Friday, September 30, 2011
Also on Friday, emergency workers testify that Dr. Conrad Murray did not disclose that the singer was on heavy medication the night of his death.
Add Courtney Love to the list of musicians baring their souls in tell-all memoirs. The former Hole frontwoman has signed a book deal with William Morrow to tell the story of her life and career.
Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced Thursday that Love, 47, will "set the record straight" with the memoir. Love will pen the manuscript with New York Times best-selling author Anthony Bozza, who has co-written about Eminem, Tracy Morgan, Tommy Lee, INXS, and Slash, to name a few of his hard-partying subjects.
"Courtney is one of the most fascinating and provocative artists of our time, one of those rare performers who continues to reinvent herself time and again throughout the arc of her career," says Lisa Grady, Morrow's deputy publisher. "It's time for the public to hear her tell her story, as she lived it."
Currently untitled, the memoir will follow Love from her childhood with hippie parents, her wild-child adolescence, her earliest days with Hole, and then her legendary relationship and marriage to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide at age 27 in April 1994. The two had a daughter named Frances Bean Cobain, who is now 19.
Readers can look for the book sometime in fall 2012.
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Michael Jackson's children watched as their father passed away in 2009, according to two testimonies heard at Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial on Wednesday. Jackson's bodyguard and assistant both reported an agonizing scene at the pop legend's home, as his oldest children Prince, 14, and Paris, 13, saw Dr. Murray try and fail to revive their dad.
"Paris screamed out, 'Daddy!'" testified Alberto Alvarez, an assistant to Jackson. "She was crying."
Bodyguard Faheem Muhammad also described the reactions of Jackson's older children, then 12 and 11, to seeing their father lying motionless on his bed.
"Paris was on the ground, balled up and crying," said Muhammad. "Prince had a really shocked, just slowly crying kind of look."
As Murray reportedly shouted, "Don't let them see their dad like this," Alvarez said that he tried to comfort the children.
"Kids, don't worry, we'll take care of it. Everything's going to be okay," said Alvarez. "Then I asked Dr. Murray what happened, and he said, 'He had a bad reaction.'" Muhammad later he had the children's nanny take them away, so that they wouldn't see paramedics carry off the body.
Jackson's children have not been present at the trial, which began on Tuesday; however, it's been rumored that Prince may be called to testify. All three of Jackson's children -- including Blanket, 9 -- have been named on a list of potential witnesses. According to psychiatrist Gail Saltz, M.D., taking part in the trial could be traumatizing for Jackson's young family.
"Testifying is really not in the children's best interest, as it causes them to have to relive the circumstances surrounding the loss as opposed to having grieved already and attempting to continue on with their lives," Dr. Saltz tells iVillage. "It may stir up both their grief and their trauma.
"The images out there are disturbing for any child, let alone that he is their father," Dr. Saltz adds. "Hopefully the adults in their lives will try to minimize both media and courtroom exposure for them."
We can't imagine that Jackson's parents and siblings would allow the children to take part in the trial, except as a last resort to get Dr. Murray convicted. If found guilty, Murray will lose his medical license and face up to four years in prison.
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