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Usher’s Former Stepson Dies Two Weeks After Jet Ski Accident

Photo by Anthony Mandler(LOS ANGELES) -- Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, are mourning the death of her 11-year-old son.

Kile Glover, who was struck by a jet ski at Atlanta’s Lake Lanier July 6, died Saturday morning, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Glover had been on life support after the accident. WSB-TV in Atlanta reports he died of heart failure.

Glover was riding on an inner tube with a teenage girl when they were struck by the Jet Ski, reportedly driven by a family friend, Jeffrey S. Hubbard. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Sgt. Mike Burgamy of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources told July 11 that the accident was still under investigation, and that the lead investigators had yet to talk with the district attorney’s office. Burgamy said authorities would determine how to proceed after the boy’s condition became clearer.

He has not returned a request for comment today.

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Usher’s Stepson’s Accident Still Under Investigation

Image credit: Anthony Mandler(ATLANTA) -- The investigation continues into the Jet Ski accident that reportedly left Usher’s 11-year-old stepson, Kyle Glover, brain dead.

Sgt. Mike Burgamy of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources told ABC News today that the accident is still under investigation, and that the lead investigators have yet to talk with the district attorney’s office. Glover’s prognosis will determine how they proceed.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen with the 11-year-old,” Burgamy said. “We’re going to have to see what his condition is going to be before we present findings of the case.”

Jeffrey S. Hubbard, 38, a friend of Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, is at the center of the investigation. “He was interviewed, and it’s possible he may be reinterviewed,” Burgamy said. Attempts by ABC News to reach Hubbard were not successful.

Hubbard was driving a Jet Ski that collided with an inner tube holding Kyle and an unidentified 15-year-old girl on July 8.  The two were airlifted to an Atlanta hospital, where Kyle still remains.

Burgamy said Kyle was hit in the head and did not respond at the scene. He was found face up in water; the unidentified girl was found face down. The girl sustained a broken arm and a laceration to her head, according to ABC News affiliate WSB.

Burgamy said neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have played a part in the accident.

Kyle is Foster’s son with Atlanta TV executive Ryan Glover. Usher and his ex-wife made headlines this year amid a bitter custody dispute over their two children.  But Friday’s accident has brought them together, according to the celebrity-tracking website TMZ, which said Usher had chartered a plane for Foster, who was out of town at the time of the accident, so she could be at her son’s side.

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Usher's 911 Call Reporting Trespasser at His Home Released

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) -- The 911 call that R&B/hip-hop star Usher Raymond made to police reporting a trespasser at his home last month has been released, and in it the singer can be heard detailing how the trespasser was ringing his doorbell and sitting outside his front door.

In the call, obtained and posted by the website, the star, who goes by just his first name professionally, tells the female operator: "Ma'am, I don't know this woman. She rang my doorbell. … She's just sitting there."

He speaks softly, just above a whisper, and tells the operator that there are children and adults in the house.

"I think she's a little delusional," he said of the trespasser, telling the 911 operator that he didn't know how the woman gained access to his home because it was in a gated community.

He also says she appeared to be charging her iPad outside his house.

"I think she's a fan of some sort," he said.

He also explained that the woman had come to his home before, and she had been let in under the mistaken assumption that she knew someone there. Police were called to escort her away.

The suspect, Darshelle Jones-Rakestraw, was arrested, charged with trespassing and admitted to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. She allegedly claimed she was Usher's wife, TMZ reported.

Jones-Rakestraw reportedly first came to the star's home on June 23, then returned a day later, when she was arrested.

Usher has reportedly obtained a restraining order against Jones-Rakestraw.

In a YouTube video posted Wednesday, Jones-Rakestraw said she was not a stalker and claimed Usher had defamed her character, TMZ reported.

She also claimed the star had been giving her money and had promised to help her music career.

In an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts just days before the incident, Usher spoke of the pressures of raising his sons, Usher, 4, and Naviyd Ely, 3, who were both in the house the day Rakestraw was arrested.

"No one knows your children like you do," he said. "It is taking the time to actively be there. It's a day-in, day-out process."

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Usher Is Latest Celeb to Donate Earnings from Gadhafi Party

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Pop Superstar Usher announced Friday that he would give away money he received for his performance at a reported $1 million party for Moammar Gadhafi's son in 2009.  Usher's decision to donate the money comes after other A-list celebrities, including Beyonce, Mariah Care and Nelly Furtado, announced that they had donated money received from the Gadhafi family.

"I am sincerely troubled to learn about the circumstances surrounding the Nikki Beach St. Barts event that took place on New Year's Eve 2009," Usher said in a statement to ABC News and other organizations. "I will be donating all of my personal proceeds from that event to various human rights organizations."

A representative for the singer said that Usher has already promised a donation to Amnesty International.  The money will "support this urgent work to counter the brutal conditions like those imposed by Gadhafi and other leaders across the Middle East," Amnesty International said in a statement.

Documents from the U.S. State Department that were leaked on the WikiLeaks website, revealed that Usher and Beyonce had both performed at a New Year's Eve Party on St. Barts for Moammar Gadhafi's son.  The documents also revealed that Maria Carey had performed at a similar party for the dictator's son just one year before.

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Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash Deliver Super Bowl Halftime Show

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Black Eyed Peas delivered a Super Bowl halftime performance at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas Sunday, marking the first time a pop act took to the stage since Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson's now infamous 2004 “wardrobe malfunction” performance.

The Black Eyed Peas opened their 12-minute set by being lowered from the rafters on individual pedestals attached to cables and launching into a medley of their hits, beginning with “I Gotta Feeling.”  The group was surrounded by clusters of dancers in white bodysuits as they performed.

The Peas then segued into “Boom Boom Pow” as dancers around them on the field appeared, decked out in neon LED outfits apparently borrowed from the set of Tron: Legacy.  The dancers formed various designs, including large arrows.

The set continued with former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash rising through the stage floor on a platform and accompanying Fergie in a rendition of his former band’s hit “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”  The Prairie View A&M Marching Band then added some horns for the Peas’ tune "Pump It.”  That was followed by the hip hop group’s fifth song of the set, “Let’s Get It Started.”

Usher was then lowered onto the stage by a chain.  He danced a choreographed routine with several dancers, and then was joined by to perform his hit “OMG.”

The stage then spelled out the word “LOVE” as the Peas performed “Where Is the love?”  The dancers surrounding the stage were bathed in red light and a large number of them formed a large heart.  Will adjusted the lyrics on the 2003 hit with lines like, “Obama, let’s get these educated.”

The Peas then performed their single “The Time (Dirty Bit)” with several backup dancers wearing cubes on their heads.  The group ended the halftime set the same way they started it, with “I Gotta Feeling.”

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Bieber, Usher, Lady Antebellum, Bruno Mars Join Grammy Lineup

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Bieber, Usher, B.o.B., Bruno Mars and Lady Antebellum have just been added to the lineup of the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.  Justin and his mentor Usher, both nominees this year, will do a special performance with Justin's buddy and duet partner Jaden Smith.  Duet partners B.o.B. and Bruno will perform together, of course, but Janelle Monae, who's also nominated, will join them onstage.  In addition, Lady Antebellum will also take the stage, and so will British alternative rockers Muse.

Previously, Eminem, Katy Perry, Cee-Lo Green, Arcade Fire and Miranda Lambert had been announced as performers for the event, which takes place Feb. 13 and will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Usher, Alicia Keys Lead Soul Train Awards Noms 

Photo Courtesy - LaFace Records LLC(NEW YORK) -- Usher and new mommy Alicia Keys are the leading nominees for this year's Soul Train Awards, which will tape Nov. 10 in Atlanta and air Nov. 28 on BET.

Both Usher and Alicia received four nods, including Song of the Year and Album of the Year.  Drake got three nods, and Ne-Yo, B.o.B., Nicki Minaj, and Fantasia each got two.

Performers on the awards show will include Ne-Yo and Cee-Lo, while Anita Baker will receive a Legend Award.

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