Mantenna – Peter Falk Passes Away

June 24, 2011
TV's Columbo passes away, Ron Artest wants to change his name, and a woman dies at her own funeral…Mantenna, don't leave home without it.

Peter Falk Passes Away

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Best known for his role as the star of the legendary crime drama Columbo, Peter Falk has sadly died at the age of 83. According to reports, Falk was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and advanced dementia over the past few years. A statement released said that Falk "died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home in the evening of June 23, 2011." An official cause of death has yet to be announced. Besides starring in the Columbo TV films and a ton of other classics, one of the most endearing roles of Falk's career came in 1987 as the rad grandfather to Fred Savage and narrator in Rob Reiner's fantasy masterwork The Princess Bride. Falk is survived by his wife Shera and two daughters from a past marriage. [TMZ]

Anna Nicole Smith's Estate Denied Millions

Yesterday, an extremely big blow to the estate of Anna Nicole Smith was handed down by the Supreme Court. It has been ruled that the Anna Nicole Smith estate will not see a single penny from the $1.6-million bundle left behind by deceased husband J. Howard Marshall II. After the odd pair had only been married for a year, Smith eventually sued the estate of her late husband stating that she was apparently promised $400 million after his passing in 1995. The primary heir, Pierce Marshall, dismissed those claims and sued in Texas probate court, where Smith lost. But later, in California bankruptcy court, the Playboy Playmate was victorious. The conflict over which court had the right to actually make that decision eventually made its way to the Supreme Court. Simply put, the bankruptcy court totally screwed things up. Nice to know that this media circus is finally over and both families can move on with their lives. [New York Times]

Ron Artest Wants to Change His Name

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest wants to legally change his name to Metta World Peace. Yep, Artest has gone all hippie. The talented basketballer has filed papers with the Los Angeles Superior Court to legally change his name and a hearing is scheduled for August 26. Metta, which means "loving kindness," will be his first name and World Peace will be his last name. Artest is said to want his Lakers jersey to read "Peace." Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak says he's fine with Artest's desired name change. He told ESPN, "It brought a smile to my face. It's been done before. ... So, other than that, I don't really have a comment." At least now people will more likely be talking about world peace… especially when World Peace scores a three-pointer. [ESPN]

Woman Dies at Own Funeral

A 49-year-old Russian woman who woke up during her own funeral proceedings subsequently suffered a heart attack from the shock of witnessing her own near-burial. Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov was presumed to have died of a heart attack after collapsing at home while suffering chest pains. She was incorrectly pronounced dead but later awoke during the funeral by the sounds of "mourners saying prayers for her soul to be taken up to heaven." Realizing where she was, the woman became hysterical and began screaming and shouting. Stunned mourners released her, but 12 minutes later she was announced dead. This time for real. Her 51-year-old husband, who has suffered the death of his wife twice, is not a happy camper. He told the Daily Mail, "Her eyes fluttered and we immediately rushed her back to the hospital but she only lived for another 12 minutes in intensive care before she died again, this time for good. I am very angry and want answers. She wasn't dead when they said she was and they could have saved her." The hospital has launched an investigation, but that's unlikely to bring Fagilyu back from the dead. [Daily Mail]