The Cricket’s Daily 3: Farewell to “No Show” Jones
Published: April 26, 2013 09:33AM
Updated: April 26, 2013 09:33AM
FILE - In this Feb. 25, 1981 file photo, Country singer George Jones poses with the Grammy he won for best male country vocal performance of "He Stopped Loving Her Today", at the awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today," has died. He was 81. Jones died Friday, April 26, 2013 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure, according to his publicist Kirt Webster. (AP Photo, file)

Here’s what’s going on today in pop culture:

• Country legend George Jones, known as “The King of Broken Hearts” for his sad ballads and “No Show Jones” for his mid-career habit of missing gigs, has died at the age of 81. [AP, via The Salt Lake Tribune]

• This is a few days old, but it’s still amazing: An analysis, in graph form, of how male stars have aged but their leading ladies have not. [Vulture]

• Comedy writer and famed L.A. drag performer Jackie Beat is on strike against E!’s “Fashion Police,” for not providing health coverage while he’s in need of a double hip replacement. Beat is raising money online and through fund-raisers - one of which was hosted by “Fashion Police” star Joan Rivers. [The Hollywood Reporter]