MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican singer and songwriter Jose Jose, who was a musical icon across Latin America for more than half a century, died on Saturday at age 71, local media reported.
Mexican broadcaster Televisa reported the singer died in Miami on Saturday after complications following a treatment for pancreatic cancer. He had gone public with his cancer diagnosis in 2017.
Jose Jose, whose real name is Jose Romulo Sosa Ortiz, became known for his powerful, romantic ballads, including “The World” and “My Life,” and received several Grammy nominations. He was also an occasional actor.
“The Prince of Song,” as the Mexican was affectionately called by his fans, was born into a family of musicians and raised in Mexico City. In his early teens, he started playing guitar and singing serenades.
Many of his works inspired a younger generation of artists and musicians, including Latin pop star Julio Iglesias, who interpreted Jose Jose’s first big hit “The Ship of Oblivion.”
His son Jose Joel, who is also a musician, changed his profile picture on Twitter to a black ribbon.
“It is sad, his passing,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told journalists after hearing the news ahead of a speech he was due to give in the northern state of Chihuahua.
Reporting by Stefanie Eschenbacher and Adriana Barrera Espinosa; Editing by Leslie Adler
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Oprah Winfrey is one of the most powerful people in pop culture, and she just endorsed someone not running for president.
In the latest episode of her “Super Soul Sunday” series, the media mogul, 65, sits down with Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger, 68, and tells him she wished he was running for president in 2020.
“If Bob Iger had decided to run for president, I would be canvassing in Iowa right now,” she admitted in a clip from their conversation. “I would be going door to door.”
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“More than ever, every day, I wish you had done it,” she added.
In an Instagram post, Winfrey doubled down on her comments. “This is the man I wish was running for President of the USA. His decency prevails in all decision making,” Winfrey captioned.
“His 10 steps for leadership revealed in his new book #RideOfALifetime apply to every business and every life. Watch my conversation with Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger,” the Emmy winner continued.
Iger, who just wrote a memoir titled “Ride of a Lifetime,” admitted that he did have conversations with President Obama about running but joked the first lady, Michelle Obama, and their two daughters thought Iger already had the better job.
The businessman’s contract with Disney expires at the end of 2021, and as of right now, he plans to retire as CEO and chairman.
“Super Soul Sunday” airs on OWN Sunday, Sept. 29, at 12 p.m. ET.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles man who prosecutors say supplied the counterfeit oxycodone laced with fentanyl blamed in Mac Miller’s fatal 2018 overdose has been taken into custody on federal drug charges, the third arrest stemming from the rapper’s death.
Stephen Andrew “Stevie” Walter was apprehended at his Los Angeles home on Monday and charged with distributing and possessing a controlled substance, U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said.
Miller, the 26-year-old performer born Malcolm James McCormick, was found unresponsive at his home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles on Sept. 7, 2018 and later pronounced dead. An autopsy determined that he had suffered an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.
Fentanyl is a cheap, relatively easy-to-synthesize opioid painkiller 50 times more potent than heroin that has played a major role in the devastating U.S. opioid crisis.
On Sept. 4, an accused Los Angeles drug dealer, 28-year-old Cameron James Pettit, was arrested on federal drug trafficking charges after prosecutors said he gave 10 pills containing fentanyl to Miller two days before the musician’s death.[L2N25V1EN]
This week, Ryan Reavis, 36, was arrested at his home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, over the investigation. Police said they found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, pills, a doctor’s prescription pad, three guns and ammunition at his home.
An affidavit by a U.S. Drug Enforcement agent showed investigators believe Pettit obtained the pills from Walter, who used Reavis as a “runner” to deliver them.
Transcripts of text messages between Walter and Pettit making the deal, followed by an exchange between Reavis and Pettit to arrange the delivery, are included in the affidavit.
Prosecutors say Pettit continued to obtain drugs from Walter after Miller’s death, despite telling a friend he feared being sent to prison in connection with the rapper’s overdose.Walter, who has a conviction on federal drug and firearms charges, was ordered held without bond on Monday by a federal court in Los Angeles until Oct. 10.
Walter’s attorney, William Harris, declined to comment on the case, having not yet seen the evidence. Harris said all three defendants would probably be indicted by a federal grand jury.
The Pittsburgh-born Miller won a following as a teenager and topped the Billboard album charts with his 2011 debut album, “Blue Slide Park.” He was posthumously nominated for a Grammy for his final album, “Swimming.”
Miller dated pop superstar Ariana Grande for about two years before they split in May 2018 and she sings affectionately about him on her hit single “thank u, next.”
Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Marguerita Choy and Clarence Fernandez
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Britney Spears has been going through a difficult time as the drama around her conservatorship continues.
But the singer took to social media to let fans know she’s okay and appreciative of their support.
“I hope y’all haven’t forgotten about me!!!” the 37-year-old wrote Friday on Instagram. “I’m taking this transition in my life to focus on what I really want.”
“I’ve been working nonstop, well, since I was 8 years old in the business. Sometimes it’s good to stop and reflect !!!! Miss you all … I really do have the best fans in the world !!! #fbf,” she added.
On September 18, a hearing to review the court conservatorship that controls the money and affairs of Spears ended with no decisions made. The Grammy-winner did not attend.
The pop star’s 67-year-old dad, Jamie, temporarily stepped down earlier this month from his role as conservator over Spears’ personal life, though he maintained financial control over her assets.
He had been Britney’s conservator since her 2008 breakdown but suffered a ruptured colon in November 2018. To help her father focus on his health, Spears took an indefinite hiatus from her Las Vegas residency in January,
TMZ reported that Spears’ care manager, Jodi Montgomery, was named a temporary conservator for Spears after the pop star’s dad asked the court to let him step down.
Montgomery will reportedly fill the role until Jan. 31, 2020, at which point it’s speculated that Jamie will try to renew his role.
Fox News’ Mariah Haas and Jessica Sager contributed to this report.
PARIS (Reuters) – Nine-year-old Daisy-May Demetre, whose legs were amputated due to a birth defect, will become the first double amputee to walk the runway in Paris Fashion Week on Friday, when she will model for children’s wear label Lulu et Gigi inside the Eiffel Tower.
Born in Birmingham, Britain, Daisy-May’s lower legs were amputated due to fibular hemimelia – a lack or shortening of the calf bone – when she was 18 months old. She started modeling for UK clothing brands a year ago and has walked at the London Kids’ Fashion Week in February and at the New York Fashion Week earlier this month.
“Here to make history, that’s what we do,” she said on her Instagram account, which showed a picture of Daisy-May and her father Alex in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Daisy-May uses carbon blades for running and on the catwalk – she even did a cartwheel in them at the London show – but for school she has a different set of prosthetic legs.
She told Reuters Television she loves putting pretty clothes on and posing for the camera.
“I get my hair done, then I get my make-up done and then I put my dress on, and my legs, and I get on the catwalk. Sometimes I do not even feel different,” she said.
Her father Alex Demetre told Reuters he had taken to drinking and gambling after she was born and even had suicidal thoughts worrying about how her handicap was going to affect her life.
After seeing a TV show about fashion, he proposed modeling to her and since then she has worked for several major UK clothing retailers as well as for sports brand Nike Inc.
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“When she was born, we thought it was going to be the end of the world. How people were going to look at her and perceive her, like boyfriends, and husbands. Now I see that she was a gift. Her disability is an actual gift and she wears that gift with pride. It does not hold her back in any way,” he said.
Lulu et Gigi founder Eni Hegedus-Buiron said she had no second thoughts about hiring an amputee to model her luxury children’s clothing, which can cost as much as $2,600 for a “Princess and the Pea Gown”.
“We bring her among the other girls. We have a curvy teen model. We have models with Down syndrome. Inclusion is for all different children,” she said.
Reporting by Kathryn Carlson and Noemie Olive; Writing by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Lisa Shumaker
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A Colorado Springs police officer who was shot in the line of duty in August 2018 finally got to meet his hero in New York on Friday.
Officer Cem Duzel recently returned to his home state of New York, where he will undergo rehab therapy.
Friday morning, WWE star John Cena visited Duzel and his family at their home.
The Colorado Springs Police Department shared photos of the visit on Facebook.
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“Thank you to everyone in our community who helped make this happen for Officer Duzel, and thank you to John Cena for supporting our hero along his journey!” the police department said in the post. “We are amazed, humbled, and beyond thankful.”
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Jean Luc Brunel ran a Miami-based modeling agency launched in part with a $1 million investment from Jeffrey Epstein. In exchange for the contribution, Brunel is alleged to have funneled young models to the now-deceased pedophile.
Brunel vanished after Epstein’s suicide, before being spotted in South America in September, according to the French outlet Le Parisien. French authorities are investigating him for rape, sexual assault and his ties to Epstein, but Brunel has denied that any misconduct arose from his relationship with the perverted financier, who hung himself in a prison cell weeks after his July 6 arrest on child sex trafficking charges.
But men like Brunel and Epstein are nothing new in the world of high fashion.
“There are solid people in the industry,” supermodel Kathy Ireland told Fox News. “There are also a lot of predators.”
The majority of female models enter the fashion industry between the ages of 13 and 16. Their age and the often unfamiliar surroundings in which they find themselves make them especially vulnerable to sexual predators like Epstein.
“Before entering the modeling world, my universe was as far as I could ride my skateboard in Santa Barbara,” said Ireland, who started working at age 16. “When I came to the city [New York], I was very naïve. I thought that all adults would be good, honest, respectable people like my mom and dad.”
She was wrong.
Ireland recalled her narrow escape from a harrowing early job. The owner of the agency she worked for scheduled her with a photographer who was said to be a good friend of the agent. Ireland quickly learned that the photographer had seedy intentions when she got in a car with him and headed to a hotel.
“This photographer had set this up so that there was one hotel room and it’s only one bed in the hotel room and I was expected to stay with him,” Ireland said.
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“We were on a freeway. I was contemplating, ‘What do I do? Do I jump out of a car on the freeway?’”
Situations like this were commonplace, and according to Ireland, agents were often complicit.
“What I came to learn from other girls is they referred to them as playboys,” she said. “They’re not playboys. They’re predators.”
“It’s illegal to have sex with a child, with a minor, and that’s not consensual. There’s nothing consensual about that.”
Ireland has previously discussed an incident when she punched a photographer for getting physical with her after she refused to take off her clothes.
“I said, ‘No’ and he said, ‘You model swimsuits.’ People prey on someone’s desire to succeed and that is heartbreaking. The underbelly of the modeling industry needs to be exposed.”
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“So often young girls come to me, they see the glossy retouched images and they see the covers and they want to model. It looks so fun and beautiful and glamorous and easy and they don’t see everything that goes into it.”
What I came to learn from other girls is they referred to them as playboys. They’re not playboys. They’re predators.
— Kathy Ireland
The life of a model can include 18-hour days without breaks, months without payment for work, living in crowded “model apartments,” and going into debt. Models coming from other countries can become beholden to their agents for necessities like visas, housing, and food.
In addition to this poor treatment, young models are often unchaperoned leaving them vulnerable to predators like Epstein. Funneling in young women from overseas can be as easy as filling out a temporary visa.
To help combat this, Model Alliance, a policy and advocacy group founded by former model Sara Ziff, pushed the passing of the Child Model Act in New York in 2013. The law affords child models the same basic rights and protections as child performers like actors, singers and dancers. Prior to the law’s passage, models under 18 years old were not protected under New York’s labor law.
Ziff, who began modeling at age 14, was surprised.
“New York is the center of the American fashion industry and the fashion industry relies very heavily on underage girls,” Ziff said.
“One of the problems that we’ve seen for many years in the industry has been agencies representing 14, 15, 16-year-old girls who are thrust into a very adult environment and are walking at New York Fashion Week and appearing in magazines and advertising campaigns and presented as adults.”
Ziff had a similar experience to Ireland when, at 14 years old, she was told to take her clothes off by a photographer.
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“Being put on the spot to pose nude or semi-nude was pretty common. No advance notice or consent, and a lot of difficulty getting paid,” she said. “Even though I was represented by one of the top agencies, I routinely waited months to be paid. When I eventually left after enduring quite a lot of abuse, that agency withheld my earnings — they refused to pay me.”
Under New York State’s Child Model Act, a child model under 16 years old must be accompanied at work by a “responsible person designated by the parent or guardian.” A parent or guardian must also set up a trust account for the child and “an employer must assure that at least 15 percent of the child model’s earnings are put into that trust account.”
Even though I was represented by one of the top agencies, I routinely waited months to be paid.
— Sara Ziff, former model
These safeguards may protect young models from some of the industry’s pitfalls, but predators still lurk.
Anita Teekah, the senior director of the anti-trafficking program at Safe Horizon, counts the lack of financial transparency among many things that leave underage models vulnerable.
“Models are told they are dispensable. They are very much inhibited from airing grievances for fear of retaliation. If you’re underage, this compounds all of this,” Teekah said.
“There’s so much harmful behavior that has been deeply normalized. Once something becomes normalized, it’s hard to fight it. It doesn’t mean it’s right or legal, but because it’s normalized it’s harder to fight.”
This is the slippery slope into trafficking, according to Teekah. Young women are often unaware of their rights, which leaves them defenseless.
“This is going to sounds pessimistic, but it’s human nature to try to exploit people,” Teekah said. “It’s easier to get away with these things when you have people who are vulnerable and won’t speak out.”
Though more protections are in place for models, there is still work to be done, a fact highlighted by the Epstein scandal.
Ziff recalls meeting Epstein as a young model. She came away from the encounter unscathed but credits that to her circumstances.
“He might have recognized that I was not as vulnerable perhaps and was coming from a slightly different background from some of these other girls who he allegedly abused,” she said. “I am all too familiar with the overlap between trafficking and modeling and unfortunately it’s a very real problem that’s taken the Jeffrey Epstein case for people to even, it seems, acknowledge or be concerned about it.”
“But it’s not surprising to people who work in the industry,” Ziff continued. “Jean Luc Brunel’s behavior was well-known. I heard from other agents over the years about him so none of this is anything that’s new and unfortunately nothing yet has been done really to address it. It’s still going on.”
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Fox News reached out to Brunel’s former attorney Joe Titone who recently communicated with his client by phone. Titone had no comment regarding the pending allegations and says he does not know Brunel’s whereabouts.
Ireland had no direct contact with Epstein, but calls him a “familiar character,” and understands how young girls could become prey to those like him.
“I can see how young girls are susceptible. Many of them have never left home before—naïve like I was, trusting,” she said. “The ugliness of it takes different forms and there’s something about seeing a person in an image. We can objectify people and dehumanize them and somehow justify that it’s okay to abuse them, to rape them, to discard them.”
Ireland, who is working on a novel about the industry called “Fashion Jungle,” acknowledges the good works done in the industry, but remains aware of its dark side.
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“I feel very grateful to have survived the industry because it’s rough,” she said. “It is a jungle out there and my hope is that the young people there will survive this jungle and we’ll share their stories.”
Burt Reynolds’ pals remember ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ star a year after his death: ‘He always had your back’
Burt Reynolds’ pals are still mourning the loss of the Hollywood star.
The legendary actor with the disarming smile and trademark mustache who starred in iconic films, including “Smokey and the Bandit” and “The Longest Yard,” died of a heart attack at age 82 in September 2018.
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“Burt was so loving and giving,” Reynolds’ “Evening Shade” costar Marilu Henner told Closer Weekly in the magazine’s latest issue. “He was the most wonderful, generous person I’ve ever worked with.”
“The thing I loved about Burt was what you saw was what you got,” added co-star Elizabeth Ashley. “He always had your back.”
Reynolds’ first high school girlfriend, Ann Lawlor, agreed.
“He was always bent on doing the right thing,” she recalled to the outlet. “Burt talked like he was a bad boy, but he was a good kid.”
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Hollywood producer Rob Burnett said he was in awe of the late star.
“[He] couldn’t have been [a] nicer or [more] approachable [guy],” said Burnett. “But there was still an undeniable aura about him, like he was the last of the old-time movie stars.”
And Reynolds remained dedicated to his work all the way to the end. Producer Suzanne Niedland said Reynolds was working on a docuseries about his life shortly before his death. According to the outlet, the project is scheduled to be released in 2020.
“Viewers will meet a man who’s not only tough and funny but caring and vulnerable,” said Niedland.
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Back in June, Reynolds’ business partner Gene Kennedy told Fox News the actor was like “a grandfather figure.”
“Burt was definitely a father figure, a grandfather figure to me,” he explained. “I mean, we were good friends, but over the times we had to travel together, I got to know him on a personal level. Very smart man, gave me a lot of wisdom and advice.”
“I’ve got five grandchildren, and he was very active in their lives,” continued Kennedy. “We did things together, sometimes with the children. And I think it made him happy and us, as well. My father passed away in ’07, so we definitely hit it off in that regard. So he’s been a big influence on my life. I definitely wouldn’t be in some of the positions I’ve been lately without Mr. Reynolds. His participation in my life has changed it forever for me.”
Kennedy said that despite his star-status, Reynolds was proud to call Florida home.
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“He loved California,” he explained. “He definitely had a home here. But his true home was in Florida. His father was the police chief at Riviera Beach in Florida. When he was a young man, he wanted to go off to college in Florida. It was his home state, and he loved Florida very much. The Southern traditions and the beach and the coastal area of West Palm Beach and Jupiter, that was his home. That’s where his roots were.”
Kennedy said that Reynolds’ death took him by surprise.
“We actually did an event in August in Tennessee up in Knoxville,” he said. “And I usually would fly with him to some of the events. We had a private plane scheduled to pick him up. But I had to remain behind to get some props and things moved with one of the trailers and I stayed behind. But I took Burt to the airport. We chatted a little bit on the way there. I drove him out on the tarmac and I helped him get on the plane. We hugged and I told him I love him. That was the last time I ever saw Burt — when he got on the plane. He passed away that September.”
“It was tough,” Kennedy continued. “We had an event scheduled in Las Vegas for late September or early October that we were preparing for. We were just in disbelief. I mean, he had just been to the doctor and got a clean bill of health. He was all set to go and [had] no issues. He was also studying for the Quentin Tarantino movie that’s coming out next month, and I know he was reading for that. He had just actually come to LA the month prior, also, to read with Brad Pitt on that movie, as well.
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“And he was very excited about being able to do that. So it really took us all by surprise. I mean, I literally heard it on the radio and got a phone call from the family almost immediately when it happened. It took us all by surprise, and I had to pull over for a minute. I was actually on the interstate driving when I heard it, and I had to pull over for a second. I was in disbelief to what I had just heard… We all knew Burt was older. We all have our ailments, but nobody ever expected it because he was just so full of energy and so full of life. He was still doing his craft and staying busy working.”
Reynold’s Hollywood career skyrocketed in the ‘70s after his breakout film role as Lewis Medlock in 1972’s “Deliverance.” The star went on to appear in nearly 200 films throughout his lifetime.
He received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of adult film director Jack Horner in 1997’s “Boogie Nights.”
In 2010, Entertainment Tonight reported Reynolds underwent quintuple bypass surgery.
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In a statement at the time, Reynolds’s rep Erik Kritzer said: “Mr. Reynolds has been released from a hospital in Florida in which he had a planned bypass operation. He wants to thank everyone for their good wishes and states that he has a great motor with brand new pipes and he is feeling great. Doctors plan on a speedy recovery. ”
Reynolds is survived by his son Quinton Anderson Reynolds, whom he shared with Loni Anderson.
Fox News’ Michelle Pollino contributed to this report.
FILE PHOTO: James Hetfield, lead vocalist of the heavy metal group Metallica performs during their World Magnetic tour concert in Abu Dhabi October 25, 2011. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh/File Photo
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – American heavy metal band Metallica has canceled its upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand, saying that lead singer and guitarist James Hetfield has been admitted into an addiction treatment program.
Hetfield’s fellow band members, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo, issued a joint statement on the band’s Instagram account stating they were “devastated” by the decision.
“We fully intend to make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit,” the statement said.
Metallica were due to play their first Australian show on Oct. 17. The band’s Australian touring company, Live Nation, said tickets to the shows would be refunded and alternative tour dates were being discussed.
Reporting by Will Ziebell; Editing by Kim Coghill
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“Real Time” host Bill Maher cautioned Democrats on Friday night as they begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, predicting that the country will be “paralyzed for a very long time” if they go through with it.
Maher began the panel discussion by expressing how he has been “back and forth” on impeachment and how he has doubts as House Democrats launch a formal inquiry.
“Last week, I was like, ‘We’ve got to impeach him!’ Now that they’re going to do it, I’m like ‘Uh… should we?’” Maher said. “Obviously, there’s great reasons to do it… Trump must have an impeachment act a day calendar that he has used for the past year, so why will this one be different from all the other times?”
The HBO star questioned whether the Trump-Ukraine controversy will resonate with the American people “east of La Brea.”
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“This is all I heard on TV this week, ‘This is different because it’s so simple, people could understand it.’ But have you met the American people? Are there pictures involved?” he argued.
Maher then expressed his agreement with panelist Noah Rothman, who mocked Democrats who claim they can “walk and chew gum at the same time” between legislating and pursuing impeachment.
“If we do this, the country is going to be paralyzed,” Maher continued. “I’m not saying don’t… It’s going to be paralyzed for a very long time and all of the oxygen in the room will be taken by this.”
“I’m just asking about the people who matter. There’s 40 percent for sure probably on both sides, there’s 20 percent in the middle who might be persuadable. Are these people going to say, ‘I don’t care about Trump’s phone call to a country I know nothing about. I care about my phone bill. What are you doing about my phone bill, about my problems.’ I just wonder about that.”