BETTY WHITE SUFFERED STROKE DAYS BEFORE HER DEATH
LOS ANGELES (AP) – We now have a better idea of the state of Betty White’s health before she died New Year’s Eve. Officials in Los Angeles County have released her death certificate. And it says she suffered a stroke six days before she died. The stroke – termed a “cerebrovascular accident” in the death certificate – happened Christmas Day, Information about it was given to county officials by White’s doctor. White was 99 when she died; she would have turned 100 next Monday.
BOB SAGET’S DEATH STILL UNDETERMINED
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – We are still trying to figure out how comedian Bob Saget could have done a comedy gig in Florida one night – and not wake up the following day. It’s a mystery that has yet to be solved by authorities in the Orlando area. A sheriff’s office report released yesterday provided no clues, other than to rule out foul play or drug use. It says Saget was found lying face up on his bed – and his body showed no signs of trauma. The room appeared to be in order and none of his items were missing. The first word something was amiss was when his family called the hotel to say they were having trouble reaching him as he was planning to check out that day. Hotel security went to the room and found him unresponsive. Saget was 65 years old.
BOB SAGET’S WIFE RELEASES STATEMENT
UNDATED (AP) – Bob Saget’s wife has released a statement about the death of her husband. Kelly Rizzo Saget says her husband was her “absolute everything” – and she is “completely shattered and in disbelief that he’s gone.” She also says she’s “deeply touched” by the love and support from friends, family, Saget’s fans and his peers. Saget’s widow says in time, she hopes to share more of her husband with the world – but right now, the news is too “raw” to do so.
MAYA ANGELOU HONORED WITH QUARTER COIN
WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s worth just $0.25 in U.S. currency. But to those who treasure Maya Angelou’s legacy, it’s priceless. The late poet has had her likeness engraved on a U.S. quarter. The U.S. Mint says the coins are now in circulation. The quarter shows Angelou with her arms stretched wide, while a bird in flight and a rising sun appear behind her. In all the U.S. Mint will issue 20 quarters over the next four years honoring women and their accomplishments. Others in the first batch of the American Women Quarters Program are the nation’s first female astronaut Sally Ride – and Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American film star in Hollywood.
FORMER “AMERICAN IDOL” STAR CLAY AIKEN SEEKING CONGRESSIONAL SEAT AGAIN
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – It’s a race former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken doesn’t want to finish second in. He is running for Congress in North Carolina, seeking the seat held by retiring lawmaker David Price. Aiken is 43. And if he can triumph in the Democratic primary, he likely will win the seat, since the district he hopes to serve is overwhelmingly blue.