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TV salesman Don Lapre found dead in jail cell

Don Lapre, the self-proclaimed “King of Infomercials,” was found dead after an apparent suicide in his Arizona jail cell on Sunday, People reports. Lapre, 47, was known for his late-night self-help advertisements, which promised viewers that they could make millions as easily as he had. These advertisements were parodied by David Spade on Saturday Night Live. 

Lapre was days away from standing trial in a $52 million fraud case involving his Internet-based company, “The Greatest Vitamin in the World.” Lapre’s indictment claims that he tricked at least 220,000 people out of millions of dollars from 2004 to 2007, using a pyramid scheme that sold vitamins that did not produce the heath benefits he claimed. The company was shut down in 2007 after multiple complaints, and Lapre was charged with 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, and promotional laundering. If convicted, he would have faced between $250,000 and $500,000 per count and five to 25 years in federal prison.

Jeff Conaway's death ruled accidental, autopsy reveals

The May 27 death of actor Jeff Conaway (Taxi, Grease) has been ruled accidental and caused by a major internal infection, according to a coroner’s report released Friday. Coroners did not conduct a toxicology test as Conaway had been hospitalized for more than two weeks prior to his death, meaning the test would have come back clean. However, when the actor entered the hospital May 10, there were opiates and other drugs in his system, according to Los Angeles County coroner Craig Harvey. In 2008, Conaway appeared on the third season of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.

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'SNL' couple Fred Armisen and Abby Elliott break up

Saturday Night Live colleagues and off-screen couple Fred Armisen and Abby Elliott have called it quits. According to People, the two ended things amicably after growing apart while filming non-SNL projects in different locations this past summer. Armisen began dating Elliott after splitting from ex-wife and Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss.

'The L Word' star Leisha Hailey escorted from Southwest Airlines flight for kissing girlfriend

Former The L Word star Leisha Hailey was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight Monday morning, after fellow passengers complained that she and her girlfriend’s kissing was “excessive.” Hailey took to Twitter to voice her complaints. “This is an outrage,” she tweeted. “I demand a public apology by @SouthwestAir and a refund. Hate is not a family value. I will never fly this airline.” She then called for a boycott, and accused the airline of hiring homophobic employees.

Southwest denied the allegations in a statement, saying that their actions were based on behavior, not bigotry: “Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive. Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender. The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight.”

Southwest is the official airline of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA), and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

'16 and Pregnant' couple arrested, facing child endangerment charges

A young couple once featured on MTV’s docu-series 16 and Pregnant have lost their child to the state and now face charges of child endangerment after being arrested Tuesday, according to reports.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services took custody of the 2-year-old daughter of Joshua Rendon and Ebony Jackson-Rendon after a search of their home at the Little Rock Air Force Base revealed unsanitary living conditions and drug paraphernalia. According to reports citing police sources, feces, flies, and maggots were found in the home, as well as one gram of synthetic marijuana, empty packaging, and pipes allegedly used to smoke the controlled substance.

Along with child endangerment, they also face numerous other drug related charges. . Rendon and Jackson-Rendon, both 19, appeared on the first season of the show.

'Bones' star Emily Deschanel welcomes first child

Baby Bones has arrived.

Emily Deschanel and husband David Hornsby, star of newbie comedy How to Be a Gentleman, welcomed a son today, her publicist tells EW. Henry Hornsby is the first child for the couple, who announced Deschanel’s pregnancy back in March.

In May, the season finale of Bones revealed that Deschanel’s real-life pregnancy would be worked into the show, when her character told Booth (David Boreanaz) that she was pregnant. The first half of this season, which gets a late start on Nov. 3, will focus much on her character’s preparation for motherhood.

Ari Fleischer, former Bush spokesman, joins CNN

Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush, has joined CNN as a political contributor. “Having worked on a successful presidential campaign and having spent 21 years in Washington, I’m looking forward to joining CNN as a regular contributor,” said Fleischer, in a statement. “It’s shaping up as a red hot political year and I’m eager to lend my perspective to it.”

Fleischer was Bush’s press secretary during and after the 9/11 attacks. He wrote a best-selling memoir in 2005 titled, Taking Heat.

Taylor Armstrong says late husband was abusive

Taylor Armstrong says in a TV interview that her late husband roughed her up and threatened to kill her. Taylor, part of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, spoke to Entertainment Tonight for a segment airing Tuesday. Her estranged husband, Russell Armstrong, committed suicide last month.

According to an ET transcript, Armstrong says her husband once grabbed her by the neck, shoved her against a wall and said he’d kill her if she ever again made pizza without vegetables for the family.

In an interview with People in July, Russell Armstrong said: “Did I push her? Yes, maybe things happened in the heat of the moment, but it was during a time in our lives that was not characteristic of who we were.”

He said the reality show had “literally pushed us to the limit.”

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Bob Hope's widow, Dolores Hope, dies at 102

Dolores Hope, widow of the iconic comedian Bob Hope, died Monday morning at her home in Toluca Lake, Calif., reports People. Hope (who was born Dolores DeFina) was 102, and was married to Bob from 1934 until his death in 2003. The couple had four children, and Dolores gave up her singing career to stay home and raise them. She will be buried beside her husband in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery on Friday, in a private service.

Ron Artest changes name to Metta World Peace

Eccentric L.A. Lakers basketball star Ron Artest has officially changed his legal name to Metta World Peace, EW has confirmed. The name change comes just in time for World Peace’s stint on the new season of Dancing With The Stars, which premieres on Monday, Sept. 19.

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