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Catherine Bach's husband found dead

Peter Lopez, the husband of Catherine Bach — who played Daisy Duke in the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard — was found dead on the front lawn of his home with Bach in Encino, the L.A. Times reports. Police arrived at the scene to investigate a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Lopez was a music attorney who had worked with Michael Jackson.

Bret Michaels update: Test results indicate setback

Bret-Michaels-hospitalImage Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesRocker Bret Michaels, who has been hospitalized since Thursday following a brain hemorrhage, has suffered a setback in his condition, according to his official website. Tests indicate that, as a side effect of the bleeding in his brain, Michaels is suffering from hyponatremia, an abnormally low level of sodium in the body fluids, which can lead to seizures. Michaels remains in critical but stable condition and is continuing to undergo tests. “With further testing and rehabilitation, [doctors] are hopeful that Bret will gradually improve as the blood surrounding the brain dissolves and is reabsorbed into his system, which can be a very painful recovery and take several weeks to months,” says the latest statement posted to Michaels’ website. “Michaels remains under 24-hour observation in the ICU and is in positive spirits. He is responding well to tests and treatments. Even though today was a minor setback, doctors remain hopeful for a full recovery and plan to release more specific information next Monday.”

UPDATE: Bret Michaels still in critical condition, according to his official website

Bret-Michaels-hospitalImage Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesUPDATE (4/25): Bret Michaels’ official website posted a new message on Sunday: “Everyone at Michaels Entertainment would like to thank all fans and friends for their continued thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

At this point Bret remains in ICU in critical condition. He is under 24 hour doctors’ care and supervision. We are hopeful that further tests will locate the source of the bleeding, which has still not been located. As we all know Bret is a fighter and we are hopeful that once all is complete the slurred speech, blurred vision and dizziness, etc. will be eliminated and all functions will return to normal.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.”

ORIGINAL POST (4/24): Despite reports that claimed his status may have stabilized, rocker Bret Michaels’ official website says that the rocker, who was hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage on Thursday, is still in critical condition. A brief statement on the site says, “There are several incorrect reports on Bret’s condition. Bret remains in critical condition at an undisclosed location. Further tests are being ran and information will be updated in the coming days.”

Michaels was rushed to the hospital on Thursday night and reportedly suffered from a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage. A source told People, “After several CAT scans, MRIs, and an angiogram, [doctors] decided to keep Michaels in the ICU and are running several tests to determine the cause. [It] will be touch and go for the next few days while he is under intense observation.”

This most recent hospital stay comes only 11 days after Michaels underwent an emergency appendectomy in San Antonio, Tex.

Also: Bret Michaels stabilized after suffering brain hemorrhage, according to unconfirmed report

Rihanna briefly hospitalized after Zurich concert

Rihanna was taken to a private clinic in Zurich, Switzerland following her concert Monday night, MTV UK reports. The cause was unknown, but the singer was released three hours later and continued on her “Last Girl on Earth” tour, playing to a sold-out crowd in Lyon, France last night. She begins the North American leg of her tour in July with Ke$ha.

UPDATE: Rihanna’s rep tells People: “[She] had an injured rib and went to have it looked at to be sure it was nothing serious, and it wasn’t.”

'American Idol' music director Rickey Minor to replace Kevin Eubanks on 'The Tonight Show'

NBC announced it has hired American Idol music director Rickey Minor to serve as music director of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, replacing Leno’s longtime bandleader Kevin Eubanks, who is stepping down from the job. Minor will make his on-air debut on The Tonight Show on June 7, following the end of Idol‘s current season. Minor received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Music Direction on the Grammy Awards and a 2004 Ray Charles tribute concert, has served as music director of the Super Bowl, and has collaborated with artists such as Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, and Whitney Houston. “It is a privilege for all of us to have Rickey on board,” said Tonight Show executive producer Debbie Vickers in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited. The Tonight Show has a long tradition of acclaimed musicians in this role and it’s great to now include Rickey alongside Kevin and Branford [Marsalis].” Minor will continue to consult with American Idol creator Simon Fuller on other projects. “I am honored to be a part of The Tonight Show legacy,” he said in a statement.

Whitney Houston says hospital stay due to allergies, not relapse

Whitney Houston told People.com that her recent hospital stay in Paris was due simply to allergies and not, as speculated, due to a drug relapse, which Houston calls “ridiculous.” The hospitalization forced her to postpone the first four shows of her European tour, but Houston says she’s “feeling great” now. “I’m just ready to move on and continue my world tour,” she continued. The recording star will resume performing April 13 in Birmingham, England.

David Cross to release third comedy album

Comedian David Cross is set to release another comedy album, his third, titled Bigger and Blacker on May 25, according to Hit Fix. The stand-up album was recorded live at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre last year, and lots of the material comes from his latest book, I Drink for a Reason.

Lady Gaga responds to suit filed by ex-boyfriend

In a court filing made public Friday, Lady Gaga alleges a lawsuit filed by ex-boyfriend/music producer Rob Fusari is only a cover to collect “unlawful compensation” for services as an unlicensed employment agent, according to a press report. Fusari’s lawyer, Robert S. Meloni, called the claim “ludicrous.”

Fusari, a song writer and music producer, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in New York City against Gaga. He claimed his former girlfriend, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, dropped his services as her career flourished. He alleged they co-wrote songs such as “Paparazzi” and “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich” and that he came up with her stage name.

Read excerpts from the suit in Music Mix: Lady Gaga lawsuit reads like a ‘Behind the Music’ script

Kings of Leon announce tour dates

The Grammy-winning rock band Kings of Leon will kick of their North American tour on June 5 in Atlantic City. The road dates, which include a high-profile gig as the headliners of the Bonnaroo festival in the band’s home state of Tennessee on June 11, will wrap up in Dallas on September 23. The Followill boys’ “Use Somebody” won three Grammys last month.

Michael Jackson estate cuts $250 million album deal with Sony

Sony has signed a $250 million album deal with the late Michael Jackson’s estate, The Wall Street Journal reports. The deal, which comes nine months after his death, sets an industry record. It includes 10 albums over seven years, with a mixture of previously unreleased material and repackaged versions of formerly released songs. Since his death June 25, Sony has sold 31 million Jackson albums and his estate will likely earn $250 million in music, merchandise, and ticket sales to his This Is It concert film by the one-year anniversary.

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