Three 6 Mafia’s Lord Infamous, Dead At Age 40


Founding member of Memphis, Tennessee hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia, Lord Infamous, has died. The 40-year-old rapper was found dead in his mother’s home in Memphis on Friday night US time, with fellow Three 6 Mafia member Gangsta Boo breaking the news via Twitter the next morning.

“Rest in Peace Lord Infamous please respect the family and dear friends during this tragedy (sic),” wrote Gangsta Boo in his tweet. Fellow crew member Juicy J likewise extended condolences to his fallen friend via Twitter, along with a raft of other rappers including Lil Wyte and Bun B.

Lord Infamous, real name Ricky Dunigan, was the half-brother of fellow Three 6 Mafia member DJ Paul, who confirmed the cause of death as a heart attack to The Hollywood Reporter. “He’ll be remembered as a legend, everybody knew him as a legend, an icon,” Paul told the magazine.

“He passed away in his sleep from a heart attack… He said he was tired, he wanted to sleep. He sat down at the kitchen table, put his head in his arms to lay down…to get some sleep,” Paul explained. Paul learned of Dunigan’s death via phone calls from the rapper’s mother and girlfriend.

Dunigan joined Three 6 Mafia at its inception in 1991, going on to score underground hits such as 2000′s Sippin’ on Some Syrup and crossover singles such as 2005′s Stay Fly and It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp from the Hustle & Flow soundtrack, which won an Oscar for Best Original Song.

UPDATE: Dunigan’s half-brother, DJ Paul, has opened up about the rapper’s legacy in a new interview with XXL magazine, describing him as “the nicest dude in the world” and crediting him, along with the rest of the Three 6 Mafia crew, as “one of the creators of crunk.”

“He was one of the creators of crunk and the whole dark sound music with 808s and repetitive hooks that we did. All the drugs and the stuff that we talked about before rappers were even ready to do it… The whole crunk thing–the whole sound of the dirty South…it’s nationwide.”

Speaking about his brother as a person, he says, “He was telling his momma last week that he wanted to get right with everybody that he ever made mad in his life. But he never made anybody mad because everybody loved him… He was the nicest dude in the world.”

“Lately, he was so happy about everything that was going on like the regroup of the crew,” he adds. “That was his idea. He fought for that with me. He was like, ‘We got to do this.’ It was supposed to be just me and him… But he wanted to do the group thing first, with the whole group.”

Asked about a stroke Dunigan suffered in 2010, DJ Paul says, “He seemed like he was all right. He just had to walk with a cane. He got his speech back together; he was getting over the whole cane situation. He started to dance on stage, wildn’ just like usual.”

“It hasn’t hit me yet. It’s real sad. But I’m happy that he went peacefully because he was asleep and he wasn’t hurt, because anyone who knew him, anyone who grew up with him know he escaped death a gazillion times,” Paul told HipHopDX.

(Via Billboard)

Seahawks’ Browner banned indefinitely for substance abuse


Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has been suspended indefinitely for violating the National Football League’s substance abuse policy, the NFL said on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old’s suspension begins immediately, the league said in a statement.

According to a league source, Browner turned down a deal that would have “significantly reduced” his initial one-year suspension, reported.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2011, Browner had argued that he missed drug tests while not competing in the NFL, though that appeal was denied because the league had notified him of those tests in writing.

Browner was also suspended for four games last season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Browner, who signed with the Seahawks and started every game of the 2011 season, had played eight games during this campaign.

In his absence, Seattle (12-2) has already secured a playoff spot with the best record in the league and can clinch the NFC West division title and home-field advantage in the postseason with a win against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)

Oscar De La Hoya completes 90 days in rehab

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Oscar De La Hoya is latest Hollywood personality to complete 90 days in rehab for substance abuse problems.

According to a source connected to the troubled former boxer and founder of combat sports promotional firm, Golden Boy Promotions, the three months were spent at the swanky Cliffside Malibu rehab facility, also recently frequented by party girl Lindsay Lohan.

De La Hoya, 40, was released about two weeks ago.

“Oscar is doing really well and is now going to lots of (AA) meetings and determined to follow his after care program,” a De La Hoya insider told FOX411. “He also really wants to help other people with addiction problems. He wants to do whatever he can to serve.”

It was reported in September that graphic photos of De La Hoya on an alleged cocaine binge during a Vegas party were being shopped around media circles. The boxer turned businessman promptly checked himself into a then undisclosed facility right before the highly-anticipated Mayweather versus Canelo fight – one of the biggest fights ever put on by his Golden Boy Promotions company.

De La Hoya also spent time in rehab back in 2011.

“It’s different this time,” the source assured us. “Nobody checks into rehab on a winning streak, but he’s fighting this with the same approach he fought to win fights in the ring.”

Aside from a lucrative professional career, the Olympic gold medal-winning boxer has two children with wife Millie Corretjer, and three children from previous relationships with Toni Alvarado, Angelique McQueen and Shanna Moakler.

Ultimately, we’re told De La Hoya’s faith is playing a prominent role in his road to recovery. And although he didn’t address rehab specifically, the sportsman did acknowledge the help from those around him via Twitter on Wednesday.

“I am grateful and humbled for all the support I’ve been receiving,” De La Hoya wrote. “Life is better than ever before #1day@atime #GOD.”

Reps for De La Hoya and Cliffside Malibu did not respond to a request for comment.

Director and producer Adam Shankman checkes into rehab.

Director and producer Adam Shankman has checked into rehab.

The 49-year-old’s rep confirmed the news in a statement to Us Weekly Monday.

“Adam Shankman is currently seeking treatment in a rehabilitation center,” the statement read. “His friends and family support him and wish him well on his journey to recovery.”

It is unclear for what he is seeking treatment.

"TrevorLIVE LA" Honoring Jane Lynch And Toyota For The Trevor Project - ArrivalsOn Dec. 8, Shankman served as executive producer and director of the TrevorLIVE event in Hollywood. TrevorLIVE is a semi-annual event benefitting The Trevor Project, a suicide and crisis intervention group helping lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

He was smiling on the red carpet earlier in the night, E! News notes.

Shankman is best known for his directorial and choreography work. He has directed episodes of popular TV shows like “Glee” and “Modern Family,” as well as big-screen flicks like “Rock of Ages,” “Hairspray,” “Cheaper By the Dozen 2” and “A Walk to Remember.”

What to do in case of an MDMA overdose?

Adverse effects

Also, serious adverse events in MDMA users may be an interaction of the drug with a preexisting medical condition. Risk of adverse event after MDMA consumption is thought to be increased by preexisting cardiovascular problems, such as cardiomyopathy, hypertension, viral myocarditis, and congenital cardiac conduction abnormalities (such as Wolff–Parkinson–White, Romano–Ward, Brugada, and Jervell and Lange–Nielsen Syndromes).
Serious adverse events in MDMA users may also be caused by drugs sold as “ecstasy”, but which are not actually MDMA. Dangerous overheating, sometimes fatal, is associated with drugs such as PMA or 4-MTA. To help mitigate risks associated with the consumption of MDMA, certain organizations have created screening test kits to prevent the consumption of more harmful substances such as PMA, Methamphetamine, 2C analogs, BZP and TFMPP.


An important cause of death following MDMA use is hyponatremia, low blood sodium levels as a result of drinking too much water.While it is important to avoid becoming dehydrated, especially when out dancing in a hot environment, there have been a number of users suffering from water intoxication and associated hyponatremia (dilution of the blood that can cause swelling of the brain). Although many cases of this clearly involved individuals drinking large amounts of water, there are cases where there is no evidence of excessive water consumption. Their cases may be caused by MDMA inducing release of the antidiuretic hormone vasopressin by the pituitary gland. The action of vasopressin on the renal tubules leads to the retention of water, resulting in users producing less urine. (This is unrelated to having difficulty passing urine, a phenomenon known colloquially as E-wee).Hyponatremia also affects marathon runners and bodybuilders, who have been known to die from similar causes, as a result of drinking too much water and sweating out too much salt. It affects women more than men.

Hyponatremia is preventable by drinking fluid containing sodium, such as that contained in sports drinks (typically ~20mM NaCl).


The primary acute risks of taking MDMA resemble those of other stimulant amphetamines. The second most important cause of death from MDMA use is hyperthermia, core body temperature rising too high until the major organs shut down at about 42°C. This is comparatively more problematic than blood salt imbalance, harder to treat and to avoid. MDMA-related hyperthermia may occur as a symptom of serotonin syndrome, which is where too much serotonin is released into the brain. This can occur with MDMA if too much 5HTP or other serotonergic drugs are consumed together. 50–200 mg of 5HTP is believed by some users to make MDMA work better and last longer, but anecdotally more than 300 mg 5HTP may increase risk of serotonin syndrome, which can lead into lethal hyperthermia if it becomes too severe. It has been suggested that hyperthyroidism may also increase risk of MDMA-related hyperthermia.
Note that this is different from normal hyperthermia. Dance parties are an obvious hyperthermia risk environment, the venue often being hot and crowded, and the attending public dancing whilst on stimulant drugs. Ideally the temperature inside the dance rooms should be maintained in the range 24–27°C; MDMA affects the body’s ability to regulate temperature and it is easy to become either too hot or too cold if the temperature is outside of this range.
Mild hyperthermia and/or dehydration can occur from dancing too long, and users may recover with administration of fluids and rest in a cooler environment. However, if the user expresses concern about how hot they feel, or if their body temperature is still rising even when they have stopped dancing and are in a cooler environment, and their skin is hot and dry to the touch, then they may be developing more dangerous drug-induced hyperthermia, and these cases should be taken to and handled by a medical professional immediately. Treatment is most effective the sooner it is given, as with all adverse drug reactions. Hyperthermia is a particular concern if MDMA use is combined with other substances, such as 5HTP, or if additional stimulants are involved, such as methamphetamine or cocaine. MDMA is also implicated in affecting the mechanism of uncoupling protein (UCP), more specifically UCP3 in mitochondria which can lead to the abnormal thermogenic response.
In animal studies, a combination of prazosin (α1 adrenergic antagonist) and pindolol (5-HT1A antagonist/beta blocker) quickly and completely terminates drug-induced hyperthermia. Another drug, the migraine medicine pizotyline has also been shown to be useful in treating MDMA overdose in animals. However, neither of these treatments are approved for use in humans.
MDMA appears to decrease heat loss in the body by causing constriction of blood vessels near the skin. In addition, it can increase heat production by muscles and the brain. These effects may be amplified in people who become dehydrated and are therefore unable to cool by sweating. On top of this, MDMA can mask the body’s normal thirst and exhaustion responses, particularly if a user is dancing or is otherwise physically active for long periods of time without hydration. Because of these effects, MDMA can temporarily reduce the body’s ability to regulate its core temperature so that high-temperature surroundings (e.g. clubs) combined with physical exertion may lead to hyperpyrexia if precautions are not taken to remain cool. Sustained hyperpyrexia may lead to rhabdomyolysis, which in turn can cause renal failure and death. Depending on the initial cause of rhabdomyolysis, it may be successfully treated with dantrolene if diagnosed early enough, but often the characteristic symptoms may not be apparent until the condition is already severe.


MDMA-induced hyperthermia may be treated with dantrolene.


Due to the difference between the recreational dose and the lethality dose, it is extremely rare for a death to be accredited just to the consumption of MDMA. While a typical recreational dose is roughly 100–150 mg (often being measured by eye and dealt with as fractions of a gram), this dose is often then repeated but remains well below the lethal dose. Consumption of the drug can be self-reinforcing while under the influence, and overdoses can occur.
The standard treatment for MDMA overdose given in hospitals includes a range of drugs such as cyproheptadine or chlorpromazine but these are often of limited efficacy. MDMA overdose mainly results in hyperthermia and hyponatremia, which leads onto convulsions from the hyponatremia and rhabdomyolysis (toxic muscle breakdown) from the hyperthermia. These complications can be treated; benzodiazepines such as diazepam or lorazepam are used to control convulsions and dantrolene blocks rhabdomyolysis.
It’s been argued that “the seriousness of the effects can be dependent on environmental factors other than the drug concentration”, as blood concentrations of the drug spanned a large range in cases of death in MDMA users. This not-with-standing, “most of the cases of serious toxicity or fatality have involved blood levels… up to 40 times higher than the usual recreational range.”
Quoted from Dr. Julie Holland: “Not only are MDMA related cases a small percentage of all drug-related emergency room visits, but a large percentage of MDMA cases are not life-threatening. In a recent study conducted by the physicians in the Emergency Department of Bellevue, (Rella, Int J Med Toxicol 2000; 3(5): 28) regional hospital ecstasy cases phoned into the New York City poison control center were analyzed. There were 191 cases reported during the years 1993 to 1999 inclusive. This is a rate of fewer than thirty cases per year. 139 cases (73%) were mild and experienced minor or no toxicity. The most commonly reported symptoms were increased heart rate (22%), agitation (19%), and nausea and vomiting (12%). In these seven years, only one ecstasy-related death was reported, which was due to hyperthermia, or overheating.

Other adverse effects

MDMA users almost always experience bruxism (teeth grinding) and trismus (jaw clenching) as a short-term effect from the drug.[34] Many users of MDMA alleviate this by using chewing gum, or chewing on improvised mouth guards (such as a small plastic glow stick or pacifier). Temporary jaw ache often results from jaw clenching or excessive chewing. Some users consume supplemental magnesium tablets to relax the jaw muscles and relieve clenching, although this practice has not been formally studied. In extreme cases, MDMA use has been associated with excessive wear of teeth and resulting dental problems.
Liver damage, which may have an immunological cause, has been seen in a small number of users. It is not clear to what extent liver toxicity is caused by MDMA or other compounds found in ecstasy tablets. Animal studies suggest MDMA can cause liver damage and that the risk and extent of liver damage is increased by high body temperature.
While there has been an urban legend that having an allergy to penicillin or related antibiotics means one is allergic to MDMA, this myth is baseless, as the two drugs are far too different for an allergy to one to translate into an allergy to the other.
In very rare cases, MDMA has been associated with serious neurological problems such as subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracranial bleeding, or cerebral infarction. Similar problems have been noted with amphetamines. The mechanisms are thought to involve the short-term hypertension leading to damage of cerebral blood vessels, especially in patients with pre-existing conditions such as arteriovenous malformations or cerebral angiomas.
While users sometimes report increased sexual desire, there are many reports of difficulty achieving both erection and orgasm while on the drug. It has been said that, “[MDMA] is a love drug but not a sex drug for most people.” This is the rationale behind the use of sextasy (combining MDMA with Viagra).
The combination of MDMA and low doses of viagra has been shown to prevent MDMA related serotonin depletion in rats. It even has a preventative effect 24 hours later by increasing resistance to MDMA-related oxidative stress

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Physical warning signs:

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  2. Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  3. Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits
  4. Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
  5. Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination

Behavioral warning signs:

  1. Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
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  4. Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies
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MDMA-Related ER Visits Increased 128 Percent in the Last 6 Years


A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that MDMA-related visits have increased by a shocking 129 percent in just the last six years. The report also indicates that visits among individuals younger than 21 years has jumped from 4,460 in 2005 to over 10,000 in 2011.
“These findings raise concerns about the increase in popularity of this potentially harmful drug, especially in young people. Ecstasy is a street drug that can include other substances that can render it even more potentially harmful. We need to increase awareness about this drug’s dangers and take other measures to prevent its sue,” Peter Delany, MD, SAMSHA’s director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Statistics and Quality said, via a press release.

The Drug Policy Alliance notes that a typical dose of MDMA (also known as Molly) is around 100 to 125 mg and typically lasts four to six hours. The effects of the drug resemble both stimulants and psychedelics, according to the organization.
As more throughout the United States are using the product, especially in the club seen, health organizations note that the drug can cause body temperature to increase to a dangerously high levels that may increase the risk of renal and cardiac failure.
This pure form of ecstasy is often mixed with high amounts of alcohol, which can also be linked to higher rates of distortion of sense or perception of time.
And unfortunately, the drug is often popularized in music and by many celebrities, despite ample cause for concern with the illegal compounds.

Pair linked to parcel containing 4kg of MDMA granted bail

TWO men linked to a parcel allegedly containing about 4kg of MDMA siezed in a raid have been freed on bail.

Jonathan Kirkpatrick, 25, and Adrian Clarence Blanch, 27, were arrested following a raid by the Australian Federal Police on Monday, which also allegedly netted drug paraphernalia and almost $10,000 in cash, the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court heard.

Kirkpatrick was charged with attempting to possess a border-controlled drug.

Blanch was charged with attempting to import a border-controlled drug.

They both separately appeared in the prisoner’s dock before Magistrate Jacqui Payne on Tuesday.

An AFP spokesperson said earlier this month, officers from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service examined a parcel that was allegedly found to contain about 4kg of a substance that tested positive for MDMA.

It was referred to the AFP, who executed a number of search warrants, the spokesperson said.

During Kirkpatrick’s hearing, lawyer Adam Magill told the court his client was an electrician and had been awarded a contract to work in Sydney for six weeks.

He said he had “heavy ties” to Queensland and had been taking time to visit his parents in Brisbane.

Kirkpatrick was granted bail along with a number of conditions including that he report to police twice a week and surrender his passport.

The court heard Blanch had started his painting apprenticeship nine years ago and had been working on a contractual basis for his employer.

During the hearing, Commonwealth prosecutor Ben Satiu argued Blanch may be at risk of failing to appear.

But Ms Payne bailed him after the accused’s employer decided to put up a $10,000 surety.

He must also report to police twice a week, surrender his passport and is banned from setting foot near any points of international departure.

Both men are set to reappear in court on January 17.

Demi Lovato’s Drug Abuse



Demi Lovato is speaking out about her past drug use in a very candid new interview with Access Hollywood’s Kit Hoover. The 21-year-old star, who wrote her memoir “Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year,” opened up to Hoover on the set of “The X Factor.” “I’m very, very good at manipulating people and that was something that I did in my disease, I would manipulate everyone around me. There were times I would just continue to lie so that everything looked OK on the outside,” she told Hoover.

In fact, Lovato said she went to great lengths when it came to ensuring she could use drugs wherever she was. “Something I’ve never talked about before, but with my drug use I could hide it to where I would sneak drugs. I couldn’t go without 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes,” she revealed. “I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there. I’d sneak to the bathroom and I’d do it. That’s how difficult it got and that was even with somebody (with me). I had a sober companion, somebody who was watching me 24/7 and living with me (and) I was able to hide it from them as well.”

Lovato’s rock bottom – at just 19 years old – was found at the bottom of a soda bottle.

“I was going to the airport and I had a Sprite bottle just filled with vodka and it was just nine in the morning and I was throwing up in the car and this was just to get on a plane to go back to LA to the sober living house that I was staying at. … I had all the help in the world, but I didn’t want it,” she said looking back. “When I hit that moment I was like, it’s no longer fun when you’re doing it alone. I’ve really never talked about this stuff before. … I don’t know if I should be sharing this.

“I think at 19 years old, I had a moment where I was like, ‘Oh my God … that is alcoholic behavior. (It’s) no longer, ‘I’m young and rebellious and out having fun,’ it was, ‘Wow, I’m one of those people … I gotta get my s— together,’” she explained.

Lovato’s mom, Dianna, also sat down with Hoover for the interview, where she recounted dealing with her daughter’s addiction battles.

“I suspected (she was using drugs). It’s like any other parent, when you see things, when you see signs you don’t want to believe that’s what actually going on. So when they’re telling you that’s not what is going on … you want too badly to believe them and I think for a long time I was in denial,” she told Hoover.

“I didn’t know. I didn’t actually see her, so when she said, ‘Oh no, there’s nothing going on. I’m not using, I’m not drinking, I wasn’t doing any of these things,’ why was I not to believe her?” Lovato’s mom continued.

Lovato also opened up about her eating disorder, telling Hoover it began well before her teen years.

“It was always there, but then I just acted on it at around 8 or 9 years old. I started overeating, compulsively overeating. I would bake cookies and then eat the whole pan. I went from doing that to being unhappy with my body. I went to just completely starving myself and that turned into throwing up and starving myself and it was just this crazy battle going on inside of me,” she said looking back. “It got really difficult (and) I would throw up and it would just be blood and it was something that I realized if I don’t stop this, I am going to die.”

Following her 2010 inpatient rehab stint, the young star left with a greater understanding of the challenges her mom was also facing.

“I had issues I needed to work on as well because I wasn’t setting a good example for her,” Dianna revealed to Hoover. “I had a terrible eating disorder that I had for many, many years and I didn’t realize it and I had to face up to the fact that I was suffering as well. And a lot of what (Demi) went through with an eating disorder had to do with what she had seen growing up and I also had severe depression and I ended up asking for help actually they did an intervention with me and said, ‘Mom, you need to get help.’”

After both Lovato and her mother sought help, they grew closer and stronger as a family.

“The issue I had was definitely a mental health issue and I also had to get help for my struggles as well as she did and then once I did, we became closer as mother and daughter, (and) we also became well as a family,” Dianna said.

“I’m so … proud of her it makes me so happy,” Lovato said of her mother. “I love her so much.”