PASSAGES: Heidi and Her Hubby Split Up
PLEADED: In San Antonio, Texas, on Monday, pro wrestling star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin pleaded no contest to charges that he assaulted his wife, Debra Williams, reports AP. Austin, 38, whose real name is Steve Williams, was slapped with a year of probation, a $1,000 fine, 80 hours of community service and domestic-violence counseling. The incident occurred last summer, but the couple has reconciled and remains together.
MOURNED: Revered comedian and character actor Jackie Gayle, 76, died Monday in Miami Beach after complications following open-heart surgery, Reuters reports. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Gayle was a Las Vegas veteran who opened for such names as Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and Tina Turner.
DOCKED: Scott Freeman, author of the forthcoming book "Otis! -- The Otis Redding Story," is being sued by the singer's widow, Zelma Redding, and business manager Phil Walden, claiming Freeman used unreliable sources that would "cause harm to the plaintiffs," AP reports. Otis Redding recorded "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" at age 26 in December 1967 -- just three days before he died in a plane crash.
MOURNED: Actor Parley Baer, 88, perhaps best known as the mayor on "The Andy Griffith Show," died Friday in Los Angeles, the New York Times reports. A character who played in more than 50 movies including many Westerns in the 1950s and 1960s, Baer's voice was recognizable to several generations as that of television's Keebler cookie elf. ... Fernanda Gattinoni, 95, the Italian fashion designer who created clothes for such film stars as Audrey Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman, died Tuesday at the Policlinico Umberto I hospital in Rome, AP reports. Despite her age, Gattinoni remained connected to the industry, and was at work Monday when she fell and was taken to the hospital. ... Author Harriet Doerr, 92, the award-winning novelist who launched her writing career at the age of 73, died Sunday at her home in Pasadena, Calif. Her first book, "Stones for Ibarra," won the 1984 National Book Award. She followed it with the best-selling "Consider This, Senora" in 1993, and 1995's story-essay collection, "The Tiger in the Grass."