Was Anton Yelchin’s Jeep Faulty?

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Remind me never to buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

LAPD are investigating whether the Jeep Grand Cherokee that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin had some kind of  design flaw to it, that somehow made it possible for the vehicle to roll after being parked. I know, it seems far fetched but it’s also part of the weirdness of this tragic death.

Just to fill ya in, the 27 year old actor’s body was found on Sunday pinned between his own car and the gate to his house in Studio City, California, after his vehicle rolled backward down the steep driveway.

The spokesperson says the car was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee – the same model that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled in April after the vehicle was investigated for a possible transmission issue, an FCA official tells PEOPLE.

“We are looking into that,” the LAPD spokesperson says. “The investigation is still ongoing and the traffic detectives will look at all of those factors as they would in any traffic collision investigation. So, at this time we’re not sure what caused it, but that’s something investigators are looking at.”

The FCA official tells PEOPLE that 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees, manufactured between July 16, 2012 and Dec. 22, 2015, were recalled by the company after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated a possible transmission defect.

The vehicle’s gear-shift design makes it difficult to tell what gear the vehicle is in, according to a report from the NHTSA.

In the report, the NHTSA said that “drivers erroneously concluding that their vehicle’s transmission is in the ‘park’ position may be struck by the vehicle and injured if they attempt to get out of the vehicle while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, FCA officials said it is too early “to speculate on the cause of this tragedy.”

The L.A. County Medical Examiner’s Office told PEOPLE that it’s believed Yelchin’s vehicle was not properly parked before he walked behind the car. Lt. Larry Dietz with the L.A. County coroner’s office told CBS News that the office “concluded that Yelchin’s death was an accident” caused by “blunt traumatic asphyxia.”

Dietz said it appeared Yelchin hadn’t properly put his car in park – he added that it was “just one of those freak accidents.”

No cause of death has been determined yet OR what caused the crash, according to LAPD Media relations officer Andrew Neiman:

“At this time, all indications appear to lead our investigators to believe this was a tragic accident,” he said. “The investigation is ongoing so we have not made any final determination as to the cause of the accident only that it does appear to be accidental and not an intentional act.”

As of April, the automaker was aware of 41 injuries potentially related to the transmission defect, the company said in a statement.

However, “the vehicles involved in these events were inspected and no evidence of equipment failure was found.”

The company official says that the vehicles have “warning chimes” and lights that let the driver know what gear the car is in.

“However, investigation suggested these measures may be insufficient to deter some drivers from exiting their vehicles without selecting ‘park.’ ”

(Via People)

Ugh, so sad. And so strange. What do YOU think- was it a faulty vehicle or just one of those horrible, tragic things that happens?

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Tori Spelling And Tiffani Thiessen Squash Their Super Old 90210 BEEF

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FRIENDS AGAIN?!

After nearly 10 years of cold, hard beefin’, Beverly Hills, 90210 costars Tori Spelling and Tiffani Thiessen recently reconnected at their kids’ L.A. school, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly:

Spelling — who has Liam, 9, Stella, 8, Hattie, 4, and Finn, 3, with Dean McDermott — and the mom of Harper, 6, and Holt, 11 months (with Brady Smith), “hugged at a picnic,” says an onlooker.  “They’re getting back on the path of being really close again.”

The rift began in 2006 when Spelling, 43, cheated on then-husband Charlie Shanian with McDermott, 49. The True Tori star broke the news of the split to Shanian through their therapist. Thiessen, 42, who was close with Shanian, “took it personally,” adds the source. “She took Charlie’s side over Tori’s.”

But now, continues the source, “she and Tori have mutual friends and it’s easier to get along.”

Spelling, who played Donna Martin, opened up to Ryan Seacrest in 2010 about feuding with her 90210 pals. “All of a sudden I marry Dean, and I don’t know what happened,” she said. “I lost all my cast members.”

When asked about Thiessen, who played Valerie Malone, Spelling admitted, “She doesn’t talk to me anymore.”

(Via US Weekly)

Honestly, it’s a pretty legit reason to not talk to someone for a while- Dean and Tori’s insane whirlwind of a relationship doesn’t sound cute at all. In fact, it sounds pretty toxic. I’ve always liked Thiessen more than Spelling, and this kind of validates things for me.  And yes, time does heal all wounds, but you know, it’ll take time for a 90210 selfie, ya know?

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Tom Hiddleston Does NOT Want To Talk About Taylor Swift, Thankyouverymuch

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Tom Hiddleston was all up in New York on Friday, and I’m assuming they’re shacking up in her West Village rental. Taylor’s penthouse is undergoing extensive renovations so in the meantime, she’s renting a five-bedroom townhouse with an indoor pool at a cool rental price of $40,000 a month – you can see the photos of the new place here. Very BLANK SPACE, shall we say.

Anyhow, this photo (and video) shows Tom leaving to the gym and being picked up by Taylor’s car and driver. There’s video of the paparazzi asking him annoying questions as he briefly made his way to Taylor’s car. Check it out and tell us if you think this is just kind of a whirlwind thing or if it has lasting power!

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Monday, June 20th, 2016 at 12:12pm
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Ozzy And Sharon Osbourne Are Still A Couple. -And Other LINKS!!!

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Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon are still a thing, despite all that CHEATIN.’ Dlisted

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