‘Willy Wonka’ Star Doing ‘Much Better’ After Suffering Near-Fatal Massive Stroke

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory star Denise Nickerson is doing “much better” after she suffered a near-fatal massive stroke, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

Nickerson’s daughter-in-law, Jasmine, said the star who played gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 classic film is currently at home and in good spirits.

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“Denise was supposed to be in a nursing center but she wasn’t cooperative,” Jasmine told Radar. “She wanted to be home so doctors allowed that and she’s here with us.”

As Radar reported after Nickerson suffered the medical emergency in July, her son, Josh, said his mom was “not fully cognizant” and couldn’t walk or talk.

Nickerson was then forced to undergo surgery shortly after she ripped out her feeding tube, leaving loved ones even more worried about her longterm prognosis.

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Thankfully, it seems Nickerson is slowly recovering from the potentially deadly stroke.

“She can walk but only for a few minutes,” Jasmine said, noting that Nickerson “walks between her bedroom and bath. She can use the restroom on her home and she’s saying things like ‘I love you,’ ‘hello,’ and ‘good morning.’ She can’t write though and that’s because her right hand isn’t strong enough.”

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“She comprehends everything that’s going on now and that’s the best part,” Jasmine added.

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‘Pamela Smart: An American Murder Mystery’ Premieres August 19 on ID

“No one even calls this case the Gregg Smart murder case ever. It’s like he’s lost in it; he’s the ultimate victim in this whole thing.”

There’s no escaping the truth behind those words. Back on the night of May 1, 1990, an unsuspecting Greggory Smart returned to his New Hampshire condominium where, once inside, he was attacked by a pair of intruders. In the end, one of them forced him down to his knees while the other fired a .38 caliber bullet into his head.

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That night, Gregg Smart did become the ultimate victim.

But the irony comes from the fact that it’s his widow, Pamela, who is speaking those words. She’s the voice protesting the fact that Gregg seems to have been forgotten in the aftermath of his own death. But she is also the one who is serving a life sentence at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Westchester County, NY after being found guilty of being an accomplice to first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and witness tampering. Maybe that’s why her name is the one associated with the “case” and not his.

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Beating O.J. Simpson to the title of Trial of the Century by several years, the Pamela Smart murder trial was a national obsession in the early ‘90s, fueled by prosecution charges that, while overseeing a drug awareness program at Winnacunnet High School, Pamela began an affair with teenager William “Billy” Flynn that ultimately led to her seducing him into enlisting some friends to kill her husband. The goal, according to the prosecution, was to get her out of what had quickly become an unhappy marriage, while also allowing her to benefit from $140,000 in life insurance policies and retaining ownership of their dog. An “older” woman (her 21 to his 16) using sex to accomplish the unthinkable? America was hooked and couldn’t get enough of what became a media sensation.

But Pamela Smart has had enough. Since her conviction in 1991, she has proclaimed her innocence. She’s admitted that the affair she had with Billy was wrong, but has emphasized that when she broke up with him he must have jumped to the deranged conclusion that removing Gregg would mean that there would be nothing standing between them. And she’s stunned that the three people associated with the murder — Billy, who fired the fatal bullet; Randall Fowler, who had held Gregg down; and J.R. Lattime, outside in the getaway car — spent years in prison, but were ultimately paroled. She’s not alone.

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Investigative reporter Diane Dimond comments, “It cannot be ignored that the teenage boys who perpetrated this crime, who pulled the trigger and took Gregg Smart’s life, are out of prison. Is it fair that the triggermen are already out of prison living their life, and she’s still in prison for the rest of her life?”

Both sides of that question are at the heart of the three-part Investigation Discovery series Pamela Smart: An American Murder Mystery that premieres on Aug. 19 at 10 p.m. on ID. Look for continuing insight into the Pamela Smart murder trial all this week.

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Michael Jackson’s ‘Son’ David Rothenberg Dies: Inside ‘Emotional’ Memorial Service

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Late King of Pop Michael Jackson‘s beloved friend David Rothenberg aka “Dave Davesecretly passed away on July 15 at age 42 at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Monday, the burn survivor’s family and friends, including several members of the Jackson clan, gathered for a memorial service, and RadarOnline.com has the exclusive photos inside. Click through seven of Dave Dave’s final photos as his best friend Justin Hayward reveals shocking details about his final days.

Reality Star’s Family Shocked By Suspected OD Death: ‘This Is Crazy!’

The family of Internet star Lyric McHenry found out about her tragic passing online rather than from their own inner circle, RadarOnline.com learned exclusively.

Shaking her head and wiping tears from her face, McHenry’s distraught grandmother told Radar in an interview that she didn’t know what happened to her but had heard the news online.

“This is crazy,” she cried.

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McHenry, 26, was discovered dead Tuesday after a suspected overdose. NYPD confirmed with Radar a woman’s body was found: “On Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at approximately 0505 hours, police encountered a 26-year-old female, unconscious and unresponsive, lying on the sidewalk in the vicinity of Undercliff Avenue and Boscobel Place, within the confines of the 44 Precinct. There were no obvious signs of trauma observed. EMS responded to the location and transported the aided female to Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. The investigation remains ongoing.”

A source tells Radar the 26-year-old was found wearing a pajama top and no pants, sprawled out on a sidewalk, and was allegedly found with a “small ziplock bag containing cocaine.”

She had a few bruises, but no other injuries, according to reports.

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Radar can confirm she began her evening at the Frederick Hotel in NYC where she was celebrating her birthday.

Employees at the ritzy establishment told Radar exclusively she was “a lovely woman.”

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Pregnant Reality Star Lyric McHenry Found Dead: Final Moments Caught On Camera

Internet star Lyric McHenry was discovered dead Tuesday after a suspected overdose, and now RadarOnline.com can reveal a peek inside her chilling final hours. A source tells Radar the 26-year-old was found wearing a pajama top and no pants, sprawled out on a sidewalk “in a desolate part of the Bronx” on August 14. The starlet, who was 20 weeks pregnant, was allegedly found with a “small ziplock bag containing cocaine.” She had a few bruises, but no other injuries, according to reports. Radar can confirm she began her evening at the Frederick Hotel in NYC. Employees at the ritzy establishment told Radar exclusively she was “a lovely woman.” Moreover, NYPD confirmed with Radar a woman’s body was found: “On Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at approximately 0505 hours, police encountered a 26-year-old female, unconscious and unresponsive, lying on the sidewalk in the vicinity of Undercliff Avenue and Boscobel Place, within the confines of the 44 Precinct. There were no obvious signs of trauma observed. EMS responded to the location and transported the aided female to Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. The investigation remains ongoing.”

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‘Southern Charm’ Star Thomas Ravenel Fired After Sexual Assault Allegations

Bye, Thomas. Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel has been fired from the show amid sexual assault allegations, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

“The production company decided to let Thomas go,” an insider snitched to Radar. “They made the decision to fire him before filming wrapped. That’s also why he wasn’t allowed to go to the reunion .”

Although Ravenel tweeted, “I’m not doing the show anymore. In the contract they have the right to fictionalize your story. They took advantage of me. I decided that I’ve got too much to lose and informed them I’m not coming back,” the insider insisted he was fired.

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“No one quits any Bravo shows,” the source said. “They are locked into their contracts for multiple years and only the network and the production company can let them go.”

While the show was airing, two women accused Ravenel of sexual assault. One claimed he attacked her on Christmas in 2015 and paid her a $200,000 settlement. The other woman, nanny Dawn from the show, claimed he assaulted her in his home.

Dawn’s case is still under investigation with the Charleston Police Department, which his baby mama Kathryn Dennis confirmed to host Andy Cohen on the Southern Charm reunion.

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Ravenel released a statement from his lawyer that was read on the show.

“Along with Bravo, our client made the mutual decision not to attend today’s reunion taping as there is a pending investigation,” Cohen read from Ravenel’s lawyer. “Our client is fully cooperating with authorities on that investigation. He expects to be completely vindicated once the investigation is concluded. He sends his best regards to his fans and his fellow cast mates.”

What do you think of the claims? Sound off in comments below.

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Sick Twist: Cops Believe Mollie Tibbetts’ Abductor Attended Vigil For Missing Student

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Cops believe Mollie Tibbetts abductor attended a vigil for the missing Iowa college student, RadarOnline.com learned exclusively.

The FBI-led investigation into the missing jogger is closing in on suspects and a source close to the investigation has exclusively told Radar they believe the person is hiding in plain sight.

The source said: “There is reason to believe the person responsible for Mollie’s disappearance attended a vigil and has continued to closely follow the case.”

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The mole also insisted the abductor is also likely to have assisted members of the community in searching for the missing girl.

The source added: “There is reason to believe Mollie is still being held captive and whoever this person is, agents from the FBI and local law enforcement agencies are closing in.

“It appears that they’re primarily looking for single, divorced or widowed men who live in the surrounding counties.

“Mollie’s digital footprints, witnesses and credible leads are being rapidly pursued.”

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As Radar readers know, the 20-year-old University of Iowa student vanished while out for a run on July 18 in the secluded community of Brooklyn, Iowa.

Agents from the FBI and Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) have questioned neighbors, asking them to turn over any photos taken at a vigil for Mollie and other missing persons on August 1.

Mollie’s parents have previously said how they believe the person who abducted their daughter was known to her.

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Her father Rob Tibbetts has previously said: “I do believe Mollie is with someone who she knows, probably someone who cares about her. But that relationship was misguided, misinterpreted and went wrong, and I think they’re in a place with Mollie and don’t know how to get themselves out of this horrible situation.

Those investigating the case have made very little information public, as they believe it could jeopardize their case.

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