Eddie Murphy’s Elder Brother, Charlie Murphy Passes On |The Republican News

Oliver Gettell

Eddie Murphy and his family have addressed the loss of their loved one Charlie Murphy, who died of leukemia Wednesday at age 57.
“Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle, and friend Charlie,” the Murphy family said in a statement. “Charlie filled our family with love and laughter, and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.”© Kevin Winter/Getty Images


Best known for his work as a writer and performer on the sketch comedy series Chappelle’s Show, Charlie Murphy also worked with younger brother Eddie on the script for 2007’s Norbit and voiced Llyod the dog in the movie. More recently, he appeared in the Adult Swim series Black Jesus and the comedy-horror film Meet the Blacks, and he’ll be featured on the upcoming season of the Starz drama Power.

Murphy’s death was also mourned by fellow comedians, actors, and friends on social media.

(Entertainment Weekly)

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Michael Jackson’s Mother Allegedly Stopped From Seeing Grandchildren By Other Family Members


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TMZ reports that members of the Jackson clan are blocking matriarch Katherine Jackson from seeing her grandchildren — the late Michael Jackson’s kids: Prince Michael Jackson, Blanket Jackson and Paris Jackson — as part of an ongoing elder abuse lawsuit against her nephew-in-law, Trent Jackson, that has the family divided.

According to TMZ sources connected to the Jacksons, Michael’s kids were not told that their grandmother had returned to Los Angeles from London on March 29 after two months away “out of fear they’ll reprogram [her] and derail her legal battle with Trent Jackson.”

(TMZ adds that when Katherine arrived at LAX Airport, her daughter Rebbie Jackson “desperately” tried to block their cameras.)

Other sources connected to the family have reportedly told the website that Katherine was secretly taken to the home of one of her children instead of to her own home.

She’s back in L.A. to testify against Trent, who has accused Rebbie and Jermaine Jackson of masterminding the elder abuse lawsuit against him in an attempt to gain control of their mother’s wealth.

TMZ sources say that Trent’s camp thinks Rebbie and Jermaine are worried that Paris and Prince will encourage their grandmother to drop the lawsuit.

Back in 2012 when Katherine was suddenly whisked away to Arizona for two weeks, Paris accused Jermaine and other members of the family of kidnapping her.

“I haven’t spoken with her in a week I want her home now,” the burgeoning model-actress tweeted at the time.

“I will defend my beloved family member with all I have, even if it means from other family members,” she added.

TMZ concludes that its sources believe the fact that Katherine still hasn’t seen Paris or her siblings is “a strong sign someone doesn’t want a repeat of 2012.”


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George Michael Laid To Rest Three Months After His Death


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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, British singer George Michael performs at a concert to raise money for the AIDS charity Sidaction, during the Symphonica tour at Palais Garnier Opera house in Paris, France. Michael, who rocketed to stardom with WHAM! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career lined with controversies, has died, his publicist said Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. He was 53. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)© The Associated Press FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, British singer George Michael performs at a concert to raise money for the AIDS charity Sidaction, during the Symphonica tour at Palais Garnier Opera house in Paris, France. Michael…

Three months after his death on Christmas Day, George Michael was laid to rest Wednesday in an intimate ceremony.

“We can confirm that the funeral of the singer George Michael took place today. Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved son, brother and friend,” a rep for the singer tells PEOPLE in a statement.

“George Michael’s family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support. We ask that the family’s wish for privacy be respected so that they can continue to live their lives privately, away from any media intrusion. No further details will be released.”

Related: BREAKING NEWS: Pop Superstar, George Michael Dies At 53 |The Republican News

A source tells PEOPLE Michael was buried in London at Highgate Ceremony next to his beloved mother, Lesley, who died 20 years ago.

The burial comes almost three weeks after the legendary singer’s cause of death was revealed to be dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to the senior coroner for Oxfordshire, Darren Salter.

Dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart, occurs when the left ventricle stretches and fails to effectively pump blood, according to the Mayo Clinic. As the muscle becomes weaker, heart failure can occur. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart usually caused by a viral infection.

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, British singer George Michael sings in concert to raise money for AIDS charity Sidaction, in Paris, France. A British coroner said Tuesday, March 7, 2017, that George Michael died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver. Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, says a post-mortem has found that the singer died of "dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver." Michael died at his home in southern England, on Dec. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)© The Associated Press FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, British singer George Michael sings in concert to raise money for AIDS charity Sidaction, in Paris, France. A British coroner said Tuesday, March 7, 2017, that George Michael died of natural ca…  

As the death was determined to be the result of natural causes, Thames Valley Police stated that they would close the related investigation.

Related: George Michael’s 911 Tape Reportedly Details How Partner Fadi Fawaz Found Him Unconscious

“The investigation into the circumstances of the death has now concluded and a file was passed to the Coroner. As the cause of death was natural, no further action is proposed or required,” authorities wrote on Facebook. “No further updates will be provided and the family requests the media and public respect their privacy.”

The initial autopsy, completed on Dec. 30, was revealed to be “inconclusive” in a statement released by the Thames Valley police.

It had previously been speculated that Michael had died of drug-related complications – with some even raising questions about boyfriend Fadi Fawaz’ role in the singer’s death, despite Thames Valley Police treating it as “unsuspicious” from an early stage.

Fawaz slammed these “nasty comments,” in tweets posted soon after the cause of death was revealed.

“The Truth is out…” he captioned a smiling photo of the couple in happier times.

Michael suffered many health issues in recent years, though. In November 2011, the “Careless Whisper” singer was hospitalized for pneumonia. One year earlier, he was involved in a car accident and arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana.

Michael sold 100 million albums worldwide during his nearly 40 years in the spotlight, and has won a slew of awards. However, the star also fell on difficult times with multiple arrests as well as battles with depression and drug use.


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Snoop Dogg To Induct Tupac Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame


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Snoop Dogg is set to induct the late Tupac into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at its induction ceremony this April, Rolling Stonereports. The rapper will be inducted alongside Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, and Journey.

The two collaborated on 1996’s 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted, a track Snoop performed at Coachella in 2012 alongside a hologram of Tupac. They also teamed up for Wanted Dead or Alive, which dropped in 1997, the year after Tupac died at age 25.

Tupac’s memory will also be honored this year with All Eyez on Me, a biopic set to hit theaters June 16, while USA Network is developing a television series titled Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and Biggie featuring Marcc Rose as Tupac, a role the actor previously played in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton.

This year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place April 7 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.


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Davido In Two Paternity Mess Within A Week |The Republican News


Music Artist, Davido

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Just last week, news made rounds that popular singer, Davido, impregnated a 24-year-old Georgia University undergraduate named, Amanda. This week, the young lad is in another paternity issue as another young lady, Ayotomide Labinjo, has stepped forward alleging that the ‘Dami Duro’ singer is the father of her daughter, three-year-old Aanuoluwapo.

In an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, the 26-year-old lady alleged she had a sexual affair with the singer in 2013 and she got pregnant and had a baby girl.

Ayotomide alleged the pop singer had abandoned her and the baby and has refused to take up the responsibility of “taking care of our child.”

Labinjo alleged she met Davido at a night club in Ibadan in February 2013 where he approached her and spoke glowingly of her beauty. She alleged they ended up sleeping in a hotel that same night.  She also alleged that a month later, Davido visited Ibadan again for Gbenga Adeyinka’s Easter show and they hooked up again for a night out and slept together at a hotel in the upscale Iyaganku area of the city.

According to her, communication between them was intact until she told him that she was pregnant at the end of March 2013.

Labinjo said, “In February 2013, I met Davido at a club in Ibadan and he approached me and said he liked me. We became friends and got along. He only came to have a good time then. We left the club in his Range Rover Sports for a hotel around Challenge in Ibadan where we slept together. I left him there the following morning. Before then, I had no boyfriend so I was not used to going out but my friend invited me to the club that night.

“We only met twice in Ibadan and we slept together on both occasions. The third time I would see him again was when I and my mother went to his house in Lagos more than a year after the birth of the baby. He preferred to call me Enitan because that is my other name.

“When I told him I was pregnant at the end of March 2013, he said I should keep it but the following morning, he blocked me from his Blackberry Messenger list. I could not reach him throughout the period I was pregnant. On each of the days we met in Ibadan, he had a police and three body guards with him.

“On the day the baby girl was being named, he added me again on his BBM and I sent him her pictures. He asked me what I wanted and I told him that he should take up the responsibility of the child. But he blocked me from his contact list again the next morning. We named the baby Aanuoluwapo but he preferred to call her Vero and anytime I asked for anything, he would embarrass me.

“My mother was furious about his attitude so she wrote a letter to his father but he did not reply until our lawyer, the late Bamidele Aiku, wrote to him. That was when his father arranged for a DNA test and we went to Lagos for the test.”

But then, a copy of the test carried out at Clina-Lancet Laboratories, Babatunde Jose Street, Victoria Island, Lagos on September 2, 2014, showed that Davido was ‘excluded’ from being the biological father of the child.

However, Labinjo disputed the result. According to her, she alleged she saw Davido giving a ‘big’ envelope containing lots of money to one Alex Sogbola who conducted the test when she entered his office, alleging that the technologist was induced or compromised.

Backing her daughter’s allegations, Labinjo’s mother, Ropo, said she went to Lagos with her daughter to see Davido’s father, Adedeji Adeleke, in respect of the DNA test. According to her, the meeting was arranged after series of attempts to meet Adeleke and following the involvement of her family lawyer. She added that her husband, a professor of sociology at the University of Ibadan, died 16 years ago, leaving her and two children behind.

She said, “I wrote a letter to Davido’s father but there was no reply until our lawyer wrote to him. When he called me, I explained what happened between my daughter and his son and he arranged for the DNA. He said his son told him that he did not know my daughter.

“He later sent his driver to Ibadan to bring us to Lagos for the test. After meeting him, he told the driver to take us to Davido’s house. We met him and his brother Wale, his cousins B.Red and Shina.   Shina told him he would not be a party to this (paternity tussle).

“From there, we went to a hospital, Davido was in another car. I was suspicious of the whole set up because there was no indication that the facility could handle DNA test. My daughter was called upstairs with Davido and the child. My daughter was left outside a door but out of curiosity, she opened the door and saw Davido giving lots of money to the doctor after his father had already paid for the DNA test.

“Davido and the baby’s blood samples were only taken so I asked the doctor why he did not take that of my daughter because Davido’s father had told me that he paid for the three people at N65,000 each. They asked us to come back after two weeks but the result came out after seven days. Davido’s father sent a car to bring us to Lagos again for the result. Davido had left the country then. The result showed that Davido was not the father but my findings after that showed that only blood test was carried out and not DNA test.”

The widow said having lived in London before and having done DNA test before, she was sure that the test carried out was not a DNA. She said he had told Davido’s father that when she has the money, she would go to a government hospital to conduct another DNA.

“I have written Chief Adeleke to do me a favour by presenting Davido on the day of the test. From what I know, hair sample or saliva swab and not only blood sample are used for DNA test,” she said.

When Saturday Beats paid a visit to Clina-Lancet Laboratories and had a chat with Sogbola, the young man said he remembered the case and the test result was genuine.

He said it would be quite impossible for him to be dubious with a DNA result as the samples were taken to their South African branch for testing.

Sogbola said that he had handled all Davido’s DNA tests and so far, he has never had any problems. He also denied ever collecting any money from the music star.

He said, “I remember the case. If I should check the system, I am sure I would still have the details. We also have a sister company in South Africa where the blood samples were tested and if you go to South Africa, you would get the exact same result we gave her here in Nigeria. I have every record and if I bring my records out, I would show you the picture of the lady when she came, the baby’s picture and Davido’s own as well. I remember the lady’s mother. They came in from Ibadan and the samples were not taken here. It was done in Verdic Hospital in Lekki, they paid for home service so I had to go and take the sample from Verdic Hospital. We gave the result out and the day it was out, I cannot remember if the lady was there but Davido’s father collected the result from me. I remember the girl said she was in school and I asked her where she met Davido but I could not keep asking questions because it was none of my business. He might have come for a show in her school and something happened between them. Even her mother’s ring tone then was Davido’s song. Even Davido’s father said that he had been investing some money in them but they should give him some time to get the DNA done so that they could take charge of the child. That was what he said. Before the test was conducted, the man had been sending money to them. He sent a car to pick them from Ibadan for the test.

“The second DNA that was done for Davido’s baby, Imade, I also conducted the test. I can tell you that I have never collected any huge sum from Davido ever since I have come in contact with him. He has never given me even N2,000 despite the fact that he has money. I don’t know what the girl wants but if it is another DNA, then that is between her and Davido. She can have a re-test anywhere else in the world. I am sure she has a copy of that result. Even if there is a foul play here, would I do it as well with the people in South Africa? If I do a foul play with any DNA result, it would not only affect us here in Nigeria but also our office in South Africa. So if they are suing us here, they are also suing our branch in South Africa,” he said.

When Davido was contacted through his manager, Asa Asika, via an email exchange, he simply said that Labinjo’s claim is false.

He said, “Apologies for the delayed response, I have been flying. This is not a true story, thanks for reaching out to clarify. Thanks.”


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Paris Jackson Removes Michael Jackson Headline From ‘Harper’s Bazar’ Cover

Alex Ungerman

Paris Jackson apparently likes her cover more than the cover story.The 18-year-old actress shared her chic Parisian photo shoot cover of Harper’s Bazaar‘s April issue on Tuesday, after previously expressing frustration over the angle of the headline, which centered on her being late father Michael Jackson’s “favorite.” Paris was quoted in the article as saying, “I was perfect in my dad’s eyes.”                                       © Provided by ETOnline

“Paris is very excited for this cover and excited for everyone to see the images,” Paris’ rep tells ET.

In the since-deleted tweet, Paris vented, “When magazines lie to you and tell you they’re not gonna make the headline about something, but go right ahead and do it behind your back :).”

Paris eventually did share the magazine cover, albeit with the headline in question removed.

Despite the drama, hopefully we can all agree that the cover is amazing!

Watch the video below for Paris’ recent smiley sunny beach pic.

Source: ETOnline

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ED Sheeran Music Breaks Guinness World Records With ‘Divide’ Album

Andrew Shuster


Ed Sheeran has broken several Guinness World Records with his latest album, ÷ (Divide), which was released earlier this month.

The British singer’s third studio album has become the fastest-selling pop album in the U.K. by a male artist after debuting at number one. Sheeran’s new record has also sold more copies in its first week than the rest of the U.K.’s Top 500 albums combined. Additionally, 16 of the U.K.’s Top 20 tracks belong to Sheeran, nabbing him the record for most simultaneous U.K. Top 20 singles.

The album’s first single, “Shape of You,” became the most streamed track on Spotify in 24 hours, hitting more than 6 million streams when it was released in early January. That number trumps the previous record held by One Direction’s “Drag Me Down”, which had 4.75 million streams in 2015. Sheeran also broke many global records, and became the first artist to debut two Top 10 singles simultaneously in both the U.K. and U.S.

These are just a few of Sheeran’s latest achievements, and his second album, x (Multiply), also broke a number of Guinness World Records when it was released in 2015. As Gossip Cop reported, Sheeran announced his 2017 Divide Tour on the “Today” show earlier this month, with the singer slated to perform in arenas around the U.S. between June and October.

2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards, Los Angeles 05 Mar 2017 Ed Sheeran

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