Zac Hanson, 22, drummer for the pop trio Hanson, and wife Kate, 24, had their first child, son John Ira Shepherd Hanson, in Tulsa May 27. “There is not an audience or concert that could ever stand up to the feeling of meeting your baby for the first time,” says the youngest Hanson brother. • The late civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s first grandchild, Yolanda Renee King, was born in Atlanta May 25 to Martin Luther King III, 50, and wife Arndrea, 34.
Actress-comic Caroline Rhea, 44, and her longtime boyfriend, comedian Costaki Economopoulos, 38, will welcome their first child this fall. • American Idol runner-up Bo Bice, 32, and wife Caroline Fisher, 27, will have their second child, whom they plan to name Caleb, in August.
Sen. Ted Kennedy, 76, D-Mass., underwent surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., June 2 for a malignant brain tumor. The senator is expected to remain hospitalized for about a week before starting radiation and chemotherapy in Boston. • The fire that ravaged portions of Universal Studios Hollywood’s back lot June 1 was started by three employees using a blowtorch to heat asphalt roofing shingles, according to L.A. County fire officials. The blaze, the size of a city block, destroyed the King Kong and New York Street attractions.
A rep for Kelsey Grammer (inset), 53, says he is “doing fine” following a “mild heart attack” he suffered after paddleboarding with wife Camille, 39, near their home in Kona, Hawaii, May 31. He added that the former Frasier star was “resting comfortably.”
Rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley, 79, considered a founding father of the genre, died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Fla., June 2. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. • Lorenzo Odone, 30, whose parents’ struggle to save him from a genetic disorder was depicted in the 1992 Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte film Lorenzo’s Oil, died of pneumonia in Fairfax County, Va., May 30. • Photographer David Gahr, 85, who took iconic pictures of such rockers as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen, died while at home in Brooklyn May 25.