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August 29, 2009

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Disc jockey DJ AM found dead in home

New York — DJ AM, the sought-after disc jockey who became a celebrity in his own right with high-profile romances and a glamorous lifestyle, was found dead Friday at his apartment, which had drug paraphernalia in it, a law enforcement official said.

Paramedics had to break down the door to his Manhattan apartment before they found his body about 5:20 p.m., the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because family hadn’t been notified. There was no evidence of foul play, the official said.

DJ AM, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, had talked openly about past addictions to crack cocaine, Ecstasy and other drugs, but he claimed he had been drug-free for years.

He died nearly a year after surviving a South Carolina plane crash that killed four people and seriously injured rock musician Travis Barker.

Goldstein, 36, was a deejay for hire who performed at Hollywood’s most exclusive parties and was admired by music aficionados. He also was famous for past relationships with the reality TV star Nicole Richie, the daughter of singer Lionel Richie, and with actress-singer Mandy Moore.

Gypsy trio criticizes booing of Madonna

Bucharest, Romania — A Russian trio performing Gypsy music with Madonna said Friday they were “pained” to see the pop star booed during her Bucharest concert for criticizing widespread discrimination against Gypsies.

Thousands of people applauded the trio’s performance with Madonna in Bucharest on Wednesday night during her worldwide “Sticky and Sweet” tour. But minutes later they booed and jeered the pop star when she said discrimination should end against eastern Europe’s Gypsies, also known as Roma.

In a press conference Friday in Bucharest, Vadim Kolpakov, the youngest member of Kolpakov Trio, said the public reaction was unexpected.

“The audience was wonderful when we played,” he said. But he called the booing and jeering “the worst” reaction the Roma group had received during the entire tour.

“Madonna was surprised (about the reaction) but I cannot comment for her,” Vadim Kolpakov said, declining to say whether Madonna had made a similar comment about Gypsies at other concerts in eastern Europe.

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are engaged

Los Angeles — “The Office” star John Krasinski and “The Devil Wears Prada” star Emily Blunt are engaged.

His publicist, Liz Mahoney, confirmed Friday that the two are set to wed. She did not elaborate.

Krasinski, 29, plays hapless Jim Halpert on NBC’s “The Office.” His film credits include “Away We Go,” “Leatherheads” and “License to Wed.” Blunt, 26, has appeared in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Sunshine Cleaning” and “The Great Buck Howard.”

McGraw won’t put up with abuse at concerts

Washington — Tim McGraw isn’t looking for trouble at his concerts, but there are certain things he just won’t ignore.

“It’s all about enjoying yourself and not messing with other people’s fun,” the country singer said in a recent interview. “And certainly I don’t think you should be abusive to women. I think that’s No. 1 right there.”

McGraw, 42, has thrown out disruptive fans from at least two of his concerts in the past year and a half, most recently in July. Video of the incidents taken by fans went viral on the Internet.

Foxx brings music, laughs to New Orleans

New Orleans — Just two days shy of the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, entertainer Jamie Foxx brought some music and laughter to New Orleans with his “Blame It” tour.

Foxx joked with the enthusiastic crowd of thousands at the New Orleans Arena on Thursday night. At one point he pulled women from the mostly female audience on stage to dance with him.

He performed songs from his latest album, “Intuition,” and tributes to Ray Charles and Michael Jackson, singing some of their biggest hits.

At the end, Foxx said a portion of his concert proceeds would be donated to Make It Right, the organization launched by actor-activist Brad Pitt to rebuild homes in the city’s devastated Lower 9th Ward.

“This is just a drop in the bucket with what you guys really need out here, but it’s a start,” Foxx said. “You are not forgotten ... Keep your hopes up. You guys are resilient.”

Noel Gallagher says he’s quitting Oasis

London — Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher says he’s leaving the British pop band because he can’t work “a day longer” with his brother Liam.

A statement from Gallagher on the band’s Web site says he’s leaving the group “with some sadness and great relief.”

The band were due to play a festival in Paris on Friday but didn’t take the stage. A message flashed to the crowd said “as a result of an altercation within the band, the Oasis gig has been canceled.”

Gallagher’s statement sends “apologies to all the people who bought tickets” for the band’s remaining shows in France, Italy, and Germany.

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