May 06, 2002 12:00 PM


E.R.‘s Noah Wyle, 30, and his wife, Tracy Warbin, 34, a makeup artist, are awaiting the birth of their first child, due in November. The couple, who met on the set of 1997’s The Myth of Fingerprints, wed in 2000.


Actor Johnny Depp, 38, and French singer-actress Vanessa Paradis, 29, welcomed their second child, Jack John Christopher Depp III, on April 9 in Paris. The couple, who reside in France, have a 2-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose.


On April 8 actor Robert Duvall, 71, broke several ribs after falling from a horse at his Virginia farm while training for Open Range, an upcoming western costarring Kevin Costner.


Layne Staley, 34, the lead singer of the popular ’90s grunge band Alice in Chains, was found dead in his Seattle apartment on April 19. An official said that the musician, who publicly battled heroin addiction, was surrounded by drug paraphernalia….

Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, 87, who crossed the Pacific on a balsa-log raft and chronicled the 101-day adventure in the 1948 bestseller Kon-Tiki, died of a brain tumor at his home in Colla Michari, Italy, on April 18….

Rusty Burrell, 76, who in the early ’80s served as Judge Wapner’s bailiff on TV’s The People’s Court, died of lung cancer at his Rosemead, Calif., home on April 15. Burrell had also worked as a bailiff at the trials of Charles Manson and Patty Hearst….

Advertising pioneer Jay Chiat, 70, who in 1962 founded the innovative L.A. agency that became Chiat/Day—known for its groundbreaking campaigns including the Energizer Bunny—died of undisclosed causes in Marina del Rey, Calif., on April 23.


Cleveland Indians pitcher Chuck Finley, 39, filed for divorce from actress Tawny Kitaen (Bachelor Party), 40, on April 4 in Orange County, Calif. Several days before, Kitaen had been charged with spousal abuse for allegedly kicking her husband while he was driving (PEOPLE, April 22, 2002).


Disgraced former figure skater Tonya Harding, 31, was charged with drunk driving on April 20 in Clark County, Wash., after she drove her pickup truck into a ditch. The Celebrity Boxing champ may face jail time for violating her probation on a previous domestic-violence charge.

Legal Matters

A suit filed in 1999 by three of Tammy Wynette’s daughters, which alleged that Pittsburgh doctor Wallis Marsh contributed to the country singer’s 1998 death, was resolved out of court on April 17 in Nashville. The 5 5-year-old Wynette died of heart failure caused by a blood clot in her lungs but had suffered for years with painful stomach ailments. Wynette’s daughters, who were seeking $50 million, claimed that Dr. Marsh mismanaged the case by prescribing the painkiller Versed for their mother, who became addicted to it.


On April 22 in Manhattan, Alfred Taubman, 78, the former chairman of Sotheby’s auction house, was sentenced to one year in prison and fined $7.5 million for his part in a highly publicized price-fixing scam with rival auction house Christie’s (PEOPLE, Oct. 23, 2000).

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