B.B. King’s daughters prompt homicide investigation after claiming their father was poisoned by his manager and assistant

Two daughters of legendary bluesman B.B. King levied bombshell charges Monday against two of his closest advisers — claiming they poisoned him. Las Vegas homicide detectives launched an investigation into the death of “The Thrill is Gone” musician after his adult children alleged in affidavits that he was “murdered.” An emergency autopsy was performed on King’s body over the weekend to check for foul play, officials said Monday. King died May 14 in Las Vegas at the age of 89. Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King are accusing King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and personal assistant, Myron Johnson, of killing him, according to documents their lawyer, Larissa Drohobyczer, provided to The Associated Press. “I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances,” the daughters state in identically worded affidavits. “I believe my father was murdered.” Patty King, who used to live in her father’s Las Vegas home, revealed in her affidavit that said she saw Johnson put two drops of an unknown substance on King’s tongue during evenings for several months before his death. She said Toney never told her what the substance was. Toney brush off the accusations, telling the AP, “They’ve been making allegations all along. What’s new?” Clark County, Nev., coroner John Fudenberg said an autopsy was performed Sunday on King’s embalmed body. Results of the toxicological tests won’t be available for up to eight weeks. Las Vegas Lt. Ray Steiber said Monday that homicide detectives are investigating King’s death. Fudenberg said King’s body was returned to a Las Vegas mortuary following the autopsy. A memorial procession for King is planned for Wednesday in Memphis. His casket is expected to be driven down famed Beale Continue Reading

Father’s Day traditions around the world

Father’s Day in the U.S. took about 60 years to to be officially established. Former President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. America, and many other countries, celebrate fathers each year on the third Sunday in June. Father’s Day traditions and dates vary around the world. Here’s how nine nations celebrate dads each year: QUIZ: WHO SAID IT? FAMOUS TV DADS EDITION Thailand: Father’s Day in Thailand is celebrated on the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Dec. 5. The King gives a speech and many Thais wear pink to honor him — the King was once seen wearing a pink blazer as he left the hospital. It is also a tradition for people to give Canna Lilies to fathers and grandfathers. Russia: Men, not just fathers, are celebrated in Russia on Defender of the Fatherland Day. The Feb. 23 holiday started as a military commemoration. Soldiers are still honored in parades throughout the country. Women give the important men in their lives — not just dads — gifts. Brazil: Father’s day in Brazil celebrates St. Joachim, Mary’s father, on Aug. 2. St. Joachim is patron saint of fathers and grandfathers. Germany: In Germany, Father’s Day, or Vatertag, is a federal holiday celebrated on the 40th day of Easter, Ascension Day. Men in Germany traditionally celebrate by pulling wagons loaded with beer and liquor into the woods. Instead of hiking and drinking, some men celebrate by going on bar crawls. Nepal: The Nepalese celebration of Father’s Day is called Gokarna Aunsi, which literally translates as ‘cow earned no moon night.’ Sons touch their foreheads to their father’s feet and daughters touch their foreheads to their father’s hands. Children also give gifts to their fathers. People also gather at the Gokarna Temple to pray for the fathers who have passed away. Gokarna Aunsi is celebrated in Continue Reading

Seven Father’s Day gift ideas to keep the man in your life healthy and happy

It’s all about the men in your life. This week we’re celebrating Men’s Health Week, June is Men’s Health Month and of course we have Father’s Day coming up this Sunday. It’s a time to celebrate all the men in your life: fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, uncles and grandfathers. Helping men live longer, healthier lives is my passion. Through the years I have realized that if you want to get something done, ask a woman to do it. We as men know that sometimes we need a kick in the pants — even when it comes to our health. Here are seven gifts you can give to your man this Father’s Day, promoting his health and well-being and keeping him around for a long time. I promise, he’ll never shove these gifts in the back of the closet.Q QUIZ: WHO SAID IT? FAMOUS TV DADS EDITION BOOST HIS IMMUNE SYSTEM You know what they say: The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. We want to dig deep into the foods your man should be eating to stay healthy. Here are 7 foods to keep his immunity strong. - Oats and barley: Fiber has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, helping to promote healing. - Yogurt: Probiotics are his friend. - Zinc: Immune cells like white blood cells need zinc to function. - Nuts: Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. They also contain riboflavin and niacin which will help him bounce back from stressful moments. - Citrus: Vitamin C of course is a great benefit but these fruits are also packed with flavonoids, a natural chemical that stimulate the immune system. - Cinnamon: This versatile spice is a known antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial powerhouse. LIFT HIS LIBIDO The ultimate body high comes from sex and orgasms. What happens? The stepped-up heart rate and increased circulation flood the blood stream with hormones such as oxytocin, which are stress-reducing chemicals. Sex has a profound effect on a Continue Reading

Utah dad kills family, self in Father’s Day triple murder suicide

A Utah dad slaughtered his young family, and then killed himself during a Father’s Day bloodbath, authorities said. Russell Smith shot wife Shawna Smith and their two kids sometime after 1 p.m. inside their middle class home in the small town of Roy, police said. The triple murder suicide stunned relatives, neighbors and police who all said they’d seen no hints of trouble. The couple had no known history of domestic violence calls, and cops had never had a reason to visit the ranch-style brick home until Sunday, said police Lt. Kevin Smith, who isn’t related to the family. “It’s a very tragic event that’s gone on,” he told reporters. Utah dad Russell Smith killed wife Shawna Smith, 6-year-old daughter Tylee and 2-year-old son Blake (not shown) in a triple murder suicide, cops say. Shawna Smith’s brother went to check on her Sunday after she stopped responding to text messages. He arrived about 10 p.m. and discovered the grisly scene, screaming loud enough for neighbors to hear. It was the first indication of the horrors that lay inside, according to police. Officers entered the house and found the bullet-pierced bodies of 6-year-old Tylee and 2-year-old Blake along with their dead parents. Russell Smith’s wounds appeared to be “self inflicted,” police said. Shawna Smith’s mother, Sheila Pruitt of Tacoma, Wash., was shocked by the news. The couple had been married six years. Russell Smith owned hunting weapons, but he’d never been violent with anyone, as far as Pruitt knew. She described her daughter as a dedicated mom. “She was just an amazing person and an amazing mother,” Pruitt said. “Those kids were her world.” Russell Smith shot dead wife Shawna Smith, daughter Tylee and 2-year-old son Blake before killing himself, authorities Continue Reading

Eddie Murphy to play Richard Pryor’s father, LeRoy Pryor, in Lee Daniels-directed biopic: report

Eddie Murphy declined to play Bill Cosby on the “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special, but the comedian may be open to a role in the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic. “Strap in and brace yourself,” director Lee Daniels captioned an Instagram photo on Thursday of him and Murphy. “They done let me and him out of our cages!” The 53-year-old comedian is currently in talks to join the cast of the Daniels-directed biopic starring Mike Epps as Pryor, reports The Hollywood Reporter. “Richard (Pryor) is the one who made me want to do comedy,” Murphy said in his 1987 stand-up special “Raw.” “When I was young, I wanted to be Richard Pryor so bad I used to sneak in the basement, put his albums on, and just listen,” he added. While Murphy won’t star as his idol, he will play Pryor’s father and former boxer, LeRoy “Buck Carter” Pryor, who the late comedian often described during his standup routines as an alcoholic that beat him. A rep for Murphy has yet to respond to the Daily News’ request for comment. Also rumored to be joining the cast is Kate Hudson, who would play Jennifer Lee Pryor. They married twice — first in 1981 when she became his fourth wife before divorcing a year later and again in 2001 for his seventh marriage, according to Entertainment Tonight. The real life Jennifer Lee is a producer on the film along with Bruce Cohen, THR reports. Oprah Winfrey is also said to be onboard as Pryor’s grandmother, Marie Carter, according to ET. “#idonteventhinkimreadyforthisone!” Daniels added to his Instagram post. “#excited #proud #OMG” ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.  Continue Reading

Hamill: Devastated father did not have to lose his son in Amtrak derailment, except for ‘time and money’

This is what a father sounds like when his son is killed in a train wreck that didn’t have to happen. “If I bust up crying, please call me back, because this is so damned bad,” said Robert Gildersleeve Sr. the morning after the body of his son Robert Jr., 45, was discovered in the crumpled first car of the runaway Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia. Gilly, 71, as we all called him back in our old neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn, had seen his share of carnage in his four years as an NYPD officer in the 84th Precinct and 12 years as an FDNY firefighter in Williamsburg and Red Hook before becoming a successful businessman in the trucking industry. Gilly pauses, choking down tears. “My son was nipped in the prime of his life. But he did not have to die. I sit here now after IDing my boy’s body and listen to these Amtrak and (federal) people say that the safety measures that could have overrode the engineer’s speeding train could have been installed except for the ‘time and money.’ Time and money? My son is dead because of ‘time and money?’ This is insane and infuriating.” He pauses, gulping a deep firefighter’s breath, his sigh as long as the fracture in his heart. “Bobby Jr. is such a good boy,” he says, falling into the present tense. “Such a great little kid. Such a kind and likable man. Such a wonderful father.” I tell him that a mutual firefighter friend says all the guys used to kid Gilly that he named the right one of his four kids after himself. Third-born Bobby Jr., like his dad, was always a lightning-fast wit, a jokester, a chop-buster. Gilly chuckles and says, “He was tall as a boy, 6-foot-4 as a man, and always falling as a baby. As a little boy, his favorite song was Charlie Rich’s ‘Did You Happen to See the Most Beautiful Girl in the World?’ He knew all the lyrics. Teachers loved him. He wound Continue Reading

USC athletic director Pat Haden, ‘proud father of a gay son,’ and UConn coach Kevin Ollie won’t attend NCAA event in Indianapolis

Sports leagues have stayed on the sidelines in the days after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law the state’s controversial religious freedom restoration act, but a giant from the college ranks is getting into the game. USC athletic director Pat Haden tweeted on Tuesday that he won’t attend this week’s College Football Playoff meeting this week in Indianapolis, where the Final Four will be played this weekend. “I am the proud father of a gay son,” the 62-year-old wrote on Twitter. “In his honor, I will not be attending the FP committee meeting in Indy this week.” He punctuated his statement with the #EmbraceDiversity hashtag. In addition to Haden, UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie and his staff will not be attending the Final Four either, according to UConn president Susan Herbst. "UConn is a community that values all of our members and treats each person with the same degree of respect, regardless of their background and beliefs and we will not tolerate any other behavior," Herbst said in a statement. UConn is also a public university and Ollie is the state's highest-paid employee ($2.7 million in fiscal year 2014). According to the Hartford Courant, Ollie and his staff had planned to go to the Final Four for the annual National Association of Basketball Coaches convention before Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy issued an executive order banning employees from taking state-funded trips to Indiana. Some have called for the NCAA to move the site of the Final Four in response to the bill —which Gov. Pence said Tuesday should be altered to make “it clear that businesses do not have the right to deny services to anyone” — but, to this point, the NCAA, which is based in Indianapolis, has been resistant to changing its plans. "The NCAA national office and our members are deeply committed to providing an Continue Reading

Emilia Clarke reveals she wouldn’t let her father watch early episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’

Emilia Clarke loves her role on “Game of Thrones” — but she initially didn’t want her father to watch the show. The 28-year-old actress graces the cover of the May issue of British Vogue, with the brunette beauty styled as her blonde "Game of Thrones" character Daenerys Targaryen. In the interview, Clarke opens up about her father's reaction to her role on the hit HBO series, which returns for a fifth season Sunday. Before she was a star, Clarke said that her dad was wary about her acting ambitions. “When I told my dad I wanted to be an actress, he replied that there was only one line I needed to learn … ‘Do you want fries with that?’” But her career soared once she nabbed a starring role on “Game of Thrones,” becoming one of the series’ most popular characters. As Daenerys, Clarke has had to film some risqué situations, including nude scenes in the show’s first season. “When I first read the scripts, I was on holiday with my family,” she recalled about starting out on the series. “I told my dad, you’re not going to be able to watch the first five episodes.” No doubt she won’t mind her dad watching her in “Terminator Genisys,” which sees her taking over the iconic character of Sarah Connor in the highly anticipated “Terminator” reboot co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jai Courtney. Clarke said that filming the highly anticipated flick, which hits theaters July 1, made her appreciate her small-screen roots. “I went back to ‘Game of Thrones’ and it was like coming home,” she said. “Just the smell of the hotel in Belfast made me feel safe. I told myself, forget the big game plan; all I want is to do jobs that make me happy.” The May issue of British Vogue is on Continue Reading

Gay Canadian teen viciously shunned by father receives outpouring of support online

A 15-year-old boy is receiving an outpouring of support from around the world after he says he recently revealed he was gay to his father, only to be told: "This is (worse) than death." The stunning reaction received by the Vancouver teen named Tyler was recently shared on his Tumblr account, capturing his father's boiling anger and swift rejection. "You embarrass me from all the people I knew. I'm going to puke. Whatever you do it reflects on me. People will ridicule me, insult me, and I might turn out to be a criminal," he allegedly messaged his son. "We took care of you since you were a baby. We loved you, took care of you when you're sick. Now this is what we get in return, shame and embarrassment," the message continued. Tyler turned to social media to share his struggle last week, writing: "This was my dad's reaction to me coming out. He couldn't even say it to my face." In cruel messages shared online last week, Tyler's father allegedly told him that his coming out is 'worse than death' and makes him want to 'puke.' In an interview with Huffington Post, the 10th-grader said his father, whom he confided his sexuality to late last year, has yet to come around. He's grateful, however, for the support of his mother and two sisters. "I'm upset with what my dad said, but I don't hate him," he further said. "I'm hoping there's still the possibility that he could change, even (if) it takes a while. Maybe he could accept me, because that's all I want... I just want him to be there for me." In his father's alleged diatribe, he accused his son of rejecting "God and his teachings," which led him down his "evil" path. "You are trying to ruin me. This is (worse) than death," he added. The hostility follows Tyler publicly outing himself on his Twitter account, @tylerblvr, last September. About two months later he posted a photo of himself embracing his Continue Reading

Suspect negotiates child sex with ‘father,’ shows up with Disney costume for girl in Florida federal sting

A Texas creep brought a Disney dress for what he thought was a 10-year-old girl in Florida and got nabbed in a federal child sex sting. Federal agents in Florida said they caught Michael Doherty, 51, trying to meet up in a hotel room with a fake sexually abusive father and his kid earlier this month. Investigators had responded to a pervy online ad he posted and exchanged messages with Doherty in the guise of the dad for weeks, according to a criminal complaint cited by the Orlando Sentinel. Doherty had picked out a Disney dress for the girl to wear in the encounter while driving to rendezvous with the father and daughter in Lake Mary, near Orlando, on April 8, the Sentinel reported. The alleged deviant said in his ad that he enjoyed incestuous sexual relationships, and an undercover agent got the sting underway by messaging him in early March, according to the newspaper. The feds claimed Doherty repeatedly wrote about sex with the girl, told the fake dad he had engaged in sex acts with kids in the past and supplied naked pictures of himself, the Sentinel reported. He allegedly told undercover agents he had molested four kids between ages 8 and 12 within the last three years, WESH-TV reported. Law enforcement officials say he expressed reluctance to go through with the meet-up on the day he set off, according to the Sentinel. But they arrested Doherty later that day. He’s in jail without bail at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, records from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office show. Doherty faces up to life behind bars if he’s convicted for attempted sexual enticement of a minor, the Sentinel reported. The sting suspect later told investigators he only wanted to speak with the father about the abuse and didn’t plan to meet with the girl, though he did confess to posting stories online about sex with kids for roughly a decade, according to the newspaper. He maintained it would have been Continue Reading