Sad new details
Late on Aug. 12, Anne Heche’s rep told TMZ that the Emmy-nominated actress is not expected to regain consciousness following an Aug. 5 accident in which she crashed her car into a Los Angeles-area home, sparking a fire that destroyed the residence and left her hospitalized in critical condition. “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive,” her rep said, adding, “It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”
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On Aug. 8, Mar-A-Lago — Donald Trump’s home in Florida — was raided by FBI agents. The search, according to Fox News and CNN, was part of an investigation into the handling of presidential documents, including classified documents, that the former POTUS brought there. Earlier this year, the National Archives and Records Administration said Trump took 15 boxes of presidential records to his personal residence. Trump, as expected, was livid about the raid, lamenting that the agents even “broke into” his safe. Trump was not home at the time the search warrant was executed. When news of the raid broke, celebrities lined up to either rejoice over or condemn the search. Megyn Kelly argued that the raid was more about the Jan. 6 insurrection and John Rich felt it was a smokescreen for President Joe Biden’s low approval ratings. Rob Reiner, Ice-T and Ron Perlman applauded the search. As the GOP railed against the FBI, Stephen Colbert said, “Okay, GOP, you win: we should arrest whoever appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray.” For the record: Christopher Wray was appointed by Trump.
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“iCarly” and “Sam & Cat” star Jennette McCurdy detailed years of abuse at the hands of her late mother in her new memoir released on Aug 9. While on “Good Morning America” promoting the book, the former actress spoke about the title of her new memoir, “I’m Glad My Mom is Dead,” explaining, “I get that it’s attention-grabbing but it’s also something that I mean sincerely.” Jennette feels like abuse victims will understand her mentality. “My mom emotionally, mentally, and physically abused me in ways that will forever impact me. She gave me breast and vaginal exams until 17 was years old… When I was 6 years old, she pushed me into a career I didn’t want… She taught me an eating disorder when I was 11 years old — an eating disorder that robbed me of my joy and any amount of free-spiritedness that I had. She never told me my father was not my father.”
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Reality TV death
Ryan Fellows, who starred on Discovery’s popular “Street Outlaws: Fastest in America” reality show, was killed in a car accident in Las Vegas while cameras rolled. TMZ reported that “Outlaws,” which premiered in 2013, was filming outside of Vegas in the early morning hours of Aug. 7. While racing another car, Ryan reportedly lost control, causing his Nissan 240z to roll. In doing so, the car caught on fire. Onlookers desperately tried to get Ryan out of the car but weren’t able to rescue him in time. Following the accident, filming was haulted.
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Olivia Newton-John, the iconic superstar who entertained millions as Sandy in “Grease,” passed away on Aug. 8. She was 73. Her husband, John Easterling, announced her death, saying the four-time Grammy winner was surrounded by family when she took her final breath at her ranch in Southern California. A source close to the star told TMZ that she died from “metastatic breast cancer.” The “Physical” singer was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. It went into remission, but came back in 2013. Again, it went into remission but resurfaced in 2017. Following her death, many in entertainment publicly paid tribute to the actress-singer on social media, starting with her most famous co-star, John Travolta. “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!” he wrote on Instagram.
Britney Spears is in a war with former husband Kevin Federline. The feud between the exes was ignited after he gave an interview in which he said their two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, are purposely avoiding their mother and feel embarrassed by her risqué social media posts. Afterward, Brit and her new husband, Sam Asghari, fired back at Kevin, with the pop star saying her children have been “hateful.” On Aug. 11, K-Fed posted several years-old videos of the singer arguing and cursing around her children. Britney’s lawyer accused Kevin of “bullying.”
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