People: Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas to help out 'Regular Heroes'
Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas to help out 'Regular Heroes'
The new Amazon series about everyday people who are making an impact in the fight against the coronavirus is getting an assist of its own — from Kevin Hart and Nick Jonas.
The comedian and musician will both make special guest appearances on the eight-episode docuseries "Regular Heroes," offering encouragement and donations.
The series premiered on Amazon Prime Video on May 8 and new episodes will be available every Friday through June 26. Alicia Keys was part of the premiere episode.
Melissa Etheridge's son dies at 21
Melissa Etheridge said Wednesday that her son Beckett Cypher has died.
Etheridge released a statement saying opioid addiction was behind Cypher's death.
"Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction," the statement said. "My son Beckett, who was just 21, struggled to overcome his addiction and finally succumbed to it today."
No further details on the death were revealed.
Hours earlier, Etheridge's Twitter account had announced the death of Cypher, one of two children the 58-year-old singer had with former partner Julie Cypher, conceived with sperm from Rock & Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby.
The daily Facebook Live concert Etheridge has been giving during the coronavirus outbreak was canceled.
"My heart is broken," Etheridge's statement said. "We struggle with what else we could have done to save him, and in the end we know he is out of the pain now. I will sing again, soon. It has always healed me."
Etheridge and Julie Cypher had a daughter, Bailey Jean Cypher, in 1997. Beckett Cypher was born the following year. The couple split in 2000.
Etheridge, a 58-year-old Grammy winner, singer-songwriter and activist, also has 13-year-old twins.
Crosby retweeted a news story announcing the death, but he has not commented.
DOJ: Reality star spent emergency loan on luxuries
A reality TV star in Atlanta used an emergency loan from the federal government to lease a Rolls Royce, make child support payments and purchase $85,000 worth of jewelry, authorities said Wednesday.
Maurice Fayne, who goes by Arkansas Mo on the VH1 show "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta," was arrested Monday on a charge of bank fraud, the Department of Justice said in a news release.
Fayne, 37, is the sole owner of transportation business Flame Trucking and in April he applied for a loan that the federal government was offering to small businesses decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. In his application, Fayne stated his business employed 107 employees with an an average monthly payroll of $1,490,200, the release said.
Fayne requested a Paycheck Protection Program loan for over $3 million and received a little over $2 million, officials said.
He used more than $1.5 million of the loan to purchase jewelry, including a Rolex Presidential watch and a 5.73 carat diamond ring, the release said. Fayne also leased a 2019 Rolls Royce Wraith and paid $40,000 in child support. On Monday, federal agents searched Fayne's home and seized the jewelry and around $80,000 in cash, including $9,400 Fayne had in his pockets, the release said.
Today's birthdays: Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 84. Actress-singer Lainie Kazan is 78. Musician Brian Eno is 72. Rapper Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five is 59. Actor David Krumholtz ("Numb3rs") is 42. Actress Alexandra Breckenridge ("The Walking Dead," "American Horror Story") is 38. Guitarist Nick Perri (Shinedown) is 36.
— The Associated Press
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