Celebrity News for April 25, 2016

Prince Cremated And Remembered At ‘Private, Beautiful’ Ceremony

Prince’s remains have been cremated and his family and friends attended a private ceremony on Saturday to pay their respects to the late pop superstar at the studio complex where he died in a suburb of Minneapolis, a Prince spokeswoman said. Among those seen entering the Paisley Park Studios complex, where Prince lived in Chanhassen, Minnesota, were his sister, Tyka Nelson, musician and former collaborator Sheila E., his former bass player Larry Graham and model Damaris Lewis.

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 Prince Autopsy Results Likely to Take Weeks

Today, authorities in Minnesota announced that an autopsy of Prince’s body was performed at 1 p.m. local time, upon which the late singer’s body was handed over to his family. Results of the of the exam, including toxicology tests, won’t be released for weeks, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement this afternoon…In a press conference later in the day, local police reiterated that it will take weeks before they release concrete information regarding how or why Prince died. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson did tell the press that there was no obvious signs of trauma on Prince’s body and that they don’t believe he committed suicide.

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Insider details Prince’s secret addiction to powerful painkillers

Prince was hooked for decades on powerful opioid painkillers, spending as much as $40,000 at a time on black-market Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl patches, according to a report. The “majorly addicted” star secretly took the drugs to combat anxiety and stage fright, a man who identified himself as Prince’s dealer from 1984 until 2008 told the Daily Mail. “He’d buy large supplies of both drugs — I think the most he ever spent was around $40,000 at one time” for a six-month supply, said the self-described LA-based drug dealer, calling himself “Doctor D.”

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Prince’s life-threatening medical emergency 6 days before he died comes through loud and clear in transmissions between his pilot and air traffic control. The audio transmissions — obtained by TMZ — chronicle a pilot who had to get his plane on the ground STAT in Moline, Illinois to save his famous passenger.  Prince’s plane is identified as “990.” At 48 seconds you hear the controller from Chicago Center say, “CFR [certified first responder] will be waiting.”


Prince’s business empire lacked control before his death, and now his relatives and lawyers are left scrambling to pick up the pieces. Sources close to the singer tell TMZ he often switched up his team of advisers, especially if he didn’t like what they had to say. We’re told Prince lacked high powered attorneys with the kind of experience needed to sort out business affairs, and handle a music catalog like his.

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Label has no idea what to do with Prince’s never-released music

Prince died without any financial advisers or civil lawyers, putting his $300 million fortune in a state of uncertainty, sources close to the artist said Sunday. His Royal Badness regularly fired money managers when they didn’t give answers he wanted to hear,sources told TMZ.

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No one knows who will inherit Prince’s $300M fortune

Prince left behind an estate worth upward of $300 million — but the lucky person who will inherit his vast wealth ­remains a mystery. Twice divorced, the icon had no surviving children, and it’s unclear if he even created a will before his death Thursday morning. “Hopefully, Prince executed a trust and indicated his intentions, both with respect to who his trustee would be and how he would want the estate to be disposed of,” celebrity attorney Dan Streisand told Reuters.

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Eric Clapton Opens Up About ‘The Very Real Way’ Prince Brought Him Out Of Depression

Legendary English rock and blues musician Eric Clapton is remembering Prince as an inspiration, a “true genius“ and a man who lifted him up in the darkest of times. In an emotional Facebook post on Saturday, Clapton reminisced about being out on the road in the 1980s in a “massive downward spiral with drink and drugs.” Unaware of who Prince was, Clapton entered a movie theater in Canada and watched the 1984 film “Purple Rain.”

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Beyoncé’s new album spills the beans on her marriage and more

She rarely gives interviews, but with an album as honest as “Lemonade,” it’s questionable whether Beyoncé really needs to. The 34-year-old superstar dropped her long-awaited sixth album on Saturday night (her first since 2013’s self-titled effort) and much of the lyrical matter addresses her fraught relationship with husband Jay Z, as well as apparently confirming his long-rumored unfaithfulness.

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Rachel Roy’s cryptic post sparks Jay Z cheating rumors

A fashion designer who was once rumored to be Jay Z’s lover took an apparent swipe at his wife, Beyoncé, on Instagram — just after Queen Bey released a new song hinting at the alleged infidelity. In her new tune “Sorry,’’ released Saturday night as part of a new album, “Lemonade,” Beyoncé sings, “He only want me when I’m not there. He better call Becky with the good hair.’’

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Even Celebrities Lost Their Cool Over Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’

Last night, Beyoncé blessed her loyal followers (and everyone with access to an HBO Go password) with her latest work: “Lemonade,” the visual album. Themes ranging from infidelity to female empowerment and love were accompanied by powerful images, like shots of the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown holding photos of their deceased sons. There were also appearances by The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Winnie Harlow, Amandla Stenberg, Zendaya and of course, Jay Z and Blue Ivy.

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Kelly Ripa will be back on Tuesday. What will she say?

In a late-night email, she told her staff that “We are a family and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning.” Ever since Ripa skipped work on Wednesday, furious with her bosses for moving co-host Michael Strahan off her talk show and keeping her in the dark about it, fans have wondered when Ripa will be back. They’ve also wondered if her relationship with Strahan is irreparably damaged. But two sources close to the program confirmed that Strahan will be back with her on Tuesday.

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Drake Just Dropped the Cover Art for “Views from the 6”

Just a few days before Drake drops his highly-anticipated new album, View from the 6, he’s decided to bless the world with a preview of its cover art. Released across social media late on Sunday, the photo depicts Drake sitting atop Toronto’s CN Tower, looking his normal, pensive, emotional self.

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Legendary soul singer Billy Paul died Sunday at his home in New Jersey … according to his manager. Paul — most famous for his iconic song, “Me and Mrs. Jones” — had checked into Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia last week as he battled cancer … but his manager, Beverly Gay, says he was at home when he passed away.

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Michelle McNamara, Writer And Wife of Patton Oswalt, Has Died at 46

Michelle McNamara passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on Thursday, in her home in Los Angeles. McNamara was a true crime writer, and a graduate of Notre Dame, who received her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. True Crime Diary was a popular blog that McNamara started to support her own personal interest in studying breaking and cold cases.NBC News quotes her as saying:

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 6 Premiere Shocks Everyone (No Surprise)

The night is dark and full of — OH MY DEAR GOD. “Game of Thrones“ is back with Season 6, and that means shockers are coming. It’s been a season of speculation about the fate of Jon Snow, and though we’re still going to have to wait on that front, the first episode, “The Red Woman,” did not disappoint.

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Phil Spector says wife blew through fortune while he’s in prison

Not even prison can compare to the hell that is marriage. Phil Spector, who was sentenced to 19 years to life for a 2009 murder, has filed for divorce from wife Rachelle Short, accusing her of blowing through his $35 million fortune. Among the items Spector, 76, alleges Short has purchased is a $350,000 airplane, an Aston Martin and a Ferrari, expensive plastic surgery, expensive jewelry and two homes for her mom, TMZ reports.

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Jared Fogle just scored a big financial victory over his old employee, Russell Taylor, that could pay the convicted child molester six figures. Fogle had sued Taylor over a $191,000 loan he gave him in 2014 to buy a house, but according to the docs … Taylor stopped making his monthly payments to Fogle in May 2015.

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