"Welcome Back Kotter" 'Epstein' Actor Robert Hegyes Dead at 60

Actor Robert Hegyes, one of the stars of the 70s sitcom "Welcome Back Kotter" died today of an apparent heart attack.

Hegyes was best known for his role as the Puerto Rican-Jew on that show -- Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein. Epstein for short.

Hegyes reunited with John Travolta and the rest of the Sweathogs last year to accept TV Land's 35th Anniversary Award.

He also co-starred on the hit drama, "Cagney and Lacey."

Hegyes was in his New Jersey home this morning when he suffered the heart attack. He died at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ. He was 60 years old.

source: TMZ

Billy Idol's Guitarist Wife Files for Divorce

Billy Idol's current touring guitarist Billy Morrison -- who has also played for bands like Camp Freddy and The Cult -- is finally going solo ... TMZ has learned, the rocker's wife has filed for divorce.

Morrison's wife -- Jennifer Morrison -- filed the docs just after the new year ... citing irreconcilable differences. The couple got married in 2002. They have no children.

According to the docs, the couple had been separated since September.

Jennifer wants the court to deny Billy spousal support. She also wants to restore her maiden name of Holliday.

Not to be confused with Jennifer Holliday, Tony Award-winning actress and star of the 1981 Broadway hit "Dreamgirls."

source: TMZ

Bob Marley's Bro Bob WANTED Me to Cash in On His Face

Bob Marley would be totally irie, mon ... with his half-bro making huge money off Bob's name and likeness -- at least according to the brother's new lawsuit against Bob's estate.

Bob's widow and several of his children sued Richard Booker for trademark infringement last month ... claiming Booker was selling everything under the sun -- food, booze,concerts, and more -- by slapping the Marley name on the products.

Now, Booker -- who had the same mother as the late reggae superstar -- filed a countersuit against 56 Hope Road Music ... the company controlling Bob's estate.

In the documents, Booker says he's using the family name "with the consent, authorization and by the instruction" ... of Bob and their mom, Cedella.

Booker wants the court to throw out the estate's lawsuit against him -- and give him the all-clear on continued use of the Marley name.

source: TMZ

Good Gracious, The Doors

During a generation of peace and love came the one honest voice of Jim Morrison, filled with an honest anger and devastation. He was raw sexuality and unforgiving of his unabashed masculinity. The Doors have been studied and philosophized about for over four decades. Their place in history is set in steel and stone. As a group, they were of a single synergetic mind, always anticipating the other guys' movement.

Morrison's words discovered a home with founding member Ray Manzarek's psychedelic keyboard cornucopia. Drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger joined after two other guys dropped out, one was Manzarek's brother, because they thought the band wasn't going to make it. The Doors were thought to be too out there for the modern hippie Beach Boys loving generation in Los Angeles. But within a short time, the first Doors vinyl record was released. "Light My Fire" and "Break On Through (To The Other Side)" were hits on the first Doors vinyl album as well as the ever otherworldly song of "The End".

In concert, the fans would always wait in anticipation for the last tune, "The End", because you never knew how Jim was going to sing it. {You never knew what was to come at the true end of his rant.} Would the parents in the story live a sexual dysfunctional life or would they be murdered in their sleep? Or perhaps Jim would just faint before the end of the concert.

Even though Jim was the primary writer, few fans know that it was Krieger that wrote the opening lines of their biggest hit "Light My Fire". "Funeral pyre" was added by Jim, who maintained that the once uplifting love song needed a bit of death added into it. Songs to Jim were little lives that must end in death as by nature's intent. A pretty true statement coming from a man who got the name of the band from a William Blake quote, "If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is-infinite."

In 1971 Jim sadly died of a drug and alcohol overdose in France. By 1973 the rest of the group eventually called it quits because of a lack of attendance. Too bad; who knows what could have been achieved through Jim's lyrics and insight into the dark side of the mind.

The original Doors vinyl albums are still in much demand and sell at high cost on Ebay. The Doors have sold over 100 million vinyl records worldwide, and sales are still great. Bearing in mind they only made six albums with Jim, this is pretty impressive. Every year another angst-filled, frustrated teen will discover the beautiful haunting words of Morrison and realize they aren't alone.

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