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‘Our hearts are broken’: Jelani Day’s family demands answers after his death tentatively ruled a suicide

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Authorities have confirmed a body pulled out of the Illinois River is missing Illinois State University graduate student Jelani “JJ” Day.

The body was discovered floating near the south bank of the Illinois River on September 4, according to authorities.

The body was bloated and his features unrecognizable after being submerged in the water for days.

Jelani’s Chrysler 300 was found abandoned in a wooded area, near where the body was recovered.

The family was notified about the body, but police said identification of the remains could take weeks. A backlog of DNA cases delayed the identification process, police said.

The LaSalle County coroner’s office made the positive identification through forensic dental records and DNA on Friday, September 17 and announced their findings on Thursday, Sept. 23.

Jelani’s cause of death was tentatively ruled a suicide, since the body was recovered near the Illinois Rt. 251 Bridge.

Jelani, who was studying to be a speech pathologist, was last seen on surveillance video at a Bloomington marijuana dispensary on the morning of August 24.

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The clothing Jelani wore outside the cannabis store were found neatly folded in his car.

His wallet was discarded about three blocks away from where his car was located, authorities say.

The Day family is heartbroken and demanding answers about how the investigation was conducted.

Jelani’s mom, Carmen Bolden Day said it was not like her son to go missing intentionally without telling anyone his whereabouts.

She doesn’t accept the tentative ruling of suicide as a cause of death.

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“He wasn’t depressed. He didn’t have any kind of pressures that would make him want to escape from life,” she said. “So I do feel as if there was someone involved.”

“His dad actually has cancer and Jelani is the bone marrow match for his dad, and he would never abandon his father like that,” she told ABC7 Eyewitness News Wednesday. “He would come here in Chicago and visit him at Northwestern hospital, sit with him, you know, encourage him, pray with him.”

Day recalled the last phone conversation she had with her son.

“He said, ‘OK momma, I just wanted to hear your voice.’ And that’s what he did. He said that to me all the time,” she told Newsy. “He told me he was going to class and that he would call me later. He called me later on that night. (He) didn’t want nothing, we were just talking. And he said again, ‘OK momma, I’ll talk to you later. I just wanted to hear your voice.’ And that was our last conversation, on Monday the 23rd.”

Day’s family wrote Thursday on Facebook: “Our hearts are broken. We ask that you continue to pray for our family during what will be very hard days ahead.

“At this moment there are more questions than answers surrounding Jelani’s disappearance and death, and that is where we will focus our energy. As of this moment, we do not know what happened to Jelani and we will not stop until we do.”

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James Kennedy Offers Update on Max, Shades Lala for Meddling With Scheana’s Relationship as Raquel Slams Katie

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James Kennedy Offers Update on Max After Fight on Pump Rules, Shades Lala for Meddling With Scheana's Relationship and Slams Katie

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James Kennedy appeared on Tuesday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live with fiancee Raquel Leviss and during the appearance, he offered an update on his friendship with Max Todd.

After Raquel was seen presenting a peace offering to Max on James’ behalf during the latest episode of Vanderpump Rules, James revealed where the two of them stand today while also shading Lala Kent for meddling in the relationship of Scheana Shay and her fiancé Brock Davies.

“What is the current status of your friendship with Max and why are you always getting into the most stupid fights over food?” a fan asked, via webcam, on the October 19 episode of WWHL.

“Max and I, we’re on great terms. [I] wish we could hang out more but he’s just been so busy and I’ve been so busy but we are on good terms and I just get myself into these sticky situations sometimes and I gotta learn,” James replied, also confirming that Max “loved” his gift.

Then when Andy Cohen asked, “Do you agree with Lala that Scheana’s ignoring big red flags with Brock or do you have faith in Scheana’s judgment?,” James admitted to feeling that Lala should butt out of the relationships of other Pump Rules cast members.

“I’ve got faith in Scheana’s judgment and I don’t think Lala should be sticking her nose in everyone’s relationship business,” he told the host.

Also during the show, Raquel reacted to a question from Andy about Sandoval’s ongoing tension with Katie, who is determined to be involved with their new bar.

“Does Sandoval need to be more accepting of Katie’s potential role in the business or should she butt out?” Andy wondered.

“Do you want my honest answer? I think that she should butt out. It’s Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz’s business and I feel like she’s kind of bored with her life and she wants to insert herself,” Raquel replied.

Vanderpump Rules season nine airs Tuesday at 9/8c on Bravo.

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Rumor Control: Saweetie Curves Coupled Up Conclusions After Sitting Courtside By This Compton Rapper

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Rumor Control: Saweetie Curves Coupled Up Conclusions After Sitting Courtside By This Compton Rapper

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Friday Saweetie stepped out to enjoy some sports. Specifically, the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Phoenix Suns. Sharp eyed fans spotted the Bay Area beauty sitting beside none other than rapper Roddy Ricch and folks were off to the races speculating the pair might be dating.

Y’all… There are only so many prime seats in the arena. Celebs coincidentally end up sitting next to one another all the time, right?!

People were quick to assume otherwise though if these tweets are any indication.

It didn’t take long for Saweetie to address the speculation. She took to Twitter Saturday night saying, “So avoid sitting next to men in public places otherwise the world assumes y’all are dating … got it.”

Well there goes that. We want to see our Icy Girl happy and being loved on so we don’t blame folks for being ready for her to start exploring her options.

Fans will recall Saweetie dated Quavo for two years before going solo from the Migos rapper in March 2021.

Okay so maybe there’s no Westside connection with Roddy Ricch, but who do you think could be a good match for Saweetie?

We’d love to see her dating an A-list actor or maybe a millionaire entrepreneur!

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Drake Dresses Up As A Cowboy For 35th Birthday Bash With Larsa Pippen, Offset & More – Photos

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Drake held an amazing Halloween-themed birthday party at Goya Studios on Saturday night and it had some of Hollywood’s finest celebs dressed in their best costumes.

Drake always knows how to throw a great party and that’s exactly what he did to celebrate his 35th birthday! The rapper, whose big day is on Oct. 24, held a star-studded Halloween-themed bash at Goya Studios on the night of Oct. 23 and attendees like Larsa Pippen, Chris Brown, Offset, and more showed up in some epic costumes. Drake, himself, dressed up like a cowboy for the eventful night with a tan jacket full of fringe over a denim top and a white cowboy hat.

Drake showing off his cowboy costume. (The Daily Stardust / BACKGRID)

The party was also reportedly a Chico Amante-themed one, and since that translates to “lover boy,” it seems to be a tribute to Drake’s latest album, Certified Lover Boy. Larsa’s costume was Scarface‘s Elvira Hancock and included a long sleeveless silky white dress and platinum blonde wig while Chris and Offset didn’t appear to be anyone or anything but their already impressive selves. Chris’ outfit included a silky blue and white jacket over a light-colored sweater and jeans, while Offset wore his own tan silky short-sleeved top with multiple necklaces and black pants.

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Chris Brown showed up to Drake’s bash. (Roger / BACKGRID)

Other guests that showed up included Luka Sabbat, French Montana, Future, YG, NBA player Kawhi Leonard, and businessman James Goldstein, who, like Drake, also dressed up as a cowboy. The party looked like it was THE place to be this weekend and every guest seemed to be relaxed while flashing smiles to the camera.

Drake and other partygoers also shared some pics and videos, including one of his pals singing “Happy Birthday” to him in the fun venue, which can be seen above, and he looked as happy as could be. Folks clapped, drinks were had, and fantastic music was played, proving it was a night to remember!

This isn’t the first time Drake’s held a truly memorable birthday party. The talented artist is known for putting on an incredible time year after year and last year’s bash was no exception! He held the ritzy event in Los Angeles, CA and social media pics showed him dressed to impress in a dark gray blazer over a brown top as he mingled with guests like producer G-RY and enjoyed cake with sparklers and a tasty menu.

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