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Lawsuit filed over Jenni Rivera plane crash death

The husband of Jenni Rivera is suing the owners of the plane that crashed in northern Mexico in December 2012, killing the Mexican-American pop star and six others.

City News Service says former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Esteban Loaiza filed the wrongful death case Friday in Los Angeles.

Among other things, the lawsuit claims that the pilots weren’t licensed to fly paying passengers.

Rivera sold more than 15 million records.

The 43-year-old superstar filed for divorce from Loaiza two months before the crash, but the lawsuit says he continued to receive financial benefits from her.

A call to Mark Velasquez, a San Diego attorney representing plane owner Starwood Management, wasn’t immediately returned.

Julia Roberts' half-sister dead of apparent overdose

Nancy Motes, Julia Roberts’ half-sister, has died of an apparent drug overdose, according to a statement released by her family. The 37-year-old was the youngest sister of Julia and actor Eric Roberts.

“It is with deep sadness that the family of Nancy Motes … confirms that she was found dead in Los Angeles yesterday of an apparent drug overdose,” the statement, obtained by People, says. “There is no official report from the Coroner’s office yet. The family is both shocked and devastated.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman mourned by Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, more at New York funeral

Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Amy Adams, and Ellen Burstyn have paid their respects to Philip Seymour Hoffman, an actor widely considered among the best of his generation. Hoffman’s private funeral was held Friday in Manhattan. It ended with pallbearers bringing the coffin out of the church and putting it back in the hearse.

The list of mourners also included Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, John Slattery, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei, Spike Lee, and Diane Sawyer and her director husband, Mike Nichols.

Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose in his apartment. He leaves behind his partner of 15 years, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children.

The actor’s body was carried into the church by pallbearers and O’Donnell — holding their youngest child — followed. Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman’s body, looked visibly upset as he arrived.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman: Amy Adams among mourners at New York wake

Actors and others close to Philip Seymour Hoffman are paying their respects at a wake in Manhattan.

The wake is being held at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home. It has orchestrated funerals for celebrities including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and James Cagney.

Among the mourners was Amy Adams, who co-starred with Hoffman in the film Doubt, as well as The Master and Charlie Wilson’s War.

Police are investigating Hoffman’s death as a suspected drug overdose. The 46-year-old actor was found dead Sunday in his Greenwich Village apartment.

A private funeral for relatives and close friends of Hoffman is set for Friday. A larger memorial service will be held later this month.

Cooking Channel star Darryl Robinson found dead in New York City apartment

Days after Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment, New York media outlets are reporting that another celebrity has met a similar fate: 50-year-old Cooking Channel mixologist Darryl Robinson. New York 1 says the TV personality was found dead early Wednesday morning in his Brooklyn apartment. Police saw no immediate signs of foul play or trauma; his cause of death will be determined after a medical examination. (No drugs or drug paraphernalia were found in the apartment, according to the New York Post.)

Robinson, 50, was the host of the Cooking Channel’s Drink Up with Darryl Robinson, a show focused on “cocktails and conversations.” He was also a frequent guest on shows including Extra!Access HollywoodWendy Williams, and Today.

Police: NY drug suspect had Philip Seymour Hoffman's cell number

At least one of four people taken into custody on drug charges during an investigation of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s suspected fatal heroin overdose had the actor’s cell phone number, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Investigators zeroed in on the four after a tipster, responding to publicity about Hoffman’s death, told police he had seen Hoffman at the lower Manhattan apartment building where they were arrested on Tuesday and he believed that’s where Hoffman got the heroin, the officials said.

After obtaining search warrants for two apartments in the building, police found about 350 packets of heroin in one of them, the officials said. They also learned from phone records that one of the suspects had Hoffman’s number, strengthening the theory that they may have supplied him with drugs, the officials said.

Some of the packets found in Hoffman’s apartment were variously stamped with the ace of hearts and others with the ace of spades. Those found in the building where the arrests occurred had different brand names, including Black List and Panda, the officials said.

The officials weren’t authorized to speak about evidence in the ongoing investigation of the death and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
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Cate Blanchett cancels morning show appearances after Philip Seymour Hoffman's death

Cate Blanchett, one of the stars of George Clooney’s Monuments Men, which opens this weekend, canceled her promotional morning show appearances. The Oscar-winner had been scheduled to appear on both Good Morning America and Live! With Kelly and Michael on Wednesday.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blanchett’s rep said the interviews were canceled “to allow Cate the time and privacy to grieve for the loss of her friend Philip Seymour Hoffman.”

Blanchett starred with Hoffman in 1999’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. She and her husband Andrew Upton remained close to Hoffman throughout the years.

Philip Seymour Hoffman autopsy inconclusive

An autopsy of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s body is inconclusive, and tests will be needed to determine what caused his death, the city medical examiner’s office said Wednesday.

Medical examiners’ spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said there was no timetable for the autopsy to be finished. She declined to discuss the pending tests, but toxicology and tissue tests are typically done in such cases.

While awaiting the official findings on the cause and manner of the Academy Award-winning actor’s death, police have been investigating it as a suspected drug overdose.

Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday with a needle in his arm, and tests found heroin in samples from at least 50 packets in his apartment in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, law enforcement officials have said. Authorities have been testing whether the drug was mixed or tainted with anything else. An official said authorities also found unused syringes, a charred spoon and various prescription medications, including a drug used to treat heroin addiction, a blood-pressure medication, and a muscle relaxant.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk about the evidence found.
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'Little House on the Prairie' star Richard Bull dies at age 89

A Motion Picture & Television Fund spokeswoman says actor Richard Bull of TV’s Little House on the Prairie has died.

Spokeswoman Jaime Larkin says the 89-year-old died Monday at the fund’s hospital in Los Angeles. Larkin says the actor died of natural causes after being hospitalized with pneumonia.

The character actor appeared in a wide range of TV shows, from Perry Mason in the 1950s to Kelsey Grammer’s Boss in 2011.

The Illinois native is survived by his wife of 65 years, actress Barbara Collentine.

Funeral plans were not immediately announced.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's loved ones plan private New York funeral

A private funeral service will be held in New York for the family and close friends of late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, People reports. No word yet on when the private service will be held.

A rep told People that plans are also under way for a more public memorial service, also in New York. “In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Phil’s name to two charities that were very close to his heart: The DreamYard Project and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation,” the rep said. “The family wishes to thank everyone for their continued support and good wishes.”

Hoffman was found dead Sunday of an apparent drug overdose in his New York apartment. He was 46.

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