Former ‘Power Ranger’ actor pleads guilty to killing roommate with sword

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 2:48 PM
Updated: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 3:10 PM

HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 28: Actor Ricardo Medina attends the Lambda Legal Liberty Awards at the Egyptian Theater on September 28, 2005 in Hollywood, California.
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HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 28: Actor Ricardo Medina attends the Lambda Legal Liberty Awards at the Egyptian Theater on September 28, 2005 in Hollywood, California.(Frederick M. Brown)

Former “Power Rangers” star Ricardo Medina pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on Thursday, according to prosecutors.

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The 38-year-old entered the plea in Los Angeles County Superior Court and admitted to using a “Conan the Barbarian” sword to stab his roommate, Josh Sutter, to death in 2015, The Associated Press reported.

According to the Los Angeles Times, investigators said the two were arguing over the way Medina’s girlfriend parked her car before the stabbing.

Medina appeared as the red Power Ranger in three versions of the popular series: “Power Rangers Wild Force” (2002), “Power Rangers Wild Force: Identity Crisis” (2002) and “Power Rangers Samurai” (2001).

He faces up to six years in state prison.

Jerry Lewis leaves 6 kids from first marriage off will, report says

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 10:54 PM

Actor and Comedian Jerry Lewis Dead at 91

A new report claims that late comedian Jerry Lewis left his six children from his first marriage out of his will.

According to celebrity gossip site The Blast, Lewis’ will says, “I have intentionally excluded Gary Lewis, Ronald Lewis, Anthony Joseph Lewis, Christopher Joseph Lewis, Scott Anthony Lewis, and Joseph Cristopher Lewis and their descendants as beneficiaries of my estate, it being my intention that they shall receive no benefits her under.”

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The will notes that Joseph Lewis has died, according to the Thursday report from The Blast. He had a fatal drug overdose in 2009.

People reported that it obtained a copy of the will and testament from The Blast. The will was executed in 2012.

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The children excluded are from Lewis’ first marriage to singer Patti Palmer, to whom he was married from 1944-1980.

According to People, Lewis’ widow, SanDee Pitnick, will be first in line to inherit the comedian’s estate. His 25-year-old adopted daughter, Danielle, will be second in line if something happens to Pitnick.

Ric Flair says alcohol problem led to hospitalization, medically-induced coma

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 4:36 PM

Fast Facts Ric Flair

Two-time WWE hall of famer Ric Flair says alcohol is to blame for heart issues that ultimately led to a medically-induced coma.

Flair tells People that decades of “social” drinking nearly caused him to lose his life.

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Flair’s fiancee, Wendy Barlow, said she took the wrestler known as “Nature Boy” to the hospital Aug. 11 with “severe abdominal pain,” according to a report from TMZ Sports

Reports said he was hospitalized for heart-related issues, but it was more severe than that.

People reported that Flair’s family members were told that the wrestler said he had a 20 percent odds of survival. When he underwent surgery, part of Flair’s bowel was removed and a pacemaker was inserted. 

“I crashed in an airplane and broke my back, I’ve been hit by lightning,” Flair said. “But this is totally different. Anything I’ve been through before is nothing like this.”

“It scared the (expletive) out of me.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 26: Professional wrestler Ric Flair of 'ESPN's 30 for 30: "Nature Boy"' speaks onstage during the ESPN portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)(Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Flair says he will never drink again. According to People, he needs a nurse to steady his hands when drinking water form a glass.

Although he’s at a convalescent center in Atlanta recovering, Flair said, “I’m not out of the woods yet.”

Years of pain from Flair’s career led to him treating his injuries with alcohol. 

“I’ve never taken a pain pill in my life,” he said. “I’d just take a shower, flip my hair back and go to the best bar in town.”

Flair said he never drank while wrestling, but would frequent bars once he was done with work.

“I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was,” he said.

Beyonce, Jay-Z hosting hurricane benefit concert, report says

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 3:05 PM

Jay-Z and Beyonce Through The Years

Beyonce continues to give back to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.  

According to Us Weekly, the singer and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, are headlining a benefit concert for those affected by both hurricanes. The concert will reportedly be in New York.

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Last week, Beyonce participated in Hand in Hand, a telethon benefiting survivors of Hurricane Harvey that was telecast across multiple networks Sept. 12.

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 04: (L-R) Beyonce and and Jay Z perform on stage during a Get Out The Vote concert in support of Hillary Clinton at Wolstein Center on November 4, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. With less than a week to go until election day, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. (Photo by Duane Prokop/Getty Images)(Duane Prokop/Getty Images)

Before then, the singer returned to her hometown of Houston with her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, daughter Blue Ivy, and friend and former Destiny’s Child member, singer Michelle Williams. The trip was part of a relief effort with her BeyGood Foundation. Beyonce sponsored a luncheon and served survivors with her family.

Us Weekly reported that several artists from Jay-Z’s entertainment company, Roc Nation, are set to join the couple at the Barclay’s Center.

The benefit concert is set for Oct. 17 at Barclays Center, according to the report.

Tidal emailed the following statement in response to UsWeekly’s report:

“TIDAL will be hosting our annual benefit concert with details to soon follow. We have not announced or confirmed any line up or partner organizations, but stay tuned…”

Jay-Z reportedly turned down Super Bowl Halftime slot

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 4:49 PM

Jay-Z Reportedly Turned Down Super Bowl Halftime Slot

Don’t expect to be throwing up the Roc sign at the halftime show during the Super Bowl in 2018.

According to The Source, Jay-Z has turned down the NFL’s offer to have the rapper perform at the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show in Minneapolis.

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When NBC’s Pro Football Talk reached out to the NFL, the report wasn’t directly shut down.

“No decisions have been made on the performer(s) and we are not going to speculate on particular artists,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a Wednesday email to Pro Football Talk. “Along with Pepsi, we know that we will put on a spectacular show. When it is time to announce her name we will do it. Or his name. Or their names.”

For Jay, the rest of this year will be busy. He is set to tour North America in support of his latest album, “4:44,” Oct. 27. Billboard reported that Vic Mensa will be the opening act for the tour.