Actress Misty Upham's father has broken his silence about his daughter's death, insisting she did not commit suicide. The August: Osage County star's body was found in a ravine at the bottom of an embankment in Auburn, Washington on Thursday (16Oct14), five days after she was reported missing.
Initial reports suggested she may have taken her own life, but now her dad Charles has revealed her believes she slipped and fell while trying to hide from police.
In a statement posted on Facebook.com on Friday (17Oct14), he wrote, "She did not commit suicide. We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road. She simply did not see the drop-off."
Charles Upham revealed his daughter suffered from mental illness and accused local police officials of treating her unfairly.
He added, "Misty was afraid of the Auburn PD officers with good reason. In an incident prior to her disappearance, the Auburn PD came to pick up Misty on an involuntary transport to the ER. She was cuffed and placed in a police car. Some of the officers began to taunt and tease her while she was in the car. Because it was dark they couldn't see that we, her family, were outside our apartment just across the street witnessing this behavior.
"They were tapping on the window making faces at her. Misty was crying and she told them, 'You can't treat me like this. I'm a movie actress and I will use my connections to expose you'. Then another officer walked up to her asked, 'Are you a movie star? Then why don't (you) complain to George Clooney!""
Auburn Police commander Steve Stocker has declined to comment about Charles Upham's accusations, but added, "I had never met Misty or talked to her."
The King County Medical Examiner said the 32 year old died on 5 October (14). Police are still investigating the cause and manner of death.
"I try to carve out time for a solo ride in every country I travel to, from the Highlands of Scotland to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco to the belly of India. I haven't even come close to fulfilling my list - yet... But, in the traffic of L.A. with a helmet on, I'm just another a**hole on the road." Brad Pitt loves life on the road.
British pop star Michelle Heaton is recovering after undergoing a hysterectomy in a bid to avoid ovarian cancer. The former Liberty X star discovered she has a mutated gene which means she has an 80 per cent chance of developing breast cancer and a thirty per cent chance of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Heaton had her breasts removed in 2012 but delayed her hysterectomy until after she and her husband, Hugh Hanley, had their second child, Aaron Jay, who was born seven months ago.
The couple also has two-year-old daughter, Faith, who has a 50 per cent chance of inheriting the mutated gene.
The star underwent the hysterectomy on 2 October (14) and branded it "tough, stressful, painful and emotional".
In her blog for Britain's OK! magazine, she writes, "Facing the fact I can never have children again was obviously the hardest part when I came round. But that's an emotion I actually got over more hastily than I thought I would. When I really look at my children, I see the reason I underwent this life-changing op (sic) and that's to be here for them and to hopefully eliminate the chance of them having to see their mum go through what my dad saw with his, and her with hers and so on. I'm happy to say I'm well on the road to recovery and even proud to say I'm back at work - not against doctors orders mind you. He's amazed at my recovery time - he called it crazy how active I am again. I call it Faith and AJ (Aaron Jay), and let's face it girls, my husband, who no matter how hard he tries, can't live without me."
British soap star Danniella Westbrook is beating her drug demons following a relapse earlier this year (14). The former EastEnders actress admitted to taking cocaine again after 12 years of sobriety, blaming her downward spiral on a miscarriage as well as a series of burglaries at her home.
After she confessed she was back on drugs, Westbrook jetted to California to seek professional help, and she has now announced she is clean and to return to the U.K.
In a post on Twitter.com, she writes, "I'm clean again, I'm grateful and I'm ready to face the uk and what ever it has to throw at me... Feeling peaceful x "
Westbrook also posted a photograph of Huntington Beach, California, on Instagram.com with the caption, "Leaving this view behind soon. will be a tuff (sic) thing to do. Huntington Beach is my sanctuary & I'm full of gratitude at being able to come here to begin a fresh start on my road to recovery. But my work on me is down, I'm stronger today, healthy and positive about what ever life may have planned for me.
"I know I fell of (sic) the wagon when I hit the bump in the road, I'm not perfect but I'm strong. I want to say thank you for the support I've had from people who I've never met. Your kind words and encouragement have meant so much to me at a time when I was so lonely and full of guilt and shame."
Veteran rocker Jimmy Barnes has told fans he is finally on the road to recovery after undergoing back surgery earlier this year (14). The Cold Chisel star had at least five operations in just eight days after checking in to a hospital in Sydney, Australia and the procedures forced him to scrap several work commitments.
He also had to axe a comeback gig on 4 October (14) as his recovery continued, but now Barnes has spoken out to reassure his fans and detail his health issues.
Walking with the assistance of a cane, he attended the ARIA Award nominations ceremony in Sydney on Tuesday (07Oct14) and told the Herald Sun newspaper, "This is my first big outing. I am on the mend, I've been doing a bit of training and getting ready to work again... I went in for a small procedure and suddenly I was leaking spinal fluid and I had to have seven surgeries trying to stop it.
"They don't know why it started. I had really great surgeons and they were baffled, they had to stop it any way they could. Maybe it is because I put so much fluid in during my life but apparently I make more brain and spinal fluid than most people."
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Pop superstar Enrique Iglesias has set himself the target of performing in every viable country on the planet.
The Hero singer admits he loves touring and enjoying the sights and sounds of new cultures, and he won't retire from the stage until he's played every nation he can. In a new video posted on his website, which features recent footage of the star in India, Dubai and Turkey, he says, "My favorite part of being on the road is being able to go to so many different countries, different cultures. I wanna be able to tour in every country around the world. I love going to new places. I love touring. "I love being able to say that I can tour in South Africa and then all over Europe and North America and Asia."
But there's one big drawback to life on the road - and it's not how little time he spends with girlfriend Anna Kournikova.
He explains, "I wish I could take my dogs with me to every single country and city... Trust me, I've thought about it. Unfortunately, I'm working most of the time when I'm on the road, so it would be tough."
Rocker Stevie Nicks checked in to rehab in the 1980s shortly after writing a song about tragic actress Mabel Normand, who lost her life to drugs. The Fleetwood Mac star admits her own lyrics made her realise that she was walking the same road as the 1920s star.
She tells Billboard, "Mabel was an amazing actress and comedian from the '20s, and she was a terrible cocaine addict. She eventually died of tuberculosis, but it was really her drug addiction that killed her.
"She was in love with a famous director, who tried to get her off coke, and he was murdered. Rumour has it, drug dealers killed him. I saw a documentary of her in 1985, when I was at my lowest point with the blow (cocaine). I was watching TV one night, the movie came on, and I really felt a connection with her. That's when I wrote the song. Less than a year later, I went to rehab at Betty Ford.
"The documentary really scared me, because I saw this beautiful girl go downhill so fast. Sometimes you can't see it in yourself, but you sure as heck can see it in someone else."
Nicks' forgotten 1985 tribute to the late actress, titled Mable Normand, will feature on her new solo album 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault.
Rising R&B star August Alsina has been discharged from a hospital in New York after spending three days in a coma following a stage fall. The No Love singer collapsed and hit his head as he fell during a performance in the Big Apple on 15 September (14).
He was admitted to the intensive care unit at a local hospital, where he suffered a number of seizures as a result of the head injury and slipped into a coma.
He regained consciousness last Friday (19Sep14) and has since been allowed to travel home to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he will continue to recover from the health scare.
Taking to Twitter.com on Wednesday (24Sep14), he wrote, "Healthy enough to b (be) discharged from the hospital today... Scariest time of my life... but im a soulja & so is God.Thankyou for your prayers (sic)."
Meanwhile, Alsina's representatives are hoping he will be well enough to resume his tour within the next two weeks after announcing plans on Friday (26Sep14) to perform two dates in the United Arab Emirates on 7 and 9 October (14), followed by a pair of shows in London on 10 and 11 October (14).
He is also preparing to head out on the road with Usher for a 27-date North American trek from 1 November (14).
New mum Amy Lee has revealed she has no plans for Evanescence for "the foreseeable future". The singer has just released the Aftermath soundtrack for the War Story movie and admits fans of her group needn't hold their breath as they await new material - because it could be some way off.
She tells Rolling Stone, "The situation is we're not doing it now. I don't like to make predictions about the future, because I'm honestly open-minded, and I would never want to say I'm done with any of it, because it's a huge part of me. I've loved my time with Evanescence, I wouldn't want to just throw it away, but, for the foreseeable future, I don't have any plans to do anything with the band.
"It's really important to me to take some time to show some different sides of myself... There does need to be other outlets for me to make music."
And Lee admits that motherhood has made her rethink her life as a touring rock star, adding, "The days of living on the road and an album cycle be this giant daunting thing of working in the studio for six months then going on the road for a year or two, they're behind me (sic)."
Lee became a first-time mum in July (14) when she gave birth to son Jack Lion.
Rising R&B star August Alsina has reached out to fans from his hospital bed after waking up from a three-day coma following his concert collapse in New York on Monday night (15Sep14). The No Love singer lost consciousness midway through his performance and stumbled off stage and into the crowd.
He was admitted to a local medical centre, where Alsina's representative revealed he was being treated in an intensive care unit after suffering several seizures brought on by exhaustion and dehydration.
He has since regained consciousness and has wasted no time in assuring fans he is on the road to recovery via Instagram.com.
On Friday (19Sep14), Alsina shared a photo of himself in his hospital bed with his best friend by his side, and in the caption, he wrote, "This is a bit graphic but i wanted to share this w/ (with) every follower of mine. iWoke (sic) up out of a 3 day coma... &This guy @banggang_moneyteam right here never once left my side. What I'm tryna (sic) say is cherish the ones in life who cherish you & take good care of yourself. Your life can be gone in a split second'. I'm recovering well and thankyou (sic) for all of your prayers & concerns."
Alsina had to scrap a show in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday (16Sep14) due to his hospitalisation. It is not yet known when he will be well enough to return to the stage, but U.S. dates scheduled until early October (14) are still live on his website.