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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: R&B singer Pendergrass dies at 59

R&B singer Pendergrass dies at 59

NEW YORK -- R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass, who was one of the most electric and successful figures in music until a car crash 28 years ago left him in a wheelchair, has died of colon cancer. He was 59.

Pendergrass died Wednesday in suburban Philadelphia, where he had been hospitalized for months.

The singer's son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said his father underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had ''a difficult recovery.''

Before the crash, Pendergrass established a new era of R&B with an explosive, raw voice that symbolized masculinity, passion and the joys and sorrow of romance in songs such as ''Close the Door,'' ''It Don't Hurt Now,'' ''Love T.K.O.'' and other hits that have since become classics.

Clooney, MTV working on Haiti telethon

NEW YORK -- MTV Networks said it is working with George Clooney to stage a telethon for Haitian earthquake relief on Jan. 22.

A representative for MTV said Thursday that details are still being worked out. But Mark Jafar said they are planning one.

There's no word yet about other stars getting involved.

Gary Coleman settles man's injury lawsuit

SALT LAKE CITY -- An attorney said a personal injury lawsuit against actor Gary Coleman and his wife over an incident at a Utah bowling alley has been settled.

Dustin Lance, the attorney for Colt Rushton, said his client's suit against Coleman and Shannon Price was settled within the last 30 days.

Rushton sued Coleman over a September 2008 incident in which the actor allegedly hit Rushton with his truck in a Payson bowling alley parking lot after an altercation over photos.