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Comedian Charlie Murphy died Wednesday after a battle with leukemia, according to his publicist Domenick Nati.

Murphy was 57.

A long time comic, Murphy rose to fame for his work on Dave Chapelle's popular "Chapelle's Show," where he was a co-star and writer.

His recurring skit "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories," which recalled celebrity encounters he and his younger brother Eddie Murphy had with Rick James, Prince and others, became cult hits.

A New York City native, Murphy toured with comedians George Lopez and D.L. Hughley. Fellow comedian Chris Rock, took to Twitter when news broke of his passing: "We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time. Charlie Murphy RIP."

Murphy also appeared in several movies, including"Jungle Fever," "Lottery Ticket" and "CB4."

One day before his death, Murphy tweeted: "One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible."

Murphy's wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died from cervical cancer in 2009. He is survived by his brother and three children.

 

Will Smith chopped off his son's bleached dreadlocks on the Toronto set of their 2018 film Life in a Year on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old movie producer - who boasts 75.2M followers - wrote on Facebook: 'Getting Jaden Smith ready for the first day of filming #LifeInAYear...maybe I should’ve used scissors?!'

It was a shockingly clean cut look for the eccentric 18-year-old, who's known for his gender-neutral, nineties-obsessed hipster style.

Smith - who also produced The Karate Kid (2010) - previously acted opposite the Malibu-born millennial in The Pursuit of Happyness in 2006 and the dismally-reviewed After Earth in 2013.

Jaden's character, 17-year-old Daryn, is determined to have his girlfriend Isabelle (Cara Delevingne) experience 'an entire life' after her terminal cancer diagnosis in the YA romantic drama.

Empire's Terrence Howard and Nia Long will play Daryn's no-nonsense father and mother Catherine, while Hunter Street's Stony Blyden will play his BFF Kiren - according to Deadline.

Slovenian filmmaker Mitja Okorn (Planeta Singli, Letters to Santa) will direct Life in a Year, which was penned by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews. 

The MSFTSrep designer currently plays bisexual graffiti artist Marcus 'Dizzee' Kipling in the second part of Baz Luhrmann's seventies-set series The Get Down now streaming on Netflix.

And the two-time Oscar nominee's next role is as LAPD officer Scott Ward in David Ayer's fantasy flick Bright - streaming in December on Netflix - alongside Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, and Édgar Ramírez.

Missing from the family fun Tuesday were Smith's 24-year-old son Trey with first wife Sheree Zampino and his 16-year-old daughter Willow with second wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

 

John Warren Geils Jr., the guitarist and founder of the eponymous J. Geils Band, has died, police in Groton, Massachusetts, said.

Police came to Geils' home for a well-being check, police Chief Donald Palma said. The 71-year-old was found unresponsive and was declared dead at the scene.

Police are investigating the death as a standard procedure. Foul play was not suspected and a preliminary investigation suggests Geils died of natural causes, Palma said.

The J. Geils Band was one of the most popular American touring bands of the 1970s. But they did not achieve commercial fame until the 1980s, when they released radio mainstays such as "Centerfold," "Love Stinks" and "Freeze-Frame."

Born in New York in 1946 and raised in New Jersey, Geils was best known as a musician, but his first love was cars -- a passion he inherited from his father along with his ear for music, he told Autoweek in 2012.

He met band mates Danny Klein and "Magic Dick" Salwitz at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he was studying mechanical engineering.

"That was the end of engineering school for all three of us," he told the magazine. They formed the J. Geils Band in 1967 with lead singer Peter Wolf and drummer Stephen Jo Bladd.

The group released a string of albums in the 1970s but would not achieve commercial success until the 1980s, starting with the release of "Love Stinks," its first platinum-selling record, according to Rolling Stone. Their 12th album, "Freeze-Frame," featured its popular title track as well as chart-topper "Centerfold," which spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982.

Wolf left the band to pursue a solo career and did not appear on its final album, released in 1984. The band officially broke up in 1985, occasionally coming together for reunion shows. The J. Geils band was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the fourth time in October, but was not selected for the 2017 class.

''Being part of the J. Geils Band was a lot of fun. We made 14 records, and eventually made some money. But it got to be a grind. In some respects it was like any other job; it starts to wear on you a little bit," Geils told The Boston Globe in 2004.

Geils' semi-retirement from music allowed him to return to cars. He started KTR Motorsports out of a garage in Carlisle, Massachusetts, to service vintage Ferraris, Maseratis and other Italian cars. He sold the business in 1996, according to Autoweek.

He also remained active as a musician, forming the band Bluestime with Salwitz and releasing two records.

Geils' contemporaries, including musicians from the band Foghat and The Fixx, expressed their condolences on Twitter.

 

After news broke that Mariah Carey split with her boyfriend of five months, back-up dancer Bryan Tanaka, reports claimed that Tanaka was the jealous type, and wasn't comfortable with Mimi spending so much time with her ex-husband Nick Cannon due to their co-parenting relationship.

Now, Cannon has spoken with Entertainment Tonight, and he's sharing just how he feels about Tanaka's alleged insecurity.

"Most men are jealous of me," he said, before adding, "I'm joking. But I know nothing about it. For me, at the end of the day, she's an amazing mother and we focus on our kids."

When asked to expound, the comedian made it clear that this isn't his fight, as he has bigger fish to fry in his own life.

"I know nothing about this," he said. "I got too many of my own relationship issues to be worried about an old relationship."

In addition to Tanaka's jealousy, it was also reported that he was also getting too comfortable with the singer's generous gifts, and she quickly grew tired playing the sugar mama role.

 

Sadly, there will be no infinity for Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka as a couple — they’ve broken up, according to TMZ, and the fallout has not been pretty.

Carey and Tanaka, who have been dating officially since February (but whose romance was rumored to have started sooner), have gone their separate ways over jealousy and money issues, the site says. More specifically, Tanaka has shown his grudging side over Carey’s friendly relationship with ex Nick Cannon. Carey and Cannon have gone on trips together and get dinner every so often for the sake of their kids, and Tanaka has evidently had enough. Carey and Cannon’s joint outing to the Kids’ Choice Awards was reportedly the last straw.

And Tanaka hasn’t been managing his anger well, TMZ continues — he’s been openly flirting with other women in front of Carey’s face to get a rise out of her.

And there’s more to the story: Carey is tired of bankrolling her boyfriend. Tanaka evidently has a taste for expensive jewelry (watches and chains are his favorite) and can’t stop using Carey’s cash to buy luxury shoes.

 

Twenty-First Century Fox, which owns Fox News, began an investigation into sexual harassment claims made against Bill O’Reilly last week by Wendy Walsh, a Los Angeles–based radio host, according to the Washington Post. Walsh and her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, recorded a phone call they made to the Fox complaint hotline last week and posted it to YouTube.

Walsh, who was a guest on The O’Reilly Factor, alleges that O’Reilly reneged on a job offer to her after she refused to join him in his hotel suite in 2013. O’Reilly denies this charge.

Walsh and her lawyer say that she is not seeking financial payment.

“We will fully cooperate with any investigation,” says Bloom.

“Again, Wendy is not seeking any money, just accountability.”

News broke last weekend that O’Reilly and Fox News paid five different women a combined $13 million to settle previous claims of sexual misconduct. O’Reilly insisted he is innocent of those allegations as well.

Fox instructed the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to conduct the investigation. The company released a statement announcing its decision: “21st Century Fox investigates all complaints and we have asked the law firm Paul Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters.”

The same firm led the investigation last year into former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, which led to his departure over similar sexual harassment allegations. Walsh’s lawyer has expressed doubts about Paul Weiss’s ability to conduct a proper, unbiased investigation:

The National Organization for Women has also called for an independent investigation of what it calls a “culture of sexual harassment at Fox News.”

In recent days, numerous advertisers have stopped buying ads on The O’Reilly Factor. Fox initially stood behind their beleaguered host, but news of the current investigation may indicate that public pressure is having a serious effect.

 

Omarosa has just got married in Washington DC. "The Celebrity Apprentice" alum tied the knot with Pastor John Allen Newman at one of Donald Trump's hotels, but the President was not in attendance. "Just married!" she tweeted after the ceremony. 

The 43-year-old bride walked down the aisle in a YSA Makino cap sleeve blush tulle beaded ball gown with a cathedral train. She drew laughter in the room when exchanging wedding vows with her fiance as she seemingly recited, "for richer and for richer." 

Omarosa was named Director of African-American Outreach during Trump's presidential campaign last year. After he won the election, the reality TV star was chosen as a director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison for his administration in the White House. 

 

A passenger on a United Airlines flight was savagely yanked off by airport police Sunday night at O'Hare International because he refused to get off an overbooked flight.

You see cops drag the man who screams in agony before getting pummeled with such force he starts bleeding from his nose and mouth.

The man reportedly told flight officials he could NOT give up his seat because he's a doctor and had patients waiting for him in Louisville ... but that didn't fly.

United released a statement, "Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation.”

 

Since 1991 when his father died, birthdays have been bittersweet for Bunny Wailer. Thaddeus 'Taddy Shut' Livingston passed away on April 10 that year.

 

Today is Bunny Wailer's (given name Neville Livingston) 70th birthday. 

 

To mark the occasion, the reggae legend launched 'Wailers Museum: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Bunny Wailer' here on April 9.

 

The museum occupies four rooms of the home his father owned. For Wailer, the occasion, attended by family and artistes, was special.

 

"It means a lot...A museum relates to things an artiste has done over the years. We have a Bob Marley Museum an' a Peter Tosh Museum so it's appropriate for me open one at this time," he told OBSERVER ONLINE.

 

Marley and Tosh were his colleagues in The Wailers, the famed group that formed in Trench Town during the ska era of the early 1960s.

 

They recorded two powerful albums (Catch A Fire and Burnin') for Island Records in 1973 before pursuing solo careers. 

 

Marley died from cancer in May 1981 at age 36. Tosh was murdered at his St Andrew home in September 1987 at age 42. 

 

Photos, original album covers and a registration document acknowledging a change in their Tuff Gang company to Tuff Gong, are some of The Wailers pieces on show at the museum.

 

Bunny Wailer's awards including three Grammys, his boyhood bamboo guitar and a gramophone that belonged to his father, are also displayed.

 

The museum launch is part of a series marking the singer/songwriter's latest milestone. It started last Friday with a dinner/dance at Bournemouth club in Central Kingston.

 

Three of Wailer's children, Tamara, Sasha and Asadenaki, and grandson Mark, attended the opening. Stranger Cole, Fred Locks, Capleton and Dre Tosh were some of the artistes present.

Janet Jackson and her super rich businessman husband have split just months after welcoming a baby together.

According to reports, Jackson and hubby Wissam Al Mana -- who is worth almost a BILLION bucks -- recently came to an agreement things weren't working and decided to go their separate ways.

Al Mana is Janet's third husband ... she married James DeBarge in the 80s but split after a year and was with Rene Elizondo Jr. from 1991 to 2000.

Jackson married Al Mana in 2012 ... they have one kid together, a son named Eissa who was born January 3.

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