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Judge Declares Prince’s Six Siblings The Heirs To His Estate |The Republican News

 

By AMY FORLITI
Prince performs during the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on April 26, 2008.© Chris Pizzello/AP Prince performs during the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on April 26, 2008.

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge confirmed Prince’s six siblings to be his rightful heirs in a ruling released Friday, bringing them a big step closer to collecting their shares of the music legend’s multimillion-dollar estate.

Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide formally declared that Prince died without a will and that his heirs are his sister, Tyka Nelson, and five half-siblings — Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John R. Nelson, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson.

The siblings will still have to wait to inherit their shares of Prince’s estate, which court filings suggest has an estimated value of about $200 million, though taxes are expected to consume about half of that.

More than 45 people came forward in the wake of Prince’s death, claiming to be his wife, children, siblings or other relatives. Some, including a Colorado prison inmate who said he was Prince’s son, were ruled out through DNA testing. Others, such as a woman and girl who claimed to be Prince’s niece and grandniece, had their claims rejected as a matter of law.

Some of those people filed legal appeals, and Eide said that if appellate courts send any of the rejected claimants back to him, he will consider them. And until the appeals are resolved, Eide said the siblings won’t be able to collect anything without his approval.

Eide previously signaled that the six siblings would likely be named Prince’s heirs, but he also had said he wouldn’t make the declaration until appeals had been decided. Lawyers for the siblings didn’t want to wait, though, saying further delays would increase costs to the estate and impede its efficient administration. The siblings’ attorneys didn’t immediately reply to phone calls seeking comment Friday.

Attorneys for rejected claimants had urged Eide to wait for appeals to be resolved before naming the heirs. Andrew Stoltmann, a lawyer for the woman and girl who say they are Prince’s niece and grand-niece, said Friday that he hadn’t seen the new ruling but would examine it and determine whether to appeal it.

Prince died April 21, 2016, of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid drug 50 times more powerful than heroin.

Since his death, Prince’s Paisley Park studio complex and home has been turned into a museum and concert venue. His estate has also struck deals to make his albums available by streaming, and next month plans to release a remastered “Purple Rain” album as well as two albums of unreleased music and two concert films. The values of those deals and revenue generated from Paisley Park tours have not been disclosed.       (AP)

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Nollywood Actor, Adeshina Adesanya Has Passed On |The Republican News

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Adeshina Adesanya in the hospital undergoing kidney dialysis. 

 

Popular Nollywood actor, Adeshina Adesanya, also known as Pastor Ajidara is dead.

The actor died in the early hours of Sunday, just days after his colleagues voiced out that he was in need of money for treatment for kidney failure.

His demise was announced by actors, Bolaji Amusan, popularly known as Mr. Latin and Yomi Fash-Lanso who both led a fund raising campaign for him.

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The Joker Did Not Kill Heath Ledger, Says Sister (video) |The Republican News

 

Andrea Mandell
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An untimely death, especially a famous one, can color the truth.

I Am Heath Ledger, a new documentary about the actor supported by his family, dispels one common rumor: The Joker did not bring the Australian actor down.

“Honestly, that’s been the biggest thing for us as a family,” says Kate Ledger, Heath’s elder sister, by phone. “He had an amazing sense of humor and certainly playing the Joker, for him it was one big gag. He had so much fun doing that. It was actually the exact opposite. There was no doom and gloom. … That was a shock to me that people even thought that, really.”

The documentary hits theaters tonight (Wednesday) for one night only in partnership with Fathom Events, and then will air on Spike TV on May 17.

Ledger died on Jan. 22, 2008, at age 28 in New York City from an accidental overdose of prescription medication and sleeping aids. The role of the Joker would win him a posthumous Oscar for his work in The Dark Night in 2009.

“Like many of us, we read all sorts of insinuations online that Heath Ledger was taken down this dark spiral path to the depths of depression from his role as the Joker — this is the reason why we lost this bright star so early in his life,” says I Am Heath Ledger producer and co-director Derik Murray. “What was incredible, what was really quite amazing is that the truth behind that is so polar opposite.”

I Am Heath Ledger begins during Ledger’s youth, utilizing hours of the actor’s own home videos. The film charts his quick rise in Hollywood. Less than a year after moving to Los Angeles, he booked the lead role in the 1999 hit teen rom-com 10 Things I Hate About You opposite Julia Stiles.

Then Ledger pivoted, turning down opportunities like Spider-Man and making films that would lead him to work like Lords of Dogtown and his Oscar-nominated role in Brokeback Mountain.

“As you see in the documentary, he could have very easily gone down that heartthrob career (path) and done a lot of those roles, and he chose not to right from the very beginning,” says Kate. “He wanted to be taken seriously as an actor. He was always in command of what he did. He wouldn’t just do something for the money.”

Kate Ledger says filmmakers have been knocking at her family’s door since her brother’s death, but it was the involvement of executive producer Matt Amato, her brother’s close friend, that gave them trust the documentary would be done right.

Plus, they had Michelle Williams’ blessing. “We wouldn’t have done anything otherwise,” says Kate, revealing little about Ledger’s ex-girlfriend or their child together, Matilda (now 11), though she confirms the family sees both often. “I love them so much and I’m so protective of them that I don’t like to discuss them. Because it’s very private, their life, and I just like to keep it like that,” she says.

Though Ledger’s parents, directors and friends (including Naomi Watts and Ben Harper) appear in the documentary, Williams does not. “She just felt she was not ready to be on camera and be talking about Heath, which we respected,” says Murray.

Today, Kate Ledger says dealing with her brother’s death as the world watched nine years ago was indescribable.

“It’s almost like two separate things. The shock itself was one thing and dealing with it in the public eyes was completely different — I actually can’t put it into words and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to,” says Ledger, who has since set up a scholarship in her brother’s name for emerging Australian talent. “Not too many people have to experience that. It’s hard enough to experience losing a loved one (without) doing it in front of everyone else. It’s horrendous.”

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Kris Jenner’s Fired Security Guard Arrested For Felony Stalking

 

Andrew Shuster

A former security guard who had been fired from the gated community where Kris Jenner lives was arrested at her Hidden Hills home for felony stalking.

The incident reportedly marks the third time the man has broken into the private community where he used to work. According to TMZ, Joshua Jacobs managed to gain access to Jenner’s house by breaking the barrier at the security gate. When Jacobs arrived on the Kardashian matriarch’s property, her security detail managed to detain him until police arrived. He’s also expected to be charged with theft, as cops found him with a stolen sign-in sheet used by the security guards at the gated neighbourhood.

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As Gossip Cop reported in December 2015, Jenner fired her entire security staff after a fan made his way inside her home, where Kim Kardashian, her daughter North, and then-newborn Saint were living at the time. The trespasser duped security by maintaining he was there to help with Jenner’s Christmas decorations. He then easily walked into the matriarch’s office, where he confronted Jenner, who immediately called the police. The fan, who came from Texas, was taken into custody.

In May 2014, another man was arrested after making his way onto Jenner’s property and coming face-to-face with Kardashian, who found the intruder walking around. After the reality called security, the man fled but was found by police a few blocks away, where he told cops he was Kendall Jenner’s boyfriend and Justin Bieber’s stepbrother. That trespasser was taken into custody and hospitalised on a 5150 psychiatric hold. Other family members, including Kris’s daughters Kim, Kendall and Kylie, have dealt with similar security breaches in the past.       (Gossip Cop)

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Mercy Aigbe’s Battered Face By Her Husband Has Gone Viral On The Social Media

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Nigerian blogosphere is buzzing right now and the trending word is ‘Mercy.’ Ever since news poured in on Friday that popular actress, Mercy Aigbe, was beaten silly by her husband, Lanre Gentry and she, in response, returned to allegedly break down his gate and carted away all her belongings, social media has been wild with tales flying around with reckless abandon on what truly happened between the couple. This latest development comes after persistent rumours of rampant domestic abuse in the marriage of the Gentrys over the years. Pictures of Mercy’s battered face were posted on several blogs, and she also posted a picture preaching against domestic violence on her Instagram page. This was even as Lanre took to the Internet to profess his love for his wife and swear that he could never beat her. However, as is to be expected, commenters online are divided with some sympathetic to Mercy and others standing up for her husband.

Online activist Japheth Omojuwa wrote, “I just saw (the) Mercy Aigbe photos. I hope the animal that did that to her has since been arrested. Too dangerous to live with humans.” David Damilola wrote, “So Mercy Aigbe was using her Victims movie to reveal her marital status.” A fan, @omobolabee wrote, “Marriage should be a safe haven and not a battlefield. This world is hard enough already! Say NO to domestic violence. #Mercy Aigbe.” Another commenter took a different stand. He wrote, “Mercy Aigbe’s husband beat her mercilessly. That’s because most female Nigerian celebrities are after the rich men so they can live large!” Another commenter, Odoziakwu Nwanyi wrote, “Whatever the case may be…please handle it off camera; off (the) public eye. This is a total act of shame on your part and that of your hubby. I hope you recover soon. Do what is best for you and remember your health is your wealth.”

One commenter, Ebunoluwa was emotional in her response as wrote, “Mercy, I love you no matter what. Please be strong; I feel like crying right now. I pray for wisdom for you to take the right decision, amen.”

Meanwhile, the couple in the eye of the storm, Mercy and Lanre, have resolutely refused to speak, despite several efforts made to the duo.   (Punchng.com)

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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

 

Jessica Wedemeyer
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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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