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RIP Patrick Swayze September 14, 2009

Filed under: RIP — Alexandra @ 11:51 pm

Patrick Swayze has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 57.

His publicist confirmed the news that he passed away earlier today with his family by his side.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

“Nobody puts baby in the corner.”

 

BREAKING NEWS: DJ AM Found Dead! August 28, 2009

Filed under: DJ AM,RIP — Alexandra @ 10:41 pm

It has been confirmed that DJ AM (real name Adam Goldstein) has passed away. He was 36-years-old.

His body was discovered by the NYPD earlier today, and it looks as though he died from an apparent drug overdose.

He recently made headlines last September after he and Travis Barker of Blink-182 survived a fatal plane crash.

On August 25, DJ AM wrote on his Twitter, “New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems.” This would be his final form of public communication.

According to NBC New York, “DJ AM had not been heard from for a few days, and one of his friends went to check on him, but got no response after knocking on his apartment door, law-enforcement sources said. The friend then called the police, who broke into the apartment and found the DJ’s body.”

And according to reports, DJ AM was reportedly suffering from depression after trying to stop taking medication after the plane crash. He was found wearing sweatpants and no shirt, and prescription drugs and a crack pipe were found at the scene. Bottles of pills were found in both the bedroom and the kitchen.

DJ AM also recently wrapped up a reality show for MTV about drug addiction.

This is all so terrible. I can’t even begin to fatho the thought that this man who survived a fatal plane crash almost a year ago is dead today.

RIP DJ AM. You’ll be missed.

 

Director John Hughes Dies! August 6, 2009

Filed under: RIP — Alexandra @ 5:31 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Director John Hughes, known for movies such as Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and The Breakfast Club, died today in Manhattan at 59, said his spokeswoman.

Michelle Bega said Hughes died of a heart attack during a morning walk. He was in Manhattan to visit family.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. This is so terrible.

 

Celebrities Offer Their Condolences June 26, 2009

Filed under: Michael Jackson,RIP — Alexandra @ 7:27 pm

Many celebrities have taken to their Twitter accounts to share their thoughts on the passing of Michael Jackson. Many have also released formal statements. Here are just a few:

Britney Spears: “I was so excited to see his show in London. We were going to be on tour in Europe at the same time and I was going to fly in to see him. He has been an inspiration throughout my entire life and I’m devastated he’s gone!”

Madonna: “I can’t stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever! My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless.”

Paris Hilton: (She also included a picture on her Twitter) “I’m still in shock about Michael. My mom grew up with him since they were teenagers and I’ve known him all my life. He was amazing, so sad. Michael and his kids were just at my house a few months ago, I can’t believe I will never see him again. He was such a kind and gentle soul.”

Justin Timberlake: “I can’t find the words right now to express how deeply saddened I am by Michael’s passing,” the pop-R&B hitmaker wrote. “We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only Pop music but of all music. He has been an inspiration to multiple generations and I will always cherish the moments I shared with him on stage and all of the things I learned about music from him and the time we spent together. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.”

Elizabeth Taylor: (Jackson’s best friend) My heart … my mind are broken. I loved Michael with all my soul and I can’t imagine life without him. We had so much in common and we had such loving fun together. I was packing up my clothes to go to London for his opening when I heard the news. I still can’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it. It can’t be so. He will live in my heart forever, but it’s not enough. My life feels so empty. I don’t think anyone knew how much we loved each other. The purest, most giving love I’ve ever known. Oh God! I’m going to miss him. I can’t yet imagine life with out him. I guess with God’s help … I’ll learn. I keep looking at the photo he gave me of himself, which says, ‘To my true love Elizabeth, I love you forever.’ And, I will love HIM forever. “

 

Michael Jackson Autopsy Results

Filed under: Michael Jackson,RIP — Alexandra @ 4:50 pm

UPDATE #3: A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said that the autopsy that was performed on Michael Jackson was inconclusive, and that the official death will not be determined until the toxicology tests come back in 6-8 weeks.

Spokesperson Craig Harvey did say that there were no signs of foul play or trauma to the body and that Jackson was indeed taking unspecified medication at the time of his death.

This announcement comes after a private meeting between the county officials and the Jackson’s family. Jackson’s body will be released to his family later today.

UPDATE #2: The coroner’s office is tentatively scheduled to announce its findings to the media at 3 p.m. PST, via E!

UPDATE: The official results of the autopsy will not be released. However, an updated report on the autopsy is said to be announced at 1:30 p.m. PST. Autopsy results typically take 6-8 weeks, however, in this case, it will be expedited and the official results may take up to just 1-3 weeks.

While the autopsy is currently underway, it has been reported by numerous sources that the cause of death will not be released for another 6-8 weeks. However, according to E!, he coroner’s office is tentatively scheduled to announce its findings to the media at 1:30 p.m. PST.

There are also unfortunate rumors that Michael may have been administered daily drugs by his private doctor, the doctor tht was with him when he collapsed.

That physician has been ID’d as Conrad Robert Murray M.D., a cardiologist licensed to practice medicine in Texas. He apparently went MIA yesterday after news of Jackson’s death surfaced, but has since returned to Los Angeles and is said to be getting ready to speak with police.

 

Lisa Marie Presley Takes to Blog About MJ

Filed under: Michael Jackson,RIP — Alexandra @ 4:13 pm

On her official MySpace blog, Lisa Marie Presley, who was once married to Michael Jackson, wrote a touching and sad statement on her blog. Under the title “He Knew,” Presley writes the following:

Years ago Michael and I were having a deep conversation about life in general.

I can’t recall the exact subject matter but he may have been questioning me about the circumstances of my Fathers Death.

At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, “I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did.”

I promptly tried to deter him from the idea, at which point he just shrugged his shoulders and nodded almost matter of fact as if to let me know, he knew what he knew and that was kind of that.

14 years later   I am sitting here watching on the news an ambulance leaves the driveway of his home, the big gates, the crowds outside the gates, the coverage, the crowds outside the hospital, the Cause of death and what may have led up to it and the memory of this conversation hit me, as did the unstoppable tears.

A predicted ending by him, by loved ones and by me, but what I didn’t predict was how much it was going to hurt when it finally happened.

The person I failed to help is being transferred right now to the LA County Coroners office for his Autopsy.

All of my indifference and detachment that I worked so hard to achieve over the years has just gone into the bowels of hell and right now I am gutted.

I am going to say now what I have never said before because I want the truth out there for once.

Our relationship was not “a sham” as is being reported in the press. It was an unusual relationship yes, where two unusual people who did not live or know a “Normal life” found a connection, perhaps with some suspect timing on his part. Nonetheless, I do believe he loved me as much as he could love anyone and I loved him very much.

I wanted to “save him” I wanted to save him from the inevitable which is what has just happened.

His family and his loved ones also wanted to save him from this as well but didn’t know how and this was 14 years ago. We all worried that this would be the outcome then.

At that time, In trying to save him, I almost lost myself.

He was an incredibly dynamic force and power that was not to be underestimated.

When he used it for something good, It was the best and when he used it for something bad, It was really, REALLY bad.

Mediocrity was not a concept that would even for a second enter Michael Jackson’s being or actions.

I became very ill and emotionally/ spiritually exhausted in my quest to save him from certain self-destructive behavior and from the awful vampires and leeches he would always manage to magnetize around him.

I was in over my head while trying.

I had my children to care for, I had to make a decision.

The hardest decision I have ever had to make, which was to walk away and let his fate have him, even though I desperately loved him and tried to stop or reverse it somehow.

After the Divorce, I spent a few years obsessing about him and what I could have done different, in regret.

Then I spent some angry years at the whole situation.

At some point, I truly became Indifferent, until now.

As I sit here overwhelmed with sadness, reflection and confusion at what was my biggest failure to date, watching on the news almost play by play The exact Scenario I saw happen on August 16th, 1977 happening again right now with Michael (A sight I never wanted to see again) just as he predicted, I am truly, truly gutted.

Any ill experience or words I have felt towards him in the past has just died inside of me along with him.

He was an amazing person and I am lucky to have gotten as close to him as I did and to have had the many experiences and years that we had together.

I desperately hope that he can be relieved from his pain, pressure and turmoil now.

He deserves to be free from all of that and I hope he is in a better place or will be.

I also hope that anyone else who feels they have failed to help him can be set free because he hopefully finally is.

The World is in shock but somehow he knew exactly how his fate would be played out some day more than anyone else knew, and he was right.

I really needed to say this right now, thanks for listening.

~LMP

 

Michael Jackson: 1958-2009

Filed under: Michael Jackson,RIP — Alexandra @ 3:41 pm

Following the news of Michael Jackson’s passing – the news that was literally heard around the world – a frantic call to 911 has been released. Due to the rather lengthy and sometimes confusing audio, I didn’t think it was appropriate for me to transcribe it in case I missed a few things. The tape can be heard HERE.

Ever since he passed, questions of who will get custody of his three children have been asked. Currently, Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 7 (real name: Prince Michael II) are in the custody of Jackson’s mother Katherine. However, it is rumored that Debbie Rowe, the mother of the two older children, could get custody if she wants.

There are many reports that Rowe waived her parental rights over the two kids after her divorce from Jackson, but the decision was reversed by the judge. Jackson and Rowe came to an agreement on their own, with Rowe retaining parental rights and receiving a check while Jackson had custody.

The fact that she once tried to waive her parental rights will certainly come into play, and could hurt her chances of gaining custody over the two children.

But because Rowe isn’t the mother of Jackon’s third child “Blanket,” the court may not want to separate the siblings (rightfully so!!!)

In my opinion, I believe their grandmother (Jackson’s mother Katherine), should gain custody of all three children in order to prevent the siblings from being separated.

This of course will all be figured out in the near future, but I hope to God that Katherine receives custody so the children can be together and remember their father together, for who he was: a prodigy child, an amazing and incredibly talented performer who will never be matched. No one came before him, and no one will come after him.