09:24 AM EDT 12/13/2013
Originally posted 12/12/2013 10:50AM
Friday will mark five months since Cory Monteith's tragic death at age 31. And his girlfriend, Lea Michele, says she's still taking things one day at a time.
"I really feel like I'm still trying to figure out all of this. It's been only a few months," the singer and actress says in an interview airing Thursday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
One thing she knew she needed shortly after his death – to get back to work and the people she considers her family.
Originally posted 12/12/2013 07:35AM
The man who stood next to President Obama and other world leaders and faked sign language during Tuesday's memorial for Nelson Mandela says he suffers from schizophrenia and had an attack that caused him to hear voices and hallucinate on stage.
The man, identified as Thamsanqa Jantjie, 34, claims he is a real interpreter but that a schizophrenic episode caused him to lose concentration and start making meaningless signs, reports South Africa's Star newspaper.
"There was nothing I could do," Jantjie tells the paper. "I was alone in a very dangerous situation. I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry, it's the situation I found myself in."
Originally posted 12/11/2013 04:45PM
While a massive stadium memorial Tuesday for the late South African President Nelson Mandela appeared to go off without a hitch, one embarrassing new revelation has emerged: the event's sign-language interpreter was a fake.
Millions watched as the man moved his hands in mock sign language, but the Deaf Federation of South Africa confirms the movements were simply made-up signs, the U.K.'s Daily Mail reported Wednesday.
As President Barack Obama and several other dignitaries spoke, the man stood behind them on the podium, gesturing in a manner that looked realistic to outsiders, but three deaf experts reviewing the footage said his signing amounted to gibberish.
Originally posted 12/11/2013 07:40AM
The family of Paul Walker is planning a private funeral for the Fast & Furious star after the Los Angeles County coroner's office released his body to Forest Lawn Mortuaries on Tuesday, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Walker, 40, died Nov. 30 alongside friend Roger Rodas after the Porsche Carrera GT Rodas was driving in Santa Clarita, Calif., careened into a light pole and tree, then burst into flames.
An autopsy last week confirmed Walker died of "traumatic and thermal injuries." Authorities say speed played a role in the crash.
Originally posted 12/10/2013 10:15AM
The limited-edition Porsche Carrera GT that Paul Walker and Roger Rodas crashed in was an unusually powerful and intricately designed sports car – and one of Rodas's favorites, an auto technician who maintained and rode in the car tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Jason Doornick, 25, who serviced the high-performance vehicles at Always Evolving, Rodas's custom car shop in Valencia, Calif., says he conducted a 350-point inspection of the 2005 Porsche a couple of weeks before the single-car wreck that killed both men. He says the car had only a few thousand miles on it and seemed fine.
"As far as I know, I was the last one to touch it," Doornick tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 12/10/2013 06:00AM
The world's political, religious and human rights leaders have converged on Johannesburg, South Africa, to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died last Thursday at 95.
Calling Mandela "a giant of history," President Obama spoke about the life and legacy of the late leader, and thanked the people of South Africa "for sharing him with us."
"He gave hope to the oppressed," said Obama, who likened Mandela to Abraham Lincoln for keeping his country together at a time it threatened to break apart.
Also due to speak were South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, and the presidents of Brazil, India and Cuba – as well as Bono and Oprah Winfrey.
Originally posted 12/09/2013 07:00PM
Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and memorably played a scheming baroness in The Sound of Music, has died at 91.
Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. "She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs," Gale added.
Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951 and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965's The Sound of Music, in which her character loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews.
Originally posted 12/09/2013 11:00AM
Monday marks exactly one year since singer Jenni Rivera was tragically killed in a plane crash in Mexico.
She may be gone, but those who knew her best (and loved her dearly) are making sure "La Diva de la Banda" is not forgotten. A new Jenni Rivera album was released Dec. 3, featuring songs from her last concert in Monterrey, Mexico, and her eldest daughter, Janney "Chiquis" Rivera, will play Jenni in a new movie being made about the singer.
On the anniversary of her death, Jenni's celeb friends, co-stars and producers are also sharing their favorite memories of Jenni exclusively with PEOPLE.
Originally posted 12/09/2013 07:30AM
As her newlywed husband Cody Johnson lay face down at the bottom of a cliff on the night of July 7, Jordan Graham fired off a flurry of text messages to her friends, discussing her dance moves and planting fake stories to explain Johnson's disappearance, federal prosecutors say in pretrial briefs.
Although there were no eyewitnesses to Johnson's tragic fall at Glacier National Park, prosecutors say those text messages, along with testimony from friends and fellow churchgoers about Graham's behavior before and after the tragedy, will help prove first-degree murder to the federal jury to be impaneled Monday morning in Missoula, Mont.
Graham, 22, "engaged in a nine-day campaign to hide her crime from friends, family and law enforcement," wrote the prosecutors, adding that Graham, "lied to Glacier National Park law enforcement and every other law enforcement agency she encountered in order to hide her crime."
Originally posted 12/08/2013 11:45AM
South Africans of all races flocked to houses of worship Sunday for a national day of prayer and reflection to honor Nelson Mandela, unified in their love for a historic figure whose funeral is expected to be one of the biggest in modern times.
At the Regina Mundi Church that was at the epicenter of the Soweto township uprising in 1976 against white rule, Father Sebastian J. Rossouw described Mandela as "moonlight," saying he offered a guiding light for South Africa. Hundreds of people attended the Mass.
"Madiba did not doubt the light," Rossouw said, referring to Mandela by his clan name. "He paved the way for a better future, but he cannot do it alone."
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