Lennox Lewis had quite a time celebrating his 50th birthday, which actually fell on Sept. 2. On Thursday night, the heavyweight legend was feted at an exclusive party hosted by Haute Living, Perrier-Jouët and Audemars Piguet at Bagatelle South Beach. The French Mediterranean restaurant hosted 80 of Lennox’s relatives and “closest” friends, including his wife, Jamaican beauty queen Violet Chang. The six-foot-five Englishman, aka The Lion, entered the eatery hyping up the crowd to Bill Conti’s Rocky theme, Gonna Fly Now. Mayor of Miami Beach Philip Levine popped in for a special appearance to present the retired boxer with a key to the city, and guests munched on a cake molded into the shape of two fiery red gloves.
Earlier in the day on Thursday, Mayor Levine also presented Sean “Diddy” Combs with a key to the city. The rapping mogul was in town for his REVOLT Music Conference at the Fontainebleau, which wrapped up Sunday. The event brought out bigs in the music and entertainment industry to party, network and handle a bit of business. When asked why the conference was held here, the part-time resident responded that Miami is a “happening,” creative hub.
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Phil Collins is on the road to recovery. After years plagued by back pain, the music icon, who recently purchased a home in Miami Beach, underwent spinal surgery. Earlier this month, the former Genesis frontman, 64, was forced to pull out of a charity dinner for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in NYC, telling attendees in a video message that his “Dr. Green” advised against it and that he was “stuck at a Miami hospital.” We confirmed that he was talking about neurosurgeon Barth A. Green, the chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, so we’re sure Collins is in good, um, hands.
Against all odds, Lamar Odom appears to be improving. The ex NBA star, who had a short stint with the Miami Heat from 2003-04, has been battling for his life at a Las Vegas hospital after collapsing at a brothel from an alleged mix of alcohol, drugs and herbal Viagra. But on Monday, Odom’s aunt released a statement saying that her nephew is “alert” and “getting stronger.”
Fabiola Fleuranvil of Miami.com contributed to this report.