Passages

UPDATED 12/15/1997 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/15/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

After touring the globe nonstop for 18 months, dancer Michael Flatley, 39, collapsed backstage in Brisbane, Australia, 15 minutes before the end of a performance. The self-styled Lord of the Dance checked into a local hospital where he was treated for bronchial asthma. The rest of his Australian tour and an upcoming one in New Zealand were canceled....

Breathing easier now—along with Mom and Dad—is Nathan Roy McCaughey. On Nov. 28 he was the last of the septuplets to discontinue using a respirator, and he can now be held, which is seventh heaven for Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey....

Attorney General Janet Reno, 59, fainted at a reception in Mexico City on Nov. 25 and was hospitalized for one night. The culprits: gallstones and fatigue....

TV producer Aaron Spelling, 74, underwent bladder surgery Nov. 26 at the UCLA Medical Center, but there was no cliffhanger. Doctors didn't find a trace of cancer....

It was recently revealed that Mickey Rourke of 9½ Weeks fame was almost down to the same number of fingers after he sliced off part of his left pinkie in August while cutting up chicken. Doctors at Santa Monica Hospital, in a 4½-hour operation, successfully reattached the severed section.

Richard Jewell, 34, the former security guard who was falsely implicated in the Atlanta 1996 Olympics bombing, fulfilled his dream of becoming a police officer, on Nov. 25. He joined the force in Luthersville, Ga. (pop. 788), for $8 an hour.

O.J. Simpson's infamous North Rockingham estate, put up for auction to pay debts, sold for nearly its $3.95 million asking price to an investment banker who wishes, for now, to remain anonymous. Simpson paid $650,000 for the house in 1977.

On Nov. 6 a California court rebuffed the request by actress Pamela Lee, 30, and her rocker husband, Tommy Lee, 35, to stop the distribution of a video showing the couple having sex, which they claimed had been stolen from their home. And on Nov. 26, with the help of a court-appointed arbitrator, they reached an agreement with Internet Entertainment Group, which immediately offered the tape to its subscribers on the World Wide Web.

Hall of Famer Buck Leonard, 90, the pride of the Washington Homestead Grays of baseball's Negro League, died on Nov. 27 in Rocky Mount, N.C., of complications from a stroke....

Coleman Young, 79, one of the first African-Americans to become mayor of a big city, died from respiratory and heart problems on Nov. 29 in Detroit, where he served five terms beginning in 1974....

Paula Yates, 37, the girlfriend of late INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence, 37, who was found hanged in a Sydney hotel room Nov. 22, reportedly saw an early coroner's report on his death. According to Yates, it indicated substantial amounts of drugs and alcohol in his blood.

At a New York City music store on Dec. 1, musician Kenny G, 41, using a special breathing technique, set a world record by playing one continuous note, an E-flat, on a saxophone for 45 minutes and 47 seconds.

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