Archive for June 24, 2011

Columbo dies at 83

I remember my whole family used to watch Columbo, and his crooked eye look..

Peter Falk, the American actor famous for his role in the TV detective series Columbo, has died at the age of 83.

Falk’s lawyer said he died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home on Thursday evening. The actor had reportedly been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Falk won four Emmys for his starring role in Columbo, which ran from 1971 to 2003. Lieutenant Columbo became well known for his shabby raincoat and his killer catchphrase: “One more thing …”

As a child, Falk’s right eye had been surgically removed because of a malignant tumor, and was replaced with a glass eye.

But the handicap became Columbo’s physical trademark and enhanced the detective’s image as a dishevelled and oddball crime sleuth.

Missy Elliot – Graves’ disease

The hip hop star, Missy Elliot has revealed her absence was due to an ongoing private battle with the debilitating illness, Graves’ disease.

The 39-year-old star tells this week’s issue of People magazine that she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease – which affects the thyroid – back in 2008. And the illness has been so debilitating that it even made it difficult for Missy to complete everyday tasks:  “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad – I couldn’t even use a pen”

There is no cure for Graves’ disease, but Missy’s condition has improved over the past year.

“I’m 30 pounds lighter because I’ve been exercising,’ she reveals. ‘My thyroid is functioning, so I haven’t had to take medication in about nine months. [But] you live with it for the rest of your life.”

The singer will be the subject of VH-1 show Behind the Music next week, where she is said to speak about her new record and also how she was sexually abused as a child.