazy, and working out too. She's dropping a lot of weight."

She added: "We're not used to see Lori look like that. And even at this weight she's still dieting and exercising like she still wants to lose more weight."

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Hollywood is mourning the loss of character actor Ray Liotta whose breakout role in the classic mafia film "Goodfellas" made him a star.

Liotta reportedly died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic. He was 67.

Liotta was in good health and had plans to be married to his fiancée Jacy Nittolo, a mom of four.

Liotta was best known for his role as Henry Hill in the mobster coming-of-age classic Goodfellas, directed by Martin Scorsese in 1990.

The movie also starred actors Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino.

Liotta leaves behind his 23-year-old daughter, Karsen Liotta, with ex-wife Michelle Grace.

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Liotta discussed his career playing mob figures in an interview with PEOPLE.

"It's weird how this business works, because I've definitely had a career that's up and down. For some reason, I've been busier this year than I have in all the years that I've been doing this. And I still feel I'm not there yet. I just think there's a lot more."

Liotta was adopted from an orphanage as a baby and raised in New Jersey by his father Alfred, an auto parts store owner, and homemaker mom Mary.

"At first, I didn't understand how a parent could give up a child," he told PEOPLE. "So I had that kind of energy of just being like, that's f---ed up. And then when I finally met my birth mom in my 40s, by then, I wasn't as angry about it. It's just another journey."

Liotta added: "After years, you grow up, and you just see the pattern of things. I've definitely developed more patience. Now I'm grateful for my health. And being born. For my parents that adopted me. I mean, it could have gone a lot of different ways."

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Lizzo is finally off the market. The "Good As Hell" singer says her boyfriend isn't at all intimidated by her fame.

"If you have the right person, no, not at all. [Fame] is not even a factor," she said during an interview on SiriusXM's Radio Andy.

Lizzo struggled to find love when she hit the big time after her single "Truth Hurts" was featured in the Netflix movie Someone Great.

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The morbidly obese singer said fame "should be mutually supportive no matter what that person does."

Rumors swirled after she was spotted with a mystery man on Valentine’s Day at Craig's in West Hollywood. She was seen on an outing with the same guy in Beverly Hills in October 2021.

Lizzo revealed her man cheered her on as she hosted her new NBC comedy series. "It feels good [to have people rooting for me," she said.

The 33-year-old star hosted SNL and performed two new songs as well as appearing in sketches on Saturday.

She teased fans who claim she's dating boy band singers.

"They think I'm collecting members of One Direction like Infinity Stones," she joked about the speculation that she's "dating every little white boy in Hollywood."

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A trespasser was shot at a residence where rapper DaBaby was staying in North Carolina. The man was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to TMZ, the rapper was staying at his brother's home when the man found his way onto the property without an invitation.

When police arrived at the $2.3 million mansion, they found the man suffering from a gunshot wound on the property's private football field.

DaBaby, real name Jonathan Kirk, was at home at the time of the shooting. It is not clear if he did the shooting.

A gun was recovered at the scene by police. There were no charges.

The mansion in Troutman is surrounded by a gate and security guards were on duty. It isn't clear how the man got on the property.

The rapper was cleared of murder after he shot and killed a Walmart shopper in November 2018.

DaBaby is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina where he and his two older brothers were raised by his single mom. His older brother Glen Johnson died in 2020.

DaBaby is best known for his hit singles "Suge," "Baby Jesus," "Today," and "Up The Street."

Fans were unsympathetic to DaBaby after the news broke.

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Cindy Herron is back on the market at age 60 after filing for divorce from her retired Major League Baseball star husband, Glenn Braggs.

According to The Blast, Cindy, an original member of R&B group En Vogue, filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Courts citing "irreconcilable differences" after 29 long years of marriage.

Braggs, 59, retired from MLB in 1992. He once broke his bat on his muscular back while swinging and missing at home plate.
 

 
The couple married in 1993 and share four children, sons Donovan Andrew Braggs, 28, and Solomon Braggs, and daughters Jordan Braggs, 23, and Natalia Braggs, 22.

Cindy is best known as an original founding member of R&B/pop group En Vogue, alongside Terry Ellis, Maxine Jones, and Dawn Robinson.

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En Vogue still performs live in their twilight years. (L-R) Rhona Bennett, Terry Ellis and Cindy are pictured performing at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre on August 26, 2021 in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Cindy once told PEOPLE: "It can be a short-lived business, but we're very fortunate. And fortunate to have shared so much life together... We're having a great time."

The group formed in Oakland, CA in 1989. En Vogue took the music world by storm with their hit single "Hold On", off their 1990 debut album Born to Sing.

The single, with Cindy on lead vocals, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1990.

En Vogue's 1992 follow-up album Funky Divas reached the top 10 in both the US and UK, and included their second US number two hit "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" as well as the US top 10 hits "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" and "Free Your Mind".
 

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Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with a neurological disorder called aphasia, which affects the area of the brain that controls speech.

The 67-year-old actor will take a hiatus from acting, his family said in a statement on Wednesday. The statement did not reveal the cause or severity of his aphasia.

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In a statement on social media, his family said:

"To Bruce's amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.

"As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him. This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him."

What is Aphasia?

Aphasia is a neurological disorder that affects the part of the brain that controls speech. Causes include stroke, tumors or head trauma, brain infections, or neurodegenerative diseases.

Aphasia affects a person's ability to speak clearly. Patients may mix up words - spoken or written - or they may jumble their words in a nonsensical way (word salad).

Patients usually don't realize that their speech is confusing to other people.

Aphasia can also cause problems with writing, understanding speech and listening to speech.

He is best known for his films including the Die Hard franchise, The Sixth Sense, Armageddon, Pulp Fiction, and Sin City.

Willis initially went into acting to control a stutter speech impediment.

Causes of Aphasia

Strokes are the most common cause of aphasia, followed by head trauma, tumors, brain infections, or neurodegenerative diseases.

According to the National Aphasia Association, aphasia affects about 2 million people in the United States. People diagnosed with aphasia are typically middle-age or older.

Symptoms of Aphasia

Symptoms of aphasia depend on the severity of damage to the brain. Patients will have difficulty expressing and enunciating words and sentences, and/or difficulty understanding spoken language.

Symptoms include:

  • speaking in short, incomplete sentences or phrases
  • speaking in sentences that others can’t understand (jumbled speech)
  • using the wrong words or nonsense words (word salad)
  • using words in the wrong order, mixing up words

 
Patients also have problems understanding spoken language or keeping up with fast paced language.

Treating Aphasia

Treatment for aphasia includes speech therapy, group therapy to practice communication skills, learning to use other forms of communication. Using computers to help form sounds.

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Anthony Anderson is back on the market. The "Black-ish" star's wife, Alvina Stewart Anderson, filed for divorce after 22 years of marriage.

According to court documents, obtained by The Blast, Alvina filed divorce paperwork in Los Angeles County Courts. She cited "irreconcilable differences" as a reason for the split.

The comedic actor and his wife, a homemaker, were married in 1999 after meeting in college.

According to The Blast, the marriage had its ups and downs over the years.

In 2015, Alvina filed for divorce, but she dismissed the petition and reconciled with the actor.

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At the time, Alvina told the court she would share joint legal and physical custody of the couple's son, Nathan, and she requested spousal support.

Also, she said the couple separated in April of 2014, meaning they were separated for over a year at the time.

Since reuniting, they tried to make their marriage work, however, they couldn't see eye-to-eye, even for their sake of their son.

In the new court filing, Alvina claims the couple's date of separation is "TBD" and she is requesting spousal support.

"All gifts and inheritance, all assets, earnings, accumulations, and debts acquired by Petitioner prior to the date of marriage and after the date of separation, the exact nature and extent of which are unknown," the documents read.

The Andersons may not have a prenuptial agreement, which means she is entitled to half of everything under California law.

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Mike Mora, the husband of pop singer Kelis, has died after a battle with stage IV stomach cancer. He was 37.

Mora died on Sunday, his rep confirmed in a statement to ET on Monday, March 14.

"Sadly, it's true that Mike Mora has passed away. We would ask all to respect Kelis and her family's privacy as of right now. Thank you."

Mora, a photographer, revealed he was diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer in October 2021. In Instagram posts, he remained optimistic about his chances despite his doctors telling him they could do nothing more for him.

Kelis has not yet commented on her husband's cancer diagnosis nor his death.

Celebrities paid tribute to Mora in social media posts on Monday.

Actor Evan Ross wrote: "We lost a brother yesterday. We will truly miss you Mike. Thinking of some of the great times we all spent together."

Photographer Brian Bowen Smith said: "Saddened to hear the news about our dear friend Mike passing away last night."

And music producer Dallas Austin wrote: "All I can say is that we LOVE YOU DEARLY Mikey"

Kelis, 42, and Mora shared two children, son Shepherd and a daughter. He was also stepfather to her son, Knight, by rapper Nas.

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Traci Renee Braxton, younger sister of R&B superstar Toni Braxton, passed away early Saturday, March 12, following a yearlong battle with esophageal cancer. She was 50.

Her husband Kevin Surratt confirmed her death to TMZ:

"We have come to a time where we must inform the public that after a year of privately undergoing a series of treatments for Esophageal cancer our beloved Traci Braxton has gone on to glory."

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Traci Braxton never disclosed her cancer battle publicly.

Toni and the Braxton family issued a statement on Instagram on Saturday:

"It is with the utmost regret that we inform you of the passing of our sister, Traci. Needless to say, she was a bright light, a wonderful daughter, an amazing sister, a loving mother, wife, grandmother and a respected performer. We will miss her dearly.

Traci passed this morning as the snow was falling, our angel is now a snowflake.

We ask that you respect our privacy as we plan to send her home with love, celebrating her life.

We are family forever.

Love,
The Braxton Family

Traci is best known as a cast member of her family's reality TV series "Braxton Family Values" featuring siblings, Toni Braxton, 54, Towanda Braxton, 48, Trina Braxton, 47, Tamar Braxton, 44, and her parents Rev. Michael Braxton Sr. and Evelyn Braxton.

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Traci was also a founding member of R&B singing group The Braxtons featuring her siblings. She is pictured far right in 2019 with (L-R): Towanda, Tamar, Evelyn, and Trina.

She leaves behind her husband Kevin Surratt and their son Kevin Surratt Jr., who wrote a loving tribute to his mother on Instagram.

"When I heard the news about my mother being sick first thing she said was I'm going to fight and beat this. She fought to the end and today she's at peace. I love my mother forever and this hurts so much but I'm at peace knowing she's isn't in pain anymore.
I love you ma I'm going to miss you."

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Sorry, ladies, Jason Momoa is off the market after his estranged wife, actress Lisa Bonet let him move back in.

According to reports, Lisa, 54, and Jason, 42, are "living together again and working on repairing their marriage." They announced their split after 16 years together.

A source tells Hollywood Life that "Jason moved back in with Lisa about two weeks ago and they are very much back together. They decided to work on things rather than throw in the towel because they have so much invested in each other."

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This is good news for their two children, son Nakoa-Wolf Namakaeha, 13, and daughter Lola, 14, who are well beyond their formative years but still need a strong father in their lives.

Lisa must have taken pity on Jason after paparazzi photos showed the unkempt, disheveled actor living out of a $750,000 RV.

The "Aquaman" actor and the "Cosby Show" star announced their split in a since-deleted IG post.

The post read in part:

"We free each other - to be who we are learning to become... Our devotion unwavering to this sacred life & our Children. Teaching out Children What's possible - Living the Prayer. May Love Prevail."

Draya Michele has suggested her new photo shoot made women realize they may be a little bit gay.

The 37-year-old Instagram model and Basketball Wives LA star shared new images of her voluptuous body on social media on Friday.

Draya posed seductively while wearing a bikini in a seaside swimming pool. She captioned the images: "If happy to be here was a photo."

After the images went viral, Draya's nearsighted fans speculated whether she had a Brazilian butt-lift. It's obvious to fans with 20/20 vision that her curves are natural and the result of hard work in the gym.

Later, Draya took to Twitter.com and suggested that any woman who clicks on her thirst trap photos might have to question their sexuality.

"Some of you ladies done figured out yesterday that you're a lil bit gay and that's ok!" Draya wrote on Saturday.

According to statistics, Americans who identify as LGBT+ increased from 6% to 12% since 2019. The largest increase is among women.

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Wendy Williams celebrated her father's 91st birthday at his hi-rise condo in Florida. She posted two photos of her dad, former educator Thomas Williams, on her personal Instagram account.

She captioned the images: "Daddy's 91st birthday! Enjoying it in the most relaxing way possible."

The post follows a video she shared on her IG page on Wednesday, in which she is seen strolling on a beach on a cloudy, windy day near her winter home in Miami.

She captioned the video: "It's a beautiful morning!!" despite the wind whipping her hair.

"I wanna be all I can be and then get back to New York and get on down with The Wendy Williams Show," she said in the footage filmed by her son Kevin Hunter Jr.

But fans speculated that the video was a year old because she said her mother was in Florida. However, Wendy announced her mom's passing last year. Wendy also said she was 56 in the video.

"This video is old. She keeps referencing that she is 56 years old but she's actually 57," an IG user wrote.

However, Wendy's publicist told Page Six that she "simply misspoke," and meant her mother is buried in Florida. The rep also insisted the video was taped Wednesday morning.

A source told Page Six the weather in Miami was cloudy and windy Wednesday morning.

Wendy is still battling with Wells Fargo after the bank froze her account containing $3 million.

The bank took action after Wendy's former financial adviser said she was mentally unfit.

But the video shows Wendy is alert and oriented and appears to be of sound mind and body.

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Cardi B is getting close to tattooing her infant son's name on her face. If she gets the tattoo, it will be the first public reveal of her baby's name.

Cardi B, who is facing vlogger Tasha Kebe in an Atlanta courtroom this week, told fans she's getting "close" to tattooing her son's name on her face.

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Cardi tweeted: "Random but ... I'm 1% close too tatting my sons name on my face... I really really wanna do it! [sic]"

She added that she will tattoo his name on her jaw.

The rapper's followers begged not to disfigure her face any more than it already is.

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Cardi is taking a page from West Coast socialite Amber Rose who tattooed both of her sons' names on her face.

Amber, 38, has a son named Sebastian with rapper Wiz Khalifa and a son named Slash with x-boyfriend Alexander Edwards.

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Cardi, 29, married rapper Kiari Cephus, aka Offset, in 2017. Their daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus, was born on July 10, 2018. They welcomed their second child, a boy, on September 4, 2021.

They have yet to reveal his name.

In a video on social media, Cardi B says the 4-month-old is already talking.

"I'm not exaggerating, this baby is talking," Cardi said.

"I put this on everything I love. Yesterday, I was like 'You love Mommy? Yeah?' Then I asked him again. 'You love Mommy?' And he replied back 'Yeah!'

"I don't know if that's like the pandemic thing. I don't know if this is normal. This sh*t is crazy. I need a camera in his room 24/7."

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Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa released a joint statement on Wednesday announcing their breakup after 16 years together.

The statement posted on the "Aquaman" star's Instagram page read:

"We have all felt the squeeze and changes of these transformational times... A revolution is unfolding ~ and our family is of no exception... feeling and growing from the seismic shifts occurring. And so ~ We share our Family news ~ That we are parting ways in marriage."

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They added: "as we go about our lives we may do so with dignity and honesty. The love between us carries on, evolving in ways it wishes to be known and lived. We free each other ~ to be who we are learning to become... Our devotion unwavering to this sacred life and our Children."

Jason, 42, and Lisa, 54, began dating after they met at a jazz club in 2005. She gave Momoa a ride home, and they stopped at a cafe along the way.

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"I can't say it was full-on from the moment we saw each other, but we have been together from the day we met," she told Porter magazine in 2018. "...In that moment, love came and it came big, and he did not run as I think a lot of men do. ... He basically picked me up and threw me over his shoulder, caveman style!"

The couple tied the knot in 2017. They share a son named Nakoa-Wolf Namakaeha, 13, and a daughter named Lola, 14.

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Lisa is best known for her role as Denise Huxtable in TV sitcom "The Cosby Show." She is the mother of actress Zoe Kravitz (right) from her first marriage to musician Lenny Kravitz (2nd from right).

Jason is best known for his roles as "Aquaman" and Khal Drogo in "Game of Thrones."