Heroin likely played a role in the death of British model and television personality Peaches Geldof, The Associated Press reports.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate told an inquest into the death of the second daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof that a post-mortem examination was inconclusive, prompting further tests. In a brief hearing, Fotheringham said the results on the 25-year-old confirmed the presence of the drug.
“There was recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death,” he said.
Geldof’s husband, Thomas Cohen, found her on April 7 after returning to their home in Kent from a visit to his parents’ home.
“Thomas entered the property and went upstairs thinking that Peaches may have been sleeping,” Fotheringham said. “Thomas then located Peaches in a spare bedroom and it was obvious to him that she was deceased.
Fotheringham said that even though Geldof had spent much of that weekend alone, she had been in contact with friends and family.
The story offers a sad echo of the death of Geldof’s mother, television presenter Paula Yates, who died of a drug overdose in 2000 when her daughter was 11. In her final message on Twitter, Geldof posted a photograph of herself as a toddler next to her mother.
One of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” is going to auction in New York this summer, the AP reports.
Sotheby’s is offering a working draft of the finished song in Dylan’s own hand for an estimated $1 million to $2 million. The draft is written in pencil on four sheets of hotel stationery. It contains revisions, additions, notes and doodles.
Scrawls seem to reflect the musician’s experimentation with rhymes.
Dylan was 24 when he recorded the song in 1965.
Sotheby’s described the seller as a longtime fan from California who “bought directly from Dylan.” He was not identified.
The auction house says it is “the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem.”
The auction is June 24.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Thursday, with perennial favorites “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Sesame Street” and “The Young and the Restless” racking up multiple nods, the Los Angeles Times reports.
CBS led all other networks with 61 nominations, followed by PBS (44) and Nickelodeon (37), while “The Young and the Restless” was the most nominated show, with 26 nods.
The Daytime Emmys will be held June 22 at the Beverly Hilton, and the Daytime Creative Arts Emmys will be held June 20 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, both in Los Angeles.
New Kids on the Boat?
The seminal boy band and future Vegas act might consider a name change in honor of their newest venture — a reality show titled “Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block,” People reports.
The eight-episode TV Guide Network series will chronicle their adventures partying with mega fans aboard a cruise ship, reports Today.com. (Apparently when they sang “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” they really meant it.)
All five former boy-banders are signed on for the series, including Jonathan and Jordan Knight, Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre and an engaged Donnie Wahlberg, who will also executive produce.
A premiere date has yet to be announced.
The lineup of pop stars keeps coming for new Tony Award-nominated “After Midnight,” the AP reports.
Producers of the show that celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club say Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole will take turns as special guest stars this summer.
LaBelle will play performances from June 10-29, Knight takes July 8-Aug. 3, and Cole will appear from Aug. 5-31 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York.
Each will offer their own take on the songs “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” ‘‘Stormy Weather,” ‘‘On the Sunny Side of the Street” and “Zaz Zuh Zaz.”
The show earned seven Tony nods on Tuesday, including a nomination for best musical.
Others who have starred in the show are Fantasia Barrino, Toni Braxton, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Vanessa Williams and k.d. lang.
Tony Parker has plenty of reasons to celebrate, People reports.
The San Antonio Spurs player, 31, and fiancee Axelle Francine welcomed their first child on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the team confirms.
Son Josh was born hours before his basketball player dad helped the Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-103 in Game 5 of the playoffs.
“He was really excited before the game. Obviously, he was really excited to have his son here and wanted to get this game really badly, not only for his son but for the situation and the timing of it,” Spurs forward Tim Duncan said.
In October, Parker announced he was expecting a son with Francine, a French journalist.
“Hey just wanted to say that I’m very happy today … me and my future wife going to have a baby boy!!!!” Parker tweeted at the time.
Zach Roloff just popped one big question, People reports.
“The Little People, Big World” star, 23, proposed to girlfriend Tori Patton, 22, Wednesday. “She said yes!” Roloff writes in an announcement to his Facebook friends. “It’s been a brilliant 24 hours and totally excited for what the future holds.”
Call it sibling revelry. The happy news comes on the heels of his twin brother Jeremy’s engagement to girlfriend Audrey Mirabella Botti this past March.
Zach proposed on bended knee in a lush open field. “Thanks to my brothers Jeremy James Roloff and Jacob for capturing,” he writes of the romantic proposal pictures.”
The siblings’ parents and stars of the show, Matt and Amy Roloff, may be in the midst of a painful separation, but there’s still a lot of love going around.
“I couldn’t be more proud or more overjoyed w/ my two sons Jeremy and Zachary,” Amy Roloff writes in a Facebook post. “They’ve chosen a wonderful woman … I’m excited to have Tori and Audrey a part of the family — Love Love.”