Ailing California teen Kevin Cordasco shushed anyone who dared to speak whenever he watched his beloved "Breaking Bad" from his hospital bed, People reports.
And on Sunday night, his family is convinced, he was watching the long-awaited final season's opener in his own way, from somewhere, and acknowledged the nod to their astute young superfan.
The AMC series dedicated Sunday's episode to Kevin, who, at age 16, died in March after a seven-year battle with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer.
Before his death, the Calabasas, Calif., teen had befriended star Bryan Cranston, show creator Vince Gilligan and others affiliated with the show, who knew they needed to do something to memorialize the preternaturally wise teen, whose insights even contributed to a new plot line this season.
"It was just heartwarming," Kevin's mom, Melodie Cordasco, told the Los Angeles Daily News about the episode dedication on Sunday. "I know my son was sitting there, watching it [saying], 'Mom, Look, I made it!' It was overwhelming -- the feeling, the love and support."
Kevin's introduction to the "Breaking Bad" family happened last September, when series star Cranston and his wife visited the teen in the hospital for three hours after learning about his condition via emails originating from the teen's godmother, who has connections to the entertainment industry.
The meeting was a dream come true for Kevin, who felt a connection to Walter White, Cranston's character on the show.
"Bryan Cranston is diagnosed with what could have been a terminal illness, a cancer in the first episode," said Kevin's father, also named Kevin Cordasco. "He then began to live his life. I think that Kevin connected with that character, moving forward and never looking back, never asking why ... [Kevin] didn't let his cancer stop him from doing anything."
Kevin clearly also made an impact on Cranston, who persuaded show creator Gilligan to visit Kevin in October. Later, Cranston returned with co-stars Bob Odenkirk and Anna Gunn. The teen also spent about five hours with the writers.
One chat Kevin had with Gilligan went on to influence a plot twist on the show, confirmed executive producer Melissa Bernstein, who refused to divulge what it was, for fear of a spoiler.
Usher's son has been released from an Atlanta hospital after being admitted to the ICU last Monday after nearly drowning when his arm got stuck in a pool drain as he attempted to retrieve a toy, People reports.
Usher Raymond V, 5, the singer's oldest son with his ex-wife Tameka Foster, "is going to be just fine," a source close to "The Voice" coach tells People. "Doctors were taking every precaution to make sure Cinco was OK, but the danger looks like it has passed."
In the wake of her son's accident, Foster requested an emergency hearing to regain primary custody of Cinco and his brother Naviyd, 4.
But after a hearing last Friday, a judge dismissed the case, leaving the singer with primary custody of the children.
Oprah Winfrey says she's "sorry" that a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland, People reports.
"I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I'm really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I'm sorry that I said it was Switzerland," Winfrey said Monday night at the Los Angeles premiere of "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
"I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don't expect that you would be able to be there," she continued.
While shopping in a Zurich boutique last week, the clerk refused to show Winfrey a $38,000 purse, saying that she could not afford it.
Swiss tourism officials and the boutique owner apologized, but Winfrey insists there's no need.
"It's not an indictment against the country or even that store," she continued. "It was just one person who didn't want to offer me the opportunity to see the bag. So no apologies necessary from the country of Switzerland.
Zombies are about to bring new life to the board games Monopoly and Risk, and T-shirts will be looking a bit sharper, thanks to some sharks, Newsday reports.
USAopoly and Hasbro are coming out next month with Walking Dead versions of both games, while Syfy and the "Sharknado" studio, Asylum, get ready to introduce T-shirts tied to the super-cheesy cable pic.
In Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition ($39.99), tokens aren't anything as mundane as thimbles or irons. Here, pieces include an RV and "a bucket of body parts," which can land on spaces from Woodbury Fight Arena to the Greene Family Farmhouse. And since this is a game of survival, properties are bought and sold using supplies such as fuel and firearms.
The Dead version of Risk ($49.99) is all about fending off attacks by living and zombie armies to gain control of numerous Southeast territories. Both "Walking Dead" games go on sale in late September through Skybound and Diamond Comic Distributors.
And sink your teeth into this: Syfy and Asylum signed with Earthbound, a direct-to-retail and brand-licensing agency, to market an ocean of "Sharknado" goodies, including bags, costumes and games. First up will be the "Sharknado" T-shirts, which will hit stores nationwide in the coming weeks.people