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While visiting the Houston area on Saturday to meet with survivors of Hurricane Harvey, President Donald Trump told reporters that he is seeing "a lot of happiness." 

"It's been really nice," Trump said of the visit. "It’s been a wonderful thing. As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing, I think even for the country to watch it and for the world to watch. It’s been beautiful."

According to the Associated Press, 43 people have died so far as a result of the hurricane — which scientists believe is the worst rainfall disaster in US history — and dozens more were injured. 

Several toxic waste storage sites have also flooded since Harvey hit, posing possible health risks to people and wildlife in the area, according to an AP investigation. 

When Trump was asked about the flooding, he replied, "The flooding? Oh, yeah, yeah, there’s a lot of water, but it’s leaving pretty quickly. But there’s a lot of water, a lot of water, but it’s moving out."

As part of his visit to the Houston area, Trump and first lady Melania Trump stopped at the NRG Center, an emergency shelter for those displaced by Harvey. The Trumps were there for about 45 minutes, according to a pool report, and spent time with children and others who had lost their homes. 

They also helped get food to survivors, with the first lady putting food into styrofoam boxes and the president handing them out to people in the shelter. 

And as he was leaving the NRG Center, Trump told survivors to "have a good time."

The worst of the hurricane was over by Thursday, but recovery from the rain and flooding in Texas and neighboring Louisiana is expected to take months and cost upwards of $125 billion, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's estimate. That figure surpasses the $100 billion mark set by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 

Some  33,000  people in Texas have sought refuge in more than 230 shelters, and  325,000  have signed up for disaster assistance, officials said.

On Saturday, when Trump was asked about children who had been displaced by the storm, he said, "They're doing great." 

This weekend's trip was the first time Trump met with victims since the storm hit Texas and Louisiana. He flew to Corpus Christi Tuesday morning with the first lady to survey the damage and relief efforts, and made a stop in Austin to attend a briefing on emergency operations from Texas leadership.

Melissa Bell, former vocalist of famed UK music group Soul II Soul, has passed away at the age of 53.


Bell's daughter, Alexandra Burke, confirmed her mother's death via Twitter in a heartfelt post, remembering "her unconditional love, support, charisma, strength and courage throughout her life".


The late artist toured and recorded with Soul II Soul from 1993 to 1995 and left the group in 1999 to pursue a solo career. Bell famously sang on Soul II Soul's hit tracks 'Wish' and 'Be A Man'.


No further details have been given on the musician's passing.

She’s a mom! Serena Williams has welcomed her first child with her fiancé, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, a source close to the tennis champ confirms to Us Weekly.


Williams, 35, gave birth to a baby girl at a hospital in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday, September 1, the source tells Us.


As previously reported, Williams accidentally announced her pregnancy in a Snapchat photo on April 19. She posted a selfie that showed off her tiny baby bump, writing that she was “20 weeks” pregnant.

Alexander Zverev battled into the early hours of Tuesday to defeat a surprisingly troublesome Darian King 7-6(9) 7-5 6-4 at the U.S. Open.


The fourth-seeded German got all he could handle in the first set from the little-known 25-year-old, who made it through qualifiers to become the first player from Barbados to compete in a grand slam.


Dressed in knee-high socks and striped headband that recalled a 1970’s-era Bjorn Borg, Zverev looked out of synch early in the match, the booming serve that helped bring him five titles this year lacking its usual punch.


The German was uncharacteristically wasteful in a one hour, 21 minute first set, committing 31 unforced errors, before going on to draw first blood.


“Obviously Darian came out playing really good tennis and I couldn’t find my rhythm,” he said on court after he finished the nearly three hour match with an overhead smash.


“It was an entertaining first set.”

A 24-year-old woman is alleging she had a sexual relationship with singer R. Kelly when she was a teen.

Jerhonda Johnson Pace told Buzzfeed she was 15 and a fan when she met the singer in 2008 outside the Chicago courtroom where he was on trial for child pornography charges.

Now a married mother of three, Pace alleges that she began a sexual relationship with Kelly after he was acquitted of those charges. She was 16 at the time, younger than the 17-year-old age of consent in Illinois.

CNN has attempted to reach Pace for additional comment.

Pace told the publication that despite having signed a nondisclosure agreement for which she received payment from Kelly, she said she felt compelled to come forward after a recent Buzzfeed report that included new allegations that Kelly is controlling a group of women (none of whom are minors) in what some of their parents describe as an abusive "cult."

"If I can speak out and I can help them get out of that situation, that's what I will do," Pace said. "I didn't have anybody to speak up on my behalf when I was going through what I was going through with him."

Kelly has denied any wrong doing and has not been charged with any crimes connected with the allegations.

In a statement to CNN on Tuesday, Kelly's publicist, Trevian Kutti denied Pace's allegations.

"The allegations against Mr. Kelly are false, and are being made by individuals known to be dishonest. It is clear these continuing stories are the result of the effort of those with personal agendas who are working in concert to interfere with and damage his career," the statement read. "Mr. Kelly again denies any and all wrong doing and is taking appropriate legal action to protect himself from ongoing defamation."

Kelly has been embroiled in controversy since an explosive Buzzfeed article last month claimed the singer is holding a group of adult women against their will as part of what some of their parents say is a "cult."

A group of people cited in the original article have claimed that their daughters are a part of an entourage of at least six women attached to Kelly. Their ages given in the article were 31, 26, 25, 21, 19 and 18.

Related: Parents of alleged R. Kelly 'victim' speak out

The only woman from the group to go public so far was the then-21-year-old Joycelyn Savage, who denies she is being held against her will.

"It just came to a point where it definitely has got out of hand, so, you know, I just want everybody to know -- my parents and everybody in the world -- that I'm totally fine," she said in a video released by TMZ. "I'm happy where I'm at and everything is OK with me."

Her parents, Atlanta, Georgia residents Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage, have been outspoken in their belief that their daughter is being pressured to say she is fine.

In a statement provided to CNN Tuesday by his attorney, Timothy Savage reasserted that his daughter "dropped out of college and disappeared," that he and his wife "have not seen or had a conversation with our daughter since December of 2016," and that she didn't attend her grandfather's funeral.

He responded to Kelly's suggestion he has a "personal agenda."

"We do have a personal agenda and that is to see our daughter again," the elder Savage said in his statement. "Mr. Kelly has a concert in Atlanta on August 25th. If Mr. Kelly has any shred of human decency, then he will allow our family to see Joycelyn this weekend without any interference."

The couple added they are prepared to pursue legal action to ensure their daughter is safe.

Kelly has a long history of accusations of impropriety with young women.

The singer was 27 years old in 1994 when he reportedly married his 15-year-old protegee, singer Aaliyah.

The marriage was annulled after Aaliyah's family became aware of it, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Two years later, Tiffany Hawkins filed suit against him, as well as his record, publishing and management companies, claiming personal injuries and emotional damage arising from what she alleged was a sexual relationship she had with Kelly, which she said began when she was 15 and ended when she was 18.

That case was settled out of court -- as was a suit brought in 2001 by former Epic Records intern Tracy Sampson, who claimed she began a sexual relationship with the singer when she was 17.

Kelly was not charged criminally in either case.

In 2002, Kelly was charged with 21 counts of child pornography related to his allegedly videotaping himself having sex with an unidentified underage girl. The case went to trial in 2008, by which point he was facing only 14 counts. He was acquitted on all charges.


Missy Elliott is the queen of "flip it and reverse it."

A petition to have a statue of the rapper/singer replace a Confederate monument had almost reached its goal of 25,000 signatures on Monday.

Nathan Coflin is a resident of Elliott's hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia, and started the petition to replace the Confederate monument in Olde Towne Portsmouth near the intersection of Court and High streets with one of Elliott, whom he calls "a true Portsmouth native hero."

"Who better to encapsulate the culture and spirit of the city enshrined in a new monument than Grammy Award-winning rapper, dancer, and record producer Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott," the petition asks.

"Before she was 'Missy Misdemeanor' she was Melissa Arnette Elliott, born on July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia," the petition continues. "Hailing from humble beginnings as the only child of a power company dispatcher and a welder at Portsmouth's lauded naval shipyard, she rose to become a platinum recording artist with over 30 million albums sold. All this without even once owning a slave."

The petition is a moment of levity in what has been an otherwise contentious battle over symbols of the confederacy since a recent white supremacist rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The rally was sparked by the call to preserve a monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Violence broke out and Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a man attending the rally plowed a car into a group of counter protesters at the demonstration.

Related: Charlottesville mayor: I changed my mind about Confederate monuments

Coflin told the Washington Post he's a history buff and a major Elliott fan.

"I wanna show we can honor the positivity that's happening today in Portsmouth and I think no one better suits that than Missy Elliott," he told the publication. "People are taking it seriously -- whether the Portsmouth City Council will take it seriously is another matter."


Jerry Lewis, the slapstick-loving comedian, innovative filmmaker and generous fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Sunday after a brief illness, said his publicist, Candi Cazau. He was 91.

Cazau would not elaborate on the illness from which Lewis was suffering. John Fudenberg, coroner for Clark County in Nevada, said Lewis died from heart failure due to peripheral vascular disease.

Lewis first gained fame for his frenzied comedy-and-music act with singer Dean Martin. When that ended in the mid-1950s, Lewis went solo, and by the early '60s, he had become a top draw in movies such as "The Bellboy," "The Nutty Professor" and "The Patsy." Along the way, he pioneered the use of videotape and closed-circuit monitors in moviemaking, a now-standard technique called video assist.

He first helped raise money for muscular dystrophy in a telethon in 1956. He was so successful, and so devoted to the cause, that children affected by the disease became known as "Jerry's kids." The telethon, long known as "The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon," began airing on Labor Day weekend in 1966, and Lewis served as host until 2011.

Despite his success, Lewis also was a controversial figure. A number of people suffering with muscular dystrophy claimed Lewis presented victims as childlike and worthy of pity, rather than as equal members of society.

Lewis lost some fans when he criticized women doing comedy -- "I think of (a female comedian) as a producing machine that brings babies in the world," he once said -- and when he lashed out at MDA critics. "You don't want to be pitied because you're a cripple in a wheelchair? Stay in your house!" he said in 2001 on the "CBS Morning Show." He later apologized.

When Lewis was one of America's leading box office attractions, critics mocked him for the broadness of his comedy -- and took more shots at him when he became a renowned figure in France. In 1984, the French awarded Lewis the Legion of Honor, the country's highest tribute.

The White House also paid respects to Lewis, with a statement released late Sunday night.

"Jerry Lewis kept us all laughing for over half a century, and his incredible charity work touched the lives of millions. Jerry lived the American Dream -- he truly loved his country, and his country loved him back. Our thoughts are with his family today as we remember the extraordinary life of one of our greatest entertainers and humanitarians. Thank you, Jerry. You will be missed," the White House statement said.

Lewis was emotional, big-hearted, eccentric -- once successful, he never wore a pair of socks twice -- proud and forever playing to the back row.

He seldom apologized for it.

"Let me tell you that probably 50% of the film community plays a game and does their thing because they're prominent and they're making a lot of money. And what they do is they give up a piece of their soul ... and for them, they're comfortable, and they feel that's fine," he told CNN's Larry King in 2000. "It was never fine for me and I wouldn't go there. I told (legendary Hollywood gossip columnist) Louella Parsons I thought she was a fat pig, because I thought she was. I had an opinion."

The controversy Lewis stirred up over the years did little to dampen his peers' and successors' appreciation of his art. Several celebrities took to social media to share their sadness over his passing.

Comedian Jon Lovitz called Lewis an "amazing talent," while "Star Trek" actor George Takei thanked him for "the laughs and the feels."

Joseph Levitch -- he changed the name to Lewis as a teenager -- was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 16, 1926. Entertainment ran in the family: His father was a vaudeville performer, his mother a piano player. Lewis occasionally performed with his parents, and by the time he was a teenager he had developed his own act. He was a regular in New York's Catskill Mountain resorts, popular summertime retreats for area Jews.

But Lewis was also a lonely boy, essentially raised by his grandmother. Lewis told King that his comedy was rooted in hurt.

"I found (the comic) through pain. And the pain was that I couldn't buy milk like the other kids in school at recess time," he said.

He met Martin at a club in 1945 where the two were performing as soloists. The next year they premiered as a duo in Atlantic City, New Jersey. According to show business lore, their first show flatlined and the team was warned by the club manager to improve or be fired. For the second show, the two went wild with a no-holds-barred mix of comedy and music. It was a hit.

Within four years, they were headlining and breaking records at New York's Copacabana club. Lewis later wrote that they set off Beatlemania-type reactions among fans -- especially female fans -- long before the term Beatlemania was coined.

Martin played the romantic, crooning straight man, and Lewis was the anything-for-a-laugh comedian of chaos. (Some observers called them "the organ grinder and the monkey.") The act often featured a stint of Martin chasing Lewis around the stage. They appeared on the very first "Ed Sullivan Show" (then called "Toast of the Town") and shrewdly negotiated control of their various appearances, earning them millions.

But over the course of a decade -- a period that included 17 movies, beginning with 1949's "My Friend Irma" -- the two grew apart. Toward the end, Martin told Lewis he was "nothing to me but a dollar sign." Martin's last performance with Lewis -- also at the Copa -- was on July 25, 1956.

Despite the acrimonious breakup, the two eventually reconciled, and Lewis and James Kaplan released a book in 2005 with a title that explained how Lewis saw the relationship: "Dean and Me (A Love Story)."

Upon their breakup, Martin was expected to be the greater success. He was an established singer and was beginning to make inroads as a respected actor, including performances in two 1958 films: "The Young Lions" (opposite Marlon Brando) and "Some Came Running" (with Frank Sinatra, with whom Martin would become longtime pals as part of the Rat Pack).

Lewis, on the other hand, was considered a lightweight, if crowd-pleasing, clown. His early solo films, such as "The Delicate Deliquent" (1957) and "Rock-a-Bye Baby" (1958), made under a longstanding contract with producer Hal Wallis, were more of the same.

But upon the end of his Wallis contract, in 1959, Lewis set out to take greater control of his work. He signed a huge contract with Paramount, a seven-year deal promising him $10 million and 60% of the profits for 14 films, according to his agency biography. He starred in "Cinderfella," written and directed by the noted comedy director Frank Tashlin, and -- when that movie was held for release -- came up with "The Bellboy," a silent-film-style story of pratfalls and adventures that Lewis wrote, directed and starred in.

It was for "The Bellboy" that Lewis first used video assist, so he could monitor his performance as he directed. He received a patent for the invention.

"The Bellboy" was released in July 1960 and was a hit, helping establish Lewis as an auteur. He exercised similar writing-directing-starring control over several successive films, including "The Errand Boy" (1961), "The Nutty Professor" (1963) and "The Patsy" (1964).

"The Nutty Professor" was perhaps the prototypical Lewis vehicle. A twist on Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," the film starred Lewis both as nebbish professor Julius Kelp as well as smooth-talking boor Buddy Love, the man he turned into after drinking a strange potion. (More than one commentator has compared Love to Martin, Lewis' former partner, but the filmmaker regularly denied Martin was the basis for the portrayal.)

Lewis considered it his best film, and the American Film Institute ranked it as the 99th-best American comedy of all time. Eddie Murphy remade the film in 1996, and Lewis brought a musical version to the stage in 2012.

In 2015, the Library of Congress announced it had acquired a huge collection of films and documents from Lewis, including copies of his most popular films, home movies and spoof films made by Lewis at home, which sometimes starred neighbors such as Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

"For more than seven decades I've been dedicated to making people laugh. If I get more than three people in a room, I do a number," Lewis told the library. "Knowing that the Library of Congress was interested in acquiring my life's work was one of the biggest thrills of my life."

Though Lewis' humor sometimes left reviewers cold, he had a sizable fan base.

"My generation, we grew up on Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. They were our heroes," said the late British funnyman Marty Feldman, crediting Lewis as one of the reasons he became a comedian. "Jerry Lewis actually has genius."

"Lewis is the Mozart of humor," wrote Agnes Poirier of the UK newspaper The Guardian in 2006. "You can keep sneering. I don't care."

Lewis remained a box office attraction during the 1960s, but his popularity waned with changing tastes in comedy and some dismal films, such as "Way ... Way Out" (1966) ("About as funny and unusual as the daily trip on the subway," wrote The New York Times) and "Which Way to the Front?" (1970).

One attempt at an early-'70s film comeback, "The Day the Clown Cried" -- intended to be Lewis' first serious film -- became Hollywood legend.

In the rarely seen film, Lewis plays a circus clown, Helmut Doork, who ends up entertaining children at a concentration camp -- and eventually leads them to the gas chamber. The movie was never released but has been viewed by a select few, including comedian and "Simpsons" star Harry Shearer, who was blunt in his assessment.

"This movie is so drastically wrong, its pathos and its comedy are so wildly misplaced, that you could not, in your fantasy of what it might be like, improve on what it really is," Shearer told Spy magazine in 1992. "'Oh, my God!' — that's all you can say."

Lewis rarely lacked for activity or money -- he performed regularly, including an annual Las Vegas gig that paid him well -- but he struggled to remain relevant. His 1980 comeback comedy, "Hardly Working," was given zero stars by Roger Ebert, who said it was "one of the worst movies ever to achieve commercial release in this country." (But it was a smash hit in Europe.)

In the 1980s and '90s, Lewis picked a handful of serious roles that earned him positive reviews. He played a kidnapped talk show host in Martin Scorsese's 1982 film "The King of Comedy," earning a BAFTA nomination for best supporting actor. He was a clothing business owner in a plotline on the late-'80s show "Wiseguy," and he played a wise comedy legend in the 1995 British film, "Funny Bones."

Lewis stayed active, touring and working periodically in TV and films. In 2013 he starred in the drama "Max Rose," and in 2016 he had a role in "The Trust," which starred Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood. Both films were flops with critics, but's Glenn Kenny, in reviewing "Max Rose," said Lewis' performance was "full of virtues: He's committed, disciplined and entirely credible."

For many years, Lewis was most known for his work as the fundraising face of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

He started his activity with MDA in 1951, according to his agency biography, although why he got involved has remained a mystery over the years. In 1956, he and Martin hosted an MDA telethon that raised $600,000. The first Labor Day Telethon, which was held in 1966 and aired only in the New York market, raised more than $1 million.

By 1973, the year the telethon moved to Las Vegas, it had a network of more than 150 stations and was raising more than $10 million.

The annual telethon, which aired live and ran for as long as 21½ hours, was filled with traditions. "Tonight Show" co-host Ed McMahon joined Lewis for many years and would cue up the band when the tote board hit another big number. (McMahon died in 2009.) Lewis welcomed hundreds of guests, including the entertainment flavor of the month, surprise stars -- John Lennon dropped by in 1972 -- or old friends: In 1976, he reunited with Martin, thanks to the intercession of mutual acquaintance Frank Sinatra.

And he was defiantly Lewis: clowning, raving, doing impromptu soft-shoes with the tie of his tuxedo undone. He traditionally concluded the broadcast with the Broadway standard "You'll Never Walk Alone."

In 2011, Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced they were parting ways, and in 2015 MDA announced that there would be no more telethons, although Lewis worked with MDA in 2016 on a promotional video.

The "Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon" raised more than $2.4 billion, Lewis told the Las Vegas Sun in 2010. Lewis was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Motion Picture Academy in 2009.

Success as a 'total idiot'

Lewis wasn't the picture of health. He survived prostate cancer and underwent open-heart surgery. He once smoked five packs of cigarettes a day, and -- because of medication -- once tipped the scales at close to 300 pounds. He developed dependencies on painkillers, which was related to a 1965 spinal injury suffered during a pratfall.

He also never lost his edge. Asked by "Inside Edition" in 2010 what he thought of troubled young Hollywood stars such as Lindsay Lohan, he let fly.

"I would smack her in the mouth if I saw her," he said. "And I would be arrested for abusing a woman." He added that he'd be happy to "put her over my knee and spank her."


West Indies never challenged England. They never competed. They did OK in the first hour of the first Test when they took two wickets but after that it all went downhill. In the end it was totally embarrassing.

I never saw any aggression from the West Indies players throughout the three days. There was no belief that they could compete, let alone beat England. They seemed to be waiting for England to make mistakes and at this level that is not going to work. Trust me, it was painful to watch.

What happened at Edgbaston is nothing new. This has been going on for a number of years so I cannot say I was really surprised. Nobody gave West Indies a chance before this series so to me that meant they were under no pressure.



Nobody would have criticised them if they had come out and just played aggressively, showed passion and pride and had a real go at upsetting England.

Instead, all I saw was a timid team with bat and ball throughout the three days. They just did not look as though they believed they could compete.

I keep hearing about a young and inexperienced team. Yes, that's true, but this is international cricket and they could not afford to go out there thinking: 'We're inexperienced and England are a lot better than us.' 

It meant they simply threw in the towel. You have to back yourself and believe in your ability.



There were a lot of frustrated West Indian legends at Edgbaston and I talked with Sir Viv Richards and Sir Andy Roberts at length before and during the Test about how we used to dominate world cricket, about our pride and passion. That's what's lacking and what happened at Edgbaston was painful to watch.

West Indies cricket is important for the world game and when we play well we play a special, entertaining brand of cricket.

What concerns me is that I do not think these players know what West Indies cricket means to West Indians and followers of the global game. People feel sad for us and that's just not right.

I was with the team for two years as bowling coach and we tried to educate them about our heritage. I tried to tell them what West Indies cricket meant. I talked about the pride and passion in representing the region and our people.

I could talk to them all day but once they stepped over that rope they were on their own and if they were not prepared to listen, it was simply a waste of time. It does hurt. And it has reached a point where it is very embarrassing.

I don't know what will happen next but I'm not optimistic about the immediate future.

It does not help that so many of our senior players are off playing Twenty20 cricket around the world rather than for West Indies and the inexperienced players have no-one to set them an example.



We have to get those players back into Test cricket by easing our regulations that say you cannot play for West Indies if you do not play in our domestic competitions. I'm not saying they should just come straight back from, say, the IPL and walk into the Test team but there needs to be a compromise.

But even if we had everyone available for this series, West Indies would not be as good as we once were. That is a fact. It's not easy to find another Viv Richards, Brian Lara or Malcolm Marshall.

Yet we do have enough talent to see a resurgence of West Indian cricket. Look at someone like Alzarri Joseph, who came out of the last Under 19 World Cup a star. Of course he won't be able to just jump into international cricket and be a success. 



We have to give the young man a chance to grow. For now, I'm just hoping West Indies can compete at Headingley and Lord's because what we have seen so far has been pathetic.

They must realise that, apart from Jermaine Blackwood in the first innings and to an extent Kraigg Brathwaite in the second, this was a very poor effort from the batsmen, while the bowling lacked aggression and penetration.

West Indies must go back to the drawing board and return much stronger in Leeds on Friday. Losing one Test doesn't mean they are out of the series. Come back with aggression, confidence and commitment.

Our history and the pride we once had in our cricket demands it.


Former West Indies Captain Darren Sammy remains upbeat despite being fired as captain of the St. Lucia Stars due to their dismal showing in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League where they have racked up six straight losses.

In a post on his Instagram account on Thursday, August 17, Sammy not only announced his sacking, but thanked everyone for their support and rallied his teammates to “finish on a high”.

The post read: “I will always stand up for my team win or lose. The good leader take more than his share of the blame and less than his share of the credit. It was a pleasure leading you St Lucia Zouks and Stars. Massive thank u to all the players, staff, fans and supporters especially my sweet St Lucia. Now let’s finish on a high.”

Shane Watson has been appointed captain for the remainder of the season while Marlon Samuels has been named vice-captain.

“After six successive defeats in the 2017 season, the time is right to make a switch in leadership and incorporate some fresh thinking as the team completes this season and builds for 2018,” the franchise said in a statement on Thursday (August 17).

“The Stars management would like to take this opportunity to thank Darren Sammy for his contribution as captain this season and throughout the last four editions of Hero CPL,” it added.


Sammy, who led Windies to two World T20 titles, however, remains in the Stars’ squad for the ongoing edition of the domestic T20 league.

The son of legendary singer Natalie Cole was found dead Monday night, and he was only 39 ... TMZ has learned.

Robert Yancy's body was found in his San Fernando Valley apartment when a friend who hadn't heard from him in a few days checked up on him.

Family members tell us ... authorities contacted them at 2:30 AM Tuesday and said Robert died of a heart attack. Law enforcement tells us, pending an autopsy, they have listed it as death from natural causes, but that can change once the autopsy and toxicology tests are completed.

The family tells us authorities were clear to them, drugs were not involved. As you know, Natalie famously fought drug addiction throughout her adult life until her 2015 death. Her cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Family members say Robert -- the grandson of Nat King Cole -- had never abused drugs and was "turning his life around." He worked in the music industry.

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