Here’s a fab pictorial and music: ten minutes documenting the life of Amy Winehouse, from a baby to a broad. How wonderful if we could turn back the clock for Amy, just a bit…to her fresh-faced, untormented days. A bittersweet reminder of what a talent she is, and how tragic it would be for her to be snuffed out by her addictions.
New details are emerging about the last days of comedian Bernie Mac, who passed away at age 50 this morning from complications of pneumonia AND sarcoidosis. People Magazine is reporting that his wife of 30 years, Rhonda, and daughter Je’Niece, 30, were with Bernie until the end. Bernie’s sister-in-law Mary Ann Grossett said that:
He opened his eyes on his own and looked at Rhonda. She called his name, and he opened his eyes and nodded to her. She smiled at him and told him, ‘Don’t leave me â€¦ ‘I’m waiting for you to come back.’ He shrugged his shoulders, and she said that’s when she knew he was tired. He signaled to her that his body was tired.
The sister-in-law says Bernie’s inflammatory lung disease did contribute to his death, contrary to the statements made by Bernie’s publicist.
“He had sarcoidosis, but it was in remission. But because he had it, his immune system was compromised. He had an infection … He was on a new medication that suppresses the immune system, and that’s where the pneumonia came from.”
She says that Bernie was actually hospitalized on July 24, eight days before the date given to the press for his admittance. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and immediately placed on a ventilator. Mary Ann says he was critically ill while he was in the hospital, and was in intensive care the entire time. Bernie apparently contracted a second strain of pneumonia while in the hospital. “They tried to resuscitate him two times. One time he came back for about an hour. Then he went into cardiac arrest the second time.”
Macâ€™s funeral is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 15, at an undisclosed location. The family requests that donations be made to the Bernie Mac Foundation for Sarcoidosis, 40 E. Ninth St., Suite 601, Chicago IL 60605.
Senator John Edwards’ mistress Rielle Hunter has issued a statement through her attorney saying she would not submit her daughter to a genetic test to determine the father of the girl born to her in February. How very convenient for John Edwards. This announcement comes a day after the former North Carolina Senator admitted to ABC News that he had an affair with Hunter. He denies that he got her pregnant, and said he would take a paternity test to prove it. He said the affair ended in 2006, before she would have become pregnant. Now it looks like we know why he made such a bold statement by offering to take the test.
Rielle’s family had been calling today for Edwards to take a paternity test, and her sister Melissa said “somebody must stand up for my sister” as reported by ABC news. Then, Robert Gordon, Hunter’s New York lawyer, issued a statement to The Washington Post that Hunter would not be tested.
She wishes to maintain her privacy and her daughter’s privacy, Gordon said. Furthermore, Rielle will not participate in DNA testing or any other invasion of her or her daughter’s privacy now or in the future.
Snarkista told you that John Edwards would fix the paternity problem one way or another. Looks like he just bought his way out! Remember, this is a multi-millionaire trial attorney we’re talking about. He’s SLICK and he’s sick. Nonetheless, Edwards will still have the follow-the-money problem involving the hush-funds paid to Rielle and Andrew Young that could involve campaign finance fraud. Snarkista thinks it would be a stupid idea to try to buy his way out of that.
The National Enquirer is saying that Rielle is in it for the long haul, and is in love with John Edwards. The mag says that the dark truth is that Hunter is waiting it out for Elizabeth to pass away, and wants to marry Edwards. Snarkista says all of the players in this scandal stink worse than pond scum. What a tragic, calculating, cold group of losers. Elizabeth Edwards deserves so much better.
UPDATE: NEW DETAILS ON BERNIE’S DEATH HERE. Comedian, actor, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Bernie Mac passed away this morning. Bernie worked his way up to success out from a life of poverty on Chicago’s harsh South side, and was an amazing talent. He was only 50 years old.
Snarkista had been searching for updates on Bernie’s condition after he was hospitalized for pneumonia. The net was abuzz with rumors of his death at the time, but Bernie was still alive and being treated. The only status that had been given was that he was in very critical condition. Snarkista worried that no health updates were being reported on Bernie, and that he wasn’t responding to treatment. Thanks to Matt at Hollywood Hills for giving the sad news to me this morning.
Bernie’s publicist Danica Smith gave a statement this morning from L.A.:
Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital,”
She said no other details were available and asked that his family’s privacy be respected.
Bernie was raised by a single mother, Mary, who died of cancer when he was sixteen. He started his career during high school, when he would put on shows for neighborhood kids in Chicago’s South Side until moving to Tampa. During his 20s he worked in a variety of jobs, including furniture mover, UPS agent, and a bread delivery sales rep.
Bernie gained notoriety as a stand-up comedian. He joined comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley as The Original Kings of Comedy.
After briefly hosting the HBO show Midnight Mac, Bernie appeared in several movies in smaller roles. His most notable movie role was as Frank Catton in the remake of Ocean’s Eleven and its two sequels. Bernie Mac also starred in several other movies, including Mr. 3000.
Beginning in 2001, Mac was the star of the popular The Bernie Mac Show on the Fox nexwork, which earned two Emmy Award nominations before the show was cancelled in 2006. Bernie’s role was the gruff uncle and custodian of his rehabbing sister’s son and daughter. He had a heart of gold and a hot wife, and the show was a Snarkista fave. The show was loosely based on Bernie’s life, and allowed him to stay true to his stand-up comedy roots by communicating his thoughts to the audience.
Snarkista’s a HUGE fan of Bernie’s, and her thoughts and prayers go out for Bernie’s family and friends. She suggests that you do the same if you are so inclined. Rest in peace, Bernie Mac.
In his apology for screwing around on his wife and probably fathering a child, John Edwards said,
“It is inadequate to say to the people who believed in me that I am sorry, as it is inadequate to say to the people who love me that I am sorry.
If you want to beat me up feel free. You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself. I have been stripped bare and will now work with everything I have to help my family and others who need my help.”
Dude, you should stay as far away from the words “stripped” and “bare” as you do from the TRUTH. Cry me an effin’ river, Golden Boy. Call Justin Timberlake. Now THESE are the most truthful words uttered by Edwards today:
In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic.”
Except for the “started to” part. Edwards has been so far up his own ass for so long that his hair is really chocolate brown. Hence the need for golden-boy highlights. He’s on TV now in tapes that the little ho-mewrecker made. On the private plane. While she “tries to transform his Ken-Doll image”. Snarkista KNOWS Ken..and John, you are no Ken. Now you’ve pissed off Barbie too! Seriously, he is an insufferable, pompous ass, who licks his lips like a lizard. Gak.
There is NO WAY Obama could nominate Edwards for Attorney General, as has been tossed about should Barack win the presidency. Edward’s political career is OVER. But the story isn’t. Snarkista says follow the money. There’s a LOT more coming on this one, with BIG monthly hush payments to mistress Rielle Hunter (not her real name!) and fall-guy Andrew Young (who has no job, but DOES have a multimillion dollar mansion). Apologies may not fix campaign-funding fraud. Somebody better watch him closely when he takes that paternity test. He’s gonna try to put the fix on that one for SURE. Trust Snarkista.
Snarkista told you so! John Edwards is an effin’ liar. He’s admitted his affair. Still denying his love child, but that one’s coming too. The National Enquirer first started pursuing this story in October 2007, much to the denials of Edwards. I guess they finally broke him down:
Edwards told ABC News that he lied repeatedly about the affair with 42-year-old Rielle Hunter but said that he didn’t love her. He said he has not taken a paternity test but knows he isn’t the father because of the timing of the affair and the birth.
A former Edwards campaign staffer claims he is the father, not Edwards.
Ohh, well if he didn’t love her then that’s like it didn’t even happen, right? Whoever this staffer is, I want him working for me! Wow, someone willing to be that big of a fall guy? I think someone’s getting a ham for his Christmas bonus!
Source: Associated Press
Dashiell Torralba HernÃ¡ndez has single handedly achieved the seemingly impossible. She’s discredited Fidel Castro and the first family of Cuba, something the CIA has been trying unsuccessfully to do for the last 50 years. The video below is in Spanish, but the damning evidence is easy to see.
Dashiell Torralba smuggled the home videos out of Communist Cuba. She’s the ex of one of Fidel Castro’s sons. The tapes show a lifestyle totally unlike one led by the common Communist Cuban. The videos show Fidel preparing for a sumptuous meal, and lounging on fabulous leather sofas in his Havana villa. They give the first peek into the residence which most of his own countrymen have never even seen themselves. Of course, most of them have never even heard about the Castros’ lives of luxury.
The tapes handed over by Dashiell Torralba have been shot by Fidelâ€™s own children. Cubans aren’t aware of how many children Fidel has; ALL family information is a closely guarded secret. Telling secrets in Cuba can mean one can mysteriously vanish forever. These kind of secrets would certainly get you put on a top-level hit list.
There are lot of recognizable high party leaders in the tapes, further bolstering their authenticity. Dashiell Torralba is now hiding in an unknown Latin American country and rightly fears for her life. Perhaps the U.S. will grant her asylum, as she’s done something no U.S. government branch has ever been able to do. She’s shown the real truth about the brutal dictator Castro and his family. Cuba may never be the same.
Henry Louis Gomez at Babalu Blog has some further interesting info into the Dasheille Torralba saga, including the appearance of a porno that mysteriously appeared today as well. Something’s definitely up.