Monday, 26 January 2015

Demis Roussos dies aged 68

Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died aged 68 the Hygeia Hospital in Athens has confirmed to the BBC.

He was best known for his solo hits in the 1970s and 80s, including Forever and Ever, Goodbye and Quand je t'aime. 

He was also a member of progressive rock group Aphrodite's Child.
Roussos went on to enjoy a successful solo career, topping the charts in several countries with Forever And Ever in 1973, before doing the same in the UK in 1976.



Demis Roussos
Demis RoussosDemis Roussos was still performing on stage in 2012

Demis RoussosRoussos was photographed surrounded by awards for the UK sales of his albums, including gold discs for Happy To Be and My Only Fascination
Other solo hits include My Friend the Wind, My Reason, Someday Somewhere and Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun.

Roussos' fondness for kaftans saw him dubbed "the Kaftan King" and he often wore them for his performances on shows such as Top of the Pops.

He was also famous for his vocal adaptation of the score from the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, which had been composed by Vangelis.

In 1978 he decided to keep a lower profile and moved to Malibu Beach in the US.

Plane hijack

On 14 June, 1985, Roussos boarded TWA Flight 847 from Athens to Rome - and found himself at the mercy of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, who hijacked the plane.

The men, who had smuggled a pistol and grenades through airport security, held the passengers at gunpoint.

The militant group demanded the release of 17 members of Hezbollah and the Iraqi Islamic Daawa Party, who had been detained in Kuwait for attacks that killed six people in 1983.

Roussos spent his 39th birthday in captivity, before being released in Beirut on 18 June - but most of the remaining 153 passengers spent 17 days on the plane.

Speaking to the Reuters news agency at the time, the singer said he had been "treated quite well".
"They gave me a birthday cake and they gave me a guitar, to sing," he said. "They have been very polite and very nice with us."

Return to music

Over the years, his quote became misinterpreted and distorted. Some papers said he had serenaded the hijackers. Others claimed he had pledged allegiance to Hezbollah.

Roussos, who rarely spoke about the incident, admitted he was riled by the exaggerations in an interview with Australia's Daily Telegraph in 2006.

"It is not every day that a pop superstar gets involved with terrorism as a victim, so the press takes advantage of that to say things they think are funny.

''I would like to see the journalist [who first reported the claim] in front of gunpoint like I was. Believe me, if he was there he would be so scared he wouldn't care about writing such stupidities like that.''

The experience changed his life and afterwards he decided the best way he could help others and promote understanding in the world was by returning to music.

He released his album The Story of Demis Roussos not long after.
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Ex-Boyfriend of Britney Spears Killed by Taliban Insurgents





The ex-boyfriend of Britney Spears  has been killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. John Sundahl was working as a pilot flying officials around the country and was shot down while flying a helicopter from Kabul, British newspaper The Mirror reports.
Sundahl dated Spears in 2007, after the pair met at an AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meeting. John's brother Karl said, "It's heartbreaking — he went there to try to repair the country. He was trying to help people, he would often say that the country was in chaos."
"This is just awful. My family are heartbroken, my parents are elderly so this is very tough for them, and all of us... We know Britney's upset too. John was still good friends with Britney, he talked to her regularly", Karl continued.
From: Digital Spy


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Woman Was on the Phone with Her Fiancé When She Was Shot and Killed




Tanya Nikitina, 34, was murdered by her former mother-in-law in 2010, just weeks before her wedding to Rod Hernandez. Hernandez finally opened up about that terrible day, most shockingly revealing that he was on the phone with her when she was shot [via Daily Mail].
Mary Nance Hanson killed Nikitina after she divorced Hanson's son, Dale Jankowski. Hanson didn't want Nikitina to get custody of her and Jankowski's two young children, so Hanson gunned Nikitina down in the school parking lot where Nikitina taught.
Hernandez said he happened to be on the phone with Nikitina when she was killed. "She was telling me how much she loved me when suddenly I heard her scream and there was a loud bang. I could still hear her engine revving and the radio playing. I thought she'd had an accident. The school was only a short drive away, so I jumped in my car. I stayed on the phone the whole way there, screaming her name trying to wake her up," he says.
Hanson will do life in prison, but knowing that isn't enough for Hernandez. "No amount of time in prison is going to bring Tanya back. Hearing my fiancée's tragic end on the phone still haunts me. I still can't believe she's gone," he said.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Robin Williams hanged himself at home aged 63

Actor Robin Williams arrives at singer-songwriter Elton John's 60th birthday party in New York March 24, 2007. REUTERS-Eric Thayer
1 OF 11. Actor Robin Williams arrives at singer-songwriter Elton John's 60th birthday party in New York March 24, 2007.



Oscar-winning actor and groundbreaking comedian Robin Williams hanged himself with a belt in his Northern California home after he had sought treatment for depression, a coroner said on Tuesday based on preliminary findings.
Williams, 63, was found dead by his personal assistant at midday on Monday in a bedroom. He was suspended from a belt wedged between a closet door and a door frame, in a seated position just off the ground, Marin County's assistant chief deputy coroner, Keith Boyd, told a news conference.
"Mr. Williams' personal assistant became concerned at approximately 11:45 a.m. when he failed to respond to knocks on his bedroom door," said Boyd.
"His right shoulder area was touching the door with his body perpendicular to the door and slightly suspended. Mr. Williams at that time was cool to the touch with rigor mortis present in his body," Boyd added.
The official preliminary cause of death was asphyxia due to hanging, he said, and conclusion of the investigation is still weeks away.
Officials also found a pocket knife near Williams and superficial cuts on his left wrist with dried red material that matched what was on the knife blade. It was not yet known if it was his blood.
Williams was last seen alive by his wife, Susan Schneider, on Sunday night when she retired for the evening. She left the next morning around 10 a.m. thinking that her husband was still asleep.
Williams' publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said on Monday that he had been suffering from severe depression, and Boyd acknowledged that he had been seeking treatment without giving more details.
Boyd would not say whether Williams had left a suicide note.
"We're not discussing the note or a note at this point as the investigation is ongoing," said Boyd.
In addition to his wife, Williams is survived by three children. Funeral arrangements are pending. His body has been released by the coroner facility in neighbouring Napa County, Boyd said.
Boyd would not say if any drugs or alcohol were involved and that the full toxicology report would take two to six weeks.
COMEDY WORLD MOURNS
Comedians, politicians and several generations of fans collectively mourned the death of Williams, famous for his frenetically paced comedy and masterful impressions.
The news of Williams' death rippled across social media, stunning fans young and old and comedians who had been influenced by Williams since he broke out in the 1970's TV comedy "Mork & Mindy" as a strange and lovable creature from outer space.
"Goodbye pal. Thanks for everything," tweeted comedian Louis C.K. on Tuesday.
Williams had been open about his struggles with alcohol and cocaine and in the past months had entered a rehabilitation centre to help him maintain sobriety.
But many questions remained over his final months and what could have led to his apparent suicide.
On the Hollywood Walk of Fame, dozens of fans congregated around Williams' star early on Tuesday, leaving flowers and candles to honour the versatile actor.
"My kids grew up on 'Mrs Doubtfire'," said Erlinda Fantauzzi, referring to the hit movie in which he played a father who took on the persona of a tender British nanny to be close to his kids. "I feel so bad. He was a tortured soul and he died alone. He touched adults and children," she said.
Williams' appeal stretched across generations and genres, from family fare as the voice of Disney's blue Genie in "Aladdin" to his portrayal of a fatherly therapist in the 1997 drama "Good Will Hunting," for which he earned his sole Oscar.
The death of Williams shook Hollywood and colleagues mourned the loss of what many called a big-hearted man and one of the most inventive comedians of his time.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played his daughter in the recent CBS television comedy, "The Crazy Ones," said her life was better for knowing Williams. Their show was cancelled in May after one season.

"To my children he was Uncle Robin, to everyone he worked with, he was the best boss anyone had ever known, and to me he was not just an inspiration but he was the father I had always dreamed of having," Gellar said in a statement.
(Reuters)

Monday, 7 April 2014

Peaches Geldof: Daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates dies aged 25


Peaches GeldofPeaches Geldof, pictured in 2012

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Peaches Geldof, second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, has died aged 25, leaving a husband and two sons.
"We are beyond pain," said her father, confirming her death. "She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us."
Police, who were called to an address in Kent around lunchtime on Monday, say the death is currently being treated as "unexplained and sudden".
Geldof was 11 when her own mother died.
TV presenter Yates died of an accidental drug overdose in September 2000. In September 2012 Geldof said she did not come to terms with her mother's death for several years.
Her final tweet, posted on Sunday, linked to an Instagram picture of her, as a baby, in her mother's arms.
The caption simply read: "Me and my mum."
Peaches Geldof's final tweetPeaches Geldof's final tweet was a picture of herself as a young child, held by her mother
Bob Geldof said: "How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable?
"We loved her and will cherish her forever. How sad that sentence is."
In a statement, Kent Police said: "Police were called at 13:35 BST on 7 April, 2014 to an address near Wrotham following a report of concern for the welfare of a woman.
"A woman aged 25 was pronounced dead by South East Coast Ambulance Service.
"Officers are working to establish the circumstances around the death."
Peaches GeldofGeldof attended a fashion show in London last week
The writer and TV presenter was married to musician Thomas Cohen, with whom she had two sons, Astala, one, and Phaedra, who will turn one on 24 April.

Bob Geldof's statement

Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us.
Writing "was" destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever. How sad that sentence is.
Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken.
Bob, Jeanne, Fifi, Pixie and Tiger Geldof.
"My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons," said Cohen in a statement.
"I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts everyday. We shall love her forever."
'Numb' about mother
Born in 1989, Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof embarked on a media career at the age of 15, when she began writing a column for Elle magazine.
She left home at 16 and went on to contribute to the Telegraph and the Guardian, as well as TV shows including ITV2's OMG! with Peaches Geldof.
She also worked as a model and, just last week, attended a launch for Tesco's F&F clothing range in London.
Peaches Geldof and Thomas CohenGeldof married Thomas Cohen, lead singer of the band SCUM, in 2012
Yates's death came after she split with Bob Geldof and formed a relationship with INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, who then died in 1997.
"I remember the day my mother died, and it's still hard to talk about it," Peaches told Elle in 2012.
"I just blocked it out. I went to school the next day because my father's mentality was 'keep calm and carry on'," she said.
"So we all went to school and tried to act as if nothing had happened. But it had happened. I didn't grieve. I didn't cry at her funeral. I couldn't express anything because I was just numb to it all. I didn't start grieving for my mother properly until I was maybe 16."
Peaches Geldof, Rosario Dawson and Pippa Middleton at London Fashion WeekGeldof was a regular face at London Fashion Week, and is seen here with Rosario Dawson (second left) and Pippa Middleton (centre)
Geldof said she had experimented with drugs as a teenager, but was "never that wild".
She was previously married to rock musician Max Drummey but the pair separated in 2009 after a six-month marriage.
She leaves her husband and sons; father Bob Geldof; sisters Fifi Trixibelle and Pixie; and younger half-sister, Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof.

Source: BBC News

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Nina Davuluri under racist attack after Miss America victory







First winner of Indian heritage and aspiring doctor says 

she will rise above attacks on social media 





Winner Nina Davuluri said: 'I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.' Photograph: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The Miss America pageant has crowned its first winner from an Indian background – an aspiring doctor who plans to use the $50,000 (£31,000) prize money to fund her studies – sparking a flood of racist criticism on social media.
"I'm so happy this organisation has embraced diversity," 24-year-old Nina Davuluri said in her first press conference, moments after winning the crown in Atlantic City. "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America."
But within minutes of winning the title, Davuluri, whose talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance, was the target of racist social media comments.
If you're #Miss America you should have to be American," said one on Twitter.
"WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!" asked another.
Davuluri, however, brushed aside the negative comments.
"I have to rise above that," she said. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."
Her grandmother told the Associated Press that she cried when she saw the news on television.
"I am very, very, happy for the girl. It was her dream and it was fulfilled," 89-year-old V Koteshwaramma said by phone from her home in the city of Vijaywada, in southern India.
In the run-up to the pageant, much attention was given to Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, an army sergeant believed to have been the first contestant ever to openly display tattoos. She has the Serenity Prayer on her rib cage, and a smaller military insignia on the back of one shoulder.
Vail won a nationwide "America's choice" vote to advance as a semi-finalist, but failed to make it into the top 10.
In a Twitter message on Sunday before the finals began, Vail wrote: "Win or not tonight, I have accomplished what I set out to do. I have empowered women. I have opened eyes."
The pageant pitted 53 contestants – one from each state, plus Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands – in swimming wear, evening gown, talent and interview competitions.


Monday, 16 September 2013

Miley Cyrus split from Liam Hemsworth?

Wrecking Ball singer unfollows fiance on Twitter

 
 

According to pals, hunky Liam has been told being associated with the increasingly risque star could damage his reputation.



In this day and age, nothing can hint firmer at relationship issues than a Twitter unfollow.
 
And although Twerker extraordinaire Miley Cyrus has been at pains to maintain her relationship with hunky fiancé Liam Hemsworth is as fruity as any VMA show – in a rather public slap in the face she has unfollowed her husband-to-be.

It comes as the gorgeous Australian was forced to deny reports of “sexting” crude messages to Hollywood actress January Jones.

The social media clanger is strong message to Liam – as active Twitter user Miley must have known exactly what she was doing - we don't reckon her finger slipped. Liam, 23, still follows the former Disney star.

Wrecking Ball singer Miley’s relationship with Liam has been more colourful than anything her foam finger has seen – with the couple reportedly breaking up multiple times in the last year.

Six months ago it was rumoured Liam got “hot and heavy” with Mad Men star January at a pre-Oscar bash. Just two weeks ago the Hunger Games actor reportedly sent saucy texts to the X- men actress.

The romantic text said: “I want to f**k you” – according to US weekly. Lovely.
 
According to Hollywood heavyweights Miley Cyrus' hunky fiancé Liam was told to distance himself from the former Disney star - for the sake of his career after that VMA show.
 
The young couple got engaged in June 2012 after meeting  Cyrus on the set of The Last Song in 2009.

Apparently gorgeous actor Liam is "mortified" by his wife-to-be's VMA performance with Robin Thicke and has been warned to stay away from any association with the star.

Highlights included some raunchy twerking, a foam finger and more gyrating than a nightclub at 1am.

According to pals: "Liam really does care about Miley, but her racy new look and sort of ghetto attitude isn’t exactly what he signed up for.

"He doesn’t really see anything sexy about what she did on stage."

Radar Online reports: "It’s not just Liam that Miley is pushing away…his entire team is urging him to part ways with her because she’s nothing but negative for his reputation and career."

Friends say the Australian is determined to become a "serious actor" and Miley's performance embarrassed him - we just hope they kiss and make-up.

Former Disney sweetheart Miley's VMA performance was also slammed as sexual exploitation by a leading parents group.

The Parents Television Council has called for “heads to roll” at MTV after Miley’s raunchy performance with Robin aired on the family orientated show.

Miley’s nude latex bikini and sexual moves have angered and bemused celebrities, parents and fellow acts.

The Parents Television Council also slammed MTV for allowing condom adverts and an explicit movie trailer to air during several commercial breaks.

In a highly charged statement the group said: “MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate ‘twerking’ in a nude-colored bikini.

Modestly, she hides her face in the series of snaps (but we're betting she had her tongue out).

Viewers took to Twitter to express their disgust after watching the performance on television.
One person wrote: "Miley Cyrus completely embarrassing herself at the #VMA awards. Jesus have some self respect, there's called being sexy, then just darn ugly."
 
Another tweeter added: "I really want to go to sleep but I'm really worried Miley Cyrus might be hiding in my closet."
 
And another person simply wrote: "Miley Cyrus that was disturbing."

However, Miley hasn't yet spoken out about any controversy she may have caused but did take time to send her congratulations to One Direction who won the award for Best Song of the Summer for their track Best Song Ever.
 
Leaving before the band collected their prize, when they were booed, she tweeted: "Leaving the VMAs. No it's not over. I'm no psychic but congrats @onedirection #songofthesummer."
 
Following suit, her partner in slime Robin Thicke was dressed like Beetlejuice employed in Foot Locker.

Source: mirror.co.uk