Dennis Shields: Final Words Shed Light on His Tragic Death

Just a week ago, Dennis Shields was found dead in his Trump Tower apartment.

Though the ex-boyfriend of Betheny Frankel's cause of death has yet to be officially declared in an autopsy report, we now know his final words.

And his final statement may shed a lot of light on what preceded his unfortunate passing.

Dennis Shields and Cookie

TMZ reports that Dennis Shields was able to speak a few words to EMTs who arrived and attempted to save his life.

Sources say that, in those final moments, he told paramedics and police that he had taken his prescribed oxycodone and Vicodin and a sleeping pill.

His intention, he revealed at the time, was to address the pain from his back injury.

Though his assistant had already administered Narcan before emergency responders arrived, everyone's best efforts were unable to save him.

That combo of drugs turned out to be tragically lethal.

Dennis Shields and Bethenny Frankel Sited In New York City

As TMZ notes, that combination of drugs can be dangerous and even potentially deadly.

Doctors and other medical experts strongly advise against mixing opioids with sleeping pills or any type of sedative.

Taking these medications in what are individually safe amounts can become unsafe, due to interactions between the powerful medications.

Had this been a simple overdose of oxycodone, perhaps the three doses of Narcan -- two from his assistant and one from EMTs -- that Shields received would have been able to save him.

This is so heartbreaking.

Dennis Shields

TMZ's law enforcement sources report that they did find prescription pill bottles scattered throughout his house.

They did not find any ilicit substances or drug paraphernalia which might be associated with them.

If you are overdosing or experiencing another medical crisis, it is always adviseable to be honest with the people who are trying to save your life.

The "pill bottles scattered everywhere" image might seem suspicious for some, but it's not uncommon for folks to accidentally hold on to their empty prescription bottles.

(They may cling to them as a reference, or forget that they have them, or decide that they want to remove the label for privacy before recycling them)

Dennis Shields, Wife

Earlier this week, The Real Housewives of New York City star and Skinnygirl mogul Bethenny Frankel broke her silence on Shields' death.

Though they were not dating at the time of his passing, they have had an on-again, off-again relationship for ages.

Bethenny is mourning his passing. At his funeral, she broke down in tears.

On Instagram, she shared a throwback photo of him and her late dog, Cookie, back-to-back.

Both Shields and Cookie have since passed.

"Rest In Peace," Bethenny captioned the image. "My sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love."

Bethenny Frankel Looks Sullen

It is important to stress that the medical examiner's office has yet to announce an official cause of death for Dennis Shields.

It is always possible that the dangerous combination of drugs that he took in a desperate attempt to quell his back pain were not the cause, or not the sole cause.

The medical examiner is likely waiting for the results of a toxicology report. Those can take time, especially when investigators are checking for every possibility.

We hope that Shields' loved ones, including his four children, can find peace and closure after this tragic loss.

Javi Marroquin and Lauren Comeau: Is the Baby Coming Soon?!?

While Javi Marroquin continues to clash with his ex-wife over their past, many questions continue to be asked about this reality star's future.

Specifically, about his future with Lauren Comeau.

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The couple, of course, stunned celebrity gossip followers back in late May when they announced they were expecting a baby.

This news came mere months after Javi split from Briana DeJesus and also stopped hooking up (again) with Kailyn Lowry.

Marroquin and Comeau had met at a wedding last summer and actually dated briefly in 2017... until they reportedly broke up because Javi slept with another woman.

We haven't been here to judge, however, simply to wish these two and their impending child the best.

Perhaps Javi really is a changed man and will dedicate himself entirely to this new family. You never know, right?

Along with the baby bombshell, meanwhile, has come various speculation regarding Comeau, considering she's now very much involved with a prominent MTV personality.

Lauren Comeau is Pregnant

As we've posted about over the past few weeks...

... will she appear on Teen Mom 2?

... will she and Marroquin get married?

... heck, are they already married?

Now, based on the photos above and below of Comeau, we can add another inquiry to this list:

JUST WHEN IS LAUREN DUE?!?

Taking to both basic Instagram and her Instagram Stories page over the past week or so, Comeau has shown off her baby bump on multiple occasions.

And it ain't small!

Lauren Comeau: Baby Bumpin!

All Comeau and Marroquin have said thus far is that their son will enter this world at some point in 2018.

That much is clearly true, but the size of Lauren's precious tummy makes it appear here as if their son may enter the world at some point in the fall of 2018.

We make note of this partly because it's very exciting and it will be cool to meet yet another baby produced by a member of the Teen Mom 2 cast.

But also because Comeau's due date does make one wonder when she and Marroquin got it on and whether he cheated on DeJesus with his baby-mama-to-be.

The timeline does cause fans to ponder this possibility.

Javi and Lauren Comeau in Swimsuits

Whether or not Javi stepped out on Briana, though, he and Lauren appear to be going strong.

They are posing together in a number of Instagram photos, often with Marroquin and Lowry's son, Lincoln.

Lauren has also now moved to Delaware and is shacking up with her famous lover.

At some point, Javi swears, wedding bells will even ring for the eventual parents.

"Definitely in the future I will propose," the MTV star recently told Radar Online, quelling rumors that they were already betrothed.

He says it will happen, he promises, but he and Comeau have something else to concern themselves with in the meantime.

Or someone else, we should say:

"The focus is on the baby first." 

Jill Janus, Singer of Rock Band Huntress, Commits Suicide

Jill Janus, the frontwoman for popular heavy metal band Huntress, was found dead on Tuesday, others in this group have confirmed.

She was 43 years old.

Jill Janus

While details are still coming in regarding her passing, this is what band members wrote on Facebook last night as tragic confirmation of the news:

“It is with crushed hearts that we announce that Jill Janus - frontwoman for the California heavy metal band Huntress - passed away on Tuesday, August. 14.

"A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon.”

Continued this post:

"Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness."

Huntress were formed in 2009 and released its first album, Spell Eater, in 2012.

The band went on to release a further a pair of orther records as well, while supporting and opening at times for rock bands Motörhead and Lamb of God.

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Best known for the singing gig described above with Huntress, Janus also sang for a handful of female metal cover bands over the years, including The Starbreakers and Chelsea Girls.

“Beyond her accomplishments in the music world and her advocacy for mental health issues, she was a beautiful person passionate about her family, animal rescue and the world of natural medicine,” the Facebook message reads, concluding

“She will be missed more than she could have ever known.”

It is unclear at the moment just how Janus took her own life.

The artist was diagnosed with bipolar disease aged 20, telling Revolver magazine in 2015 that she struggled in high school after starting to show signs of this illness at 13 years old.

Jill Janus Photo

In response to this awful news, partner and Huntress member Blake Meahl paid tribute to Janus as follows yesterday:

“[We] spent 9 years together creating a home, having a family and building our passion project Huntress.

"The devastation of knowing I will never see her again is the most gutting emotion I have ever experienced. I hope you have found the peace that you couldn’t find on this planet."

Added Lizzy Hale of Halestorm:

"I’d like to take a moment to state again how important it is to talk about mental health, and remind all of you out there battling demons that you are not alone.

I have to navigate my own dark labyrinth and I turn to music and writing for my lifeline. I want to encourage you to keep searching for Your lifeline, something that makes You happy.

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To Jill, My sister of scream, I hope wherever you are you have found the peace that you couldn’t here.

My deepest sympathy’s go out to Jill’s Family and her band Huntress during this time.

If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress.

Jill Janus, Singer of Rock Band Huntress, Commits Suicide

Jill Janus, the frontwoman for popular heavy metal band Huntress, was found dead on Tuesday, others in this group have confirmed.

She was 43 years old.

Jill Janus

While details are still coming in regarding her passing, this is what band members wrote on Facebook last night as tragic confirmation of the news:

“It is with crushed hearts that we announce that Jill Janus - frontwoman for the California heavy metal band Huntress - passed away on Tuesday, August. 14.

"A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon.”

Continued this post:

"Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness."

Huntress were formed in 2009 and released its first album, Spell Eater, in 2012.

The band went on to release a further a pair of orther records as well, while supporting and opening at times for rock bands Motörhead and Lamb of God.

Jill Janus Picture

Best known for the singing gig described above with Huntress, Janus also sang for a handful of female metal cover bands over the years, including The Starbreakers and Chelsea Girls.

“Beyond her accomplishments in the music world and her advocacy for mental health issues, she was a beautiful person passionate about her family, animal rescue and the world of natural medicine,” the Facebook message reads, concluding

“She will be missed more than she could have ever known.”

It is unclear at the moment just how Janus took her own life.

The artist was diagnosed with bipolar disease aged 20, telling Revolver magazine in 2015 that she struggled in high school after starting to show signs of this illness at 13 years old.

Jill Janus Photo

In response to this awful news, partner and Huntress member Blake Meahl paid tribute to Janus as follows yesterday:

“[We] spent 9 years together creating a home, having a family and building our passion project Huntress.

"The devastation of knowing I will never see her again is the most gutting emotion I have ever experienced. I hope you have found the peace that you couldn’t find on this planet."

Added Lizzy Hale of Halestorm:

"I’d like to take a moment to state again how important it is to talk about mental health, and remind all of you out there battling demons that you are not alone.

I have to navigate my own dark labyrinth and I turn to music and writing for my lifeline. I want to encourage you to keep searching for Your lifeline, something that makes You happy.

janus tribute

To Jill, My sister of scream, I hope wherever you are you have found the peace that you couldn’t here.

My deepest sympathy’s go out to Jill’s Family and her band Huntress during this time.

If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress.

Celebrities Who Died in 2018: From Aretha to Anthony…

Below is a tribute to celebrities we have lost in the year 2018.

These entertainers are gone, but will never be forgotten by their fans.

May they rest in eternal peace.

1. Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain, world traveler, celebrity chef and CNN journalist, was found dead at the age of 61 in June. There was perhaps no greater star in the food world, and no more unique an individual around.

2. Aretha Franklin

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Arguably the greatest singer EVER, Franklin died in August after a brave battle against cancer.

3. Kate Spade

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Kate Spade is pictured here back in 2008. The designer very sadly killed herself years later at the age of 55.

4. Mark Salling

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Mark Salling took his own life. The Glee star was 35.

5. Jerry Van Dyke

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May Jerry Van Dyke rest in peace. The actor, pictured here in 2002, has died at the age of 86.

6. Dolores O'Riordan

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Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan has passed away. She was just 46 years old.
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Angelina Jolie ORDERED to Give Brad Pitt More Visitation With Kids!

Brad Pitt sure is getting a lot of child visitation time for a guy who allegedly barely even pays child support.

But will it last? A report says that a court date for him and Angelina Jolie is looming -- and it's just days away.

These questions of custody, child support, and visitation could be resolved sooner than either estranged ex could imagine.

Angelina Jolie BAFTA Pic

Until the next court date, which is scheduled for August 21, Angelina is being forced to send her six children to spend time with Pitt.

The court has ordered her, The Blast reports, to hand them over for "four hours every other day on school days and twelve hours every other day on non-school days."

The order that they spend twelve hours with him every other day on non-school days is staggering.

Additionally, as we previously reported, she was ordered to surrender her children's cell phone numbers to Pitt.

She was also instructed that she is not to monitor their communications with him.

Brad Pitt with a Question

As we mentioned, Angelina has accused Pitt of being a deadbeat dad.

In court documents, she alleges that he has made minimal contributions towards their children during the two years since their split.

This, she says, has forced her to shoulder the bulk of the costs of caring for all six of them.

It is not that she cannot afford to care for her children, but that it is the responsibility of both parents to support their children.

Pitt did not care for being called a deabeat -- if not in so many words -- at all.

Angelina Jolie at the BAFTAs

Brad Pitt accused Angelina of "media manipulation," though her complaint was filed in court documents.

He then went on to claim that, actually, he's paid more than $9 million in child support.

That sounds like plenty to contribute to six children. More than plenty, really.

But Angelina's team replied that he was deliberately distorting facts to make it appear that he was providing for his children more than he really was.

He had apparently given Angelina an $8 million loan after he insisted upon keeping the family home and the belongings within it.

Brad Pitt Says Hello

Obviously, a loan is not the same thing as child support.

The loan was given to help Angelina secure a new home, and he is reportedly charging her interest on the amount.

It is possible that Pitt's attorney will argue that since the loan is for a home that the children also occupy, he was helping them with it. That would make his case pretty weak, however.

It is difficult to imagine how that argument would work in court unless Pitt forgives the loan, and even then.

Hopefully, an official amount for future child support payments can be determined soon -- perhaps in a matter of days, if the August 21 hearing goes well.

Angelina Jolie BAFTA Pose

Many suspect that the court will make a new ruling on child custody and visitation -- though that could, at least potentially, go in favor of either Angelina or Pitt.

Perhaps the court can also clear up who has paid what to whom during the past few years.

Hopefully, the court can do so in a way that does not allow one side or the other to misrepresent the truth using numbers and payments.

What everyone should want is whatever arrangement -- in terms of finances and custody and, well, everything else -- is in the best interests of the children.

Fox News Mistakes Patti LaBelle for Aretha Franklin Because Of Course It Does

On Thursday morning, the entire world lost a legend.

As previously reported in detail, Aretha Franklin died at her home in Detroit - while under hospice care, surrounded by family members and loved ones - at the age of 76.

She passed away from pancreatic cancer.

And while the tributes and messages in the singer's honor have come flooding in from all corners of the Internet and television, one in particular has sparked some unfortunate buzz.

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It comes from the Fox News Channel.

In relaying to its viewers that Franklin, arguably the most influential and successful solo artist in music history had passed away, the cable network shared the image above.

It features a photo of Franklin; her name; the year she was born; the year she died; and another photo... of Patti LaBelle.

Yes, seriously.

While honest mistakes happen all the time and while we're certain this was nothing more than a mindless snafu, the image has caught the attention of social media users everythwere simply due to its source.

Meaning what, exactly? 

Aretha Franklin Picture

Let's just say that few are surprised that the President's network of choice is the one who mixed up one African-American singer with another.

We'll just leave our commentary at that.

Others, however, had a bit more to say about the Franklin-LaBelle mistake, in meme form and in exasperated Tweet form.

To wit:

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The incorrect visual appeared during America’s Newsroom, as hosts Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith discussed Franklin’s immense talent and musical legacy.

They said very nice things about her on air.]

Producers just were unable to tell one famous black woman from another.

President Trump, meanwhile, confusingly noted in remarks to the press that Aretha was a person who had "worked for me."

Former President Barack Obama, who had Franklin sing at his 2009 inauguration, Tweeted the following:

Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.

May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.

And LaBelle, like so many other celebrities, also chimed in on this very sad passing:

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Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and earned 18 Grammy Awards over her illustrious career.

She was a true icon.

Despite what Fox News accidentally tried to imply above, she was one of a kind.

May she rest in peace.

UPDATE: Fox News has apologized for the mistake and said it meant to include both Franklin AND LaBelle in that image, but the former got cropped out.

There's just one problem: Franklin is not in that Associated Press photo with LaBelle. 

She could not have been cropped out because she wasn't on stage with LaBelle at the time that picture was taken.

"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends," said Fox News in this statement, adding:

"Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret."

HOWEVER:

The image of LaBelle the network used was from a 2014 White House concert called “Women of Soul.”

Franklin and LaBelle did not perform on stage at the same time. And, as Mediaite points out, the AP photo used in the graphic does not include Franklin at all.

Said Aretha's family upon confirming her passing:

In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.

The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.

We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world.

Thank you for your compassion and prayers.

We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.

Steve Harvey: Accused of Harassing, Stalking, Bullying Essie Berry

Family Feud host Steve Harvey's ex-wife is suing him for a slew of things including torture and "soul murdering."

He is also being sued by the widow of a famous actress.

She accuses Harvey of harassing, bullying, and stalking her -- among other things.

Steve Harvey on Family Feud

Essie Berry is the widow of the late Fred “Rerun” Berry, an actor and street dancer best known for his role as Rerun on What's Happening?

RadarOnline reports that, in March, Essie filed a lawsuit against Steve Harvey. She is seeking $5 million.

She is suing him for damage to her reputation, harassment, witness intimidation, and infliction of mental anguish and emotional distress.

Harvey is denying it all.

In fact, he is alleging that Essie and his ex-wife, Mary Vaughn, are conspiring together in a "quixotic campaign" to take him down.

Steve Harvey on Set

"From 2013 to August 2018," the affidavit reads. "The Defendant and known affiliates have harassed, bullied, stalked, silenced, threatened, and intimidated Ms. Berry."

This has included Harvey allegedly having people post threats against her on YouTube and other sites, resulting in a loss of potential income.

"Furthermore," the affidavit continues. "The Defendant went at great lengths to make Ms. Berry’s life a living hell."

"The Defendant manipulated media and entertainment outlets with his mistruths," the suit alleges. "And caused intentional harm to Ms. Berry’s health and likeness without any apparent justification."

In other words, it sounds like he allegedly badmouthed her and, also allegedly, sabotaged her career and livelihood.

The suit says: "She lost contracts and wages as a result of the defendant’s actions."

Steve Harvey Sort of Sucks

Steve Harvey's team hit back: "Mr. Harvey promptly filed a demurrer to Ms. Berry’s rambling and incoherent original complaint."

"That challenge was mooted," Harvey's team asserts. "Days before a hearing when Ms. Berry amended her pleading to assert new claims and theories."

"Through the present demurrer, Mr. Harvey seeks to end Ms. Berry’s continued misuse and abuse of the judicial system," Harvey's team claims.

"Her operative pleading remains woefully deficient under even the most relaxed pleading standard," the rebuttal continues. "It purports to plead claims that do not exist."

Steve Harvey on Stage

Essie Berry's team, however, asserts that this is definitely not something that she's making up.

"Ms. Berry filed numerous reports to local enforcement and other reporting agencies to restrain the Defendant from constant harassment," Berry's team replies.

Of those filings, there was one "which was granted in the State of Arizona in 2013 prior to his retaliating attempt at a restraining order that was in direct violation of the protective order granted to the Plaintiff."

"On two occasions in 2017," Berry's team says. "The Defendant sent an unidentified male to Ms. Berry’s family members home after business hours."

If that was intended as a threat, it sounds absolutely chilling.

Steve Harvey Sits Down

So it looks like two different women are accusing Steve Harvey of being life-ruiningly awful, and they are each suing him to the tune of millions of dollars.

This comes on the heels of the revelation that Steve Harvey does not like to interact with his own coworkers unless he has to, after a memo that he posted went viral.

Sometimes, public figures who appear to be very congenial and admirable turn out to be very different people behind closed doors.

That said, we do not yet know if either woman will be able to prove her accusations in court.

Tori Roloff Achieves Milestone, Sends Message to Fans

Tori Roloff isn't interested in looking forward right now.

She knows you're wondering about the state of her womb.

She knows you're curious if she and Zach Roloff will soon have a second child.

Tori Roloff Looks Down

But the Little People, Big World star would like to take a break from all that speculation for a few moments.

Earlier this week, Roloff took a look at her own Instagram page and marveled at the top: 800,000.

Yes, she really has 800,000 followers. And she simply can't believe it.

"So I woke up this morning to 800,000 followers," Tori wrote as a heartfelt caption to the contemplative photo above, adding:

"That’s pretty freaking rad if you ask me.

"It’s the most humbling thing in the world to think you guys care enough to follow along on my journey of life marriage motherhood and just doing fun things."

In the Water!

Tori hasn't done anything especially scandalous or, let's be candid, risque in order to earn these followers.

She doesn't pose in scantily-clad outfits and she doesn't make outlandish statements.

The TLC personality pretty much just shares pictures of her son and/or her husband and keeps fans apprised of their lives on a near-daily basis.

But it's this portrayal of a simple, content life that has garnered Roloff such a following.

Heck, Roloff recently told the entire Internet about the recent time her son covered himself in feces.

(They were his own feces, at least.)

"I just wanted to say thanks. I sometimes forget that it’s not just my friends and family that watch my stories and that there are lots of people who enjoy watching my family grow and evolve (still crazy to me)," Tori continued.

A Lovely Day to Relax

Roloff has said in the past that she aims to be a positive influences on the Internet.

That may sound like a lofty goal, but she simply means that it's her mission to remain mostly happy and sunny online, as she aims to serve as a role model to other women and mothers.

This may be another reason why her follower count as climbed to such an impressive leve.

Along those lines, scroll down to see how Roloff concluded her milestone post...

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I try to use my platform for good. I try and keep it real. I’m far from perfect and try to share that with young women like me and ensure them it’s okay.

You guys have made this journey amazing and I’ve loved being able to meet some of you! Again-thanks for following along.

Thanks for hitting 800k with me- for someone who does not think of herself as a celebrity that made me feel pretty cool.

No, Tori, thank YOU.

For being a great mother, a loving wife and living proof that good things actually can happen to nice people.

Ramona Singer: If Luann Were a REAL Addict, She’d Need More Rehab!

We know that this will surprise exactly zero viewers of The Real Housewives of New York City, but Ramona Singer has some strong opinions about one of her fellow Housewives.

Specifically, she gets asked how she feels about Luann de Lesseps going to rehab again following a relapse.

Ramona thinks that it couldn't have been for long enough, and thinks that Luann is sending a harmful message to "serious" addicts.

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The hosts of E!'s #DailyPop asked Ramona Singer how proud she is of Luann de Lesseps.

Ramona hesitated before even answering.

"I think someone who gets out of rehab after two weeks," Ramona says, trailing off. "I mean are they really well?"

Her words and tone suggest that she believes the answer to be no.

"What kind of message," Ramona asks. "Are you sending to other people who have serious alcoholic problems?"

Ramona singer is not impressed

Ramona has doubts about the efficacy of a two-week stint in rehab -- like the one that Luann took after she relapsed and got drunk.

"I don't think anyone can get better after two, three weeks," Ramona says dismissively.

Ramona does acknowledge that this was not Luann's only time in rehab.

"Obviously," Ramona admits. "She went in a few months ago for 30 days."

Ramona says that she worried at the time that it would not be enough, telling E! that: "I said to one of her friends, 'Please have her stay for two months.'"

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Ramona also addressed Dennis Shields' tragic death and how Bethenny Frankel is coping with the sudden passing of her on-again, off-again boyfriend.

"I just feel bad for the children," Ramona says after a moment when asked about the situation.

Obviously, children are the least equipped to process tragedy and trauma -- and they are always, always the innocents.

"He left four children behind, and that just breaks my heart," Ramona says. "It breaks my heart."

The hosts ask her if she has spoken to Bethenny on the subject.

"I've texted her," Ramona says of Bethenny. "I texted her my condolences."

Ramona singer nearly cries

Look, we're no experts on addiction or recovery or rehab or sobriety.

But ... neither is Ramona Singer. Sorry, not sorry.

Different people respond to treatments -- of any kind -- at different rates.

And there is a massive difference between someone's first visit to rehab after realizing that they need to change their life, in contrast with someone heading back for a stint in rehab after a relapse.

That said ... studies have shown that just two weeks without alcohol can allow the brain to recover and make changes to being without booze.

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There is also a huge difference between someone going to rehab to change their life -- which is what Luann did -- and someone going to rehab to save their life.

Luann's issues with alcohol could have killed her, but it sounds like she was more concerned about her health and behavior.

In contrast, some attend rehab because they are worried that their next dose of a substance will be their last.

That sort of situation can lead to a much longer stint in rehab, as a single relapse could easily be fatal.

In Luann's case, she drank in response to a sudden and painful stressor, and then she checked into rehab. She was being smart.

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Aretha Franklin Makes Obama Cry: See the Stunning Performance

It's nearly impossible to choose the most memorable Aretha Franklin performance of all-time.

How could you?!?

This is an artist who performed at two Presidential Inaugurations, belting out "My Country Tis of Thee" in 2009 for Barack Obama and "I Dreamed a Dream" for Bill Clinton in 1993.

There was also her classic "Think" cameo in the beloved film The Blues Brothers.

But a cover that is receiving lots of attention on this sad day, the day Franklin died of cancer, is the version of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors.

Franklin took to this stage as part of a tribute to Carole King, who was in attendance, along with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

As you can see in the video featured on this page, the number opens with the legendary artist in a floor-length fur coat, sitting down at the piano as the voice many believe to be the greatest in history reverberates around the hall.

Just a few lines into the song, the camera cuts to President Obama...

... who wipes a tear away from his eye.

Franklin eventually rises and stands in the middle of the stage, getting into the track's conclusion like only she can, as King cheers and screams in awe from the crowd and Aretha is given a standing ovation before she's even finished.

It's a mesmerizing performance.

It tells you almost all you need to know about the first female ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the person Rolling Stone once named the greatest singer of all-time.

This is how celebrities around the world are reacting to Aretha's passing...

... and this is what Franklin sounded like even at the age of 73.

Listen to the footage featured here now.

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Nathan Griffith to Jenelle Evans: I WILL Get Custody of Our Son!

In March of this year, Nathan Griffith got arrested for the ninth time.

Yes, the NINTH time.

Typically, this would be a disqualifying fact for someone seeking primary custody of his young child...

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... but, typically, this person isn't going up in court against someone like Jenelle Evans.

Back on July 24, Griffith filed the necessary paperwork to essentially take four-year old Kaiser out of his ex-girlfriend's home, arguing in these documents that Evans and David Eason were raising the toddler in an unsafe environment.

It was during this time that Nathan and his mother, Doris, also alleged that Jenelle and Eason were actually abusing Kaiser.

In an incident that received national attention, Doris REFUSED to hand Kaiser over to Evans after spending her court-appointed weekend with her grandchild, telling Child Protective Services at the time that Kaiser had bruises all over his body.

Jenelle, with a police escort, did eventually get her child back -- but her rivalry with the Griffiths was taken to an entirely different level as a result. 

Just yesterday, however, authorities ruled that Evans would not be charged with any kind of abuse.

She's in the clear from a legal stand point right now as far as her behavior as a mother goes. She won't be sent to jail or placed under arrested.

But Nathan wants to make it very clear that his fight for Kaiser is not over.

With an upcoming court hearing on tap due to his aforementioned custody filing, Griffith tells Radar Online:

"It's mediation. We're going to talk and come to an agreement. If we don't, then it's going to go to custody court. I want to be the primary caregiver."

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Evans and Griffith have been arguing over Kaiser for years now.

The disagreements have made for plenty of celebrity gossip fodder, giving us plenty of content, but we'd prefer if they could reach a peaceful resolution here.

Remember, there's a four-year old stuck in the middle of his dysfunctional parents hurling all kinds of major shade at each other.

(To wit, Griffith claims that Jenelle took drugs while pregnant.)

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On July 1, Griffith called the police and said he "received [his] child and he has marks all over him."

The implication here was that Eason and/or Evans had assaulted Kaiser in some kind of manner between the previous time Griffith got to hang out with him and this latest time.

Authorities did not find sufficient evidence to keep Jenelle from her kid and it appears as if this part of the former couple's feud is now over.

But with mediation on tap and a determined Griffith focused on this custody battle, the ugliness will likely continue well into the fall and winter.

If Griffith can keep himself out of jail during this time, that is.

Maci Bookout: Let Me Tell You What I REALLY Think About Ryan Edwards!

Maci Bookout is such a treasure, right?

There's so much Teen Mom gossip out there, all the time, and so much of it is bad -- Jenelle Evans' child abuse allegations and newfound love of guns, Farrah Abraham's legal troubles and general awfulness.

It's actually pretty rare to hear just a happy, nice story about someone from the show, but if you do hear one, it's probably about Chelsea Houska or Maci.

Since she's so great, Maci recently made an appearance on Kailyn Lowry's podcast, and while she was there, she discussed a whole, whole lot of things.

The pregnancy rumors? Her new house? Ryan Edwards' latest arrest?

She talks about all that, and more!

So let's get into what she had to say ...

1. Everyone Loves Maci!

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Seriously, isn't Maci just the greatest?

2. A Strong Possibility

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Is she the greatest mom out of all the Teen Moms? Maybe, yeah.

3. Thanks, Girl!

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Since she's so great and everything, she decided to do us all a solid and have a chat with Kailyn on her podcast, you know, just to update us on everything that's been going on in her life.

4. SO MUCH

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And, as you probably know, there's been a WHOLE lot going on.

5. Moving On

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For example, you may have heard that Maci and her husband, Taylor McKinney, recently sold their house. What's up with that?

6. Oh

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As she explained to Kailyn, they were looking to build a house on some land they own, but while they were checking out other houses to get an idea of what they'd want for their new house, they found one, already built and everything, that they really loved.
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50 Cent and 6ix9ine Flee for Cover After Shots Fired on Set!

Rappers 50 Cent and 6ix9ine were filming a music video when the sound of gunfire sent them fleeing for cover.

It wasn't a sound effect -- someone really opened fire. Police are investigating.

And to think that it's only been weeks since 6ix9ine got his ass kicked. The world of rap can be dangerous.

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TMZ reports that, on Tuesday night, 50 Cent and 6ix9ine (also known as Tekashi69) were sent running for cover when they heard gunshots on set.

The two were filming a new music video in Brooklyn on Tuesday at around 10:30 PM.

A vehicle described by witnesses as a white Porsche with New Jersey license plates opened fire just a stone's throw from the set, firing multiple shots.

Shell casing evidence indicates that the shooter was using a 9 mm semi-automatic weapon.

Casanova and Uncle Murda were both also present on set.

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A spokesperson for the NYPD spoke to HollywoodLife about exactly what went down.

"Tekashi 6ix9ine and 50 Cent were filming a music video in Brooklyn," the statement confirms.

They were in the middle of production "when someone fired shots a block away."

When we're talking about gunfire, that distance seems insignificant.

Ultimately, police collected evidence "and eight shell casings were found."

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"The police doesn’t think anyone was hit," the spokesperson reveals.

That is such a relief. But it does not make any of this less frightening.

"But," the statement acknowledges. "They’re canvasing hospitals."

Sometimes, someone gets shot and goes for help without contacting law enforcement. There can be many reasons for that. Some of them are even innnocuous.

But so far, this appears to be a crime with no direct victims "and no suspects have been identified."

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50 Cent has been shot nine times. Thankfully, this incident was not one of them.

(Yes, 50 Cent blaming Terry Crews for his own sexual assault was incredibly douchey, but he doesn't deserve to be shot for that)

He's not the only man there who has been on the receiving end of gun violence, however.

6ix9ine was recently robbed, pistol-whipped, and basically left for dead. Like, very recently.

On top of that, 6ix9ine is believe to be an associate to a person of interest in the Chief Keef shooting.

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Despite all of that, sources close to the music video's production believe that the shooting was unrelated to the stars.

Police, however, are unprepared to rule out that this was some sort of warning or intimidation tactic aimed at someone involved.

They hope to know more after they speak to a suspect.

In the mean time, 6ix9ine may enter prison as a registered sex offender after violating his parole following an incident in which he, an adult, was "partying" with a 13-year-old girl.

Though he may yet be able to weasel out of it at his new hearing on October 2, he likely has larger concerns on his mind than a possibly random, possibly victimless shooting.

Still, wouldn't it be nice if there were fewer guns and this sort of thing happened less frequently?

Jax Taylor Sends Scathing Message to the Kardashians

It may be very warm and sunny in California at the moment.

But try telling that to Kim Kardashian and her sisters.

They're feeling a bit of a chill at the moment because Jax Taylor just hurled a massive amount of shade in their direction.

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Earlier this week, the Vanderpump Rules star made us laugh pretty hard when he snapped a photo of Younes Bendjima just days after the public learned he had been dumped by Kourtney Kardashian.

The picture was taken at the gym and it featured Taylor poking some fun at the young and very handsome model.

As you can see below, the Bravo personality mocked Bendjima for slumming it and for drinking some basic water out of a bottle.

Pretty funny and almost entirely harmless, right?

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When a fan acknowledged as much, writing that the image was "hilarious" yesterday, Taylor responded:

“Of course it was, it was fu-king brilliant, all you pussies who say sh-t wish you thought of it first. We all get dumped get over it. Old news move on."

Ummm... okay.

A bit of a random and harsh reply, no?

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From here, another user Tweeted at Taylor that the “Kardashians are royalty,” to which Taylor shot back:

“Royalty? You need your brain checked."

Empirically, this is not an inaccurate statement.

Neither Kim nor anyone in her family has been bestowed any sort of Royal honor in their lifetimes.

But we're guessing Jax meant that the sisters aren't especially important in any sense of the phrase, balking at the idea that they are bigger reality stars than he is.

Man, we hope this leads to some kind of Vanderpump Rules/Keeping Up with the Kardashians crossover.

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Earlier this month, Kourtney and Bendjima split after just about two years as a couple.

We heard right from the outset of this news breaking that the conclusion to their romance was not a pretty one, with various outlets alleging that Younes cheated on Kourtney.

He denied this accusation strongly.

He said he was merely friends with the woman he was seen partying with in Mexico shortly before Kardashian gave him his walking papers.

Sensing an opportunity to tweak some dude he has never met, Taylor Tweeted on Wednesday that if Bendjima needed a job, he could help him out.

“tom and tom need a dj still at @TomTom not a hard gig, I can put in a good word,” he wrote on Wednesday, referring to Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz’s new restaurant.

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We're not exactly on Team Younes here; the guy has both a six-pack and may very well have slept with six women behind Kourtney's back.

But this is just unprompted and not even funny on Taylor's part.

Jax even tried to walk back his original mockery by writing later on social media:

“I just thought well this could be a funny tweet.

"Hey when you sign up for this lifestyle you gotta expect a little innocent humor, if you can’t laugh at this or yourself, then I feel bad for you. Who cares!!!”

Lyric McHenry: Family Releases Official Statement

Tragically, producer and reality star Lyric McHenry died this week. Friends and fans alike were shocked upon learning the circumstances of her death -- that she was found on a sidewalk.

Investigators are still looking into her cause of death. It is unclear if Lyric knew she was pregnant.

Now, her family has released a statement sharing what they know.

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In a statement made to Us Weekly, Lyric McHenry's family says that they appreciate the well-intentioned support they've received from loved ones.

"The McHenry Family deeply appreciates the many communications of support," the statement begins.

The family writes that they received this support "from Lyric McHenry’s many friends upon learning of her untimely death at approximately 6:00 AM the morning of August 14th, 2018."

They want to help make the timeline clear, based upon what investigators have told them, in order to clear up confusion.

"Despite the speculation in earlier reports," the family says. "At this point in time the cause of Lyric’s death has yet to be determined"

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"In contrast," the statement continues. "What is factual and known is that Lyric who just turned 26 last week on August 6, was a brilliant, creative, and lovely young woman."

Lyric, they write, was a woman "who shared a deep passion for writing, film, and a long-standing commitment to social justice."

She was, and they would prefer to celebrate her life than speculate about her death.

"She was a Christian who grew up in Los Angeles and attended the Center for Early Education," the statement shares.

"And," the family writes, Lyric "graduated from the Marlborough School in Los Angeles."

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"Lyric graduated from Stanford University in 2014," the statement continues.

"Where she studied in Paris, France for a year," Lyric's proud family writes. "And spoke fluent French."

Lyric was politically active even before she was old enough to vote.

They mention that she "worked on numerous social justice issues."

Notably, Lyric volunteered for the Obama Campaign from 2007 to 2008 and then volunteered again in 2012.

She helped to make the world a better place.

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"Lyric produced and raised funds via crowd funding for her first film," the statement shares. "Which won several film festival awards"

"And," her family reminds the world, Lyric "was a Producer and member of the cast of E! show EJNYC."

Lyric is well-known for her reality career, but there was so much more to her.

"Currently," the statement shares. "Lyric was working on packaging and development of several well regarded film and TV projects."

"She was also interviewing for several West Coast Media jobs," they reveal. "Having returned to L.A. in February from working in NYC for several years and preparing her applications for a business school MBA Program."

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"Lyric’s warmth, compassion, and energy will be missed by many," the statement acknowledges.

"And the family would appreciate that all speculation surrounding the circumstances of death cease," they request.

Because she was found dead less than fully dressed on a sidewalk, some fear that Lyric was murdered. Others wonder if it was an overdose.

They are only making this request "until the real facts are determined during the current investigation by the NYPD and the City of New York."

"The Funeral Service will be held in her hometown Los Angeles," the statement concludes. "At a date to be determined."

Rest in peace, Lyric. We hope that her family finds closure.