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

Denise Nickerson

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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Pregnant Reality Star’s Mother Hospitalized In Shock After Suspected OD Death

Pregnant reality star Lyric McHenry’s mother was “hysterical” when she found out about her daughter’s tragic death and was rushed to the hospital, RadarOnline.com exclusively learned.

At McHenry’s California home her mother’s friend Pat told Radar about the traumatic reaction: “We had to send her mother to the hospital to calm her down.”

Pat told Radar she was “trying to keep everyone together,” as the family absorbed the horrific news of McHenry’s death.

The 26-year-old’s mother, Jennifer, was “crying and fell to the ground and we had to catch her,” a source said about the shocking situation.

“She’s hysterical and they had to get her to the hospital,” the source said.

McHenry’s family was planning to “take shifts and sit with her so she’s not alone for a couple of hours,” at the hospital the source revealed.

McHenry was found wearing a pajama top, no pants but with underwear on, sprawled out on a sidewalk. She was allegedly found with a “small ziplock bag containing cocaine.”

The 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.”

Stay with Radar for updates to the story.

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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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Lisa Marie Presley Testifies In Nasty Divorce — Accuses Ex Of Stealing ‘Millions’

Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Lockwood

The ongoing battle between Lisa Marie Presley and her estranged husband Michael Lockwood played out in a Los Angeles court as Elvis’ famous daughter testified her ex stole “millions” from her — and claimed he shouldn’t receive any spousal support, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report.

During her testimony at Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, August 14, Presley said she believed Lockwood reviewed the postnuptial agreement before he signed it on November 2007.

When asked by Lockwood’s attorney Jeff Sturman on whether she thought it was fair that Lockwood did not receive any spousal support if their marriage ended, Presley answered, “Correct.”

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“You thought it was fair because you would not have wanted a man who wanted money from you, had you known if he was that way, right?” Sturman asked Presley.

“Not true,” Presley answered.

At the heart of the legal drama between the feuding exes is whether or not the postnuptial agreement signed by Presley and Lockwood is valid. Both sides appeared before Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman on Tuesday to argue over the validity of that agreement.

Presley filed for divorce from Lockwood on June 2016 after 10 years of marriage. They have two twin 9-year old daughters, Harper and Finley.

Presley’s attorney, Gary Fishbein, said in court filings that Lockwood knew he was forgoing spousal support from Presley when he signed the agreement. Lockwood is only now “claiming ignorance,” even when he had a chance to negotiate the postnuptial agreement before signing, Fishbein wrote in an affidavit.

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However, Sturman claimed that Presley’s former attorney, Jane Saltsman, allegedly withheld information related to the agreement and took “unfair advantage” of Lockwood.

At Tuesday’s hearing, however, Saltsman testified she had multiple communications with Lockwood’s then attorney, Alan Neiman, concerning the postnuptual agreement. She testified that Neiman told her that Lockwood was “fine” with the agreement, which said Lockwood would not receive spousal support or community properties.

The only thing Lockwood wanted changed in the agreement concerned proceeds from the music the former couple had created together, Saltsman testified.

During her testimony, Presley also said Lockwood had run up her credit card bills into “millions of dollars,” and she only found out about the charges around November 2015. She said she considered those charges as money owed to her by Lockwood, which he has not paid back.

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However, when asked by Sturman if Lockwood’s name appeared on the divorce filings that lists their community assets and outstanding debts, Presley said no.

“If she believed she was owned millions of dollars by Michael Lockwood, she would have put that down as an asset,” Sturman told Radar exclusively after the hearing. “That would suggest she didn’t believe there was a such debt owed to her. … One day she says he stole thousands of dollars from her, the next she says ‘millions.’ That is consistent with the way she has testified: she is consistently inconsistent.”

Fishbein declined to comment about the hearing.

The hearing concerning the validity of the postnuptial agreement will continue at Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday.

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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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