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5:25 PM ET, August 7, 2021


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Kool & the Gang:
STATEMENT OF PASSING OF DENNIS THOMAS/KOOL & THE GANG  —  On August 7,2021, Dennis Thomas (known as “Dee Tee"), beloved husband, father and a co-founder of Kool & the Gang, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 70 in New Jersey.  —  Dennis was born on February 9, 1951, in Orlando, Florida.
Discussion: and Just Jared
Kool & The Gang Sax Player Dennis Thomas Dead at 70  —  BREAKING NEWS  — 2.5K … Dennis “D.T.” Thomas — Kool & The Gang's longtime saxophone player — has died.  —  The band announced the news Saturday, saying he passed away peacefully at his home in New Jersey.  No cause of death was revealed.
Discussion: Daily Star and Variety
Tracy Wright / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Nanny Pinky’ Lisa Vanderpump set to become a grandmother!  Daughter Pandora reveals she's pregnant with her first child due this winter  —  Lisa Vanderpump will add a new title to her ever-changing resume as she becomes a grandmother for the first time.
Discussion: The Sun, Page Six and Just Jared
Jenni McKnight / HELLO!:
Kate Middleton shares beautiful new photo of Princess Charlotte … The Duchess of Cambridge delighted royal fans on Saturday when she shared a beautiful new photo of Princess Charlotte.  —  Taking to Instagram, Kate posted three photos she took recently in Norfolk during a family outing to the Big Butterfly Count.
Discussion: Page Six, E! Online and Marie Claire
Nicholas Rice /
2021 Emmy Awards Will Have Limited Red Carpet Next Month amid COVID Concerns  —  The 73rd Emmy Awards are set to air live on Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS  —  The red carpet at the 2021 Emmy Awards is going to look different amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Discussion: Just Jared
Stacy Lambe‍ / Entertainment Tonight:
Selena Gomez Says She Signed Her ‘Life Away to Disney at a Very Young Age’  —  As one of the leads of Hulu's Only Murders in the Building alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short, Selena Gomez is starring in her first TV series since Wizards of Waverly Place ended in 2012.
Joanne Kavanagh / The Sun:
‘A BEAUTIFUL SOUL’ Justin Timberlake pays tribute to longtime backup singer Nicole Hurst after she dies aged 39  —  JUSTIN Timberlake has revealed his pain after his longtime backup singer and friend passed away.  —  The superstar singer, 40, has written a touching tribute to Nicole Hurst following …
Discussion: Page Six, E! Online and FemaleFirst
Adam Carlson /
Jessica Springsteen and U.S. Equestrian Team Win Silver After Jump-Off with Sweden  —  The first-time Olympian came in second along with Laura Kraut and McLain Ward in the equestrian team jumping final at the Tokyo Summer Olympics  —  First-time Olympian Jessica Springsteen will leave Japan with a silver medal.
Discussion: Just Jared
Jen Juneau /
Joel Kinnaman Claims Woman Trying to ‘Extort’ Him After Consensual Sex, Gets Restraining Order  —  Joel Kinnaman says the woman “has been threatening to physically harm me and my family” and “attempting to extort money” from him  —  Joel Kinnaman has obtained a restraining order …
Alex Winter / The Sun:
Peter Kay jokes 'I'm going away for four more years' after standing ovation from cheering crowds at long-awaited return  —  PETER Kay joked he plans on going away for another four years - after a standing ovation at his comeback gig.  —  The comedian said returning to the stage is like …
Discussion: Daily Star
Meghan Markle's Dad Sends Flowers to Her for 40th Birthday  —  MEGHAN MARKLE DAD SENDS BIRTHDAY FLOWERS ... But She Doesn't Respond  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Meghan Markle got a birthday gift from her father, a bouquet of roses, but it doesn't seem to be thawing their icy relationship.
Discussion: Page Six and Us Weekly
Jim Belushi Files For Divorce  —  EXCLUSIVE  — 960 … Jim Belushi has filed for divorce after more than 23 years of marriage ... and it's the second time he and his wife have called it quits in the past 3 years.  —  Jim beelined it to Los Angeles County Superior Court Friday and filed divorce docs …
Britney Spears' Conservator ‘Implores’ Jamie to ‘Stop the Attacks,’ Says He's ‘Misrepresenting Call’  —  Jodi Montgomery slammed Jamie Spears' claim that she offered a 5150 psychiatric hold as a possibility for Britney.  She also denied playing any role in getting the singer admitted to a facility in 2019
Discussion: RADAR, and The Sun
Britney Spears' Dad Jamie Claims Singer's Personal Conservator Raised 5150 Hold as Option in July
Discussion: RADAR and Vanity Fair
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