Actors Patricia Arquette (Little Nicky), 34, and her fiancé, Thomas Jane (The Sweetest Thing), 33, are anticipating the birth of their first child early next year. Arquette, who is divorced from actor Nicolas Cage, has a 13-year-old son, Enzo, from a previous relationship with musician Paul Rossi....
L.A. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, 23, and his wife of one year, Vanessa, 20, are also expecting their first baby, a daughter, in February.
Actor Lorenzo Lamas (The Immortal), 44, and his fourth wife, model Shauna Sand, 31, announced on Oct. 7 that they have separated after six years of marriage. The couple have three young daughters. Lamas also has three teenage children from two previous relationships.
Fashion pioneer John Weitz, 79—who revolutionized the industry in the 1940s by introducing ready-to-wear sportswear for women and again in the '50s by licensing his products—died of cancer in Bridgehampton, N.Y., on Oct. 3. The Berlin-born Weitz was also an accomplished novelist and nonfiction writer, with an expertise in Hitler's Germany. His sons Chris and Paul Weitz codirected the movies American Pie and About a Boy....
Jazz pianist Ellis Larkin, 79, whose elegant, understated style made him one of the accompanists most sought after by such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, died of pneumonia in Baltimore on Sept. 29.
7th Heaven star Barry Watson, 28, recently confirmed he is free of Hodgkin's disease five months after disclosing that he had it. The actor will soon finish chemotherapy....
Singer Marie Fredriksson, 44, half of the Swedish pop duo Roxette, had successful surgery to remove a brain tumor on Sept. 30 in a Stockholm hospital. Doctors discovered the growth several weeks ago after the singer fainted in her home. More tests are needed to determine if the tumor is benign. Roxette is best known for the 1990 hit "It Must Have Been Love."
In a plea agreement, American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh, 21, was sentenced in an Alexandria, Va., federal court on Oct. 4 to 20 years in prison for aiding the Taliban and carrying explosives while in Afghanistan last year (PEOPLE, Dec. 24, 2001)....
On the same day, in Boston, Richard Reid, 29, a British citizen, declared himself a disciple of Osama bin Laden before pleading guilty to attempting to blow up a transatlantic flight last December with explosives hidden in his shoe (PEOPLE, Jan. 14, 2002). When sentenced next year, he faces 60 years to life in prison.
Performer Spalding Gray, 61, best known for his filmed monologues Gray's Anatomy and Swimming to Cambodia, checked into a Manhattan hospital Oct. 2 for depression. "His spirits are better," said his rep, who added that Gray has been depressed since suffering a severe head trauma in a car accident last year in Ireland. "He is getting treatment and is responding very well."