The L.A. County Coroner’s Office released the cause of Whitney Houston’s death yesterday. He said Whitney’s death was caused by drowning, and also the level of cocaine she had in her system that she’d apparently used in the bathtub at the hotel. “Accidental drowning” is listed as Whitney Houston’s official cause of death. While investigator found no traces of cocaine in Whitney Houston’s suite the night she died, the Coroner’s Office says Whitney did indeed use cocaine “immediately prior to her collapse.” Coroner Chief Craig Harvey said the cocaine level in Whitney’s system was “acute” indicating she used the drug not long before she accidentally drowned in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel. The autopsy also revealed a 60% narrowing of Whitney’s arteries, a direct result of her chronic cocaine habit. Harvey claims the artery constriction led to a cardiac event before her death. Marijuana, Xanax and Flexorall were also found
in her system, but were said not to play a part in her death.
On Wednesday, Steven Tyler and mentor Jimmy Iovine went after Heejun Han for not taking his music seriously enough. Last night, Heejun responded . . . and said he doesn’t want to be a star. Back home in Queens, New York, Heejun is a non-profit organizer.
At last night’s Clippers-Hornets game in New Orleans, the guy who sang the National Anthem messed it up BIG TIME. He completely forgot the lyrics, and someone had to get on the microphone and feed them to him. THEN, he got the words wrong anyway. He sang “At the twilight’s last streaming,” when it’s actually “At the twilight’s last gleaming.”
Motley Crue and KISS are joining up and have announced a summer tour. It’s the first time since 1982 that the two bands have appeared together. The tour will begin in July and end in September.
Fergie has officially pulled herself out of the running for a position of judge on “The X Factor.” She says she loves Simon and the show, but that she’s just been way too busy to commit to a show for that length of time. “Timing is everything and it’s not the right time for me.”
Hilary Duff and husband Mike Comrie are proud parents of a bouncing baby boy born Tuesday evening. Their son’s name is Luca Cruz Comrie! Duff, 24, married the now retired pro hockey player in 2010. Luca is the first child for the couple.
Scott Baio’s new comedy is coming to Nick At Night. The show, called, “Daddy’s Home” centers on David Hobbs (Baio), an actor who, after 10 years of starring as America’s favorite TV dad, becomes a stay-at-home father to honor the deal he made with his soap-star wife so she can return to the limelight.
Ross Mathews, the guy who got popular in his role as “Ross the Intern” on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, is getting his own show! Chelsea Handler will produce the show that will appear on E!. Details are sketchy at this point, but shooting begins in a couple of months.
Usher is set to play Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming movie “Hands of Stone.” The movie centers on the life of Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán. Robert DeNiro and Gael García Bernal will also star in the film which is slated to start production later this year.
The Lifetime Channel is looking for love at sea in a new reality series beginning in April. For those of you old enough, think Love Boat! The series, Love For Sail, debuts April 10 and follows four single women as they look for
love aboard a tropical cruise liner. The men, who are also looking for love participate in a number of romantic dates, parties and excursions in many ports of call.
NBC has renewed the musical drama “Smash” for a second season. With NBC’s, The Voice, as a lead-in, Smash ranks as the network’s highest-rated drama in adults 18-49…
Lindsay Lohan and the guy who says she ran into him at a parking lot are both refusing to cooperate with the police. Sources say a man named Thaer Kamal is under investigation by an insurance company for allegedly staging car accidents and filing phony claims. They are now trying to determine if the man who claims to be hit by Lindsey is the same guy. Thaer has hired famed lawyer Mark Geragos, who has already made a settlement demand to Lindsay.
Lindsay is in court next week for her final probation progress hearing. If the hit-and-run case goes crazy on her, it could jeopardize her freedom.
George Harrison’s stately mansion in Switzerland has been put up for sale. The listing agents won’t reveal the listing price but some think it will go for as much as $10 million dollars. The castle-like structure has views of scenic Lake Lugano, the Swiss Alps and Monte Rosa. Standout features of the 10,800-square-foot main house include a massive wine cellar, a four-story elevator and a Roman-style swimming pool embellished with fountains and statues. The mansion sites on 1.6 acres of park land filled with gardens. There’s an 1,800-square-foot guesthouse and a “charming miniature brick castle” spanning 800 square feet, a hidden tree house and a tree swing. Harrison’s Montagnola home was reportedly his “last permanent residence” before his death in 2001 at 58 years old.
British designer Stella McCartney (and daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney,) has designed the Olympic uniforms the Great Britain athletes will wear to the 2012 Summer Olympics this year. McCartney says it was quite a challenge, because function has to take precedence over fashion. The British athletes aren’t the only ones who will be wearing uniforms designed by high fashion figures. Some of our Olympians will be donning designs from Ralph Lauren and the Italians will be sporting some Giorgio Armani designs. The Olympics kick off July 27, 2012.