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  |   April 19, 2012 at 2:14 PM
Men at Work flautist Greg Ham dead at 58

MELBOURNE, April 19 (UPI) -- Greg Ham, flautist for the Australian pop-reggae band Men at Work, has been found dead at his Melbourne home, police said. He was 58.

"Police have established a crime scene, and the local crime investigation unit is attempting to determine cause of death," the Melbourne Herald Sun quoted a police spokeswoman as saying Thursday.

"There are a number of unexplained aspects to it which has caused our attendance here today, and we're assisting the local detectives to determine what has occurred," homicide squad Detective Senior Sgt. Shane O'Connell told reporters.

"At this point in time, because of the early stages of our investigation, we're not prepared to go into the exact details of what has occurred."

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of his death, which was discovered when an unidentified friend went to Ham's apartment because he couldn't get in touch with him, the detective said.

Men at Work was wrapped up in a copyright lawsuit for years regarding Ham's catchy flute riff from the 1980s hit, "Down Under." A court in 2010 decided it was the same as "Kookaburra," the music penned by a teacher more than 75 years ago for a Girl Guides competition.

"It has destroyed so much of my song," the Herald Sun reported Ham as saying at the time of the court decision. "It will be the way the song is remembered and I hate that. I'm terribly disappointed that that's the way I'm going to be remembered -- for copying something."

Ham also acted on the TV series "While You're Down There" and taught guitar at Carlton North Primary School in Melbourne.

He is survived by two children, the newspaper said.


Madonna not happy Lourdes, 15, smokes

NEW YORK, April 19 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Madonna admits she wasn't happy to see photos published showing her 15-year-old daughter, Lourdes Leon, smoking a cigarette.

"I wasn't very happy," the single mother of four told Harry Smith in an interview for TV's "Rock Center with Brian Williams."

"Honestly, I don't think I'm as tough as I should be [on my kids]. I think I need to be maybe tougher. It's hard -- every day is a negotiation," she said. "But cigarette smoking I'm not very fond of for anyone. I don't approve of anyone smoking cigarettes -- most of all my daughter."

Smith then noted Madonna smokes in her new "Girl Gone Wild" music video.

"I don't smoke," she said. "That's just an accessory, Harry. There's a difference. [Lourdes] smoked that cigarette before I did that video."


Jake Gyllenhaal to make off-Broadway debut

NEW YORK, April 19 (UPI) -- Film star Jake Gyllenhaal is to make his New York stage debut in Nick Payne's play, "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet," the show's producers said.

He is to begin performances Aug. 24. The Off-Broadway play will officially open Sept. 20, 2012 at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/Laura Pels Theatre. The limited engagement of 13 weeks will run through Nov. 25.

Three additional actors and the design team will be announced shortly, the show's producers said.

Gyllenhaal's film credits include "Donnie Darko," "The Good Girl," "Brokeback Mountain," "Brothers," "Jarhead," "Rendition" and "Zodiac."

He made his stage debut starring in Kenneth Lonergan's revival of "This Is Our Youth" in London's West End several years ago.

"Nick Payne is an exciting young voice in the British theater, and I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to introduce him to American audiences," Roundabout Theatre Co. Artistic Director Todd Haimes said in a statement. "When I read 'If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet,' I knew that not only did Nick have great range as a playwright, but that this was a perfect fit for the Laura Pels Theatre. Jake Gyllenhaal loves this play and the role of Terry, and I couldn't be happier that he has chosen to make his American stage debut with us."


'Somebody That I Used to Know' tops U.S. record chart

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart, Billboard.com reported Thursday.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 is fun.'s "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monae, followed by the Wanted's "Glad You Came" at No. 3, One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" at No. 4 and Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" at No. 5.

Rounding out the top tier are Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" featuring Si at No. 6, Nicki Minaj's "Starships" at No. 7, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" at No. 8, Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" at No. 9 and Katy Perry's "Part of Me" at No. 10.

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