PASSAGES: Brandy Has A Baby Girl
BORN: R&B star Brandy, 23, and her husband, Robert Smith, welcomed their first child, a baby girl, on Tuesday, the singer’s representative at Atlantic Records, Lou Rizzo, confirmed in an e-mail to radio stations. The baby is named Sy’rai, it was revealed on Brandy’s official Web site on Wednesday, and she was born on Father’s Day. . . . SECURED: “The Scorpion King” star The Rock (real name: Dwayne Johnson), 30, has made a deal to play Hawaii’s most famous warrior-king, Kamehameha the Great, in an upcoming feature film about the ruler, to be produced by Sony Pictures, says Variety, which adds that the company hopes the film will turn out to be the Polynesian “Braveheart.” Tuesday’s PEOPLE.com reported that The Rock seriously wanted the role. . . . DIED: Revered St. Louis sports broadcaster Jack Buck, 77, died Tuesday night after a long hospital stay, reports the AP. “He didn’t waste one minute of one day,” his son, fellow announcer Jack Buck, told the news service. “He packed two lifetimes into one lifetime. He went from poor to wealthy in his lifetime, yet he never changed.” Also, distinguished museum director J. Carter Brown, 67, who among his many accomplishments helped develop a host of monuments — including the Vietnam Memorial — in Washington, D.C., died Monday in a Boston hospital after a six-week battle with a blood cancer, his family said in a statement. In a front-page obituary on Wednesday, The New York Times said Brown transformed the art-museum world in the latter half of the 20th century . . . SOLD: Three landscape watercolors painted by England’s Prince Charles, 53, fetched around $10,000 each at an auction Tuesday, reports the Associated Press. Auctioneers Fellows & Sons in Birmingham told the news service that nearly 100 people vied for the works, with collectors and dealers from North America making telephone bids. No word on how Charles will spend the money.