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Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Eddie Van Halen, revered guitarist and co-founder of rock band Van Halen, has died of cancer
Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen Credit: National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Eddie Van Halen, virtuoso guitarist and co-founder of the popular rock band Van Halen, has died Tuesday at the age of 65. The musician had been undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

Celebrity news website TMZ, which first broke the news of his death, said Van Halen died at St Johns Hospital in Santa Monica on Tuesday surrounded by his family.

Eddie's son, Wolfgang, wrote on Twitter: "I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
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.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
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."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
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.

Business • Consumer & Service
First Amazon Fresh opens Woodland Hills, in Los Angeles
First Amazon Fresh opens Woodland Hills, in Los Angeles
Credit: Amazon, Screenshot via YouTube

After an invite-only phase, the first Amazon Fresh grocery store has opened its door to the public in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. Amazon is also introducing Dash Carts, shopping carts featuring a scale and a variety of cameras and sensors to calculate your shopping total. Echo Show stations featuring Alexa will help customers find items and products in the store.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Protests erupt after Black man shot by Los Angeles sheriff's deputies

According to Sheriff's Department Lt. Brandon Dean a man had been pulled over by two deputies as he was riding a bicycle that had been in violation of vehicle laws. According to them, the Black man carried a handgun and was shot as he was fighting with the deputies after a chase.

Dean stated that "our suspect was holding some items of clothing in his hands, punched one of the officers in the face, and then dropped the items in his hands" and that "the deputies noticed that inside the clothing items he dropped was a black semiautomatic handgun, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred".

Protesters have gathered in South Los Angeles.

Sports
Tyson, Jones fight postponed to November
Mike Tyson, Los Angeles California in June 2019
Mike Tyson, Los Angeles California in June 2019 Credit: Glenn Francis (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson's exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr. initially set for next month has been postponed to November, organisers said Tuesday.

In a statement, promotional company Triller said the fight in Los Angeles would now take place on November 28 to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Tyson said, "Changing the date to November 28th will give more people the opportunity to see the biggest comeback in boxing history."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Fifteen US mayors sign letter opposing use of federal law enforcement with "no oversight" against protesters
Black Lives Matter protest in Portland, Oregon. People protesting police brutality and the deaths of several members of the Black community - sparked by the recent death of George Floyd.
Black Lives Matter protest in Portland, Oregon. People protesting police brutality and the deaths of several members of the Black community - sparked by the recent death of George Floyd. Credit: unsplash.com/Tito Texidor III

Fifteen US mayors have addressed a letter to Attorney General William Barr and Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf opposing the use of federal federal law enforcement with "no oversight" against protesters. The letter is calling the act of deploying federal forces against protesters an "abuse of power" and is demanding the withdrawal of "extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence" from Portland and other American cities.

"These are tactics we expect from authoritarian regimes -- not our democracy [...] The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked a national uprising and reckoning. The majority of the protests have been peaceful and aimed at improving our communities. Where this is not the case, it still does not justify the use of federal forces. Unilaterally deploying these paramilitary-type forces into our cities is wholly inconsistent with our system of democracy and our most basic values," the letter, posted by Mayor Muriel Bowser, said.

The list of mayors who signed the letter is as follows: Jenny A. Durkan, Seattle; Ted Wheeler, Portland; Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta; Lori Lightfoot, Chicago; Muriel Bowser, Washington DC; Quinton D. Lucas, Kansas City; Martin J. Walsh, Boston; Jim Kenny, Philadelphia; Michael Hancock, Denver; Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles; Sam Liccardo, San Jose; Libby Schaaf, Oakland; Regina Romera, Tucson; Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento; Kate Gallego, Phoenix.

Portland officials had previously stated that federal officers were working in coordination with local law enforcement but have since come out saying that "coordination was not made with Portland police" as the "federal police have their marching order."

According to Chad Wolf, federal law enforcement had only been deployed to Portland. On Monday, Trump vowed to send federal officers to other cities.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
MythBusters' host Grant Imahara dies at 49 of a brain aneurysm
Grant Imahara
Grant Imahara Credit: Genevieve (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Grant Imahara, the former co-host of Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" and Netflix's "White Rabbit Project", has died suddenly at the age of 49 of a brain aneurysm.

Born in Los Angeles, Imahara joined Lucasfilm’s THX and later moved to its VFX unit ILM. During his tenure, he worked on films in such blockbuster movies as Jurassic Park, The Matrix, The Terminator, xXx, Galaxy Quest, Van Helsing and Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

Adam Savage, co-host of MythBusters, tweeted: "I’m at a loss. No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Naya Rivera, 'Glee' actress, is missing
Actress Naya Rivera on the Glee panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con in San Diego, California.
Actress Naya Rivera on the Glee panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con in San Diego, California. Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Actress Naya Rivera is missing and is feared dead after Josey, her 4-year-old son, was found alone on the boat they’d rented in Lake Piru, California. According to CBS Los Angeles, Josey told the police he and his mom had gone out to go swimming.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department posted a tweet Wednesday night confirming the missing person as the former 'Glee' star, and that search operations will resume in the morning: "The missing person at Lake Puru has been identified as Naya Rivera, 33, of Los Angeles. SAR operation will continue at first light".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Broadway actor Nick Cordero dies aged 41 from Covid-19
Photograph of Nick Cordero shared by his wife Amanda Kloots on Instagram
Photograph of Nick Cordero shared by his wife Amanda Kloots on Instagram Credit: via Instagram @amandakloots

Nick Cordero has died at age 41 after a month-long battle with Covid-19. The Broadway actor had tested positive for the novel Coronavirus in March and was hospitalised shortly after. He spent over 90 days in the intensive care unit at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he received a temporary pacemaker, had one of his legs amputated and was put into a medically induced coma.

His wife, Amanda Kloots, confirmed his passing on Instagram, writing: "God has another angel in heaven now. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. I will love you forever and always my sweet man."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Comedy legend Carl Reiner dies at 98
Actor Carl Reiner, June 26, 2012
Actor Carl Reiner, June 26, 2012 Credit: Louise Palanker (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Carl Reiner, director, producer, writer and actor who was part of Sid Caesar's team and went on to create "The Dick Van Dyke Show", direct several hit films, and star on the "Ocean's" franchise has died of natural causes. He was 98.

Filmmaker Rob Reiner, Carl's son, confirmed his father's death in a tweet Tuesday: "Last night my dad passed away. As I write this, my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.".

Sports • Basketball
NBA player Kevin Love commits $500k for mental health efforts
NBA player Kevin Love commits $500k for mental health efforts
Credit: Erik Drost (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The forward player for the Cleveland Cavaliers has announced that he has committed $500,000 through his foundation to the psychology department of the University of California, Los Angeles. In the past, he has been vocal about his own history and struggles with mental health, namely panic attacks and anxiety. The donation has been committed on Monday, a day after he received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his efforts in mental health.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Golden Globes set February 28 for 2021 cerimony
Golden Globes
Golden Globes Credit: HFPA website reproduction

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC announced next year’s Golden Globes' ceremony would happen on February 28, 2021, the date recently vacated by the Oscars. The event will have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as hosts.

The organisers also stated in their press release: "To accommodate both domestic and international film and television productions, the HFPA will provide further guidance around eligibility, voting period and revised nominations announcement timing in the coming weeks.".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Kurt Cobain's MTV Unplugged guitar sold in auction for 6 million dollars
Kurt Cobain's MTV Unplugged guitar sold in auction for 6 million dollars
Credit: Julien's Auctions

The guitar from the Nirvana frontman, an acoustic-electric Martin D-18E, was originally produced in 1959. The value of 6,010,000 dollars sets a new worldwide record for a guitar sale.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafón passed away aged 55
Carlos Ruiz Zafón at a book signing
Carlos Ruiz Zafón at a book signing Credit: Mutari / Public domain

Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafón has died at age 55 in his Los Angeles home. According to La Vanguardia, the bestselling novelist was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2018. Zafón wrote eight novels that were translated into over 40 languages and sold more than 38 million copies.

"We have lost one of the world’s most read and most admired Spanish writers. Carlos Ruiz Zafón, a key novelist of our epoch, made a significant contribution to modern literature," so Spanish prime minister Predo Sánchez on Twitter.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Actor Danny Masterson charged with three counts of rape in Los Angeles
Danny Masterson
Danny Masterson Credit: Oscar Rohena (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

"That '70s Show" actor Danny Masterson was charged with rape in three separate cases alleged to have from 2001 to 2003, the Los Angeles County district attorney announced Wednesday.

Masterson was arrested Wednesday night and released a few hours later on a $3.3 million bail.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Oscars 2021 ceremony pushed back by two months
Oscars 2021 ceremony pushed back by two months
Credit: Staff Sgt. Carlos Lazo (Public Domain)

Oscars 2021 has been postponed by two months, from February 28 to April 25.

The organisers of The Academy Awards also announced the eligibility window would be extended until the end of February, as the Covid-19 pandemic halted work on several films due to be released by the end of the year.

This is only the third time the Oscars have been delayed -- in 1938, due to the LA flooding; in 1968 after the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Js; and in 1981 after the attempted assassination of President Ronald Regan.

The Academy also shared that nominations will be announced on March 15.

Sports • Soccer
LA Galaxy release player Aleksandar Katai in wake of wife's 'racist and violent' social media posts
Aleksandar Katai and wife Tea
Aleksandar Katai and wife Tea Credit: Instagram/ Aleksandar Katai

The LA Galaxy announced Friday the team released Serbian midfielder Aleksandar Katai following racist Instagram posts made by his wife, Tea. The posts, which have since been taken down, mocked protests related to the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

Katai later posted on Instagram calling the posts "a mistake from my family" and saying he took full responsibility. He apologized "for the pain these posts have caused the LA Galaxy family and all allies in the fight against racism.".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Duchess of Sussex pays tribute to George Floyd in commencement speech
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 2018 Credit: Office of the Governor-General / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

In a virtual commencement speech to the students at her former L.A. Catholic high school Immaculate Heart, the Duchess of Sussex asked the young students to use their voices to "lead with love, lead with compassion". Meghan called George Floyd's death "absolutely devastating" and shared her own experience of the 1992 race riots.

"George Floyd's life mattered, and Breonna Taylor's life mattered, and Philando Castile's life mattered, and Tamir Rice's life mattered and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know", so Meghan.