Category: Celebrity Illness

Robin Gibb announces 'spectacular' recovery from colon cancer

Robin Gibb in 2010

Robin Gibb is back in good health, he said Friday, eager to start gaining some weight and preparing for his classical concert debut coming in April.

Gibb, whose twin brother Maurice died at 53 of twisted intestine caused by a congenital defect shared by Robin, set the record straight after recently battling a condition widely reported to be cancer.

"It's all simple," he told BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright on Friday (via the Daily Mail). "I was diagnosed with a growth in my colon. It was removed. And I've been treated for that by a brilliant doctor, and in their own words 'the results have been spectacular.' "

After Gibb was rushed to the hospital suffering from abdominal pain in November, the Ministry of Gossip passed along a Sunday Mirror account alleging Gibb had liver cancer. According to the Sun, the singer later issued a statement saying he was being treated for inflammation of the colon.

Only last month, his spokesman told the BBC, "Robin is responding well to treatment and we are very upbeat about his recovery. As always chemotherapy has taken its toll, but Robin feels good."

About his shockingly thin appearance, Gibb said no worries -- his appetite is great again and he's looking forward to gaining some weight.

"I love food, I love eating," he told the BBC, adding, "I've always been thin. If you go back to when we first started I've always been skinny. It's hard for me to put on weight."

The singer and prolific songwriter, who enjoyed massive worldwide fame as part of the Bee Gees with Maurice and older brother Barry Gibb, will make his classical music concert debut in April. Robin Gibb will lead a performance of "The Titanic Requiem," a new work composed by him and his son, RJ, on the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking. 

Hear a bit of "The Titanic Requiem" as it was recorded, and see the two collaborators discussing the project, in the video below."Jive Talkin'," this ain't.



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— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Robin Gibb on "American Idol" in May 2010. Credit: Vince Bucci / Fox

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Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers reunite after 30 years, talk Ritter

Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers reunited recently for the first time in 30 years, sitting down for the Thursday episode of Somers' "Breaking Through" Web series, revisiting their "Three's Company" time together and remembering their last conversations with John Ritter -- plus a couple other sexy somethings about their former costar.

It was a chat DeWitt ultimately pegged as "unexpected, way cool, pretty wonderful," while Somers dubbed it "a teaching moment in reconciliation and resolution."

"I do want you to know how much I learned from watching you, and I do want you to know how awed by all your 'subtext,' which I'd never heard the word," the one with the business mind (Somers) told the one with the drama training (DeWitt). "And you're the first person who told me we were doing farce, and at first I thought we were talking about farts or something but ... I really didn't know anything."

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DeWitt said she never thought the producers would let Somers go after five years, and the two agreed that those in charge "could not respect the feminine contribution" -- meaning, could not see why the men and women on the show should be paid equally.

Whatever the women's "ick" may have been that kept them apart over the years, they put it aside for the three-part webisode (part two is above, part one below). Warmly remembering Ritter, who died suddenly in September 2003, they praised his comedic gifts and then got down to business, discussing his possible, ahem, liaisons on set.

"I think Jonathan and a lot of our guest stars," um, ya-know ya-know, DeWitt hinted.

"No!," said a shocked Somers. "No!"

"That's what I got told later."

"Well, John was very horny," Somers conceded. "I mean, like, the horniest guy I've ever known, but it all seemed very innocent. I guess not!"



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Rumer Willis reportedly witnessed Demi Moore's seizure

Rumer Willis

Rumer Willis' nickname, "Rue," can be heard on the 911 call that was made when mom Demi Moore was suffering a seizure after "smoking something" -- and on Tuesday a source was confirming that Rumer was indeed present during the emergency.

With "a few people" still around from a birthday party Demi had been hosting, Rumer and a couple of friends were in another part of the house when the seizure occurred, a source told E! News.

According to the 911 call, which had specifics about substances edited out, Moore had "smoked something" that was "not marijuana, it's like incense." (Hear the full 911 call, placed on Jan. 23, below.)

Speculation about what she might have smoked has included mention of "spice" or "K2" and other herbal incense products, which are often laced with designer drugs and can "quite often" result in seizure activity, according to a doctor who spoke with ABC News. Salvia, which has hallucinogenic effects, is also sometimes marketed as herbal incense.

While Moore's whereabouts remain uncertain, Willis on Sunday night hit the official gala after the Screen Actors Guild Awards with Annie Starke, Glenn Close's daughter.

Keeping it low-key, Rumer greeted same-aged thesps, including cast members from "Glee," staying tight with her friend and stargazing.


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Photo: Rumer Willis on "90210" in 2010. Credit: Patrick Wymore / The CW

Etta James' funeral: Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder say goodbye




Etta James’ funeral marked a final goodbye for family, fans and famous friends as they gathered Saturday in Los Angeles to bid farewell to the singer.

Christina Aguilera helped give the four-time Grammy winner a fitting sendoff by singing James’ signature song, “At Last,” for the hundreds of mourners at Greater Bethany Community Church in Gardena, Calif. Stevie Wonder joined up with the church choir to pay his respects to James, who passed away Jan. 20 at 73, and Al Sharpton was there to give the eulogy.

The funeral follows a public viewing on Friday where fans gathered at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary to reminisce about the legendary singer. 

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"Whenever I hear that song, I freeze," Donald Hicks, 67, of Inglewood told the L.A. Times about James' megahit "At Last." "I even pull over when it comes on."

News spread in December that the rhythm and blues singer was suffering from terminal chronic leukemia. The bleak diagnosis followed past health issues like sepsis, kidney failure, gastric bypass surgery, dementia and drug addiction. In addition, her children were involved in court proceedings to take control of James’ estate away from her husband, Artis Mills, but lost.

An inspiration to generations of musicians, she was “equally at home singing unadulterated blues, searing R&B and sophisticated jazz," says Times pop music writer Randy Lewis.


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Photo: Stevie Wonder sings at Etta James' funeral. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Demi Moore: 911 call may come out missing the 'good parts'

Demi Moore

Demi Moore's medical secrets are unlikely to be revealed if and when a tape of 911 call related to her recent hospitalization is released: The Los Angeles Fire Department has been advised to bleep out certain portions of the call to comply with federal medical privacy laws.

Alas, those portions would be what we at the Ministry might refer to as "the good parts," or the ones containing personal information about her medical condition -- including what, if any, substances the 49-year-old Moore might have been partaking of before the need to dial 911 arose.

"We've reviewed the 911 tape and we have made recommendations," Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the city attorney, told L.A. Now. It's not special treatment either, he said. "Generally speaking, it's our recommendation to withhold release of any medical condition or ingested substance related to an incident."

That whole scenario may qualify as an actual, by-definition buzz kill.

And because of Moore's decision this week to seek "professional assistance" for her "general health," and the rumors surrounding that decision, the buzz that's being buzzed about is nitrous oxide. The inhalant, known by the street names "whip-its" (think of the propellant used in canned whipped cream), poppers or snappers, is one that can really mess with your head.

"Sniffing high concentrations of inhalants may result in death from heart failure or suffocation" as the inhalants displace oxygen in the lungs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And that's only one of the scary side effects of the substance, which is known more as a cheap and easily accessible high for the younger crowd, rather than a high of choice for the trying-to-stay-eternally-young set.

Moore, of course, was out on the town Monday night with Rumer Willis, her 23-year-old daughter.


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Photo: Demi Moore at a benefit Jan. 14 in Beverly Hills. Credit: Angela Weiss / Getty Images

Demi Moore seeks treatment for 'exhaustion,' 'overall health'

Demi Moore

Demi Moore is seeking professional help — the actress, whose split from husband Ashton Kutcher has fueled more than a few headlines in recent months, is getting treatment after reportedly visiting a local hospital Monday night.

"Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health," her rep confirmed Tuesday. "She looks forward to getting well and is grateful for the support of her family and friends."

A 911 call reportedly made late Monday night resulted in Moore being taken by paramedics to a local hospital, according to TMZ, which cited law-enforcement sources who alleged the treatment was for substance abuse. Substance abuse was not confirmed Tuesday.

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Despite the recent drama in Moore's personal life, appearance and attitude at CAA's pre-Golden Globes bash Jan. 13 gave little or no clue that something might be awry. Moore and Madonna sat out on the rear patio with some agent types, staying cool even when a newly beard-free Ashton Kutcher breezed in.


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Photo: Demi Moore in Kathmandu in April 2011. Credit: Prakash Mathema / AFP / Getty Images.

Tracy Morgan is back at work, taunting Alec Baldwin

Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan was out of the hospital Monday and back to work on "30 Rock" Tuesday after collapsing over the weekend in Park City, Utah, altitude 7,000 feet.

"On the set of 30 Rock, just walked past @alecbaldwin and said Top That!," he said Tuesday afternoon on Twitter. (Costar Baldwin made headlines of his own recently when he was kicked off a plane for refusing to stop playing Words With Friends.)

Morgan collapsed at a party at a Creative Coalition event where he'd received an award.

"Superman ran into a little kryptonite," Morgan explained Monday on Twitter. "The high altitude in Utah shook up this kid from Brooklyn."

Ron Nyswaner, co-director of the Sundance film "Predisposed," in which the actor stars, explained things a little more scientifically, citing "altitude sickness combined with his diabetes. And he hadn't eaten. He hadn't had enough water."

Lewis Kay, Morgan's publicist, said drugs and alcohol weren't involved.The actor had a kidney transplant in December 2010.


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Photo: Tracy Morgan at the Creative Coalition's 2012 Spotlight Initiative Gala Awards Dinner on Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images.

Paula Deen reveals her Type 2 diabetes diagnosis

Paula Deen has Type 2 diabetes

Paula Deen on Tuesday came out of the closet -- the Type 2 Diabetes closet.

"I was diagnosed three years ago, during a regular physical exam with my doctor, that I had Type 2 diabetes," said the celebrity chef, "and I'm here today to let the world know that it is not a death sentence."

She said she intentionally didn't go public at the time of her diagnosis because she had "nothing to give to my fellow friends out there." Now she's partnered as a paid spokeswoman for the pharmaceutical company that provides her diabetes medication, to offer an lifestyle-drug combo plan via the website Diabetes in a New Light.

"I wanted to bring something to the table when I came forward, and I've always been one to think that I bring hope, because I've had lots of obstacles in my life, y'all."

Rumors that Deen was diabetic first arose a year ago, then popped up again last week ahead of her announcement. As Deen's stock in trade is high-fat, high-calorie traditional Southern cooking, and Type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity, among other things, such a revelation couldn't help but come with a whiff of scandal.

In August, fellow celeb chef Anthony Bourdain told TV Guide, "The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she's proud of the fact that her food is ... bad for you."

Pressed by Al Roker about whether she had changed her diet, she held firm. "I've always eaten in moderation. People see me on television ... cooking all these wonderfully fattening Southern dishes. ...  That's only 30 days out of 365, and it's for entertainment."

She admitted separately, however, that there's "no more sweet tea for me." In addition to being overweight or obese, Type 2 diabetes risk factors include genetics, age and lack of exercise.

Later Tuesday on "The Talk," the hosts were generally supportive but Sara Gilbert did say she wished Deen wasn't out there promoting medication as an answer for Type 2 diabetes, but rather taking the opportunity to step up as a leader for living a healthy lifestyle.

Still, Sharon Osbourne pointed out, Deen "has a style of traditional American cooking. She doesn't force people to do her recipes. ... People aren't stupid. You either like her food or you don't. She doesn't force anyone, and God bless her."


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Photo: Paula Deen with Al Roker on the "Today" show Tuesday. Credit: Peter Kramer / NBC

Gene Hackman hit by car, suffers 'bumps and bruises'

Gene Hackman in 1971Gene Hackman was hit by a car Friday afternoon while riding his bike in the Florida Keys, his rep has confirmed.

The 81-year-old actor was airlifted to a hospital -- the Keys being, well, islands -- where he underwent "routine tests" after being "bumped from behind," Susan Madore said.

"He's suffered minor bumps and bruises and is already on his way home," she said of the two-time Oscar and three-time Golden Globe winner.

Lex Luthor fans can breathe a sigh of relief.


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Photo: Gene Hackman, who was hit by a car Friday while riding a bike, collects his best actor Oscar in 1971. Credit: Associated Press

Heather Locklear hospitalized overnight, 'is in no danger'


Heather Locklear was rushed to the hospital Thursday

Heather Locklear was hospitalized on Thursday afternoon after her sister reportedly called 911 for assistance -- but a hospital spokeswoman said Friday the "Melrose Place" actress is "out of harm's way ... she is in no danger."

Paramedics called to Locklear's Westlake Village home determined she needed hospitalization, TMZ reported, adding later that the actress had been awake and responsive when she arrived via ambulance at 2:30 p.m.

She was taken to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, where she was listed as "medically stable" on Friday, according to People magazine. "She is in no danger and she's going to be just fine," parents Bill and Diane Locklear said in a statement. "Heather's family wants her fans to know that she is doing well," a hospital spokeswoman said.

TMZ on Thursday cited law enforcement sources as saying alcohol and prescription drugs were involved, but that report was unconfirmed. Locklear has had issues with alcohol and prescription medications in the past, including a 2008 arrest on suspicion of DUI that was pleaded down to reckless driving. 

Locklear and beau Jack Wagner called off their engagement in November, saying they wanted more time to spend with their individual families.


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Photo: Heather Locklear arrives at the world premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" in Los Angeles on Nov. 14, 2011. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Nick Cannon has 'good prognosis,' may be home soon, Mariah says

Nick Cannon in the hospital with Mariah Carey

Nick Cannon is almost ready to take on the world again, according to wife Mariah Carey, who posted a happier picture of her hubby in the hospital than the world saw a couple of days back.

"Nick is in stable condition with a good prognosis, hopefully he'll be discharged within 2 days," Carey said on Twitter after thanking fans for their "love & concern."

"As always he's laughing and in good spirits."

Cannon was hospitalized in Aspen, Colo., on Tuesday with what Carey called "mild kidney failure" and one doctor speculated was really a version of acute kidney failure, which can be a "silent" disease until a person lands in the hospital in pain.

In addition to severe pain, Dr. Madeleine Pahl, told L.A. Now, "Almost every organ in your body, every system is affected. So you are retaining fluid and you might swell." (Pahl is chief of nephrology at UC Irvine Medical Center and a specialist in kidney disorders.)

Cannon was moved to an L.A. hospital Wednesday and by Thursday was "getting back to business," he tweeted, posting a picture of himself getting a haircut in his hospital room. On Friday, a couple of hours after Carey said her hubby was stable and laughing, Cannon tweeted that he'd "Just left the operating table and I was awake during the whole procedure. #OUCH"; messages to his rep to confirm whether a procedure had actually occurred were not immediately returned.

Cannon, Carey and their twins, Monroe and Moroccan, had been celebrating the holidays in Aspen when he fell ill.


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— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey at an undisclosed L.A. hospital. Credit: Mariah Carey / Twitter


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