Member of Cannibal band dies at 65
LOS ANGELES -- Richard Lopez, an original member of the band Cannibal & the Headhunters which scored a 1965 hit with ''Land of 1,000 Dances,'' has died. He was 65.
Gene Aguilera, the group's manager during a comeback a decade ago, said Lopez died of lung cancer July 30 at a convalescent hospital in Garden Grove, Calif.
Lopez and three other East Los Angeles high school students formed the band in the 1960s. Lopez was nicknamed ''Scar,'' and ''Cannibal'' was Frank Garcia, who sings the iconic phrase ''Naa na na na naa'' on ''Land of 1,000 Dances.'' It spent 14 weeks on Billboard's Top 100.
Armstrong, Wonder join cancer telethon
LOS ANGELES -- Lance Armstrong, Robin Roberts and Michael C. Hall are among the celebrities affected by cancer who will take part in a TV fundraiser next month.
''Stand Up to Cancer'' announced Thursday appearances by other actors, athletes and musicians who have faced the disease, including Maura Tierney, Christina Applegate and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Elizabeth Edwards, who kicked off the first ''Stand Up to Cancer'' telethon in 2008 with Armstrong, is taking part again.
One of the night's musical performances will be led by Stevie Wonder and include Natasha Bedingfield, Queen Latifah, Martina McBride, Aaron Neville and Dave Stewart.
''Stand Up to Cancer'' will air commercial-free Sept. 10 (8 p.m.-9 p.m.) on the four major broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, as well as on a number of cable channels. News anchors Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams are the hosts.
Police probe doctor's crash
LOS ANGELES -- Police are investigating the accident that killed celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan, including whether texting or tweeting may have played a role.
''We haven't confirmed anything regarding the cause of the collision,'' California Highway Patrol officer Steve Reid said Wednesday, adding that detectives are ''looking into several factors, including texting and Twittering that may have played a role in the accident.''
Ryan's last post on Twitter was at 4:10 p.m. PDT Monday.