Autopsy: Gandolfini clean
Sopranos legend James Gandolfini was not on illicit substances when he died in Rome of a heart attack this week, Gandolfini family friend and designated spokesman Michael Kobold said Friday. An autopsy has shown "nothing out of the ordinary," he said. "There was no foul play. There was no substance abuse." Kobold said Gandolfini didn't feel ill during his last day, which he spent with his son Michael, 13. "He had a wonderful day. He visited the Vatican and had dinner at the hotel with his son," Kobold said. Plans are being finalized for a funeral late next week in New York, Kobold said.
The Food Network announced Friday that it would not renew the contract of Southern home-cookin' queen Paula Deen after she admitted under oath that she had used a racial slur. The Savannah celeb acknowledged in court documents filed this week in Georgia that she had used the N-word. "Yes, of course," she said in answer to a lawyer's question, but added, "It's been a very long time." Deen's admission came during depositions last month in a discrimination lawsuit that a former employee filed against Deen, 66, and her brother, Bubba Hiers. Deen posted a 45-second clip on YouTube asking for forgiveness from "my children, my team, my fans, my partners."
No chart count for Jay-Z
Music chart meister Billboard said Friday that the one million copies of Jay-Z's LP Magna Carta Holy Grail bought by Samsung would be subtracted from the artist's total sales tally. That's because the electronics giant is giving 'em away for free to its customers. Billboard's decision has inspired Jay-Z to raise a metaphysical question, tweeting: "If 1 Million records gets SOLD and billboard doesnt report it, did it happen?"
This column contains information from Inquirer wire services.