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Actress Mira Furlan dies at age 65
Actress Mira Furlan dies at age 65
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The actress Mira Furlan has died at the age of 65. Her cause of death has not been made public yet. Crew members had "known for some time now that Mira’s health was fading" and "kept hoping that she would improve."

Furlan is known for her roles in Babylon 5 and Lost.

Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski wrote on Twitter: "It is a night of great sadness, for our friend and comrade had gone down the road where we cannot reach her. But as with all things, we will catch up with her in time, and I believe she will have many stories to tell us, and many new roles to share with the universe."

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit social media for good
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit social media for good
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have “no plans” to return to social media almost a year after Megxit.

A source close to the ex-royals told The Times of London that they’re “very unlikely” to have an online presence, mostly due to the “hate” they’ve received.

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Larry King hospitalized with Covid-19 – reports
Larry King in 2017
Larry King in 2017 Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

American television host Larry King has been at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for over a week after being diagnosed with Covid-19, CNN, his employer for many years, reports. There is no news regarding his current state of health. King has Type 2 diabetes and previously underwent treatment for lung cancer.

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Lori Loughlin released from prison after serving nearly 2 Months for role in college admissions scandal
Lori Loughlin released from prison after serving nearly 2 Months for role in college admissions scandal
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The "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin has been released from a federal correctional facility in Dublin, California, after serving nearly two months for her role in the high profile college admissions scandal. The actress was released early Monday morning.

Loughlin's release comes as her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, continues to serve his five-month prison sentence at a federal facility in Lompoc, California.

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Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch sold for $22m for Ron Burkle
Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch sold for $22m for Ron Burkle
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The late Michael Jackson's home, formerly known as Neverland Ranch, has been purchased by Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle for $22 million, the Wall Street Journal reported. The property was initially listed for sale at $100 million in 2014 but has failed to find a buyer for years.

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Fashion designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98
Pierre Cardin
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Pierre Cardin, who during his more than seven decades in fashion brought geometric shapes to haute couture and put his name on everything from clothing to furniture to perfume to pens, died Tuesday, aged 98.

The Italian-born French designer died in a hospital in Neuilly in the west of Paris.

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Actor of "Boba Fett" Jeremy Bulloch dies aged 75
Actor of "Boba Fett" Jeremy Bulloch dies aged 75
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British actor Jeremy Bulloch has died "peacefully, in hospital, surrounded by his family, from health complications following his many years living with Parkinson's disease" at the age of 75 on Thursday. Bulloch is known for portraying the character Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy.

"He had a long and happy career spanning more than 45 years. He was devoted to his wife, three sons, and ten grandchildren and they will miss him terribly. We ask that their privacy be respected at this very difficult time," his agent said.

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"Project Northmoor" – Lord of the Rings actor start crowdfunding to buy J.R.R. Tolkien's home
"Project Northmoor" – Lord of the Rings actor start crowdfunding to buy J.R.R. Tolkien's home
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"Project Northmoor" is aiming to raise $6.1 million via crowdfunding to purchase J.R.R. Tolkien's home in Oxford, England, which soon will be on the market and transform it into a literary center in his honor. The campaign is led by author Julia Golding and will start on December 2.

Various actors, who starred in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbits, have joined a fellowship to save 20 Northmoor Road, including Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and John Rhys-Davies.

"With the support of volunteers in the U.S., Golding has seized on this once-in-a-generation opportunity and negotiated a 3-month fundraising window with the current owner," Project Northmoor's statement reads.

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Meghan Markle makes miscarriage public
Meghan Markle makes miscarriage public
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In a piece for the New York Times, Meghan Markle tells about a miscarriage she had back in July 2020. In that piece, she also criticizes the taboo about miscarriages in society and calls for more compassion, especially in the current pandemic situation.

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Spanish King Felipe VI in quarantine after being in contact with person tested positive for Covid-19
Spanish King Felipe VI in quarantine after being in contact with person tested positive for Covid-19
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This Monday, Felipe VI began a 10-day quarantine after learning that "a person" with whom he had "close contact" on Sunday had tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement from the King's Palace.

Before it was known that his contact on Sunday had been positive, the King presided over the meeting of the Scientific Council of the Real Instituto Elcano on Monday morning at the El Pardo Palace; the meeting was attended by its president, Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, the director, Charles Powell, the director of programmes, Maria Solanas, and experts on Latin America (Susana Malcorra), Transatlantic Relations (Robin Niblett) and the EU (Elvire Fabry), among others.

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Pat Quinn, co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, dies aged 37
Pat Quinn, co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, dies aged 37
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Patrick Quinn, co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, has died at the age of 37. Quinn was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – also known as Lou Gehrig's disease – in March 2013 and helped raise more than $220 million for medical research.

"We are deeply saddened to share that Pat Quinn, co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge passed away at the age of 37. Pat was diagnosed with ALS in 2013 and went on to help popularize the greatest social media campaign in history," the ALS Association wrote on Twitter. "He will be missed, but he will continue to inspire us until we have a world without ALS."

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Alex Trebek dead at 80
"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek
"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek Credit: Jim Greenhill (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The long time host "Jeopardy!" Alex Trebek has died at the age of 80 this Sunday after a battle against pancreatic cancer,

The program tweeted: "Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex."

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Oscar winner and James Bond star Sean Connery dead at 90
Sean Connery shooting the James Bond movie "Diamonds are Forever" in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Sean Connery shooting the James Bond movie "Diamonds are Forever" in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Credit: Rob Mieremet (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

The Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90. Connery was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, being the first to bring the role to the big screen and appearing in seven of the spy thrillers.

Connery went on to distinguish himself with a long and mature career in such films as “The Wind and the Lion,” “The Man Who Would Be King” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” His turn as a tough Irish cop in Depression-era Chicago in Brian De Palma’s 1987 “The Untouchables” brought him a supporting actor Oscar.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger feels "fantastic" after pulmonary valve replacement
Arnold Schwarzenegger feels "fantastic" after pulmonary valve replacement
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently had to undergo a pulmonary valve replacement at the Cleveland Clinic, has told fans he was feeling "fantastic."

"Thanks to the team at the Cleveland Clinic, I have a new aortic valve to go along with my new pulmonary valve from my last surgery. I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland enjoying your amazing statues. Thank you to every doc and nurse on my team," so Schwarzenegger on Ttwitter.

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Magician and sceptic James Randi dies at 92
James Randi
James Randi Credit: ensceptico (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

James Randi, a magician and respected paranormal investigator, has died at 92. The James Randi Foundation confirmed his death on Tuesday in a post on Twitter, saying he died of "age-related causes."

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Herbert Kretzmer, Les Misérables lyricist, dies aged 95

Herbst Kretzmer, a London journalist and lyricists, has died Wednesday in his London home at the of 95. Kretzmer was known for writing the English-language musical adaptation of Les Misérables.

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Singer Helen Reddy dies aged 78
Helen Reddy
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Australian singer Helen Reddy has died at the age of 78. Her passing was announced in a statement on her official Facebook page by her children. Reddy had spent the last years of her life in a care home in Los Angeles after being diagnosed with Addison's disease and dementia.

"It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy, on the afternoon of September 29th 2020 in Los Angeles. She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and a truly formidable woman. Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever," her children Traci and Jordan wrote.

Reddy was the singer behind the feminist anthem "I Am Woman" which became prominent in the women's liberation movement in the 1970s.

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Skateboarding icon Keith Hufnagel dies aged 46
Skateboarding icon Keith Hufnagel dies aged 46
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Pro skateboarder and founder of the streetwear company Huf Worldwide Keith Hufnagel has died at the age of 46 in his Los Angeles home after battling brain cancer for two and a half years.

"We are absolutely heartbroken to deliver the news today that HUF founder Keith Hufnagel has passed away. Keith battled brain cancer for the past 2.5 years. And though he beat the odds and fought back much longer than his diagnosis permitted, he ultimately and unfortunately lost the fight," Huf Worldwide wrote in an Instagram post. "Keith paved the way for all of us – as a respected professional skateboarder, shop owner, brand founder, footwear and apparel designer, creative director, and industry leader. He showed us how to do it, and how do it right."

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Cartoonist and production designer Ron Cobb dies aged 83

Ron Cobb has died of Lewy body dementia in Sydney at the age of 83, his wife Robin Love reports.

Cobb influenced the making of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and was a part in building the worlds of Back to the Future, Conan the Barbarian and Alien.

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Cinematographer Michael Chapman dies aged 84
Chapman's wife announces his death on Instagram, writing "Goodbye to the love of my life. Michael Chapman Sept 20 2020"
Chapman's wife announces his death on Instagram, writing "Goodbye to the love of my life. Michael Chapman Sept 20 2020" Credit: @aholdenj (Courtesy of Instagram)

Cinematographer and two-time Oscar nominee Michael Chapman has died of congestive heart failure at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 84.

Chapman worked on various movies, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Fugitive, The Last Waltz and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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Toots Hibbert dies at 77
Toots Hibbert
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Jamaican singer and songwriter and pioneering reggae star Toots Hibbert died at the age of 77. He was the frontman of Toots and the Maytals, a band that helped make reggae globally famous. He died surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Anthropologist David Graeber, who coined the slogan "We are the 99 percent", dead at 59
David Graeber
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David Graeber, an anthropologist and a leading figure of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has died Wednesday in Venice. He is known for helping to develop the Occupy Wall Street slogan, "We are the 99 percent."

Graeber was a professor at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he studied anarchism and anti-capitalist movements.

“We are very shocked and saddened to learn of David Graeber's death,” the LSE tweeted. “David was a hugely influential anthropologist, political activist and public intellectual. He will be greatly missed as a friend and colleague. His brilliant work will be read by generations to come.”

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Dwayne Johnson and family test positive for Covid-19
Dwayne Johnson and family test positive for Covid-19
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Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to report that he and his family have tested positive for Covid-19. Johnson said that he, his wife Lauren and their two daughters got infected about two and a half weeks ago and are "on the other end of it and no longer contagious."

"It baffles me that some people out there, including some politicians, will take this idea of wearing masks and make it part of a political agenda. It has nothing to do with politics. Wear your mask. It is a fact. And it is the right thing to do," so Johnson in his Instagram video.

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"A tribute fit for a King" – Tweet honoring Chadwick Boseman now most-liked Tweet
"A tribute fit for a King" – Tweet honoring Chadwick Boseman now most-liked Tweet
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On Saturday, Twitter confirmed that the tweet announcing Chadwick Boseman's passing has become the most-liked tweet on the platform.

The Tweet from Chadwick Boseman's account has reached 6.3m likes and 3m retweets so far.

"Most liked Tweet ever. A tribute fit for a King. #WakandaForever," so Twitter on Saturday.

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Younger brother of Donald Trump, Robert Trump has died age 71

According to a statement from the United States president Donald Trump his younger brother Robert Trump has died in a New York hospital.

Robert Trump was 71 and had been sick for several months. It is not known to the public from what illness.

Donald Trump has stated that "it is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight. He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace".

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Zorro actor Antonio Banderas tests positive for Covid-19
Screenshot of the public statement
Screenshot of the public statement Credit: Antonio Banderas via Twitter

The actor has posted on his Twitter account that he has been tested positive for Covid-19 on his 60th birthday.

He stated that he is feeling relatively well, suffering from tiredness and that he is positive towards a fast recovery. During his isolation he is planning on reading, writing and making plans to "give meaning" to his past 60 years, stating that he has lots of enthusiasm.

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Actress Franca Valeri dies aged 100
Franca Valeri in 2011
Franca Valeri in 2011 Credit: Associazione Amici di Piero Chiara / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Italian actress Franca Valeri has died at the age of 100 in her sleep at her Roman home on August 9. Valeri, the pioneer of female comic roles in Italy's post-war, was described by Italy's President Sergio Mattarella as a "versatile and popular actress who will remain in the hearts of Italians for her great talent and her extraordinary likability."

Valeri started working in film in the early 1950s and worked alongside Italian actor Totò and directors Federico Fellini and Mario Monicelli. She died just nine days after her 100th birthday.

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Daisy Coleman has died by suicide at age 23
Daisy Coleman has died by suicide at age 23
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Daisy Coleman, an advocate for sexual abuse victim and subject of a Netflix documentary, has taken her own life at the age of 23. After her mother called the police for a wellness check, Coleman was found dead.

Coleman was allegedly sexually assaulted when she was 14 while being unconscious at a high school party. In 2016, she was featured in the Netflix documentary "Audrie & Daisy" which followed the aftermath of both girls' harassment after the assault.

"She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I can't. I wish I could have taken the pain from her! She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it's just not fair. My baby girl is gone," so her mother, Melinda Coleman, in a post to Facebook.

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YouTuber Jake Paul's home searched by FBI
Jake Paul (r) at the Web Summit 2016
Jake Paul (r) at the Web Summit 2016 Credit: Web Summit / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

An FBI swat team has searched the Calabasas residence of 23-year-old YouTuber Jake Paul and confiscated several firearms, including long guns. The reason for the search has not been disclosed but was reportedly related to an ongoing investigation. At the time of the raid, Paul was not present.

"The FBI is executing a federal search warrant at a residence in Calabasas in connection with an ongoing investigation," so a statement by the FBI. "The affidavit in support of the search warrant has been sealed by a judge and I am, therefore, prohibited from commenting as to the nature of the investigation. No arrests are planned."

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Juan Carlos, former king of Spain has allegedly left country over corruption investigation
Archive picture from 2007
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According to Spanish media the former king of Spain Juan Carlos has left the country. "La Vanguardia" and "ABC" state that he has allegedly traveled trough Portugal and to the Dominican Republic.

The Spanish royal court has published a letter by Juan Carlos where he tells his son about his intentions to move into a foreign country. The alleged move into the Dominican Republic happens while Carlos is under investigation for possible corruption and tax fraud after allegedly having gotten $100 million in bribes from Saudi-Arabia for the building of a high-speed train route in Saudi-Arabia by a Spanish syndicate.

During the regency a Spanish king is granted immunity. Carlos has forfeited the title in 2014.