Veronica Byrd
May 21, 2001 12:00 PM


Latin singer Julio Iglesias, 57, and his girlfriend, former model Miranda Rijnsburger, 35, welcomed twin daughters Victoria and Cristina on May 1 in Miami Beach. The couple have two sons, Miguel Alejandro, 3, and Rodrigo, 2. Iglesias has three adult children from a marriage that was annulled in 1978.


R&B singer Jill Scott, 29, was hospitalized overnight on May 6 in Philadelphia with a lung infection, causing her to cancel her first few appearances as opening act for Sting.


New York Yankee slugger David Justice, 35, confirmed on May 1 reports that he married model Rebecca villalobos, 30, on Feb. 8. Justice was wed to actress Halle Berry from 1993 to 1996.


Prince Philippe, 41, and Princess Mathilde, 28, of Belgium announced May 7 that they are expecting their first child in November.

Behind Bars

After 35 years as a fugitive, an ailing and homesick Ronnie Biggs, 71, one of Britain’s “Great Train Robbers,” surrendered to Scotland Yard on May 3. Biggs, who was sentenced to 30 years for the 1963 robbery of a mail train, escaped from prison two years later.


Drummer Billy Higgins, 64, one of the most recorded musicians in jazz history, died on May 3 of pneumonia in Inglewood, Calif….

John P. Scanlon, 66, the PR exec whose clients-in-crisis included Rev. Jesse Jackson and Ivana Trump, died on May 4 from undetermined causes in New York City….

Accordionist Wilson “Boozoo” Chavis, a founder of Louisiana zydeco music, died on May 5 after a heart attack and a stroke in Austin, Texas. He was 70….

Theodore Roosevelt III, 86, a grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt and a former partner in a Philadelphia brokerage house, died on May 2 after a long illness at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pa….

Meyer Friedman, 90, the cardiologist who codeveloped the theory that linked heart attacks to angry, impatient “Type A” behavior, died on April 27 of cardiac arrest in San Francisco.

Legal Matters

On May 2 a Texas judge postponed the alcohol-possession case of Jenna Bush, 19, a daughter of the President, because her attorney needed time to recuperate from knee surgery. Bush is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin.


Real estate agent Hetal Raythatha, 29, recently settled an auto accident lawsuit with actress Halle Berry, 34, for an undisclosed amount. Raythatha suffered multiple injuries in the February 2000 collision in West’ Hollywood. Last May Berry pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene and was sentenced to three years’ probation and a $13,500 fine.


A judge in the British Virgin Islands dismissed murder charges on May 3 against three Americans—Evan George, 23, Alexander Benedetto, 35, and Michael Spicer, 37—in the beating death last year of Lois McMillen, 34, a Connecticut artist whose body was found on Tortola island (PEOPLE. 15, 2001). A fourth American, William Labrador, 37, remains on trial.

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