Teen Whose Death May Be Tied to COVID-19 Was Denied Treatment for Not Having Health Insurance, Says Mayor

“The Friday before he died, he was healthy. By Wednesday, he was dead.”

A California teenager, whose death was initially linked to coronavirus and is still under investigation, died after being denied treatment because he didn’t have health insurance, according to Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.

In a video posted to YouTube, Parrise said the 17-year-old boy, who was not been identified, was turned away from a local urgent care after he showed up feeling ill without any prior health conditions.

"The Friday before he died, he was healthy. He was socializing with his friends," Parris explained in the somber clip. "By Wednesday, he was dead."

On the day of his death, the urgent care center had sent him to a hospital, but he went into cardiac arrest on the way there, according to Parris.

He was pronounced dead six hours after arriving to Antelope Valley Hospital.

“By the time he got there, it was too late,” Parris said.

"We’ve learned that once you go into respiratory issues, you have trouble breathing, you’re short of breath and you have a fever, that is the time to get medical treatment without delay," he added.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health first attributed the death to COVID-19, but later walked back the diagnosis.

Public health officials released a statement saying further investigation is required and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been asked to help.

"Though early tests indicated a positive result for COVID-19, the case is complex and there may be an alternate explanation for this fatality," the statement said. "Patient privacy prevents our offering further details at this time."

As Parris had previously said the boy died from septic shock, he said he released the video to "clarify a few things."

Watch the full video above.

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US death toll from coronavirus passes 1,000

Deaths caused by the coronavirus in the US surpassed 1,000 on Wednesday night, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The country recorded 1,031 fatalities, up from 827 earlier in the day, according to the university’s coronavirus tracker.

The US has the third-highest number of confirmed cases — at 68,572. Only China, where the virus first appeared last December, and Italy have reported more.

New York has been hit especially hard by the illness, with nearly 33,000 cases as of Wednesday night, the majority of which are in New York City.

The city on Wednesday reported 81 deaths in an eight-hour span, raising the total to 280.

Globally, the virus has killed more than 21,000 people.

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UK coronavirus death toll jumps to 422 after 88 more die in biggest one-day rise so far with 8,077 infected – The Sun

THE UK coronavirus death toll today hit 422 while cases climbed to 8,077 as the country went into lockdown.

Deaths jumped by 88 in just 24 hours, the biggest daily increase yet.

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The number of cases across the UK climbed by 1,427 from 6,650 – hitting 8,077 in just 24 hours.

The devastating death toll comes after Boris Johnson last night ordered a mass lockdown – closing all non-essential shops, banning gatherings of more than two people and insisting families stay behind closed doors.

All travel on roads, trains and buses was also banned unless it’s essential to get to work.

Brits were also ordered not to meet up with friends and to go out to buy food or to exercise just once a day.

Anyone who flouts the new crackdown will face fines of up to £1,000 or even arrest when cops are given emergency powers.

The draconian measures which will change every aspect of Brits' lives included:

  • All gatherings of more than two people in public were forbidden – meaning a ban on all social events, including weddings and baptisms
  • Tens of thousands of non-essential shops were ordered to close
  • Communal play and exercise areas inside parks will also be shut down, but not parks themselves
  • Places of worship such as churches and mosques must also shut, except to host for funerals
  • Travel on roads, trains and buses was also banned, unless it’s essential to get to work.

In a special broadcast on all main TV channels , the PM branded coronavirus  “the biggest threat this country has faced for decades”.

Online shopping and deliveries are continuing despite the lockdown of non-essential UK shops.


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Millions of parents have now become unpaid teachers as the first week of UK school closures came into effect.

But some exhausted mums and dads failed to keep their excited offspring in check — leaving them in awe of the real classroom heroes.

All kids' playgrounds across the UK will be shut int the lockdown, but parks will stay open.

There will be no road or rail closures, to allow key workers to get to and from work.

And Brits are still allowed to go to work if they cannot work at home, but only if they can stay two metres apart from each other during it.

That means construction sites won’t yet have to close, and delivery services can continue.

Shops that can stay open are supermarkets, pharmacies, vets, pet shops, hardware stores, retail shops in hospitals, newsagents, petrol stations, banks, post offices, laundrettes and undertakers.

All others must close, including clothes shops and electronics stores.


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Sophia Myles Mourns Dad’s Death From Coronavirus

The ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ actress takes to her Twitter account to announce the passing of his father, Peter Myles, reminding people of the ‘harsh reality of the Coronavirus.’

AceShowbiz -British actress Sophia Myles is mourning her dad Peter after he died from the coronavirus.

The 40-year-old “Transformers: Age of Extinction” actress revealed the sad news on Twitter on Saturday (21Mar20), confirming he passed away at the age of 67 in hospital after contracting Covid-19.

“RIP Peter Myles. My dear Dad died only a few hours ago. It was the Corona Virus that finally took him,” she wrote, hours after posting a photo of herself sat at his bedside at the hospital.

“Yesterday I went on a journey to see my father. This is the harsh reality of the Coronavirus,” she explained.

The “Doctor Who” star’s dad had also been suffering from Parkinson’s disease when he contracted the virus, amid the ongoing global pandemic.

The global death toll for coronavirus has passed 13,500, with more than 315,000 cases registered worldwide.

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Country Hall of Fame Singer Kenny Rogers Dies at 81

Kenny Rogers has died. He was 81.

“The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” the singer’s family said in a statement released on his social media.

“The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency. They look forward to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date,” the statement said.

Rogers was hospitalized for dehydration in last May.

On May 31, 2019, spokespeople for the star put tabloid allegations about his near-death to bed, revealing that Rogers was hospitalized, but was in stable health.

“Due to recent wild misinformation and speculation from several media outlets, we are issuing the following statement on behalf of Kenny Rogers: Kenny was recently admitted to a local Georgia hospital and treated for dehydration,” the statement from his rep read.

“He will remain there to complete some physical therapy to get his strength back prior to discharge. He appreciates the concern and well wishes he has received from his fans and can assure everyone he plans on sticking around through the years to come,” the statement continued.

Over his illustrious five decades-long career, which includes sales of over 100 million records, Rodgers won three Grammys, 18 American Music Awards, and a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He was also honored with an all-star concert in October 2017 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena that featured performances by Lionel Richie, Little Big Town, the Judds and his longtime duet partner Dolly Parton.

Rogers, who was born in Houston, Texas, on August 21, 1938, kicked off his music career in 1957 with his first song titled, “That Crazy Feeling” before finding fame with his cross-genre group, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, and band members Mike Settle, Terry Williams, Thelma Camacho and Kin Vassy.

After almost a decade with the First Edition, the band disbanded in 1976 and Rogers started his solo career with his first album Love Lifted Me, which was released that same year.

In addition to his solo music, Rogers amassed a large following thanks to his collaborations with other genre artists such as Richie, Lynda Carter and Barry Gibb as well as 1985’s charity song “We Are the World” with 45 other musicians.

Among Rogers’ 39 studio albums, some well-known ones include The Gambler, Kenny, Eyes That See in the Dark, She Rides Wild Horses and Share Your Love.

In 2000, he made his comeback on the top of the charts for the first time in more than a decade with the single “Buy Me a Rose.” And in 2008, he celebrated his 50th year in the music business with his 50th Anniversary Tour in places all over the U.S., the U.K. and Ireland.

In 2013, Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, along with Cowboy Jack Clement and Bobby Bare.

But in 2015, he announced his retirement.

At the time, Rogers told Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly on the Today show that he was hoping to spend more time with his wife Wanda Miller and five kids.

“I’ve done this long enough. I wrote in my book that sometimes there’s a fine line between being driven and being selfish. And I think I crossed that line when I was younger,” he said. “I really want to be there with my kids and my wife. They’re very important to me and I don’t see enough of them.”

During the same interview, Rogers made references to his ailing health, saying that he was “sure” he would miss touring.

“I swore that I would do this until I embarrassed myself,” he said. “I’m getting to where I don’t walk around well. My mobility is really driving me crazy.”

His final tour was named, The Gambler’s Last Deal, — after his signature song, 1979’s “The Gambler” — which lasted for two years until he was forced to cancel the last leg due to doctors’ orders.

In an April 2018 statement, his rep told PEOPLE: “Kenny Rogers has been working through a series of health challenges. His doctors fully expect the outcome to be great, but they have advised him to cancel all performances through the end of the year to focus on recuperation.”

His final concert took place on October 25, 2017, at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

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Italian virus death toll nears China’s as Wuhan reports no new local cases

Rome: The Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged reported no new homegrown cases on Thursday, local time, while the death toll in Italy was poised to overtake China's in a stark illustration of how the crisis has pivoted toward Europe and the US.

The outbreak spread to at least one European head of state, 62-year-old Prince Albert II of the tiny principality of Monaco. The palace announced that he had tested positive for the virus but was continuing to work from his office and was being treated by doctors from Princess Grace Hospital, named after his American actress mother.

Italian police process passengers leaving from a train station in Milan.Credit:Getty Images

In the US, Congress rushed to pass a $US1 trillion ($1.7 trillion) emergency package to shore up the sinking economy and help households pull through the crisis, with the first of two possible rounds of relief cheques consisting of payments of $US1,000 per adult and $US500 for each child.

The worldwide death toll crept toward 10,000 as the total number of infections topped 220,000, including nearly 85,000 people who have recovered.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe pleaded with people to keep their distance from one another to avoid spreading the virus, even as the crisis pushed them to seek comfort.

"When you love someone, you should avoid taking them in your arms," he said in Parliament. "It's counter-intuitive, and it's painful. The psychological consequences, the way we are living, are very disturbing – but it's what we must do."

Italy, a country of 60 million, registered 2978 deaths on Wednesday after 475 more people died. Italy was likely to overtake China's 3,249 dead – in a land of 1.4 billion – upon the release of Thursday's figures.

The American death toll rose to 149, primarily elderly people.

Health authorities have cited a variety of reasons for Italy's high toll, key among them its large population of elderly people, who are particularly susceptible to serious complications from the virus. Italy has the world's second-oldest population, and the vast majority of its dead – 87 per cent – were over 70.

Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, a virologist at Germany's Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, said Italy's high death rate could be explained in part by the almost total breakdown of the health system in some areas.

"That's what happens when the health system collapses," he said.

On a visit to the northern city of Milan, the head of a Chinese Red Cross delegation helping advise Italy said he was shocked to see so many people walking around, using public transportation and eating out.

Sun Shuopeng said Wuhan saw infections peak only after a month of a strictly enforced lockdown.

"Right now we need to stop all economic activity and we need to stop the mobility of people," he said. "All people should be staying at home in quarantine."

Aside from the elderly and the sick, most people have mild or moderate symptoms, like a fever or cough, and most recover in a matter of weeks.

Spain has been the hardest-hit European country after Italy, and in Madrid a four-star hotel began operating as a makeshift hospital for coronavirus patients.

The director of the group that runs the Ayre GH Colon hotel tweeted: "365 rooms more to help win the war." The Madrid Hotel Business Association said it has placed 40 hotels with room for 9000 people at the service of the Madrid region, which has near half of Spain's 17,000 or so cases.

In London, home to almost 9 million, the government urged people to stay off public transportation as authorities considered imposing tougher travel restrictions.

The British supermarket chain Sainsbury's reserved the first hour of shopping for vulnerable customers, one of many such efforts around the world.

Jim Gibson, 72, of London, said he found most of his groceries there in a "relatively trauma-free" experience. But he fretted that he hadn't been able to get the medicine he needed for his wife and himself, and expressed concerns that Britain's government had been too slow in ramping up testing.

"You can't go on ignoring World Health Organisation guidelines – if they're wrong, who the hell is right?" he said. "Let's have no shilly-shallying."

Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief negotiator for its future relationship with Britain after Brexit, said he had been infected with the coronavirus.

"For all those affected already, and for all those currently in isolation, we will get through this together," the 69-year-old Barnier tweeted.

Thursday marked the first time since January 20 that the Chinese city of Wuhan showed no new locally transmitted cases, a rare glimmer of hope and perhaps a lesson in the strict measures needed to contain the virus.

Wuhan, which has been under a strict lockdown since January, once was the place where thousands lay sick or dying in hurriedly constructed hospitals. But Chinese authorities said all 34 new cases recorded over the previous day had come from abroad.

"Today, we have seen the dawn after so many days of hard effort," said Jiao Yahui, a senior inspector at the National Health Commission.

European stock markets were up only slightly after losses in Asia despite a massive €750 billion stimulus package announced overnight by the European Central Bank.

Wall Street was calm in early trading by the standards of the past few days, when traders – weighing the increasing likelihood of a recession against the huge economic support pledged by global authorities – have caused wild swings.

With wide swaths of the US economy grinding to a halt, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits surged by 70,000 last week, more than economists expected.

The US Federal Reserve unveiled measures to support money-market funds and borrowing as investors worldwide rush to build up dollars and cash.

Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, along with Honda and Toyota, announced on Wednesday that they would close all of their factories in the US, Canada and Mexico. The shutdown of Detroit's Big Three alone will idle about 150,000 workers.

More borders closed, leaving tens of thousands of tourists wondering how they would get home. In the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand shut out tourists, while Fiji reported its first virus case, a worrying development in a region with poor healthcare.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei planned to pardon 10,000 more prisoners – including an unknown number of political detainees – to combat the virus. The country, where more than 1100 people have already died, previously freed 85,000 prisoners on temporary leave.

In Austria, the province of Tyrol put 279 municipalities under quarantine because of a large number of infections, barring people from leaving towns or villages except to go to work.


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Caroline Flack's Friends Honor Love Island Host After Funeral: 'Have the Piña Coladas Waiting'

Close friends of Caroline Flack have posted a number of touching tributes to the former Love Island host following her funeral on Tuesday.

“My little angel… I will love you forever,” Flack’s boyfriend Lewis Burton posted on Instagram in the hours after the service, which was a small, private affair attended by Flack’s nearest and dearest.

British singer Olly Murs added, “Today was so hard but you know what goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you caz until we meet again xx.”

Flack’s close friend Mollie Grosberg also posted a touching video of the TV star looking beautiful, happy and relaxed on a train journey while cuddling a pug called Ruby. “Lucky us. Most loving human ever. Love you my baby girl carrie,” she wrote.

On Wednesday, Grosbgerg added to this with the heartfelt message: “You Were Loved Caroline Louise Flack.”

New Love Island host Laura Whitmore also paid her respects Wednesday on Instagram, writing, “Beautiful send off yesterday for a life that ended too soon. See you on the other side Flack, have the pina coladas waiting x.”

Her boyfriend (and longtime Love Island commentator) Iain Stirling added in a separate post, “Yesterday we said goodbye to Caroline. It was a small service filled with her friends and family. The day was spent sharing stories, singing songs and of course some tears were shed.

He added, “As someone who had the worst FOMO in the world I know Carrie would have hated missing it. And her infectious laugh was painfully absent. You were so loved Caz, by so many – I hope you knew that. And I hope you’re now at peace. X.”

Meanwhile, close friend Lou Teasdale posted some pictures from the wake, alongside the simple message “Bye beautiful 💔.”

An autopsy conducted at Hackney Mortuary in east London on Feb. 18 ruled that Flack — who was found dead at an apartment in Stoke Newington, London on Feb. 15 — died by suicide. She was 40.

The coroner is currently waiting for the results of toxicology tests and is expected to deliver a final ruling on Aug. 5.

Despite claims that the actions of law enforcement may have contributed to the Love Island host’s tragic death, a series of investigations conducted by London’s Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service, which handles all public prosecutions in England and Wales, earlier this month ruled that the case was “handled appropriately.”

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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Remembering the Stars We've Lost in 2020, from Game of Thrones Star Max von Sydow to Kobe Bryant

Max von Sydow

The celebrated Swedish actor, who memorably played a priest in the iconic horror film The Exorcist and starred as the Three-Eyed Raven in Game of Thrones, has died. He was 90.

Von Sydow died at his home in Provence, France on Sunday, March 8. His wife Catherine von Sydow, a documentary filmmaker and producer, confirmed his death to French press the following day.

“It’s with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max Von Sydow on March 8, 2020,” she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The couple married in 1997 after she worked as his assistant on some of his films. The two share two sons, and von Sydow shares two more sons with ex-wife, actress Christina Olin. He and Olin were married from 1951 to 1979.

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James Lipton

The New York Times reported that the longtime Inside the Actors Studio host died at home in New York City on March 2 at the age of 93. The prolific interviewer — who spoke to nearly every A-lister about their craft — had bladder cancer.

The Detroit native, who served in the Air Force, started out as an actor himself, though had more luck as a writer and later, producer.

His series, which began in 1994, aired on Bravo until 2019, when he left (it then moved to Ovation TV). The series has been nominated for 20 Emmy Awards in the outstanding informational series or special category and received the Emmy in 2013.

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Jack Welch

Welch, the former chairman and CEO of General Electric who was once dubbed the “Manager of the Century,” died March 1 at his home, CNBC reported. He was 84.

Welch, who grew GE into a powerhouse thanks in part to an emphasis on keeping only the most productive employees on board, died of renal failure, according to the outlet, which reported that he was surrounded by his wife Suzy and his family.

“More than anything else — leader, business icon, management genius — more than those things, although they are all true too — Jack was a lifeforce made of love,” Suzy Welch, whom he married in 2004, told CNBC in a statement. “His irrepressible passion for people, all people, his brilliant curiosity about every-single-thing-on-earth, his gargantuan generosity of spirit toward friends and strangers alike — they added up to a man who was superhuman yet completely human at once.”

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Joe Coulombe

Coulombe, who founded the inexpensive, trading post-themed grocery chain Trader Joe’s, died on Feb. 28 in Pasadena, California. He was 89.

Coulombe’s son, also named Joe, told The Associated Press that his father died after a long illness.

“Joe was an extraordinarily smart and accomplished entrepreneur who built a company that introduced something welcomingly different in the grocery retail space. Joe opened the first Trader Joe’s store in 1967 in Pasadena, California,” the company said in a press release. “Notably thrifty and insightful, Joe went against conventional industry norms at the time, moving away from national brands and introducing Trader Joe’s private label in 1972.”

“Joe was the perfect person at the right time for Trader Joe’s. He was a brilliant thinker with a mesmerizing personality that simply galvanized all with whom he worked. He was not only our founder, he was our first spokesperson. He starred in captivating radio ads for years, always signing off with his unique, ‘thanks for listening,’ ” added CEO Dan Bane. 

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Claudette Nevins

The Hollywood star’s family confirmed in a statement and announced she died in hospice on Feb. 20 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 82.

“Claudette’s acting career spanned six decades and included roles on Broadway, regional theater, national companies, numerous television shows, voiceovers and commercials,” the family’s statement read. “Competent in everything she touched, Claudette was funny, strong-willed, awesomely disciplined, relentless in her pursuit of excellence. Starting from very humble origins, Claudette grew herself into an elegant, articulate, gorgeous woman who was universally admired. She was dazzling. She will be endlessly missed.”

Nevins was well known for her Broadway roles in Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, as well as her time performing during the national tour of The Great White Hope, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

She also had recurring roles in the ’90s television drama Melrose Place and the ’70s CBS series Headmaster in which she portrayed Andy Griffith’s wife.

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Lee Phillip Bell

Bell, who co-created The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful with her late husband William J. Bell, died on Feb. 25. She was 91. 

“Our mother was a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother,” her children William James Bell, Bradley Phillip Bell and Lauralee Bell Martin said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

“Gracious and kind, she enriched the lives of all who knew her. We will miss her tremendously,” their statement continued. 

In addition to creating the beloved soap operas, the Emmy winner also had a successful broadcast journalism career, during which she hosted The Lee Phillip Show for over 30 years on CBS.

Bell won the Daytime Emmys’ lifetime achievement award in 2007, in addition to several other awards throughout her impressive career. 

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Camila María Concepción

The trans Latina activist and Gentefied writer died by an apparent suicide on Feb. 21. She was 28. 

Friends and colleagues confirmed her death on social media following the premiere of the Netflix series.

Concepción, who grew up in the Inland Empire area, studied English literature at Yale University before working with Transparent creator Jill Soloway under 50/50 by 2020, an initiative campaigning for gender parity in film, TV and art. She went on to work on Netflix’s show Daybreak before landing a position as writer’s assistant on Gentefied

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Ben Cooper

The actor gained fame starring in many Hollywood Westerns in the 1950s and ’60s, including Johnny Guitar, Gunfight at Comanche Creek and Gunsmoke.

He died on Feb. 24 at age 86 at his home in Memphis after a long illness.

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David Roback

The legendary guitarist and cofounder of the band Mazzy Star died Feb. 24 at age 61, his rep confirmed.

The Los Angeles Times described him as “reclusive” and “press-shy,” but his band’s music was a staple for many in the ’90s and continues to be used in film and TV today.

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B. Smith

Smith, who got her start as a model before becoming a famous restauteur and lifestyle guru, died at age 70 on Feb. 22 after a battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Born Barbara Elaine Smith (but known as B.), the star was one of the first African–American women to grace the cover of Mademoiselle magazine. She went on to open three eponymous restaurants, write three cookbooks and host the nationally syndicated show, B. Smith With Style.

After she received her diagnosis in 2013, she and husband Dan Gasby went public with the news in order to bring awareness to the difficulties caused by the disease for both those suffering from it and their caregivers.

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Pop Smoke

The up-and-coming rapper, 20, died from a gunshot during an alleged home invasion on Feb. 19.

Other musicians paid tribute to the young star (born Bashar Barakah Jackson) after news of his death spread. “You were too young,” Chance the Rapper wrote on Twitter. “God Bless and comfort your family. What a crazy trajectory you were on man smh.”

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Ja’Net DuBois

The star of Good Times, and the singer and co-writer of the Jeffersons theme song, DuBois died at age 74 at her home in Glendale, Calif. on Feb. 17.

In addition to her most beloved roles, DuBois acted on Broadway and in shows including The Love Boat and ER.

She was remembered fondly by many former costars, including Janet Jackson, who wrote “I am so very saddened to hear my longtime friend Ja’Net DuBois has passed away. I saw first hand how she broke stereotypes and changed the landscape for Black women in entertainment … I’ll miss you.”


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Kellye Nakahara

Known best for her role as Lt. Kellye Yamato on the ’70s hit show M*A*S*H, the actress died of cancer at age 72, surrounded by family and friends at her home on Feb. 15.

Former costars expressed admiration for the actress, who also appeared on Little House on the Prairie and NYPD Blue.

“What a good, feeling person she always was. Sensitive, kind and talented,” Alan Alda said

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Jason Davis

The actor — perhaps best known for voicing Recess‘ Mikey Blumberg during the animated series’ six-season run in the late 1990s and early 2000s — died at age 35 on Feb. 16, his mother confirmed. The cause of death was unknown at the time.

In a statement, Nancy Davis said, “Jason had a true heart of gold with such a zest for life. He was such a caring soul to everybody who ever knew him. He loved his friends and his family above all else.”


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Raphael Coleman

The child star of Nanny McPhee turned environmental activist died during a Feb. 6 run at age 25.

His mother confirmed the news on social media, writing ““He died doing what he loved, working for the noblest cause of all. His family could not be prouder. Let’s celebrate all he achieved in his short life and cherish his legacy.”

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Nikita Pearl Waligwa

The young actress, who had a featured role in Queen of Katwe, died at age 15 of a brain tumor, multiple outlets reported. The film’s director Mira Nair had helped raise funds for treatment during an earlier bout with the illness, but it returned a few years later.

Nyong’o paid tribute to her young costar, writing “It is with great sadness that I post about the passing of Nikita Waligwa, the sweet, warm, talented girl whom I worked with on the film, Queen Of Katwe. She played Gloria with such vibrancy.”

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Lynn Cohen

Cohen, who starred for three seasons on Sex and the City as Magda (and reprised the role in the films) died Feb. 14 at age 86.

Wrote Cynthia Nixon, her costar on the series, “Many people knew & loved Lynn Cohen as Miranda’s stalwart Polish nanny Magda. To me she was that & so much more — an involved citizen, a true friend & a great actress in so many different roles.”

Those included parts in The Hunger Games, Munich and Damages.

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Orson Bean

The actor and comedian, who frequently appeared on the game show To Tell the Truth, died at age 91 after being hit by a car in Los Angeles Feb. 14.

He had recently starred with his wife, actress Alley Mills, in the world premiere of a new play at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, which ended its run the week before he died. He also kept up his work on television, with roles on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, How I Met Your Mother and Modern Family.

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Robert Conrad

Conrad, best known for his role in the television show The Wild Wild West, died at 84 in February.

He had many roles on television in the ’50s and ’60s, and recorded music as Bob Conrad at the same time. He was inducted into the Stuntman’s Hall of Fame.

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Caroline Flack

The former Love Island host died at home on Feb. 15 at age 40.

“We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February,” her family said in a statement given to the U.K.’s Press Association. “We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.”

Paramedics were called to her London home the night before her death, but after assessing the situation it was decided that she did not need hospital treatment and that she was fit to be left at home.

Flack stepped down as host of Love Island, which she had fronted since its debut in 2015, in December 2019, after being charged with assault by beating following a reported domestic indicdent involving her boyfriend Lewis Burton, who has denied the incident. 

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Amie Harwick

Harwick, a well known Hollywood sex and family therapist and the former fiancée of Drew Carey, died after falling from a balcony on Feb. 15. She was 38. 

The Los Angeles Police Department arrested a former boyfriend of Harwick’s, whom they believe attacked her after a restraining order against him had expired, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Carey mourned the loss of The New Sex Bible for Women author, telling PEOPLE, “Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime.” He added, “She was positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist. I am overcome with grief.”

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Kirk Douglas

The Hollywood icon died on Feb. 5, 2020. He was 103.

“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” Michael Douglas said in a statement to PEOPLE. “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.”

Michael continued, “But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.”

“Kirk’s life was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet,” Michael added. “Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday and which will always remain true. Dad- I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.”

The Spartacus acting legend, who had been in good health since suffering a stroke in 1996, is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anne, and his sons Michael, Joel, and Peter.

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Kobe Bryant

The basketball icon died in Calabasas, California in a helicopter crash the morning of Jan. 26, 2020, a source confirmed to PEOPLE. He was 41.

Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also onboard the private helicopter when it went down on Sunday, reps for the former basketball player told TMZ Sports.

Sources told ESPN that the helicopter was headed to a travel basketball game for Gianna, and that the other passengers were another player and their parent.

Spokespersons for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and L.A. Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Bryant is survived by wife Vanessa, 37, and their daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

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Norma Michaels

Actress Michaels, most recognized for her role as Josephine on King of Queens, died on Jan. 11. She was 95.

A statement by her spokesperson announced that Michaels passed away peacefully at her home in Palm Springs, California.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michaels’ acting career began in 1954 on The George Gobel Show and went on to span six decades across both film and television. Some of her most memorable appearances include Modern FamilyBrooklyn Nine-NineEverybody Loves RaymondGilmore Girls and Malcolm in the Middle.

Her last role was as Sally Field’s mother in 2015’s indie hit Hello, My Name Is Doris.

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Rocky Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s father, Canadian professional wrestler Rocky Johnson died in January at age 75.

World Wrestling Entertainment confirmed the news on its website on Jan. 15, writing, “WWE is saddened to learn that Rocky ‘Soul Man’ Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), a WWE Hall of Famer, former World Tag Team Champion, and father of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, has passed away at age 75.”

Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Rocky began wrestling when he was 16 years old. He started his career in 1964 and went on to join the WWE in 1983 when he began wrestling with Tony Atlas. The duo became a part of the first African-American tag team — known as The Soul Patrol — to win the World Tag Team Championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

After retiring in 1991, Rocky continued to train his son, actor Dwayne, to follow in his footsteps as a wrestler.

“Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side,” Dwayne, 47, said in an emotional tribute on Instagram after his father’s passing. “But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we know it’s just pain and it’ll pass.”

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Stan Kirsch

Highlander actor Kirsch died by apparent suicide, his wife Kristyn Green confirmed on Facebook on Jan. 13. He was 51.

According to TMZ, Kirsch was discovered by his wife in their Los Angeles home. Paramedics were called, but the actor was pronounced dead on the scene.

Kirsch is best known for his starring role as Richie Ryan on the original Highlander television series for six seasons from 1992 to 1998.

At the time of his death, Kirsch was working as an acting coach in Los Angeles. His other TV credits include JAGInvincible, and one episode of Friends in season 1, when he memorably played a high school student lying about his age to date Monica (Courteney Cox).

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Neil Peart

Rush’s legendary drummer and lyricist died after a years-long battle with brain cancer on Jan. 7. He was 67.

“It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma),” bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson wrote in a statement on Twitter.

Peart joined Lee and Lifeson in 1974, and earned his place as one of the greatest drummers in rock history over the course of his decades-long career. 

In addition to his time with the band, Peart also released a number of books including Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road and Far and Away: A Prize Every Time. 

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Scott Patric

The celebrity hair and makeup artist famous for his work on Project Runway died of a heart attack in his sleep in his New York City apartment on Jan. 8. He was 53.

“It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm makeup artist Scott Patric has passed,” read the statement from Contact. “He was found today in his bed after not responding to calls. His talent, creativity and warmth were limitless. He will be greatly missed.”

From 2012 to 2019, Patrick worked as a makeup consultant and glamour lead on Project Runway and a number of the competition series’ spin-offs, including All StarsThreads and Junior.

Scott’s editorial work has appeared in magazines like Vogue and Glamour, and according to his official website, he has styled a range of A-listers, including Angelina Jolie, Katie Holmes, Kerry Washington, Madonna, Paris Hilton and Dwayne Johnson.

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Edd Byrnes

Byrnes, an actor best known for his portrayal of suave radio announcer Vince Fontaine in 1978’s Grease, died on Jan. 8. He was 87.

Byrnes’ son, news anchor Logan Byrnes, confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “It is with profound sadness and grief that I share with you the passing of my father Edd Byrnes.”

“He was an amazing man and one of my best friends,” Logan continued, adding a press release that stated the actor had “died unexpectedly” of “natural causes” at his home in Santa Monica, California.

In addition to his role in Grease, Byrnes was known for his turn as Kookie in the TV series 77 Sunset Strip, and continued guest-starring in shows such as CHiPs, House Calls, Charlie’s Angels, Vega$, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.

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Alexis Eddy

Eddy, a smiling and self-proclaimed “redneck” from West Virginia who appeared on MTV’s Are You the One? season 6, died on Jan. 9, West Virginia’s Mannington Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE. She was 23.

The police received a call from Eddy’s home just before 7 a.m. ET, and upon arrival found a female who suffered from cardiac arrest. She was pronounced dead on the scene. The cause of death is not yet known, and police could not comment on whether foul play is suspected.

“MTV is deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Alexis Eddy. Our hearts go out to her family and friends during this difficult time,” MTV said a statement on Are You the One?‘s Twitter account.

Eddy openly discussed her struggle with drug abuse during her time on the show in 2017. In recent months, however, she posted to social media about being “clean and sober” and feeling “so very blessed.” 

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Buck Henry

The legendary Oscar-nominated screenwriter, actor and director Henry died of a heart attack at Cedars-Sinai Health Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 8. He was 89.

Born in New York City on Dec. 9, 1930, Henry achieved fame and an Oscar nomination for writing The Graduate screenplay, as well as for Catch-22 and co-creating Get Smart.

Henry is also a founding member of Saturday Night Live’s Five-Timers Club, which consists of members who have hosted the comedy sketch show five or more times. Henry hosted 10 times. 

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Elizabeth Wurtzel

The controversial author of Prozac Nation — who popularized confessional-style memoirs and opened up the national conversation around depression — died on Jan. 7 at the age of 52.

Her husband, Jim Freed, confirmed to The Washington Post that she’d been battling metastatic breast cancer, which then spread to her brain. She died due to complications from leptomeningeal disease in Manhattan, according to the newspaper.

Wurtzel was just 26 when Prozac Nation — a hyper-personal account of her struggles with depression, her dependency on drugs, and her sex life — was published, and indelibly shaped the future of the memoir genre.

Friends and fans paid tribute to the author, who went on to write several more books including Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women (1998) and More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction (2001). Ronan Farrow shared a heartfelt tribute which encouraged fans to get tested for the BRCA gene, which she advocated for after her breast cancer diagnosis. 

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Silvio Horta

Ugly Betty creator Horta died by suicide on Jan. 7 in Miami. He was 45.

Horta was best known for creating the beloved ABC comedy Ugly Betty, which ran from 2006 to 2010 and starred America Ferrera as the titular character.

The long-running series nabbed Horta an Emmy nomination in 2007 for outstanding comedy series, and a Golden Globe for best television series — comedy or musical.

“I’m stunned and heartbroken to hear the devastating news of Ugly Betty creator, Silvio Horta’s death,” Ferrera wrote in an emotional tribute on Instagram.

“His talent and creativity brought me and so many others such joy & light,” she continued. “I’m thinking of his family and loved ones who must be in so much pain right now- and of the whole Ugly Betty family who feel this loss so deeply.”

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Italy’s coronavirus death toll jumps 57% in a day, outpacing South Korea’s

Amsterdam: Italy has overtaken South Korea as the world's second-worst coronavirus-hit country, as Europe struggles to contain the worsening outbreak and questions grow over whether the true number of infections could be far higher than reported.

A day after approving a draconian plan to quarantine 16 million people in the country's north, the Italian government on Sunday announced the death toll had surged 57 per cent in just 24 hours to reach 366.

A tourist wearing a mask takes a photo at the Colosseum in Rome.Credit:AP

Europe's already sluggish economy threatens to fall into recession as the outbreak takes hold. The European Central Bank will meet this week and is expected to slice official interest rates into negative territory as well as unveil plans to inject liquidity into struggling firms.

Forty six countries in Europe have reported at least one case of COVID-19 and more than a dozen are dealing with over 100 cases.

In Italy, thousands of residents and tourists scrambled to get trains, buses and flights out of the heavily affected Lombardy region after a draft plan to seal off a vast stretch of the country's north was leaked before the government could approve and announce the emergency measure.

The lockdown affects roughly a quarter of Italy's population including Milan, the nation's financial capital, and Venice, which draws anywhere up to 30 million tourists a year.

The rules will be in place until April 3 and are designed to replicate the wholesale quarantining of provinces in China that the World Health Organisation has credited with slowing down the virus.

The measures place restrictions of entering, leaving or moving around inside the affected area, call for the suspension of sporting matches unless they can be held without crowds and demand the closure ski resorts, churches, museums, schools, swimming pools, gyms and theatres.

Bars and restaurants can only open from 6am to 6pm but risk mandatory closure unless they keep customers at least on metre apart from each other.

Coronavirus health checks take place before the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Friuli in Udine, Italy.Credit:Getty

    The death toll in the Lombardy alone grew overnight from 154 to 257.

    On the reported figures, Italy's mortality rate in Italy stands at nearly 5 per cent – far higher than the rate in South Korea and China.

    South Korea and China have conducted a greater number of tests, suggesting the higher mortality rate in Italy might point to a much larger number of infections than has been actually reported.

    Italy changed its policy during the early stages of the outbreak to only test people who show symptoms.

    Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz said it was only a matter of time before other European nations replicated some or all of Italy's drastic measures.

    "It will be important to decide which steps to take when," he said. "You can close schools for one or two weeks and this is urgently necessary in Italy. It will happen in other European countries. The decisive question is when to do it."

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    Marnie, the rescue Shih Tzu who shot to internet fame, has died at the age of 18

    • Marnie, a rescue Shih Tzu who rose to Instagram fame, has died at the age of 18.
    • Shirley Braha, Marnie's owner, wrote online that the dog passed away in her Los Angeles home, after it had been announced her health had been declining.
    • Marnie shot to internet fame after Braha rescued her and began posting her online, becoming at one point "the most famous American dog on Instagram" and a moving storyline to advocate for adopting senior dogs.
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    Marnie the Dog, a rescued Shih Tzu who rose to internet fame for her signature long tongue, died at the age of 18.

    Marnie's owner, Shirley Braha, wrote on her Instagram page that the pup passed away on March 5 in her Los Angeles home.

    "Her comfort had been notably declining over the past few days with little hope for improvement and she let me know she had had enough," Braha wrote in the caption underneath a photo of Marnie. "She enjoyed her chicken until the very end."

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    It is with much grief I share the news that Marnie passed away painlessly & peacefully in my home on Thursday afternoon at the age of 18. Her comfort had been notably declining over the past few days with little hope for improvement and she let me know she had had enough. She enjoyed her chicken until the very end. Thank you for joining me on an unexpected journey with the ultimate love of my life. All I can feel right now is loss but beneath that I have so much gratitude. I’m grateful to the universe for entrusting me with her beautiful soul and providing me with the perfect best friend and companion. Im grateful I was able to give this magical creature the fun and deeply loving life she wanted and deserved. I’m thankful I was chosen to be the conduit for Marnie to bring joy into the world. And I’m thankful for all the human and dog friends Marnie and I made along the way, and the strangers on the streets and on the internet, who have shown us so much love. Most of all, I’m amazed that the sweet little hot mess of a pup that I picked up from a shelter at age 11, who at first didn’t seem like she would be around very long at all, has managed to inspire others to adopt senior dogs. When I hear from people that Marnie has made them adopt their senior dogs it’s truly the most beautiful legacy she and I could hope to leave in this world. The night of her passing I had a dream where I watched her awake from her death like it hadn’t happened at all, and she was running around at a party completely happy and invincible. She approached a descending staircase and I wanted to interject to protect her from falling, but she sailed right down the stairs and landed on her feet and stopped and looked at me and laughed and just kept going. Maybe this was a message from her from heaven, but at minimum I can take solace knowing that for a long stretch of time, prior to her aging body taking its toll, heaven for her was right here on earth. Marnie will be buried in a pet cemetery in LA and hopefully there will be a public memorial gathering whenever safe (due to Coronavirus).

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    Braha had previously posted that Marnie's health was growing poorer, which sparked an outpouring of sympathy and tributes to the tiny dog across social media.

    Marnie attracted 1.8 million Instagram followers and became a regular presence at celebrity photo opportunities, posing with A-listers like Neil Patrick Harris, Jimmy Kimmel, and Chance the Rapper. By 2015, she was "the most famous American dog on Instagram," according to The New Yorker.

    Braha, who was then a producer at MTV based in New York City, rescued Marnie from a Connecticut shelter when she was 11. Shortly after, she began posting pictures of Marnie on Instagram, where she documented Marnie's love for chicken and her natural talent at posing alongside celebrities and in various outfits.

    "I was just doubtful anyone would care," Braha told The New York Times about when she started posting Marnie online. "There is so much content online and it's almost like the aspiration of fame seems so trite that it just didn't appeal to me."

    Though plenty did care, as Marnie's Instagram was flooded with well wishes and tributes after the Saturday announcement.

    Marnie's success didn't just bring her millions of likes and appearances at high-profile events, however, as her owner was a vocal advocate for people to consider adopting senior dogs. 

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