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Arnold Schwarzenegger feels "fantastic" after pulmonary valve replacement
Arnold Schwarzenegger feels "fantastic" after pulmonary valve replacement
Credit: @Schwarzenegger via Twitter

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
Helen Reddy Credit: AustinMini 1275 (Public Domain)

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
Credit: @hufworldwide, Courtesy of Instagram

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
Toots Hibbert Credit: Karl Simpson (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

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
David Graeber Credit: Internaz (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

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
Archive picture from 2007 Credit: Image by א (Aleph) (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5)

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.

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Elon Musk claims that "Aliens built the pyramids", Egypt denies and invites him
Elon Musk claims that "Aliens built the pyramids", Egypt denies and invites him
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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has tweeted on Friday that "Aliens built the pyramids obv" (obv = obviously). The tweet has been shared widely on Twitter and received over 500,000 likes.

The Minister of International Co-operation of Egypt Rania al-Mashat has responded to the claim and denied that they were built by aliens. She said that "I invite you & Space X to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs of the pyramid builders".

At a later point, Elon Musk linked a BBC History site that provides information about the history of the workers that built the pyramids.

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Actor Wilford Brimley dies aged 85
Wilford Brimley on October 22, 2012
Wilford Brimley on October 22, 2012 Credit: Marc Majcher / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Actor Wilford Brimley has died at age 85 in St. George, Utah on Saturday after suffering from a kidney ailment. Brimley, who spotted a walrus moustache, is known for his roles in the 1985 fantasy movie "Cocoon", the television series "The Waltons" and sports film "The Natural". He was also a spokesperson for Quaker Oats and Liberty Medical, a diabetes-testing supply company.

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Alan Parker, director of Fame and Evita, dies aged 76
Alan Parker
Alan Parker Credit: Lisa Moran Parker (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 1.0)

Sir Alan Parker, the acclaimed British director of such films as Fame, Evita and Bugsy Malone, has died aged 76.

Parker, a double Oscar nominee, had many other credits including Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Angela's Ashes, Birdy and The Life of David Gale.

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Madonna Instagram's post about hydroxychloroquine flagged for sharing 'False Information'
Madonna Instagram's post about hydroxychloroquine flagged for sharing 'False Information'
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Instagram flagged on Tuesday a video posted by Madonna as "False Information". The video, about hydroxychloroquine being a cure for Covid-19, spread the same misinformation as a clip that was previously taken down from Twitter after President Donald Trump shared it.

“This woman is my hero,” Madonna wrote in her post. “Thank you Stella Immanuel.”

The post, now deleted, appeared to Instagram users blurred with a warning over the video: "False Information.".

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Actor John Saxon dies aged 83
John Saxon in 1975
John Saxon in 1975 Credit: NBC / Public domain

John Saxon has died of pneumonia at age 83 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The actor played a martial artist in Enter the Dragon alongside Bruce Lee and starred in three Nightmare on Elm Street movies, among others.

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Actress Olivia de Havilland has died aged 104
Screenshot of Olivia de Havilland from the trailer for the film Gone with the Wind
Screenshot of Olivia de Havilland from the trailer for the film Gone with the Wind Credit: Public domain

Actress and two-time Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland has died peacefully from natural causes in her Paris Home on July 26. She was 104 years old. De Havilland made her debut in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", but was best known for her role as Melanie Hamilton in the 1939 movie classic "Gone With The Wind" and was considered as one of the movie stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

In the 1950s, she moved to Paris and received the National Medal of the Arts and France's Légion d'Honneur. She was also appointed to Dome Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Greta Thunberg to donate $114,000 to help fight Covid-19 in the Brazilian Amazon
Greta Thunberg to donate $114,000 to help fight Covid-19 in the Brazilian Amazon
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After winning the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, Greta Thunberg has pledged to donate $1140,000, a tenth of the prize money, to environmental organisation SOS Amazônia. Besides protecting the rainforest, the organisation has been bringing relief in form of health equipment and food to indigenous territories. Another $114,000 will go to the Stop Ecocide Foundation.

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Regis Philbin dies at age 88
The late Regis Philbin with Kelly Ripa and Capt. Mark Genung, May 2010
The late Regis Philbin with Kelly Ripa and Capt. Mark Genung, May 2010 Credit: U.S. Navy photo / Public domain

Regis Philbin, the American media personality, actor, television host and singer, has died of at age 88. Philbin is known for hosting the Miss America pageants and ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." He also co-hosted "Live with Regis...", first with Kathie Lee and later with Kelly Ripa. Philbin was nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards, of which he won six, and holds the world record for most hours on US television with over 16,700 hours.

"We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday. His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him -- for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about," so the statement shared by his family with CNN.

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Andrew Mlangeni, anti-apartheid icon and convicted co-defendant with Nelson Mandela, passed away at age 95
Andrew Mlangeni
Andrew Mlangeni Credit: GovernmentZA (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Andrew Mlangeni passed away on June 6th in Pretoria, the office of President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Wednesday. Mlangeni was the last surviving Rivonia trialists, a trial which brought to light the segregationist policies of apartheid in South Africa. He died in a military hospital after being committed with abdominal complaints.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said: "The passing of Andrew Mekete Mlangeni signifies the end of a generational history and places our future squarely in our hands. Until recently, we were able to sit at Bab’ Mlangeni’s feet and draw on his wealth of wisdom and his unfailing commitment – even at his very advanced age – to a better life for all South Africans. With his passing as the last remaining Rivonia Trialist, Bab’ Mlangeni has indeed passed the baton to his compatriots to build the South Africa he fought to liberate and to reconstruct during our democratic dispensation."

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Kanye West tweets he's trying to divorce Kim Kardashian, deletes tweet later
Kanye West tweets he's trying to divorce Kim Kardashian, deletes tweet later
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Kanye West has continued to tweet statements and delete them later from his official Twitter account.

He claims that his wife Kim Kardashian"tried to fly in with 2 doctors to 51/50 me" which refers to the law code in California that enables psychiatric patients to be held involuntarily. In addition, he has tweeted that the has "been trying to get divorced" after Kim Kardashian met with Meek Mill adding in stating tweet that "Kim was out of line". All tweets regarding that topic have been deleted but archived online.

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Vivienne Westwood protests Julian Assange's extradition to the US, suspends herself in massive birdcage
Vivienne Westwood protests Julian Assange's extradition to the US, suspends herself in massive birdcage
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British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood is leading the protests outside the Old Bailey in London to stop the extradition of Julian Assange and has suspended herself in a massive birdcage 10ft above the ground.

"If the canary died they all got out. Julian Assange is in a cage and he needs to get out. Don't extradite to America," so Westwood and adding that she was wearing yellow as he still hadn't had any sun and that the cage represented "the space Julian will inhabit if he is extradited to the US."

Assange's extradition battle at Old Bailey is set to resume on September 7.

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Sexual misconduct lawsuit against Fox News hosts
Sean Hannity interviewing Donald Trump for Fox News
Sean Hannity interviewing Donald Trump for Fox News Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Fox News's Ed Henry, Sean Hannity & Tucker Carlson have been sued for sexual misconduct by two women on Monday. The suit alleges that Henry, who was fired earlier this month, sexually assaulted, raped and restrained in a hotel room and threatened former Fox News employee Jennifer Eckhart. Former Fox News employee Cathy Are says she was sexually harassed by members of Fox News, including Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Howard Kurtz.

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"The Michelle Obama Podcast" is coming to Spotify on July 29
"The Michelle Obama Podcast" is coming to Spotify on July 29
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Spotify has announced the launch of Michelle Obama's podcast "The Michelle Obama Podcast" which will premier on July 29.

"Hosted by Michelle Obama, the show will bring listeners the First Lady’s most candid, human, and personal conversations to show us what is possible when we dare to be vulnerable," so the statement on Spotify's Newsroom.

The podcast is produced by the Obamas' production company Higher Ground which produces exclusively for Spotify and will focus on women's health, relationships and other personal topics. Michelle Obama will be joined by several guests, including Dr Sharon Malone MD, Valerie Jarett and Conan O'Brien.

"My hope is that this series can be a place to explore meaningful topics together and sort through so many of the questions we’re all trying to answer in our own lives," so Michelle Obama about her new podcast. "Perhaps most of all, I hope this podcast will help listeners open up new conversations—and hard conversations—with the people who matter most to them. That’s how we can build more understanding and empathy for one another."