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Max Lomas, who found Bobbi Kristina Brown in tub, dies from possible overdose, reports say

The man who found Bobbi Kristina Brown unconscious in a bathtub three years ago has died of a possible drug overdose, reports say.

>> PHOTOS: Bobbi Kristina Brown’s life in the public eye

TMZ first reported that Max Lomas, 29, was found dead in Mississippi on Wednesday. People magazine later confirmed the news, citing medical examiner's documents that said a friend found Lomas in a bathroom "with a syringe nearby." Results from a toxicology test should be available in six weeks, People reported.

Lomas reportedly was with Whitney Houston’s daughter and her boyfriend Nick Gordon in her final days conscious in early 2015 in their Roswell, Georgia, home. She never regained consciousness and officially died a few months later. 

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Lomas told People in 2016 that he had lived with them on and off for weeks and noted a lot of drugs, partying and fights. 

We were all pretty bad into drugs,” Lomas said.

Gordon lost a civil suit and was accused of being “legally responsible” for Bobbi Kristina’s death, something he has denied. The court has entered a judgment of $36 million against Gordon. 

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Eric Clapton announces first full-length Christmas album

Eric Clapton on Friday announced the release of his first full-length Christmas album, Billboard reported. 

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Set for an Oct. 12 release, “Happy Xmas” will have a blues edge to it and will contain 14 tracks and is the 24th studio album of Clapton’s career and his first since 2016 when he released “I Still Do,” Billboard reported.

The album will contain Christmas favorites such as “White Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “Away in a Manger,” Rolling Stone reported. Clapton’s version of “Jingle Bells” is sung “In Memory of Avicii,” a dedication to the late disc jockey.

"I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals,” Clapton told Billboard. “I got it down and one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’”

“Happy Xmas” is available for preorder, Billboard reported.

Former Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin sues hospital over botched surgery

A founder of the Jefferson Airplane lost part of his tongue and his left thumb during a botched surgery in New York, according to a lawsuit filed late Thursday.

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Marty Balin filed a suit in the Manhattan Federal Court, claiming his vocal cords were paralyzed and he lost half his tongue in a tracheotomy after open heart surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital on March 11, 2016, The New York Daily News reported.

Balin, 76, also charged in his lawsuit that the surgery took away his ability to play guitar or sing, the newspaper reported.The lawsuit also names six doctors, Newsday reported. Balin, who wrote hits and sang lead on songs like “Miracles,” “Caroline” and “With Your Love,” needed emergency open heart surgery while he was performing. He claims he received inadequate care after his triple bypass and valve replacement, Newsday reported.

“The personnel in charge knew that the hospital was inadequately staffed, particularly in the recovery unit where Mr. Balin was sent after undergoing open heart surgery,” the lawsuit charges.

After the operation, Balin needed a tracheotomy that resulted in his tongue and vocal cords being damaged, the suit says. Tissue on his left thumb died, requiring it be amputated, the Daily News reported.

“Mr. Balin walked into the hospital able to speak and with fully functional left hand,” the suit says. “By the time Mr. Balin was finally released from the hospital, he had lost half his tongue so that he cannot speak or eat properly; he also has a paralyzed vocal cord; he has a necrotic left hand and has lost his left thumb; he had become totally disabled and has never recovered properly.”

The suit seeks unspecified damages, the Daily News reported.

“As a matter of policy, we cannot comment on the specifics of this case because it is a pending legal matter but we can share our highest priority is delivering the highest level of compassionate care to our patients,” a Mount Sinai spokeswoman told the Daily News.

Rapper Kodak Black released from Florida jail

Rapper Kodak Black was released from a Florida jail early Saturday morning, WPLG reported.

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The 21-year-old rapper from Pompano Beach, born Dieuson Octave, but now legally known as Bill K. Kapri, was released from the Broward County Jail after serving seven months in jail for two probation violations.

He was arrested in January and charged with child neglect, grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and marijuana possession, WPLG reported.

According to authorities, Black was arrested after an Instagram video showing marijuana near his son was published.

In February, prosecutors dropped two charges -- child neglect and grand theft of a firearm, WPLG reported. The rapper pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and marijuana possession. He has a pending sexual assault case in South Carolina, the television station reported. 

Serena Williams learned sister's killer was paroled before worst loss of career

Serena Williams said she learned 10 minutes before the worst defeat of her professional tennis career that the man who killed her older sister had been paroled, Time reported.

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Williams, who owns an Open-era 23 Grand Slam singles titles, lost 6-1, 6-0 in 52 minutes to Johanna Konta on July 31 at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. 

Time published an interview Thursday that detailed Williams’ comeback after her pregnancy and the challenges of balancing motherhood and her professional career.

Williams told the magazine that she learned that Robert E. Maxfield, who was convicted in 2003 of killing 31-year-old Yetunde Price, was paroled three years short of his full sentence, ESPN reported.

"I couldn't shake it out of my mind," Williams told Time.

"I have so many things on my mind; I don't have time to be shocked about a loss that clearly wasn't at my best right now," Williams said after her loss to Konta. "When I was out there, was fighting. That's the only thing I can say."

Williams said she found out about Maxfield’s parole while checking her Instagram account, ESPN reported.

"It was hard because all I think about is her kids and what they meant to me,” Williams told Time. “And how much I love them."

"No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behavior. It's unfair that she'll never have an opportunity to hug me."

Williams was asked if she could forgive Maxfield but told Time she was “not there yet.”

“I would like to practice what I preach, and teach (daughter) Olympia that as well.” Williams told the magazine. “I want to forgive. I have to get there. I'll be there."

Fox News apologizes for misidentifying Patti LaBelle as Aretha Franklin

The singer who demanded respect in an iconic 1960s song was temporarily disrespected in the eyes of some of her fans Thursday, hours after her death. 

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Fox News issued an apology for mistakenly using an image of Patti LaBelle in a news package tribute for legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday morning, People reported.

“We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends,” Fox News Vice President Jessica Santostefano said in a statement.

>> Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Franklin, 76, known as the “Queen of Soul,” died of pancreatic cancer on Thursday.

Fox News shared a news package containing highlights of Franklin’s career. Fans noticed, however, that while one slide showed a shot of Franklin prominently on the left side, on the right side, above Franklin’s birth and death dates, was a second image of LaBelle singing, The New York Daily News reported.

“The dis-R-E-S-P-E-C-T. That’s really Patti LaBelle in the corner,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

>> Photos: Aretha Franklin through the years

“Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret,” Santostefano told People.

The image Fox used came from LaBelle’s performance at the White House in 2014, the magazine reported.

“I am deeply saddened about the passing of the Queen of Soul and my sister in song, Aretha Franklin,” LaBelle, 74, wrote on Twitter. “Today the world has experienced a tremendous loss.

>> The best Aretha Franklin songs: A timeline

“Aretha was a rare treasure whose unmatched musical genius helped craft the soundtrack to the lives of so many. My sympathy, love and prayers go out to her family, loved ones and fans around the globe.”

Lennon, McCartney back together? Well sort of

Lennon and McCartney have teamed up again. But it wasn’t some long-lost recording of John Lennon fronted by Paul McCartney years later. 

It was actually the sons of the two music legends.

Sean Ono Lennon and James McCartney recently spent time together and took a selfie that could, at a quick glance, be taken for an image of their two fathers from years ago.

Lennon posted the photo to Instagram this week.

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Both are following in the footsteps of their fathers, having become musicians themselves, CNN reported.

Ono Lennon is the son of the late John Lennon and Yoko Ono. McCartney is the son of Paul McCartney and the late Linda McCartney. 

Some of the younger Lennon’s followers are hoping there is more than a photo opportunity, asking them to do a musical project together, CBS News reported.

Lennon also recently posed with a photo with the late George Harrison’s son Dhani, CBS News reported

’No Erasin’: Steve Perry releases first new song in 20 years, album to be released in October

Steve Perry fans have waited decades for new material from the former Journey lead singer. They’ve finally gotten their wish as he released the video for “No Erasin” on YouTube late Tuesday night.

The song begins with the lyric, “I know it’s been a long time coming.”

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He also announced that his latest album, titled “Traces,” will be released on Oct. 5, Billboard reported.

Perry explained that his retreat from music due to the fact that, “My love for music had suddenly left me.”

“I knew that simply stopping was what I had to do. If music was ever to return to my heart, then and only then I would figure out what to do,” Perry told his fans via his website.

“If not... so be it, for I had already lived the dream of dreams,” Perry continued. 

Perry said he started working on “Traces” three years after his partner, Kellie Nash, died from breast cancer. 

The album will have nine original songs, along with a cover of “I Need You,” which was written and performed by The Beatles, Rolling Stone reported.

Perry’s previously released song was 1998’s “I Stand Alone,” for the film “Quest for Camelot,” Billboard reported.

He did attend Journey’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, but didn’t perform. His last show with Journey was in February 1987, Perry said on his website.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Bellwether Music Festival to return next summer — and tickets are on sale now

Just days after its debut in Southwest Ohio, the Bellwether Music Festival has announced it will return next year. 

>> Big expansion on tap for downtown Dayton brewery

The debut event took place this past weekend at Renaissance Park in Waynesville. The two-day music and camping festival will return in 2019 and take place on Friday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 10. Early bird passes are on sale now for both the 2-day GA tickets and 2-day VIP passes for the 2019 event. 

>> Century Bar scores yet another national shout-out for its bourbon-bar excellence

Information on performers and the schedule will be announced at a later time.

The inaugural event last weekend included MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Local Natives, Echo & The Bunnymen, Dr. Dog, The Psychedelic Furs, Whitney, Allah-Las, Japanese Breakfast, Bob Schneider, Erika Wennerstrom, Alex Lahey, Dawg Yawp, Speaking Suns, The Cordial Sins and Carriers.

>> August music festivals you won’t want to miss

 

THE BASICS: 

Bellwether Music Festival: Aug. 9-10, 2019 – Gates open at noon. Music starts at 2 p.m. Music ends by 11 p.m. 

Bellwether Camping: Load-in for camping starts at noon on Thursday, Aug.8, 2019. Load-out completed by 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. 

Renaissance Park Ohio: 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville, Ohio 45068 

 

TICKETING: 

Early-bird 2-day GA and 2-day VIP tickets are on sale now. The early bird pricing is in effect until an official announcement is made or while supplies last. Single-day tickets will go on sale at a later date. Ticket prices increase when tier sells out.  

2-day early bird passes for the concerts give you access to both days of the music festival plus in-and-out privileges during the event.  

Two-day passes can be purchased online now at: https://www.xorbia.com/e/bellwetherfest/2019 

Additional camping packages details will be announced at a later dates. RV packages will also be available. 

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Bellwether Music Festival: ‘If you want to see it all, you can’

 

Bellwether Music Festival is an all ages rain or shine event. All artists are subject to change without notice. 

 

MORE INFO:

Visit us online at: bellwetherfest.com 

Facebook: facebook.com/bellwetherfest/ 

Twitter: @bellwetherfest 

Instagram: instagram.com/bellwetherfest/ 

PHOTOS: This Dayton wall is getting funky

A new mural along Stone Street near the edge of downtown Dayton and the Oregon District will honor Dayton funk legends including The Ohio Players; Faze-O; Heatwave; Zapp & Roger; Lakeside; Sun and Slave.

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