Monday, June 18, 2001
The death of a 4-year-old boy in a swimming pool at the home of rock musician Tommy Lee was ruled an accidental drowning, authorities said Sunday. The victim was identified as Daniel Karven Veres, son of television producer James Veres and actress Ursula Karven, who was among several school friends attending a birthday party Saturday for one of Lee's two sons.
"It was a birthday party like a million other birthday parties and obviously there wasn't enough help at the pool," said Veres, who didn't attend the party. "It's inexcusable and just amazing to me."
The boy was found floating face down in the pool at the former Motley Crue drummer's Malibu, Calif., home. Two adults pulled the boy from the water and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation while Lee called 911, authorities said.
Stevie Wonder had a surprise graduation present for his son and his classmates. The singer made an appearance at commencement ceremonies at Highland High School in Palmdale, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, treating the stunned audience to a song a cappella and providing encouraging words to departing seniors. Wonder flew in from the East Coast for Thursday's graduation of his son, Mumtaz Morris, whom few at the school knew was Wonder's son. Wonder was born Steveland Morris.
More than 1,000 women ï¿½ some wearing curlers and aprons, others nightgowns and cold cream ï¿½ converged on the streets of Jackson, Mich., to run and scream their way into a film. Jeff Daniels is filming his latest project, "Super Sucker," about rival vacuum cleaner salesmen fighting over territorial rights.
Purple Rose Films put out a call for 1,000 women to appear as housewives in a scene that involves a rally supporting a vacuum cleaner salesman played by Daniels. Executive producer Bob Brown estimated there were close to 1,500 women on hand by the time the cameras rolled Friday.
Rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis has been hospitalized with a recurring bout of pneumonia, his father-in-law said. The 65-year-old Lewis checked into a Memphis, Tenn., hospital Friday and is recovering and in good spirits, Bob McCarver said.
"He's fine. He's got a little touch of pneumonia, and they are going to keep an eye on him for a day or two," McCarver said. "He's got some wheezing problems but other than that, he's all right. He's had this type of thing before."
Lewis is known for such hits as "Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire." He was among the first performers to be named to the International Rock and Roll Museum in 1986.