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Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu has been found dead in his California home. The native of Okinawa, Japan was just 42 years old.

It appears he committed suicide by hanging himself, according to reports. The L.A. County Coroner's office is trying to locate next of kin.

A Japanese pitching star, Hideki played for the Yankees, Expos, and Rangers, winning World Series rings with New York in 1998 and 1999.

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R.I.P. Hideki Irabu (1969-2011).

Multiple reports indicate that the police are investigating Irabu's death as a suicide, although those reports were unconfirmed as of Thursday afternoon.

Irabu had been arrested twice in the past three years, once for drunk driving in California and another time for assaulting a bartender in Japan.

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Kat Von D is speaking out about her recent split with Jesse James and how her emotions spiraled out of control, culminating in her walking off the set of an interview with Good Day LA, then getting into a Twitter feud with its host.

This crazy week has led, at last, to a moment of clarity.

"What can I say?" the title of her latest blog post reads, regarding the Good Day LA incident. "I suck. I allowed today to get the best of me."

Kat Von D Nude

Days after news broke that James and Von D broke up, calling off their engagement, the LA Ink star is not saying sorry – she's "not strong enough."

"It is in my nature to admit when I'm weak," she writes.

Kat Von D is also not apologizing to – or dissing – Jesse James, to whom she got engaged last winter. "In my relationship, I had never before felt as solid and strong – even though the world said different by all the criticism," she says.

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Harrison Ford appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, but the real action took place prior to the actor coming out on stage.

Preparing to hype his new movie, Cowboys & Aliens, Ford was interrupted by a friend from one of his old movies. Or a former friend, we should apparently say.

It's unclear just what led to a falling out between the man who played Han Solo and Chewbacca, but the two definitely did not enjoy a pleasant reunion last night, no matter how hard Chewy tried to make it so. Did this hairy hunk steal Ford's woman? It sure seems that way, based on the following video:

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Look out, Kris Humphries. Reggie Bush is coming for your woman! Sort of.

The former New Orleans Saints running back has been traded to the Miami Dolphins for backup safety Jonathon Amaya and handed a new two-year contract worth $10 million. And you know who considers that city a second home, don't you? Who parties all the time at the Fontainebleau and whose family owns a boutique on the beach?

Kim Kardashian.

Former, Sexy Couple

Bush and Kardashian dated for years, but broke up because their schedules kept them apart too often. But that would change with Bush's new team.

Yes, Kim is getting married on August 20. But her reality show seems more desperate than ever for ratings. Wouldn't dumping one athlete for another be the perfect new season storyline?

What do you think? Should Reggie and Kim get back together?

 

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THG Asks!

Welcome to THG Asks, a feature in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Who should Ashley Hebert choose on The Bachelorette season finale, Ben or J.P.?

BEN by Free Britney

He doesn't look like a stereotypical reality show hunk. Heck, he looks like a less handsome version of Constantine.

He uses phrases like "ruh-roh." He talks about his deceased father too much. He took his sweet time before he would truly open up to Ashley.

Frustrating? At times, yes. But all of these things are part of what make Ben Flajnik so human, so appealing, and the obvious choice for our girl.

There's no facade with Ben, a funny, smart, free-spirited Sonoma winemaker with a lot of heart (no matter how closely he guarded it for weeks).

He's the genuine article. Ben isn't fling material. He's husband material, a complex, nurturing guy with whom love can actually Evolve over time.

Hopefully, Ashley picks Ben and all he brings to the table on Monday's finale. If not, I bet come January, ABC can find 25 other girls who would.

Ashley Hebert and Ben Flajnik Date

Can Ben pull off the upset on Monday's finale?

J.P. by Hilton Hater

If I had a nickel for every time JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert have made out on The Bachelorette this season, I'd have more money in my bank account than Chris Harrison gets for playing the most pimp-like host on TV.

These two have serious, lip-locking chemistry!

While others clearly came on for the wrong reasons (eat it, Bentley!), JP is as nice and honest as any contestant in recent memory. Has this made for especially entertaining TV? Not every week. But the show is about love, not ratings.

JP has all the physical attributes Ashley could want in a mate, as well. He's easy on the eyes and he resides in nearby NYC, just a quick car ride away. Might he be living a double life? Sure. But no guy is perfect.

THG Asks you ... who should Ashley choose?

 

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Maria Shriver has instructed her attorney, Laura Wasser, to hammer out the terms of her divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger as quickly as possible.

The purpose of Shriver's request is twofold: 1. To keep things as amicable as can be between the couple, and 2. So she can get back to work ASAP.

Maria filed for divorce from Arnold in early July, and under California law, a divorce can be final as early as six months from the date of filing.

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Shriver is very eager to get back to work, a source close to the family says, but feels that the ongoing drama of her divorce could be a distraction.

"Maria wants the divorce to be final so she can get back to work, and move on All of the major networks have approached her," said the source.

"She hasn't made any decision yet. Maria doesn't want any job to impede on time she spends with Christopher, and Patrick, who live with her."

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What is... a story we definitely did not see coming today?

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek was awoken in his San Francisco hotel room earlier this week by a burglar. As he relayed to The Today Show this morning, the game show host was in bed at the time, but he didn't take the intrusion lying down. Literally!

“I woke up and saw a figure in our hotel bedroom and I thought I was dreaming,” Trebek said. “I realized immediately that someone had been in the room, and I put on my underwear and ran down the hall to see if I could find her.”

Alex Trebek Picture

Yes, he put on his underwear, a note that did not elude Matt Lauer, who wondered on the air: "Alex Trebek sleeps in the nude?"

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The speaker installer who was bashing and suing Lindsay Lohan has changed his tune after getting his money from the troubled star after all.

He now claims Lindsay is "actually very nice" ... and blames HIMSELF for the situation, which involved an $1,100 installation job back in June.

Stephen Clark had called Lindsay a "born druggie" after accusing her of stiffing him after he did the project while she was on house arrest.

Lindsay Looking Like Xtina

Clark says, "She paid [Wednesday] and I canceled the small claims file."

He adds, in defense of the actress he had just lambasted, "Lindsay is actually really nice and I think my invoice got mixed up or something."

While it's odd to say he "mixed up" invoices when Lindsay admitted not paying him, something (cough, lawyers) made him change his tune.

In any case, "It's all good now!” For once, in Lindsay's life ...

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Lauryn Hill just gave birth to her sixth child, but the blessing has been marred by Internet chatter. Many have been wondering why Rohan Marley, the father of Hill's previous five children, has not been in the picture.

In response, the singer posted the following message on her website today:

"[Rohan and I] have had long periods of separation over the years but our 5 children together remain a joy to both of us... Mr. Marley did not abandon me while pregnant with his child... Thank you for your concern and I appreciate all of the well-wishes regarding the birth of my new son."

Lauryn Hill Photo

Marley, meanwhile, Tweeted: "People would rather listen to gossip than hear from the actual individuals. Some people just don't want the truth.

The truth seems to be that Hill has given birth to another man's baby, but all is well and who are we to judge? Congrats to the artist!

[Photo: WENN.com]

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Kellan Lutz and Anna Vyalitsyna are selling jeans in a new ad campaign for Dylan George. But they have us fooled in the following photos.

Snapped inside a Beverly Hills hotel room, the duo might as well be selling sex, considering the steamy shots and lack of a shirt on the Twilight Saga star. Not that we're complaining, of course! Click on each pic to enlarge it...

Not Shirtless

How is Lutz in such ridiculous shape? He credits the movie Immortals, telling Access Hollywood of training for it:

"We had workout regimes and [we're] just constantly eating. We always had someone bringing us chicken, tuna, steak sometimes, but every hour it seemed like."

We'll say it for you, ladies: thank you, film producers!

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