The Dish For April 23rd

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VERNE TROYER: Austin Powers Star Dies at 49   


Austin Power star Verne Troyer has died at age 49.

A cause of death wasn't immediately released, but a post on his Facebook page alluded to "depression" and "suicide."

The statement reads, “It is with great sadness and incredible heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today [Saturday]. Verne was an extremely caring individual… [He] hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message every day.”

Austin Powers star Mike Myers paid tribute to his Mini-Me on Saturday. “Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honour of working with him," the comedian said. "It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”

The two-foot-eight actor had struggled with alcohol abuse for years and almost died from alcohol poisoning in 2002. Last year, he checked into rehab. (Variety)

Besides the Austin Powers movies, Verne appeared in The Love Guru, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (as Griphook) and the reality series The Surreal Life.


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Pippa Middleton is expecting her first child with hubby James Matthews, reports Britain's Sun newspaper. Her big sister Kate Middleton is due to give birth to her third child any day now. Pippa and James wed last May.

Michael J. Fox recently underwent spinal surgery. His spokesperson says it was unrelated to his Parkinson’s and that he's been "feeling great, and looking forward to getting back on the golf course this summer.” (Page Six

ABC has renewed Grey’s Anatomy for a 15th season, which makes it the longest-running primetime drama in the history of the network.

Starz has canceled Ash vs. Evil Dead, starring Bruce Campbell, after three seasons. The final episode will air on April 29th.

Sophia Lillis, who starred in last year's It, will play Nancy Drew in a movie adaptation of Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, according to Variety. Ellen DeGeneres will produce through her A Very Good Production company. Production is expected to start next month.



DR. OZ: Shows Up at Bus Fire


Dr. Mehmet Oz seems to have a knack for showing up at the right place at the right time.

As he's done many time before, the TV doctor again found himself in a rescue situation after he saw a tour bus erupt in flames on the New Jersey Turnpike on Sunday. The bus, which was carrying students from a Baltimore high school on their way home from New York City, suddenly burst into flames. Dr. Oz happened to be driving by as it happened and pulled over to help. 

Luckily, everyone was able to get off the bus and there were no injuries. Another bus was sent to the scene pick everyone up. Dr. Oz took out his phone and took video of the scary scene, which he posted on Facebook.  

Earlier this year, Dr. Oz came to the aid of a sick passenger on board a flight from New York to Los Angeles. A few years ago, he helped a woman in New York who had just been hit by a taxi. 


TAYLOR SWIFT: Stalker Naps in Her NYC Pad


A serial stalker of Taylor Swift was arrested on Friday while napping in her bed!

Police say 22-year-old Roger Alvarado climbed a ladder to reach an upper window to Taylor’s three-story New York City townhouse. He smashed the window to enter the place. Then showered before climbing between the sheets.

He was charged with stalking, trespassing, burglary and criminal mischief.

Two months ago, Roger Alvarado was arrested outside the same apartment after bashing the front door with a shovel.  (Daily Mail)


KATE MIDDLETON: In Labor   


(UPDATE 8:05 a.m. ET): According to NBC's Today show, the baby has arrived and it's a boy! He was born eight-pounds, seven-ounces. No other details have been announced. The story is developing.

Kate Middleton arrived this morning to the hospital.

The Palace tweeted a statement around 8 in the morning London time (quote) “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labor.”

This will be Kate’s third child with Prince William, who arrived with her to the hospital. The baby will become fifth in line to the British Throne behind its two older siblings, Georgeand Charlotte, William and grandfather Prince Charles. (People)


LANCE BASS: Fatherhood Looms


Lance Bass and his husband, Michael Turchin, are about to become parents.

They married more than three years and now feel prepared to start a family.

Bass told Entertainment Tonight, (quote) “We’re excited. It’s going a lot faster than we thought. I mean, just last week, we met with surrogates. We’re looking at eggs and contracts are being made.”

So they’re a little more than nine months away from parenthood, provided the IVF goes smoothly the first time around.


McKAYLA MARONEY: Reported Sex Abuse in 2011


Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney said she reported sexual abuse by the team doctor seven years ago. USA Gymnastics apparently ignored her complaint.

She told her harrowing story last night on Dateline NBC. She was just 13 years old when the former USA Gymnastic doctor touched her inappropriately for the first time. Two years later, she summoned the courage to report his despicable actions.

McKayla recalled in the TV interview how Larry Nassar attacked her in a Tokyo hotel during a competition. (quote) “This was not treatment. I was being abused. I was bawling, naked on a bed, him on top of me ... It was escalating.”

The next day, McKayla said she told her USA Gymnastics coach, who didn’t respond to her complaint. USA Gymnastics said they (quote) “had no knowledge of the conversation.” (E! News)


PARIS JACKSON: Jackson Family Fears for Her Life


The Jackson family is said to be fearing for Paris Jackson's life.

According to Page Six, insiders believe the 20-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson is out of control and heading for a “serious meltdown.”

The family's worries increased in March when she posted an Instagram video of herself walking along the ledge of a skyscraper. It reminded them of the time Michael dangled his infant son over the balcony of a hotel in 2002.

An unidentified relative tells Page Six, “But this is worse than that because I still think Michael had control of Blanket and they weren’t nearly as high up as Paris is in this video. She’s lost it. She really has.”

Insiders believe her friendship with model-actress Cara Delevingne [pr: della-veen] is partially to blame and has "opened Paris up to more dangerous passions." The relative adds, “Paris feels free, crazy and uninhibited around her female companions. It just feels right.”

Paris has had problems in the past, including three suicide attempts.


BONUS VIDEO: Sting and Shaggy


Sting and Shaggy performed "Don't Make Me Wait" at Queen Elizabeth the Second's 92nd birthday party at Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday. The lineup also included Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue and Shawn Mendes.

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