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BIRTHS

R&B diva Toni Braxton, 34, and her husband, musician Keri Lewis, 32, produced their second son, Diezel Ky, March 30. He joins their previous collaboration, Denim, 1.

DEATHS

Soul singer Edwin Starr (below), 61, whose 1970 Vietnam protest hit ''War'' (''What is it good for?/Absolutely nothing''), of an apparent heart attack on April 2 in Nottingham, England.... Writer and editor Michael Kelly, 46, who was embedded with the U.S. Army in Iraq, was killed April 3 along with Sgt. Wilbert Davis, 40, when the Humvee they were riding in flipped over. On assignment in Iraq for The Atlantic Monthly (where he'd been editor in chief from 1999 to 2002), Kelly also wrote a column for The Washington Post. His book Martyrs' Day was based on his coverage of the previous Gulf War.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Things are brightening up for the Princess of Darkness: Sharon Osbourne, 50, is free of cancer (she was diagnosed with colon cancer last year) after months of treatment, according to an announcement by hubby Ozzy, 54.... Rosie O'Donnell's partner and fellow mommy to their four children has legally changed her name to Kelli O'Donnell (nee Carpenter). ''We made a family decision that we all wanted to have one name,'' says Rosie. Also this week, she threatened to sue the National Enquirer unless the tabloid retracted a story saying the pair are on the outs. ''In one year [since my] coming out, they printed that we had broken up three times,'' she says. The Enquirer could not be reached for comment.

AILING

Actor Jason Mewes, 28, best known as Jay to director Kevin Smith's Silent Bob in Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, was reportedly ordered April 1 to check into a drug rehab center. After having repeatedly missed court appearances related to a 1999 heroin conviction, Mewes finally showed with a film crew for a documentary about his rehabilitation.... Designer Calvin Klein, 60, is seeking help for substance abuse. ''I'm again getting the treatment I need to resume a healthy and productive lifestyle,'' said Klein, who has previously been in rehab.... Comedian Rodney Dangerfield, 81, underwent brain surgery in Los Angeles April 8. He is expected to make a complete recovery.

COURTS

In a rare show of unified litigation, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Denzel Washington, and Bruce Willis have filed a joint lawsuit against Fry's Electronics, claiming the retail chain used their likenesses in ads without their permission. The suit asks for $10 million in damages for each of the actors. Fry's Electronics could not be reached for comment.

WEDDINGS

Maximus wouldn't have it any other way: Russell Crowe, 39, and his longtime girlfriend, actress-singer Danielle Spencer, 32, celebrated their nuptials in grand style with a weekend of festivities in their native Australia April 4-7, featuring a cricket match, a light show, and, of course, a concert by Crowe's band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts.... Probably less rowdy was the wedding of Viacom chief Sumner Redstone (below), 79, and schoolteacher Paula Fortunato, 40, in New York City April 6. Redstone's previous marriage ended last July after 55 years.... Actress Liv Tyler, 25, daughter of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, married longtime boyfriend Royston Langdon, 30, ex-frontman for glam rockers Spacehog, in the Caribbean. -- Evan Serpick, with additional reporting by Catherine Wise

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