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Expert: Michael Jackson needed sleep; , Kim leaves hospital with North

 
 
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Michael Jackson’s inability to learn new dance moves and remember the lyrics to his songs were symptoms that the singer was totally sleep deprived by the time of his death, a sleep expert told a jury Friday.

Charles Czeisler said reports by workers on Jackson’s ill-fated comeback concerts that the entertainer was losing weight, exhibiting signs of paranoia and his condition seemed to be deteriorating were consistent with someone who hadn’t gotten any real sleep in a long time.

The sleep deprivation was likely caused by Jackson’s use of the anesthetic propofol, which Czeisler said would put the singer in a drug-induced coma and not meet his body’s need for actual sleep.

To the manor

After almost a week in the hospital, Kim Kardashian has taken her and Kanye West’s baby home to their Bel-Air mansion. The AP reports that the LA County birth certificate says North was born to the reality star and rapper at 5:34 a.m. Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The certificate doesn’t mention a middle name nor does it list her hair or eye color or weight.

Royal fetus

Kate Middleton is staying with her parents after the royal baby is born next month, but not all traditions will be abandoned. Late Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, shares with Life & Style that Wills and Kate will head to Balmoral Castle, the royal home in Scotland, for holiday. William and Harry stayed at Balmoral in the August after their births, as has every generation since Queen Victoria.

Natural causes

Autopsy results confirm that Sopranos star James Gandolfini suffered a heart attack and died of natural causes in Rome, according to family friend Michael Kobold. The actor’s body will be transported to the U.S. once the family has clearance from Italian authorities, said Kobold. A funeral is planned for NYC late next week.

Crash suit

Miranda Cosgrove says she is “permanently disabled, “ and is suing the driver of her tour bus, following an August 2011 crash in Illinois. The iCarly star, 20, broke her right ankle after the bus struck a disabled tractor-trailer.

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