Writer who sued 'Da Vinci Code' author dies at 64

LONDON - Richard Leigh, a writer of alternative history who unsuccessfully sued for plagiarism over themes in Dan Brown's blockbuster novel 'The Da Vinci Code,' has died, his agent said Friday. He was 64.

U.S.-born Leigh, who had lived in Britain for three decades, died in London on Nov. 21 of causes related to a heart condition, the Jonathan Clowes Agency said.

Leigh was co-author of 'The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail,' a work of speculative nonfiction that claimed Jesus Christ fathered a child with Mary Magdalene and that the bloodline continues today.

Hogan says wife can support

herself, son Nick

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Hulk Hogan said in a court filing that his wife, who has filed for divorce, can support herself and can help support their 17-year-old son Nick.

Hogan's petition, filed Wednesday under his real name, Terry Bollea, also said Nick is old enough to decide which parent he wants to live with.

Linda Bollea, who filed for divorce earlier this month after 24 years of marriage, is seeking an unspecified amount of alimony and child support.

Items from Luther Vandross' estate will be up for sale

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. - Fans of the legendary singer Luther Vandross, who died in 2005 at 54, will have a chance to bid on more than 1,000 items that offer a glimpse into his superstar existence.

On Wednesday and Thursday, his estate will auction just about everything including his handwritten lyrics to 'Love Forgot."

Akon charged in New York case of fan-tossing

FISHKILL, N.Y. - Akon is facing criminal charges after a fan said she suffered a concussion when the star tossed a teenager off the stage and onto her in the concert crowd.

Akon, 34, is scheduled to appear in Fishkill Town Court on Monday morning for arraignment on a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a minor, and second-degree harassment, a violation, according to a news release.