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DIED: Noted diet doctor Robert Atkins, 72, who advocated a widely utilized yet controversial high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet, died Thursday in a New York hospital, where he had been since April 8, when he slipped and fell on some ice, reports Reuters. Atkins underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain but went into a coma and died more than a week later from complications, said his spokesman, Richard Rothstein. Atkins's 1972 "Diet Revolution" was updated twice and hit the bestseller lists despite the criticism. His latest book, "Atkins for Life," came out last year.
SIGNED: Saying it wanted "a sophisticated, influential and sexy woman," Paris-based luxury goods maker LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton has signed Jennifer Lopez, 32, for its fall-winter advertising campaign for star brand Louis Vuitton, reports the Associated Press. Vuitton said designer Marc Jacobs wanted a "contemporary icon" to represent the company. J.Lo will be in LV ads by August.
COMPLAINED: The Wilhelmina Artist Management Agency has filed a complaint against singer Beyonce Knowles claiming the Destiny's Child star owes it more than $88,000 as a 10 percent commission from her April 2001 contract to be a spokeswoman for L'Oreal makeup, reports PEOPLE. The agency says it signed a contract with Knowles, 21, to be her exclusive agent for celebrity sponsorships. A rep for Knowles did not return calls.
ANNOUNCED: The world's fastest couple, Olympic sprinter Marion Jones, 27, and 100-meter world-record-holder Tim Montgomery, 28, are expecting their first child together in July, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue. Montgomery has a daughter, Tyhamia, 19 months, from a previous relationship.
BORN: Celebrity cook Jamie Oliver, 27, star of TV's "The Naked Chef," and his wife, Jools, 26, a former model, had their second child, Daisy Boo, on April 10 in London, says PEOPLE. The couple's daughter Poppy is 1. ... Former model Kathy Ireland, 40, now a clothing and furniture designer, and her husband, physician Greg Olson, 44, welcomed their third child, daughter Chloe, on March 12 in Southern California, the magazine also says. The tot joins Erik, 8, and Lily Marie, 5.
SETTLED: Veteran star Marlon Brando, 79, and former girlfriend Maria Cristina Ruiz have settled two lawsuits that she filed against him over palimony and child-support issues, her lawyer tells Reuters. Terms will remain confidential. Ruiz had claimed in the palimony lawsuit, filed in April 2003 in Los Angeles Superior Court, that Brando fathered three children with her during a romantic relationship that lasted 14 years. She had been seeking $100 million.
BID: Science-fiction fans willing to part with enough cash to make a down payment on a new house are strongly advised to check out the upcoming Ultimate Sci-Fi Auction, going down April 26 in Los Angeles. At last year's auction, Captain Kirk's command chair from the original Starship Enterprise on "Star Trek" fetched more than $300,000. This year's items include Sigourney Weaver's jumpsuit from "Alien" (estimated to fetch $8,000-$10,000); Burt Ward's entire Robin costume from TV's "Batman" ($20,000-$30,000); and the Klaatu spaceship model from the 1951 movie classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still" ($40,000-$60,000).
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