Bethenny Frankel charters planes Puerto Rico relief efforts

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 6:46 PM

Bethenny Frankel has chartered multiple planes for Puerto Rico relief with the help of other donors.
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Bethenny Frankel has chartered multiple planes for Puerto Rico relief with the help of other donors.(Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Bravo reality TV star Bethenny Frankel says that with the help of other donors she chartered seven planes to distribute needed supplies to Mexico, Puerto Rico and Houston.

All three areas were devastated by natural disasters: Earthquakes impacted Mexico and hurricanes impacted Houston and Puerto Rico in the past couple of months.

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In a blog post on BravoTV.com, Frankel, 46, said she chartered the first plane on her own and partnered with the nonprofit Global Empowerment Mission. The second plane came from a friend she said noticed the work she was doing.

“And then a third person gave $18,000 needed to sponsor a plane,” Frankel said. “And so I started calling friends, other rich people that I know, like (billionaire) Nancy Rogers from Mary Kay Cosmetics. (I said), ‘This is what we’re doing — I have supplies and we’re bringing people home.’ She said, ‘OK, I'll send my plane.’”

People reported that Frankel herself traveled to Puerto Rico to deliver supplies and offer aid. She did so as she recovers from skin cancer removal surgery, which left her with 12 stitches on her face.

“This is a forgotten island,” Frankel said. “People have been living on their roofs for 13 days. It is like nothing I have ever seen. People’s entire homes and cars are immersed in mud, the likes I’ve never seen.”

Frankel has raised more than $300,000 for Houston relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey and more than $150,000 for Mexico after earthquakes impacted cities Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Supplies sent to the island include water, canned goods, diapers, baby food, medical supplies, toys, insulin, and thousands of dollars in donations from famous friends and other organizations.

Billy Joel, Alexis Roderick expecting second baby

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:43 PM

Alexis Roderick and Billy Joel are expecting their second child together.
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Alexis Roderick and Billy Joel are expecting their second child together.(Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Billy Joel and his wife of two years, Alexis Roderick, are expecting their second child together.

Joel, 68, said his wife is due next month during an interview with The Belfast Telegraph

“This one is pretty good,” he said of his 2-year-old daughter, Della Rose. “She sleeps through the night. I hope the next one will.”

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The couple welcomed Della Rose in August 2015, a little more than a month after their secret wedding at Joel’s Long Island estate. The Los Angeles Times reported that two had been dating since 2009. Joel had been married three times before.

A representative for Joel confirmed to E! News that Roderick, 35, is due in November.

Joel is also father to 31-year-old Alexa Ray Joel with ex-wife Christie Brinkley.

Blac Chyna sues Kardashian-Jenner family for damaging her career

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:07 PM

Rob Kardashian And Blac Chyna

Blac Chyna has reportedly filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the entire Kardashian family. 

People reported that, in the filing, Chyna, 29, whose real name is Angela White, claims she has suffered “significant damages” because of photos posted online by her former fiance, Rob Kardashian.

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In July, Kardashian went on an Instagram rant -- that later moved to Twitter -- and claimed Chyna cheated on him, used him for money and abused alcohol and drugs. During that rant, he also posted nude photos of his ex-fiance. The two are parents to 11-month-old Dream Renée Kardashian. Their relationship was chronicled on the first season of their E! reality TV show “Rob & Chyna.”

Related: Rob Kardashian accuses Blac Chyna of cheating on him, using him for money on Instagram 

According to a KNBC report, the suit alleges assault, battery, domestic violence, harassment, intrusion into private affairs, false light, distribution of private materials, invasion of privacy and defamation. 

“Rob Kardashian is an abuser intent on destroying Angela White, the mother of his baby, who left him in 2016,” the suit reportedly says. “In revenge, the Kardashian-Jenner family became media predators, slut-shaming her on social media and killing her hit television show, which had already begun filming a second season.”

Related: Kardashians angry at Rob’s rant, nude photos posted of Blac Chyna

The suit alleges Rob Kardashian “immediately grabbed the phone from her hand and violently knocked her to the ground where she landed on her hands and knees” when Chyna tried to call Tyga, the father of her 5-year-old son, King Cairo.

Rob Kardashian (right) and Blac Chyna (left) pictured in 2016. Once engaged, the two have broken up and filed lawsuits against each other.(Greg Doherty/Getty Images/Getty Images)

In addition to Rob Kardashian, the suit also names his mother Kris Jenner and sisters Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner. The suit says the family, described as powerful and vindictive, damaged Chyna’s career and reputation.

The Blast reported in Spetember that Rob Kardashian and Kylie Jenner filed a lawsuit against Chyna for assault, battery and vandalism. The suit claims Chyna attempted to strangle Rob and damaged Jenner’s home, which Rob Kardashian was renting.

Canada heartbroken: Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dead at 53 of brain cancer 

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 7:23 PM

Frontman Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip performs onstage during the band’s 'Man Machine Poem Tour' at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada, on July 24, 2016. 
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Frontman Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip performs onstage during the band’s 'Man Machine Poem Tour' at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada, on July 24, 2016. (Andrew Chin/Getty Images)

The lead singer of the Canadian alt-rock band the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, died Wednesday night after a battle with terminal brain cancer.

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Downie, 53, passed away surrounded by his children and family, according to a family statement on Twitter.

"Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived,” the statement said.

Downie was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, or terminal brain cancer, in December of 2015, but didn’t reveal the diagnosis until May of 2016, according to Rolling Stone.

"Gord said he had lived many lives," the statement continued.

"As a musician, he lived 'the life' for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one."

The five members of the Tragically Hip started playing together in the mid-1980s. They gained some traction in the United States in the 90s, but never really caught on among American audiences.

They are huge superstars in Canada, though, producing 14 studio albums over three decades, with most going platinum, Rolling Stone reported. They were featured on postage stamps and received the Order of Canada.

Downie was also an environmentalist who worked on behalf of indigenous people and social justice issues.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Downie’s command of language “profound.” 

He painted landscapes with his words, elevating Canadian geography, historical figures, and myths," Trudeau said.

"When he spoke, he gave us goosebumps and made us proud to be Canadian. 

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Downie’s family thanked fans for “the respect, admiration and love” given to Downie throughout the years, in their statement following his death .

"Those tender offerings touched his heart and he takes them with him now as he walks among the stars."

Tom Petty buried at famous cemetery in private funeral service

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 6:26 PM

The Life of Tom Petty

 

Family and friends gathered Monday at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, California to bid a final farewell to legendary rocker Tom Petty, People magazine reported.

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Petty died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 2 at the age of 66.

The grounds of the shrine are just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean on Sunset Boulevard, and includes a temple, windmill chapel and meditation garden. The sanctuary also includes a spring-fed lake, waterfalls, and wildlife. 

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The funeral for George Harrison, the iconic Beatle and Petty’s Traveling Wilburys band mate,  was held at the shrine in 2001, Rolling Stone magazine reported.

There’s no word on who attended Petty’s private burial, but the musician’s daughter AnnaKim Violette Petty shared scenes from the day on Instagram.

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The music community and fans around the world were grief-stricken with word of Petty’s sudden and unexpected death. Numerous tributes have poured in and musicians have been playing Petty’s music at concerts and shows, honoring his memory.