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Stephen Collins suicide report was a false alarm

Los Angeles police were called to actor Stephen Collins' home Tuesday night after a reporter camped outside the house heard a loud noise and thought it was a gunshot, CNN reported. Police determined Collins wasn't even home and no shots were fired. Best known as playing a father and pastor on the long-running WB drama "7th Heaven," Collins had been audiotaped confessing to having molested several girls. Currently going through a prolonged divorce with his wife of 27 years, Faye Grant (an actress and native of St. Clair Shores), Collins revealed to Grant in a therapy session that he molested and exposed himself to several preteen girls. Grant was secretly taping the sessions, and according to TMZ, NYPD is conducting an active criminal investigation. Collins' lawyer Mark Kaplan told TMZ that Grant was threatening to release the tape to get more money in the divorce settlement. Meanwhile, Collins has been relieved of his role in the upcoming film "Ted 2," and UP and TVGN have pulled "7th Heaven" reruns from their schedules.

B.B. King cancels shows due to dehydration and exhaustion

B.B. King has canceled the remainder of his tour due to dehydration and exhaustion. The 89-year-old blues guitarist had to miss eight shows after he felt sick Friday evening during a House of Blues performance in Chicago, Billboard reports. His next stop was to be at his own B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York.

Waylon Jennings estate sale included Willie Nelson's braids and more

Snipped hair braids belonging to country star Willie Nelson sold for $37,000 at an auction of Waylon Jennings'estate, reports Rolling Stone. The locks were given to the late country icon at a party in 1983. June and Johnny Cash threw Jennings the party to celebrate his sobriety. Other items auctioned off include handwritten lyrics, a letter John Lennon wrote to Jennings, Hank Williams' cowboy boots and MuhammadAli's boxing gloves and robe. The item scoring the highest bid was Buddy Holly's motorcycle, which fetched $450,000. The Ariel Cyclone was given to Jennings after Holly died in the famous plane crash. Jennings was his bass player at the time and was supposed to be on that plane, but gave his spot to J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson instead. Jennings died in 2002.

Also ...

■Songwriter Ben Folds will perform with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Wednesday at Orchestra Hall. Tickets, $35-$110, are available atdso.org or by calling (313) 576-5111.

■Ferndale's Go Comedy! Improv Theater is hosting general auditions Saturday at noon. Those with improvisational comedy experience can sign up by emailing jessica@gocomedy.net for a time slot.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

Today's birthdays

Sharon Osbourne, 62

Jackson Browne, 66

Nick Swardson, 38

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