A makeshift memorial is placed outside Phillip Seymour Hoffman's apartment. (Andrew Burton / Getty Images)
Heroin in packets found in Hoffman's apartment
Tests have confirmed there was heroin in at least some of the scores of plastic packets in the New York City apartment where Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead, a law enforcement official said Monday, and authorities are working to determine whether the drug was mixed or tainted with anything. Medical examiners have not made an official determination of the cause of the actor’s death, but police have been investigating it as a suspected overdose. An autopsy began Monday. Results weren’t expected until at least today, the medical examiners’ office said.
Jack White may be in legal hot water
Jack White’sThird Man Records label and Revenant Records are under fire for copyright issues regarding the first edition of “The Paramount Wonder Cabinet” titled “The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932,” a huge box set released in November. OffBeat.com, a New Orleans music magazine, reported that Dixieland jazz musician Lars Edegran of the George H. Buck Jr. Jazz Foundation said the group owns the rights to around about 800 songs on the compilation. Buck purchased the tunes in 1970. The OffBeat article quotes Revenant Records’ Dean Blackwood as saying they would “gladly come to an agreement ... if they could prove ownership of the recordings.”
Big ticket shows announced
The Fox Theatre announced two big ticket events Monday. Tyler
Perry’s “Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned” will be March 29-30. Tickets are $44.50-$52.50. TLC’s “Long Island Medium” Theresa Caputo will bring an interactive show to The Fox on April 11. Tickets are $39.75 and up. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Taylor will play DTE Energy Music Theatre on July 27. Tickets, prices TBA, are on sale Saturday.
■This season of HGTV’s “Scoring the Deal” will feature Michigan-based real estate agent Jason Abrams,who is known for pairing up professional athletes with multimillion-dollar homes. The season kicks off at 11 p.m. tonight.
■Country star Trace Adkins’ father died Monday, TMZ reports. The “Celebrity Apprentice” winner left a treatment facility Wednesday to be with him. Adkins had checked himself into the facility last month for alcoholism.
Jonas, wife of singer Kevin Jonas, gave birth to the couple’s first child, Alena Rose Jonas, on Sunday.