Celebrity Scoop: The Bachelor's Ben and Lauren Split, Chris Cornell's Shocking Death and More of the Biggest News from Hollywood
From another musician gone too soon, to a new addition for some reality TV favorites, here’s the biggest scoop from Hollywood this week.
Chris Cornell dies of suicide at 52
In a statement, the Cornell family’s attorney Kirk Pasich said that Cornell told his wife that he had taken “an extra Ativan or two” before his death.
“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise,” Pasich said. “Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages. The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions.”
Ativan — which is used to treat anxiety, substance abuse and other issues — has rare but serious side effects that include worsening depression and thoughts of self-harm, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
A friend of the family who had recently seen Cornell told PEOPLE, “Chris seemed in really great spirits and everyone is in complete shock.”
An attendee of Cornell’s last concert on Thursday told PEOPLE, however, that some of the singer’s behavior was different than in the past performances.
Photographer Ken Settle said the band closed out the final show with a Led Zeppelin song, “In My Time of Dying.”
He told PEOPLE, “It’s a very odd choice to weave that in and now it does make you wonder. There is so much that does point to a person who perhaps knew what was coming up, which is so sad.”
Fans around the world – and in his hometown of Seattle – are now paying tribute to Cornell. On Thursday night, the city’s iconic Space Needle went dark for an hour in honor of Cornell.
Cornell leaves behind wife Vicky and their two children, daughter Toni, 12, and son Christopher, 11, as well as daughter Lillian, 16, from his previous marriage to Susan Silver.
The Bachelor‘s Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell end their engagement
In an exclusive joint statement to PEOPLE, the former couple said, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways. We feel fortunate for the time we had together, and will remain friends with much love and respect for one another. We wish nothing but the best for each other, and ask for your support and understanding at this time.”
The pair got engaged in the finale of Higgins’ season of The Bachelor, which aired in March of last year. After moving in together in Higgins’ hometown of Denver, they returned to the small screen for a Freeform reality show about their lives together, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?
In the wake of the breakup news, Higgins said in a new iHeartRadio podcast, “It’s tough. It’s hard to say goodbye to somebody that you spent so much time with and it’s hard to say goodbye to somebody that you really did believe was the one for you.”
Bushnell told PeopleStyle that she’s now moving back to southern California – where she lived before the show – and pursuing modeling. Her first gig? The face of beloved San Diego store Van De Vort‘s new summer collection.
Zach and Tori Roloff welcome their first child
Jackson weighed in at 9 lbs., 1 oz., and was 20.5 inches long at birth.
Zach – who wed Tori in July 2015 – told PEOPLE, “Baby and mother are doing great and Jackson is already mastered holding daddy’s fingers and snuggling with mom! He is adorable and Tori and I are loving being parents.”
Wrote Tori on Instagram after Jackson’s arrival, “My heart is so unbearably full. I’ve only spent 4 days with this little guy and I have fallen in love completely with him. This is what I was meant to do. Mommy loves you, Jackson!”
Brantley Gilbert and his wife are expecting their first child after fertility struggles
“We’d been to see a fertility specialist, and two different folks that told me it would be close to a miracle if it happened without IVF,” Gilbert told PEOPLE of he and Amber’s almost three-year struggle to get pregnant. “I’m not much of a quitter, but I was really, really frustrated.”
Amber wasn’t ready yet to try IVF, so the couple put their baby dreams on hold. When she surprised the singer with the pregnancy news in February, Gilbert says he was “literally in shock” – but overjoyed.
Gilbert is already envisioning life as a dad. He told PEOPLE, “In the middle of a day, I’ll find myself smiling about nothing.”
DWTS fan favorite Simone Biles is eliminated from the competition
Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and partner Sasha Farber didn’t receive enough votes to make it past the final four, even with perfect performance scores.
Despite the shocking loss, Biles, 20, smiled and told viewers, “I’m just thankful to be at this competition. I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve matured. And I can’t wait to go home and I’ll be back next week at the finale.”