Elizabeth Peña managed to keep her problem with alcohol under wraps, but her cause of death tells a sad tale. The L.A. County Coroner cited cirrhosis of the liver, as well as cardiopulmonary arrest, cardiogenic shock and acute gastrointestinal bleeding on the actress’s death certificate. She died Oct. 14 at the age of 55. Peña’s family seemed well aware, however. “She was our star. She was my star. We celebrated her triumphs. We sweated through her struggles,” her nephew Mario-Francisco Robles wrote in a tribute on Latino Review.
BEAU FROM HELL
June Shannon sure can pick ’em. The matriarch on TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, is dating a man who molested an 8-year-old, TMZ reports. Mark McDaniel was convicted in 2004 and served 10 years in prison before being released in March. TLC released a statement: “We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series.”
IT’S A MIRACLE!
British guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is free of cancer, two years after being told he had terminal pancreatic cancer. The former member of blues-rockers Dr. Feelgood who has also appeared on Game of Thrones launched what he said would be a farewell tour after being diagnosed in 2012. Accepting a trophy Wednesday at the Q Awards in London, the 67-year-old said he underwent radical surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, to remove a 6.6-pound tumor, and the operation worked.
SAVING THE MARRIAGE
Is renewing vows the kiss of death or a public display of affection? Because rumored on the rocks power couple Jay Z and Beyonce have reportedly done just that. They are also possibly moving to Paris, away from prying American eyes. A source told People that they worked out their issues for the sake of “their reputations and their daughter.”
Maybe Barbara Walters had her fingers crossed when she said last year’s “10 Most Fascinating People” telecast would be her last. In any case, ABC announced Walters, 85, will be back with yet another edition of the annual roundup. Among those fascinating people she will interview for the special: Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler and Scarlett Johansson. Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 will air as a two-hour special Dec. 14.