Lynyrd Skynard bassist dies

Leon Wilkeson, a bass guitarist of the vital Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynard, has died. He was 49.

Wilkeson died in his sleep Friday, according to a spokesman for the band's record company. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Wilkeson died at a hotel near Jacksonville, Fla., where he was taking a break from the band's summer touring schedule.

"We just got through playing last Sunday in Wisconsin, had a great show and were excited about having a few days off before heading to California," said Johnny Van Zant, the younger brother of group founder Ronnie Van Zant.

The group's California shows today in Chula Vista on Monday, Tuesday in Paso Robles and Wednesday at the Universal Amphitheatre have been postponed.

This old house

Newlyweds Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have bought a $13.5 million home with some Hollywood history.

The 12,000-square-foot, six-bedroom Beverly Hills house was built in the 1930s for Fredric March, Academy Award-winning actor for "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" in 1932 and "The Best Years of Our Lives" in 1946.

The house was recently restored, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Still winning awards

The late Oscar-winning actor Anthony Quinn was honored posthumously by family and former co-stars at a film festival gala.

Quinn, who died from respiratory failure in June, was honored Saturday with the Gabriel Figueroa Lifetime Achievement Award at the fifth annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.

"As far as people who have given their lives to Latin cinema, he was one of the giants of all times," said actor Edward James Olmos, the festival's artistic director.

Quinn starred in 100 feature films, and earned Oscars for roles in "Viva Zapata!" (1952) and "Lust for Life" (1956).

Par for the course

Bill Clinton squeezed in a round of golf Saturday at a public course in Carbondale, Colo., along with his sizable entourage and enough fans to rival champion Tiger Woods.

Clinton, in nearby Aspen for a conference, brought 44 golfers and several Secret Service agents. The group were followed around the course by a few dozen fans with binoculars.

One waved a banner reading, "Bubba's Driving Range � Pro Bill Clinton."

Things were decidedly relaxed, as Clinton took a mulligan on the first hole.

"Oh, I hit too far to the right. I should've hit the 3-wood," he said.

The crowds were forgiving, asking for autograph and shaking Clinton's hand.


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