Celebrity News 06-23-11

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By Associated Press

‘Jackass’ star Dunn dies

PHILADELPHIA — “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn, who along with his cast mates made Americans cringe and snicker through vulgar stunts in their multimillion-dollar TV and movie franchise, was killed early Monday in a fiery car crash. He was 34.
Dunn, a daredevil who gained notoriety for diving into a sewage tank and performing other unsavory stunts, was driving his 2007 Porsche in suburban Philadelphia when it careened off the road, flipped over a guardrail and crashed into the woods before bursting into flames. A passenger, Zachary Hartwell, 30, of West Chester, Pa., was also killed, and speed may have been a factor in the crash, West Goshen Township police said.
Both Dunn and Hartwell were severely burned. Police said they were able to identify Dunn through his tattoos and hair.

Miss California wins crown

LAS VEGAS — America’s latest Miss USA winner is a California model and self-described history geek, obsessed with Britain’s monarchy of centuries past but also a fan of “Star Wars.”
Alyssa Campanella of Los Angeles says on Twitter that she was born in the wrong time period and played the popular pig-exploding game Angry Birds backstage on her iPad before the pageant Sunday night.
She hopes to keep modeling after her run as Miss USA is finished, depending on how she does representing the country at Miss Universe in September in Brazil.
The celebrity she’d most like to meet, now that she’s one herself? Pastry chef Buddy Valastro of TLC reality show Cake Boss.

Winehouse cancels shows

LONDON — Amy Winehouse canceled part of her European tour on Sunday, a day after the British singer was heavily booed for being late and displaying erratic behavior on stage during a concert in Serbia.
The concert late Saturday in the Serbian capital of Belgrade kicked off what was to be a 12-date tour of Europe. But Winehouse decided to cancel appearances in Istanbul on Monday and in Athens on Wednesday, according to a statement from publicity company Outside Organization.
Her representatives said it would be “worked out as soon as possible” whether she would attend the rest of her European tour. The next scheduled concert date after Athens is July 8 in Bilbao, Spain. The tour was to end in Bucharest, Romania, on Aug. 15.
Winehouse would like to say sorry to fans expecting to see her in Turkey and Greece, but “feels that this is the right thing to do,” the statement said.

The Associated Press