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John Conyers’ Son and Congressional Heir Apparent Arrested for Felony Domestic Violence

John Conyers’ son — the one he wants to replace him in Congress — was arrested this year for felony domestic violence … TMZ has learned. John Conyers III got in a fight with his girlfriend on February 15, 2017. Law enforcement sources tell us he…

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Ree Drummond, Food Network Star, Dragged for Apparent Racism and Dumb Jokes

Ree Drummond is known as The Pioneer Woman.

That’s the name of her popular show on The Food Network.

But some viewers now think Drummond should be referred to instead as the Racist and Wildly Inappropriate Woman, based on a few remarks she’s recently made.

The long-time celebrity chef has stirred up controversy on multiple fronts of late, starting with a very strange blog post in which she said her individuality stemmed from the fact she had a “black grandpa.”

Except she didn’t.

There’s no record of any African-American relatives on Drummond’s family tree.

“In the same bizarre post, she went on to admit that he was actually white and [claimed] she thought he was African-American most of her life because of his tan,” wrote In Touch Weekly of Ree’s initial assessment and then strange admission.

Based on this logic, Drummond must also think George Hamilton is black.

The blog post in question has since been deleted.

But those who read it or heard about it were understandably ticked off that Drummond basically compared a tan white person to a black person.

Elsewhere, Drummond penned another blog post in which she allegedly referred to her developmentally disabled brother Mike as “retarded.”

We can’t verify for certain whether or not this word was actually used in conjunction with her sibling.

If so, however… YIKES!

Finally, there’s the matter of a quip we can definitely verify – because it took place during an episode of Drummond’s Food Network program.

While serving some hot wings to a bunch of friends, Drummond joked that they were not barbecue flavored, but actually “Asian” flavored instead.

The friends stood in confused silence over this description, prompting Ree to say she was just kidding around.

But it was a random joke that did not go over well with certain fans at all.

hating on ree

“I was already bummed by the lack of diversity on @foodnetwork Now @thepioneerwoman & co. are on there saying they don’t trust “asian” food??” Tweeted one irate user.

Drummond has been in the national picture for a long time.

She has appeared over the years on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, The Chew and The Bonnie Hunt Show.

She has also been featured in Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s Day, People and Southern Living.

Her first cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl, was published in October 2009 and she has gone on to pen many more since then.

After taking on the host during an episode of Throwdown! With Bobby Flay in 2010, Drummond was given her own Food Network show a year later.

What do you think of the controversies cited above?

Worthy of criticism leveled against Drummond? Or much ado over mostly nothing?

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Michelle Rounds Dead of Apparent Suicide; Ex Wife of Rosie O’Donnell Was 46

Michelle Rounds, the ex-wife of media personality Rosie O’Donnell, has passed away at the age of 46.

Though no official cause of death has been announced, TMZ is reporting that Rounds appears to have taken her own life.

Rounds had been open about her struggles with mental illness over the years, and tragically, it seems the battle proved fatal.

After meeting at an industry event in 2011, Rounds and O’Donnell got married the following year. 

Their time together was turbulent, marred by frequent fighting and Rounds’ persistent health issues.

But there were bright spots, as well.

O’Donnell and Rounds welcomed a daughter together in 2013, and Michelle described the months that followed as the happiest in her life.

Sadly, it was a period that wouldn’t last.

Rounds and O’Donnell separated in 2015 after months of intense fighting.

Just months later Rounds attempted suicide by overdosing on prescription painkillers.

She was rushed to a hospital, where doctors were able to save her life.

Though Rounds moved on to a new and reportedly far less tumultuous relationship, it seems she was never able to escape her demons.

After was said to be a period of emotional stability, Rounds reportedly experienced a recurrence of symptoms in recent weeks.

O’Donnell issued a statement on her former wife’s death just moments ago:

“I am saddened to hear about this terrible tragedy,” O’Donnell wrote.

“Mental illness is a very serious issue affecting many families. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle’s family, her wife and their child.”

They though often fought bitterly during their marriage, O’Donnell and Rounds reportedly worked out an amicable co-parenting relationship after their divorce.

Michelle’s mother also released a statement and seems to have implicitly verified that Rounds had taken her own life:

“If anyone would like to give to the National Suicide Prevention it would also be greatly appreciated,” wrote Michelle’s mother.

“There are so many out there in this world that have demons that they think suicide is the only way out.”

Though O’Donnell and Rounds’ marriage was short, the couples’ dramatic fights and outspoken stances on topical issues briefly made Rounds a staple in the tabloid media.

As a result, many celebrities and media figures have taken to social media to mourn Michelle’s passing.

“Such a devastating loss. Sending so much strength and peace to her loved ones,” Perez Hilton tweeted, along with a link to an article about Rounds’ death.

Though she worked as a consultant for most of her adult life, Rounds easy charm and quick wit made her a popular figure in Rosie’s circle of celebrity friends.

In a bit of tragic irony, her death comes during Suicide Prevention Month.

Michelle Rounds and Rosie

Rounds is now the latest in a disturbingly long line of celebrity suicides.

The steadily-worsening epidemic dates back to Robin Williams’ unexpected passing in 2014.

Recent victims such as rock stars Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington have brought new attention to the issue.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from thoughts of self-harm, we urge you to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Please don’t delay.

Our thoughts go out to Rounds’ family during this tremendously difficult time.

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Hank Deutschendorf, Ghostbusters II Star, Dead of Apparent Suicide

Hank Deutschendorf, a former child actor best known for his role in Ghostbusters II, was found dead at his home in California on June 14.

He was 29 years old.

This sad piece of news has been confirmed by Hank’s twin brother, William, who co-starred with his sibling as a baby named Oscar in the aforementioned 1989 movie.

Both very young at the time, the brothers portrayed the son of Sigourney Weaver’s character in the popular sequel.

They are also the nephews of musician John Denver.

According to multiple outlets, William tragically discovered Hank’s body in the apartment Hank shared with his girlfriend in Escondido.

The official coroner’s report states that a “a single, 29-year-old Caucasian male” who resided where he died was “found suspended by a ligature around his neck in his closet by his brother.”

Continues this same report:

“After cutting him down, 9-1-1 was called and first responders arrived at the home. His death was then confirmed without medical interventions due to signs of rigidity.

“He had a long history of depression.”

baby oscar

Via a lengthy blog post, William confirmed the passing of his brother and talked about him in moving detail.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my twin brother, Hank,” wrote the distraught sibling, explaining:

“On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, Henry John Deutschendorf II lost his battle with schizoaffective disorder.”

William then made a point to introduce Hank to the world, while simultaneously saying goodbye.

“Many people do not know much about Hank. Some knew him as Baby Oscar in Ghostbusters II or John Denver’s nephew. Others knew him as a brother, son, martial artist, teacher, uncle, or friend.

“What people do not know about Hank was that he suffered from schizoaffective disorder. It is a chronic mental health condition which is a combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

“He experienced hallucinations, delusions, depression, and mania.”

Hank appeared as himself in a 2017 documentary about Ghostbusters titled Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters.

But he mostly remained out of the spotlight following his young foray into acting.

ghostbusters scene

Added William in tribute:

“It is a very severe mental illness that usually requires a lifetime of treatment. It is not well studied, so the treatment is largely an estimation based on schizophrenia and bipolar treatments.

“Hank was diagnosed in August of 2008.”

The illness changed Hank in numerous ways, most notably when it came to his personality and his general state of mind.

“If you knew Hank before his diagnosis, you knew a young man who was upbeat, healthy, witty, kind, outgoing, and was always ready to stand up for people. 

“Medication curbed the delusions but it did not stop the voices,” wrote William, who concluded:

“The side effects of the medication took a toll on Hank. He felt like a zombie, lost his personality, gained weight quickly, slept for twelve hours a day, and had to use all of his willpower just to lift his hand to drink a cup of water.

“My brother was left with a Band-Aid for a gunshot wound…

“His girlfriend will remember him as someone who made her feel like the most important person in the world.

“I will remember him as my best friend, my partner, my brother, and the bravest man I have ever known.”

William also asked folks to support the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in Hank’s memory.

In addition to honoring Hank’s memory, William said, “It is also very important to me to immediately spread awareness about schizophrenia, bipolar, and suicide prevention.”

May Hank Deutschendorf rest in peace.

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