Last Tuesday, following his dismissal from MSNBC, the New York Post ran a front page headline screaming DON HO!
By Saturday morning, Don Ho was dead. Coincidence? Tell that to Gov. Jon Corzine, critically injured in a car crash on his way to the Imus-Rutgers peace talks.
Ho, who had heart problems for the past few years and in 2005 had an experimental stem-cell procedure on his heart in Thailand, was 76.
Ho promoter Tom Moffatt said he attended Ho's final show Thursday in Hawaii, where Ho lived and had performed for four decades, and the "Tiny Bubbles" singer received a standing ovation.
"Don was in great spirits," he said. "He was fine."
One could almost say he was a happy-headed Ho. Ho, who brought some Vegas-style kitsch to Hawaii, entertained Hollywood's biggest stars and thousands of tourists. For many, no trip to Hawaii was not complete without seeing his Waikiki show - a mix of songs, jokes, double entendres, Hawaiian history and audience participation.
Shows usually started and ended with the same song, "Tiny Bubbles." Ho mostly hummed the song's swaying melody as the audience enthusiastically took over the familiar lyrics:
"Tiny bubbles/in the wine/make me happy/make me feel fine."
Ho also was starred and hosted the "The Don Ho Show" on ABC from 1976-77. One of Ho's most memorable TV appearances was a 1972 cameo on "The Brady Bunch."
Gov. Linda Lingle said Ho created a legacy that will inspire future generations of musicians in Hawaii.
"Hawaii has lost a true island treasure," she said.
Don Ho is survived by his wife, Haumea, and 10 children, including Hoku, who sometimes performed with her father.
Diss me, Kate
Rev your engines, ladies. Prince William is available again.
William and longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton have ended their four-year relationship.
"I think they're just like any other couple," said Minet Marshall, a London office worker. "They're young, and before you meet the right person you have to kiss a lot of frogs."
Isn't the saying, "Before you meet your prince you have to kiss a lot of frogs?"
The London Sun led its Saturday paper with the breakup, saying the couple had reached an "amicable agreement" to separate.
The news took many royal-watchers by surprise. One bookmaker was so certain of a royal wedding it stopped taking bets on it earlier this year. Retailer Woolworths had commissioned mugs, plates and other Wills-and-Kate tchotchkes, despite the absence of a formal engagement.
Hence, the need for eBay.
The Sun, however, said the split was caused by the "extraordinary pressures" on the couple and by William's career in the army. News of the World implied the prince was getting cold feet about an engagement.
William and Kate met as students at St. Andrew's University in Scotland in 2001 and had been dating since 2003.
"William, after what happened to his father, cannot get it wrong," the Sun's royal reporter Duncan Larcombe told AP TV News. "He cannot marry the wrong woman, and I suppose, in a funny kind of way, it's better that we're here today talking about his girlfriend leaving, splitting up with her, than us talking about a royal divorce."
"He deserves better," said Jessica Davis, 13. "I think Prince William should marry me."
Ah . . . Princess Jailbait.
Speaking of divorces . . .
Michael Jordan's split last December from his wife of 17 years, Juanita, is No. 1 on Forbes.com's list of "The 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces."
Juanita could possibly "get more than $150 million in a settlement, making the Jordan divorce the most expensive in entertainment history," Forbes said.
The rest of the list (in millions): Neil Diamond & Marcia Murphey - $150, Steven Spielberg & Amy Irving - $100, Harrison Ford & Melissa Mathison - $85, Kevin Costner & Cindy Silva - $80, Paul McCartney & Heather Mills - $60, James Cameron & Linda Hamilton - $50, Michael & Diandra Douglas - $45, Lionel & Diane Richie - $20 and Mick Jagger & Jerry Hall - $15.
Anna Nicole update
Howard K. Stern, the former something of Anna Nicole Smith, filed a slander lawsuit Friday in West Palm Beach, Fla., against John O'Quinn, an attorney for Smith's estranged mother, Virgie Arthur.
According to the suit, O'Quinn appeared on several national TV shows in which he suggested Stern murdered Smith.
* Two diaries written by Smith in the early 1990s failed to sell at auction this weekend, but are available for a minimum bid of $25,000 each, Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas said yesterday.
There were at least two bidders on the diaries, but both pulled out because of allegations by Stern that the diaries had been stolen and should be returned to her estate.
The auction house obtained the journals and other items from an anonymous German businessman who purchased the items on eBay for more than $500,000 several weeks ago.
Looks like he's going to be taking a loss.
* TMZ.com reports that singer/model Willa Ford, who will play Smith in a biopic, has bought an exact replica of Anna's fancy pink bed for $20,000.As for the original, the mattress is kind of shot. *
Daily News wire services contributed to this report.