September 09, 1996 12:00 PM

Oliver “Mooney” Lynn, 69, husband and onetime manager of country singer Loretta Lynn, 61, died of complications from diabetes and heart failure on Aug. 22 at their home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Lynn, who married the coal miner’s daughter when she was 13 and helped launch her singing career in 1960, had both feet amputated in the past year due to diabetes….

Elizabeth Taylor’s longtime publicist and confidante Chen Sam, who was reportedly in her 50s, died of an undisclosed illness on Aug. 25 at Taylor’s Bel Air, Calif., home. The Egyptian-born Sam, who had a doctorate in pharmacology for tropical diseases, met Taylor in the mid-’70s in South Africa while she was nursing Taylor’s malaria-stricken husband, Richard Burton, who was on a promotional tour with his wife. Apart from Taylor, Sam had also worked as a publicist for Raquel Welch and Donald Trump.

Aug. 27 was daddy’s day for Sylvester Stallone, 50, and Liam Neeson, 44. Stallone’s fiancée, model Jennifer Flavin, 28, gave birth to a 7 lb., 4 oz. daughter, Sophia Rose, in Miami—Flavin’s first child and Stallone’s third. Later, Neeson and his wife, actress Natasha Richardson, 33, welcomed their second son, Daniel Jack (weight unavailable), in New York City.

Acting on a warrant issued in Los Angeles on July 22, police in Franklin County, Tenn., arrested Step by Step star Sasha Mitchell, 29, on Aug. 26 for not attending court-mandated domestic-violence counseling. The counseling had been ordered after the actor pleaded no contest last year to a charge of assaulting his wife, Jeanette, 30, who was then pregnant with their infant son. Mitchell, who is no longer on the show, is currently free on bond on the condition that he return to Los Angeles.

Former CBS This Morning host Paula Zahn, 40, who will anchor the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News starting Sept. 14, and her husband, real estate executive Richard Cohen, 48, are expecting their third child in January….

Talk show host and actress Ricki Lake, 27, and her husband, illustrator Rob Sussman, 30, are expecting their first child in March.

TV actor Jan-Michael Vincent, 52, was hospitalized in Mission Viejo, Calif., with a broken neck on Aug. 26 after his Mazda accidentally hit the rear of girlfriend Nicole Wallace’s car, as he was following her to her mother’s house, then careened into a traffic signal. The Airwolf star is in serious condition, but no paralysis is expected. Neither Wallace, 28, nor her two sons, 5 and 6, who were with her, were hurt. Police are investigating whether alcohol was involved….

Russian swimmer Alexandre Popov, 25, who won gold medals at the Atlanta Olympics in both the 50- and 100-meter freestyle races, is in stable condition at a Moscow hospital and is expected to recover fully after being stabbed in the stomach on Aug. 24 during a fight with watermelon vendors on a Moscow street. Popov’s lung and kidney were grazed by the knife.

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