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Autopsy performed on rapper Mac Miller
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autopsy has been completed but the cause of death is not yet clear for hip-hop star Mac Miller, who was found dead in his Los Angeles home last week.
Los Angeles County coroner’s spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said Monday that investigators have performed the autopsy and released the body to the family, but a cause will not be announced until the results of toxicology tests that can take weeks or months.
Miller’s rhymes often dealt with his depression and drug use. His fans and collaborators included some of hip-hop’s biggest names.
Paramedics found him unresponsive and declared him dead on Friday.
Ariana Grande, who was in a two-year relationship with Miller until earlier this year, posted a black-and-white photo of him with no caption on her Instagram page Saturday.
CMT honors women for Artists of the Year
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — CMT is changing their Artists of the Year show to honor only women, including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.
The move comes as female artists in the genre have been outspoken about the lack of opportunities for them. Women have been shut out of nominations for major country awards and men overwhelmingly dominate country radio charts.
CMT senior vice president of music and talent Leslie Fram said she hopes dedicating the entire show to women in country music — past, present and future– will spark a “much-needed change in the industry.”
Trebek launches season with beard
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Trebek sported a beard as he launched the 35th season of “Jeopardy!”.
The bearded host appeared in a video on Instagram under the caption, “It’s time to embark upon a magical journey.” He opened the first show of the season by saying, “No need to inquire how I spent my summer vacation.”
The game show has started a beard or no beard poll on Twitter. There have been more votes for the beard than against it. One person wrote that the beard reminded her of the actor Sean Connery while another compared Trebek to Santa Claus.
Trebek was known for sporting a mustache, but he shaved it off in 2001. He grew the mustache back for the 30th season in 2014.