He vowed to turn his life around, but in the end, Ricky Naputi lost his race against time.
Weighing nearly 900 pounds, he was just 39 when he passed away in November 2012.
Naputi, who lived in the U.S. island territory Guam, was bedridden for five years and confined to his home, unable to walk or to bathe himself. He was cared for around the clock by his wife Cheryl.
His weight continued to balloon thanks a gut-busting diet of 10,000 calories a day.
Before his death, Ricky opened up his home to reality TV cameras from TLC, who followed him for three years and chronicled his battle to lose enough weight to travel to a hospital in the US. The cable network aired his story Wednesday night in a special called “900 Pound Man: Race Against Time.”
“The last time I got out and enjoyed myself must have been years. I miss feeling the sun on my face. Miss showering, feeling water run down my body,” he said.
But he was determined to try to shed some of the weight that was crippling him.
“I’m willing to try my best,” he said. “My one goal and my one goal only is to get my life back.”
Not even a night in a cell could sober Amanda Bynes up, who appeared whacked out as she made an appearance in court Friday, wearing her wig and allegedly making strange faces and yelling at reporters.
According to a report, she had an animated conversation with her attorney in the court’s soundproof box. When she wasn’t talking, she was making crazy faces, mumbling to herself and staring blankly the glass. (Oh, and if you want to see what she looks like without the platinum blond wig, click here.)
The troubled 27-year-old was arrested on Thursday night on charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence, and criminal possession of marijuana after allegedly throwing a foot-long bong out of the window of her 36th floor New York apartment.
Now it has emerged that the retired actress allegedly called 911 herself.
Multiple sources have exclusively toldIn Touch that when police responded to Amanda’s apartment building — following a phone call to authorities from the doorman to report that Amanda was smoking marijuana in the building’s lobby — the star dialed 911.
“She called 911, saying cops were going to assault her,” a source confirms to In Touch. According to law enforcement officials, police at the scene determined it was appropriate to take Amanda to Roosevelt Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation due to her erratic behavior upon their arrival.
Once Amanda’s evaluation was complete, she was taken to Central Booking, where she was booked.
Amanda’s arrest comes on the heels of the mag releasing exclusive photos taken inside her apartment during a long night of partying that reveal her disheveled living conditions, and Amanda herself atop a bare mattress smoking what appears to be a joint.
In an exclusive interview withIn Touch, “Joe” (one of photographers inside Amanda’s apartment during an all-night party, who doesn’t want his real name used) reveals details inside Amanda’s hard partying just before her arrest.
“Joe” tells In Touch, “She had at least a dozen hand-rolled joints on her,” when he picked up the troubled star in his car to head to her apartment for an impromptu photo shoot. He adds, “She had them in her palm at one point in the backseat of my car — she’ll smoke one halfway, put it out. Then light a new one. Then re-light the other half. It’s so weird! But she is constantly smoking weed.”
“Joe” alleges Amanda also did cocaine, which Amanda denied. Describing her as being “in her own world,” “Joe” tells In Touch, “I was amazed by how much weed this girl smokes and she doesn’t really ever slow down from it!”
“Joe” says he even warned Amanda prior to her arrest about her drug use. “I have seen her smoking weed in public while I was following her — I have texted her and told her to stop because she will get arrested! She has no clue about real life.” He compares her to another fallen starlet: “Lindsay Lohan — they kind of remind me of each other.”
Unfortunately for Amanda, she and Lindsay are starting to be seen in exactly the same light.
Has she gone bong-kers? Amanda Bynes’ week has gone from bad to really bad.
On the back of an In Touch cover, which detailed a late night party at her sparsely furnished Manhattan apartment where Bynes was smoking a joint, she has now allegedly been arrested by police in her apartment Thursday night after officers caught her throwing drug paraphernalia out the window, News 4 New York reports.
According to the report, doorman at Bynes’ building on West 47th Street called police to report she was smoking marijuana in the lobby. When officers arrived, Bynes had returned to her apartment on the 36th floor.
Officers observed a bong inside Bynes’ apartment as she opened the door and that’s when she allegedly grabbed it and tossed it out of the window.
Officers also noted a “heavy” smell of marijuana and smoke inside the apartment.
Bynes was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana.
She was taken to Roosevelt Hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, then to a Midtown police station to be processed. She was expected to spend the night in Manhattan central booking and appear in court Friday.
The retired 27-year-old former actress has been displaying increasingly troubling behavior for some time.
She is already under probation for driving with a suspended license. The plea deal secured in Burbank, Calif. earlier this month placed Bynes under three years probation.
The former Nickelodeon star also has a DUI case pending in Beverly Hills.
And in the In Touch report this week, Giovanni Arnold, who partied at her home claims she had weed everywhere.
“She probably gets so high that sometimes she won’t even leave her house,” claims photographer Giovanni Arnold. “One minute she’s cool and down-to-earth. The next, she’s totally different — indecisive, and she can’t hold a conversation,” he tells In Touch. “Mentally, she’s all over the place.”
He added: “Weed was everywhere. On the bed, all over the floor.” Giovanni also alleges she did cocaine when they were at her place, although Amanda denies it, telling In Touch, “They’re the ones into drugs, so they bring drugs, but I don’t do them.”
And the triangle is being resurrected again from camp Pitt.
If Brad’s derogatory comments about his marriage to Jen weren’t enough, now his friend is adding more salt to the wound.
In the new issue of Esquire, Jean Black, a makeup artist and friend who has worked with him on nearly almost all of his films since 1990, sheds some light into his meeting with Angelina Jolie on the 2004 set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
“I think Brad was ready to soar when he met Angie,” says Black. “This is not to say anything negative about Jennifer. I was part of that and I know that he and Jennifer are very good friends and he cared deeply for her.”
Black continues: “But in Angie, he saw a very adventurous person who was grabbing on to life and taking it to its nth degree. It was intriguing because I felt Brad had that in him and wanted to unleash it.”
Brad and Jen divorced in 2006…. it is now 2013…. certainly this rehashing of the past is getting a little passé now, don’t you think?
As their name suggests, The Nutrition Twins share tips on living a healthier lifestyle
At times, we all like to indulge in some of our favorite (perhaps carb-heavy) treats.
But you can eat these foods without worrying about your waistline expanding.
This fabulous recipe, which appears on The Nutrition Twins website and comes courtesy of the Oldways Foundation, is a healthier alternative to your average takeaway pizza and relies heavily on the Mediterranean Diet, which we all know has strong scientific studies supporting its healthfulness.
So kick back and enjoy — you deserve it!
Mediterranean Pita Pizza
Be creative in choosing vegetable toppings: red, orange, or yellow peppers, thinly sliced onions or carrots, sliced spinach. If you use fresh chopped spinach, add it before you add the cheese.
4 small whole-grain pitas
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
4 cups sliced mixed vegetables
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange the pita rounds on a baking sheet. (Use two sheets if necessary.) Using the back of a spoon, spread about 1/4 cup of tomato sauce evenly on top of each pita. Top each pizza with some grated cheese. Arrange your choice of vegetables on the top, then drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cheese is lightly browned.
Ray Manzarek, co-founder and keyboard player with the ‘Doors’, sadly died on Monday (May 20th) of bile duct cancer at a clinic in Germany, aged 74.
He moved from his hometown of Chicago to Los Angeles in 1962 to study film at UCLA where he famously met Jim Morrison a few years later on Venice Beach, and the two of them decided to put a band together.
Teaming up with guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, they began gigging around the clubs of LA, most famously the ‘Whisky a Go Go’ on Sunset Strip, and in 1966 were signed to Elektra Records. The following year they released their debut album “The Doors”, and their first single from it ‘Light My fire” went to number one in the USA, thus beginning a prolific and stormy four years that ended with the death of Morrison and effectively the band too.
The history of the ‘Doors’ is a well documented part of rock n roll history, with singer Morrison making most of the headlines for his taboo-testing, censorship-defying behavior, fuelled often by drink and drugs, reflecting a period in the US fraught with social and political upheaval.
What is less well catalogued, however, is Manzarek’s crucial role in the making of the music, and the steering of the direction that the ‘Doors’ took during that period. Jeff Jampol, who manages the band, says of Manzarek,
“He was the one that took Jim by the hand and took the band by the hand and always kept pushing. Without that guiding force, I don’t know if the Doors would have been.”
Musically, the band’s sound drew on many different genres. Although known as a rock group, Manzarek brought elements of jazz and even classical into their recordings, as shown in his famous intro to ‘Light My fire’.
Playing a Vox Continental electric organ, which he claimed to have chosen because it was “easy to carry”, Manzarek also played bass lines with his left hand on another keyboard when the band performed live, a revolutionary concept in itself at the time, with his playing ranging from haunting plaintiveness to swirling psychedelia, through corridors of baroque-tinged blues.
Drummer, Densmore said in tribute, “There was no keyboard player on the planet more appropriate to support Jim Morrison’s words. Ray, I felt totally in sync with you musically. It was like we were of one mind, holding down the foundation for Robby and Jim to float on top of.”
After the ‘Doors’ finished, Manzarek continued to show his eclecticism by working on such diverse projects as producing Californian punk band ‘X’ and recording a rock adaptation of Carl Orff’s classical masterpiece, “Carmina Burana” with composer Phillip Glass.
In 2002 he joined forces once again with Robby Krieger to revisit the music of the ‘Doors’ with the help of some of LA’s finest musicians, touring at first as ‘The Doors of the 21st Century” and then after some legal wrangling about the name with Densmore, as Manzarek-Krieger. The band still had dates booked this year to sell out crowds around the world.
Not only was Ray Manzarek a hugely innovative and influential musician, but he was also a fine person. One story in particular epitomizes his largesse.
This story was told to me by a friend of mine, Ty Dennis, who was the drummer in the ‘Doors’ at the time.
In 2006, shortly after his son was born, Ty received a call from Ray’s accountant informing him that Mr. Manzarek had not only set up a college fund for his son, but had also deposited a very generous sum of money into it. Ty, naturally, was blown away and will always be grateful to and never forget his dear bandleader and friend.
It is common for musicians that tour together for years to often end up feeling like family, but even so, this extraordinary gesture of generosity and love says as much about the man’s character as forty plus years of great music says about his creativity and vision.
In March, Josh Duhamel had tongues wagging that he and Fergie were expecting a boy, when during an interview with The Associated Press, the actor used the male pronoun “he” when talking about his and the singer’s bundle of joy.
“You know your kid is going to get — he’s going to fall and bump his head. And he’s going to do all of those things,” the actor told the AP of childproofing their home. “But that to me is going to be the hardest thing.”
But now there is another interesting twist, or it could be just another slip of the tongue.
Black Eyed Peas band members, Will.i.amand apl.de.ppartied at LA’s hottest celeb favorite spot, AV Nightclub on Monday night, where apl.de.ap was gushing about the new addition that will soon be joining the Black Eyed Peas foursome – Fergie’s little pea!
He admitted it was something Fergie has been wanting and he couldn’t be happier for the couple and he slipped and said “she” when discussing Fergie’s baby bump! He later corrected himself and said “He or She!”
Well, one thing is for sure — it’s one or the other.
Melissa Myers has worked as an entertainment journalist for ten years,
both in London and New York.
She has done a daily gossip column on British newspaper the Daily Star
where she interviewed everyone from Tom Cruise and George Clooney to
Simon Cowell and Jennifer Lopez. She also worked as the News Director
of In Touch in New York for the past six years, before launching her
own site www.celebzter.com, which aims to provide smart content for smart women.