Society fixture Jerome Zipkin, 80, often referred to in Women’s Wear Daily simply as the “social moth,” died on June 8 in New York City of lung cancer. Zipkin, a real estate heir known for his quick wit and biting insults, served as the confidant and fiercely devoted friend of such rich and famous ladies who lunch as Betsy Bloomingdale, Pat Buckley and Nancy Reagan. Nancy, who was among those at Zipkin’s bedside when he died, says, “He was so much more than a walker. He had substance and warmth.”…
Sportscaster Lindsey Nelson, 76, known for his easygoing on-air manner and the eyesore sport jackets he sought out for their loudness, died on June 10 in Atlanta of complications of Parkinson’s disease and pneumonia. A veteran announcer for NBC (1952-62), the New York Mets (1962-78) and the San Francisco Giants (1979-81), he is recognized in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum….
Ex-Minnesota Twins shortstop Zoilo Versalles, 55, who in 1965 became the first Latin-American to be named the American League’s most valuable player, died on June 9 in Bloomington, Minn. No cause of death has been released. After leaving baseball in 1971 due to a back injury, the Cuban-born Versalles worked odd jobs and had to sell his trophies to make ends meet.
Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new nephew, Zachary Boxer Rodham (5 lbs., 7 ozs.), born to Hillary’s brother Tony Rodham, 40, a consultant, and his wife, Nicole Boxer-Rodham, 27, a film executive, June 9 in Miami. He is their first child. Nicole’s mom, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.), flew in from Washington the day of the birth.
A spokesman for Sylvester Stallone, 48, confirmed on June 9 rumors that the actor and his fiancée of less than three months, model Angie Everhart, 25, have split. Not one to sit home moping, Stallone spent June 10 snuggling with an ex-flame, model-actress Jennifer Flavin, at a Planet Hollywood opening in Honolulu. (Sly and Flavin were an item for five years, until he dumped her via a letter sent Federal Express last year.)
Around 12:30 a.m. on June 11, rocker Courtney Love, 30, was admitted to a Seattle hospital after medics arrived at her house—the same one where her husband, Kurt Cobain, committed suicide 14 months ago—in response to a call, reportedly made by a friend, about a drug overdose. Love was released from the hospital 12 hours later. Her record company says she had accidentally taken too many prescription sedatives on June 10 while flying back to Seattle from New York City. There is no word on where Love’s daughter, Frances, 2, was at the time of the incident, and Child Protective Services in Seattle said it has no plans to investigate….
Baseball great Mickey Mantle, 63, is up and walking after his June 8 liver transplant and a second operation, on June 10, to stop internal bleeding at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The former New York Yankees star has begun chemotherapy to kill off any cancer that might remain.