CRIME

Funk master George Clinton, 63, was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia Dec. 6 after Tallahassee, Fla., police allegedly found him using the drug in his car. Clinton's rep had no comment.... Rapper DJ Quik, 33, turned himself in to police when a $50,000 arrest warrant was issued after he allegedly broke into his sister's Fontana, Calif., home and beat her Nov. 2. Calls for comment were not returned.

CANCELLATIONS

Heeding the State Department's warning about increased terrorist threats, rockers Limp Bizkit nixed the Southeast Asia leg of a world tour slated to begin Dec. 3 in Singapore. On Dec. 11, the band will continue their tour in South Korea and then Japan.

AILING

Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne, 55, broke his collarbone, six ribs, and a vertebra in an ATV accident on his Buckinghamshire, England, property. His rep says his condition is ''not life-threatening.''... Flu-stricken rocker David Bowie, 56, postponed the kickoff of the North American leg of his A Reality Tour, his first this side of the pond in eight years.

DEATHS

James Carter, 77, lead singer of the 1959 Mississippi prison gang that sang ''Po' Lazarus,'' which appeared on the 2000 Grammy-winning soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?, of a stroke, Nov. 26, in Oak Park, Ill.... Jerome Evans, 65, lead singer of the L.A.-based R&B group the Furys (''Zing Went the Strings of My Heart''), of a heart attack, Nov. 30, in Lancaster, Calif.... Buena Vista Social Club pianist Ruben Gonzalez (above), 84, Dec. 8, in Havana.... Short-story writer Jeff Brown, 77, who created the Flat Stanley children's series, of a heart attack, Dec. 3, in NYC.

Originally posted Dec 19, 2003 Published in issue #742 Dec 19, 2003 Order article reprints
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