Columbo star dies at 83

Friday, June 24, 2011 - 6:55pm

HOLLYWOOD HOOKUP (FOX44) – The actor who played "Columbo" has passed away. Peter Falk was 83-years-old when he died at his Beverly Hills home yesterday. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Falk won 4-Emmys for his role as the rumpled, but shrewd detective.

– Laker fans may have to dump their Ron Artest jerseys because he's apparently changing his name. Artest filed a petition in Los Angeles superior court on Thursday seeking to change his name to "Metta World Peace" Metta is a Buddhist term meaning "loving kindness" and World Peace is self explanatory.

– Things aren't looking good for Jerry Lewis; he had to cancel his show in Sydney. Lewis is too sick to take the stage. The comedian's touring Australia to raise money for muscular dystrophy. He retired as host of the associations Labor Day telethon last month after forty years.

– She may be off the air, but talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey, is still making a difference. She was almost in tears as she accepted an honorary degree from the University of the Free State in South Africa. Four thousand people packed into that auditorium. One person said, "My friend and I are here hoping that some of Oprah's greatness will rub off on us." After the ceremony, it was time to celebrate.

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