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West, 39, had been taken to the hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department after police had responded to a 911 call placed by his doctor.
But according to a source close to the rapper, there were signs of trouble as early as Halloween. “He wasn’t making a lot of sense when he talked, and he was texting a lot of strange stuff to people,” says the source. “Not dangerous, but he just didn’t make a lot of sense.”
“Part of loving Kanye is that he sometimes is talking on a different level from you, and you just listen,” the source continues. “But this was a lot more alarming.”
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According to the source, West would text and call around the clock. “When Kanye gets like this, he doesn’t sleep. So you’d wake up to like 20 texts. The more tired he got from not sleeping, the less sense he was making. He wasn’t in a good head space.”
It had clearly been a difficult patch for West. Two months before his breakdown, wife Kim Kardashian West had suffered a traumatic experience in which she was robbed at gunpoint and had millions of dollars worth of jewelry stolen from her in Paris. In November, the source says, he was dealing with the anniversary of his mother’s death.
“The pressure had gotten to him and he didn’t handle it well,” says the source. “He made himself exhausted. But was a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself.”
As the couple navigates this tough time, the source says that the rapper remains devoted to his family. “Kanye loves Kim very much, and he adores the kids,” says the source. “He would take a bullet for them. They’re his whole world. If can get through this, they’ll be so much stronger. I want them to be happy, and I think they will be happier together than they would be apart.”
In one of his final roles, Thicke will play Jenny Mollen‘s dad in her new ABC.com web series I Like You Just The Way I Am — and the actress and author reveals to PEOPLE that Thicke still had it.
“The episode is talking about how my dad is kind of my husband in, like, a sort of weird way, but not really. have this really romantic kiss at the end, even though he plays my dad,” Mollen, who is married to Jason Biggs, tells PEOPLE. “He was this 69-year-old man and I’m like, ‘He has game! I totally get it. I totally get the appeal, I get why he has a young, hot wife. This guy has so much game and swagger.’ ”
The actress also opens up about the “class act” Thicke was on set after only being cast as her father just one day prior to shooting: “He’s incredible. At the eleventh hour he comes in, I give him like pages and pages of a monologue and he just nails it and adds all this stuff. He was so charming. He was so handsome. He was such a pro,” Mollen says, adding that she was “devastated” when she heard the news of his death at 69 on Tuesday.
The late actor blew Mollen away with his acting — something she wasn’t fully expecting since she still thought of him as Dr. Seaver from Growing Pains.
“His comedic timing was insane. I couldn’t believe it because, you know, these iconic actors from these shows we grew up on, they’re beloved but you don’t even think about what they’re capable of as actors because you just know them as those people in a weird way — you feel like they’re a part of your life,” she admits. “You never judge them in that way and seeing him work it was like, ‘Oh my God, he’s really f—– talented.’ He’s not just my dad from the TV show I grew up on.”
She adds: “You forget. It’s like ‘Oh my God, yeah, you’re incredible!’ He was just a real revelation, having him there was so fun. So fun to watch him work. He was so talented. I’m telling you, he seemed so healthy and great and handsome. It’s really such a bummer.”
Although part of Mollen’s show will be available to stream starting Dec. 15 on ABC.com, the episode with Thicke will air at a later date.
A devoted son’s unforgettable trip with his mother continues.
Carla Brooks, 77, felt lost and alone when her husband Karl died last year, but her son Barton was determined to change that.
So, Barton and his partner, Gregg, booked three one-way tickets to Europe with the intention of seeing famous sites, sampling local foods and experiencing unique cultures.
So far the traveling crew has visited Prague, Budapest, Paris, London and various cities in Switzerland and Wales.
And their latest adventure took them to Germany!
With suggestions from PEOPLE readers, Barton, Gregg and Carla toured Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria and heard the Rathaus-Glockenspiel chime in Munich.
The trio are headed to the historical Alsace region next, and they’d love some tips on local musts.
Please leave them suggestions in the comments below (they can’t wait to hear from you!). We’ll post a new episode of “Carla’s Comeback” every Wednesday, so be sure to follow all 20 of their adventures here!
“As part of the ongoing investigation into the death of JonBenét Ramsey, the Boulder Police Department continues to discuss and evaluate evidence with the Boulder District Attorney’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation,” the police department said.
“With the emergence of new DNA testing technology, the Boulder Police Department is working with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations to determine if this new technology could further this investigation.”
Officials won’t disclose any additional details “until there is new information to announce,” according to the release. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation could not comment to PEOPLE.
A spokeswoman for the Boulder Police Department tells PEOPLE the District Attorney’s Office and Boulder police most recently met to discuss the possibility before Thanksgiving, but she noted they’ve gathered throughout the year.
The CBI now uses “more advanced” DNA testing kits, the spokeswoman said: “That’s what is prompting us to look into the possibility of using the more advanced technology.”
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JonBenét was discovered dead in the basement of her family’s Boulder mansion on Christmas Day in 1996. She was 6 years old.
No one has ever been charged in her killing. In 2008, following the trace DNA analysis, JonBenét’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, were formally cleared in the investigation — two years after the latter’s death from cancer. But former Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said in 2015, “Exonerating anyone … is absurd.”
John and Patsy have always maintained their innocence in their daughter’s death.
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In recent months, as the anniversary of JonBenét’s killing approaches, her case has received renewed media interest. It was the subject of a Lifetime movie as well as a CBS two-part special.
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In The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey, a panel of investigators — including Spitz — developed a theory that JonBenét was accidentally killed by her brother.