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The force behind the South African anti-apartheid revolution and the country's first black president, Nelson Mandela, has passed away at 95 years of age today.
After having spent three months in the hospital for a lung infection, Mandela was being treated at home for his illness.
Jacob Zuma, the current president of South Africa, released a statement confirming the news: "Our nation has lost its greatest son... What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves... Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell."
Mandela, who was imprisoned for 27 years, helped lead South Africa away from white-minority rule in the 1990's with peaceful resistance. For this, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and has since become an icon in the fight for racial equality.
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Paul Walker's father made him promise not to do any more "daredevil stuff" in their last conversation before his death.
Paul Walker Sr. admits he was concerned about his son's daring activities and the last time he spoke to the Fast and the Furious actor, who was killed when the Porsche he was traveling in smashed into a pole after a charity car show in Santa Clarita, California on Saturday, he begged the 40-year-old star to be careful. "The last conversation we had, I sat there, I looked at him and I said, 'You know, I love you very much. I love all of you. And we're all very, very close. If anything was to happen to anybody in this family, it would be a rough deal.' I said, 'Promise me, no more daredevil stuff.' I said, 'If in your heart, you say, I can do this, then by all means, do it. If your mind says, maybe not. Then don't.' I looked at him, I said, 'Will you promise me that?' I said, 'You know, promises are a very important thing here, Paul.' I said, 'Say OK,' and he said, 'OK.' You know a lot of us, sometimes we make promises and get caught up in the moment and stuff like that, but I can tell I got to him. I can tell that I was very serious. Sometimes sons think of their fathers and their grandfathers as these bigger than life people," he said in an emotional interview with E! News.
Paul Walker and his friend were reportedly "not driving recklessly" when they were involved in a fatal car crash on Saturday.
The 40-year-old Fast & The Furious star passed away when the red Porsche Carrera GT, in which he was a passenger in with Roger Rodas, collided with a tree during a car show in Santa Clarita, California, that was organized to raise funds for victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines and tornado in Indiana.
Jim Torp, who attended the event and knew Roger, told People.com that he did not think the duo were driving dangerously: "Roger was definitely behind the wheel. Roger slowly drove it out - he didn't take off recklessly. There were children around, after all. They were only gone for five or ten minutes and never came back... It was clear the car had hit two trees then finally hit a street lamppost. Parts of the car were strewn everywhere on the street, as far as 150 feet. I didn't see any skid marks. Where the car had crashed was on a long straightaway. How fast they were going, I don't know. Roger was not a reckless guy. He was a family man. He has a wife and two young children. He never did anything careless."
Paul Walker died in a car crash north of Los Angeles earlier this afternoon.
"He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives," Walker's rep confirmed. The actor - best known for starring in the Fast and the Furious films - was seated in the passenger side of a Porsche GT with his friend, en route to a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.
The crash occurred in Santa Clarita, CA, where the driver at some point lost control of the vehicle, causing it to crash into a post or a tree and quickly burst into flames. It is not yet known what caused the accident.
Sources have revealed that Paul was in Santa Clarita for a car show to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan and took a break to go for the fatal ride in a friend's Porsche GT.
Walker was 40 years old.
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Brittany Murphy's cause of death is not being re-investigated.
Despite new toxicology reports suggesting the Clueless actress may have been poisoned, the Los Angeles County coroner has announced there are no plans to re-open the case because they are yet to receive them, after the star died in December 2009. Her husband Simon Monjack died just five months later and both deaths were attributed to acute pneumonia and severe anemia; hers also involved multiple drug intoxication.
"The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has no plans to reopen our inquiry into the deaths. We stand by our original reports. We have not been presented any [third] party lab test results for analysis, so we are unable to comment on publicized reports of private lab tests," Chief Coroner Investigator and Chief of Operations Craig Harvey told The Huffington Post in an email.
Brittany's father, Angelo Bertolotti, hasn't provided adequate documentation yet, after reportedly securing the release of the 32-year-old's hair, blood and tissues for independent analysis. The results are said to have shown the presence of 10 heavy metals commonly found in rat poison.
Brittany Murphy's cause of death has come into question after new toxicology results allegedly suggest she may have been poisoned.
The 8 Mile actress was found dead at home in 2009 and the Los Angeles Coroner ruled her death was accidental, caused by pneumonia and "iron deficiency anemia." Five months later, the 32-year-old star's husband Simon Monjack, 40, also died of pneumonia and anemia.
Brittany's father Angelo Bertolotti wasn't convinced by the coroner's findings and The Huffington Post claims he ordered a new toxicology report after sending samples of his daughter's hair for independent analysis. Results supposedly showed the presence of 10 heavy metals above the "high" level set by the World Health Organization. The types of metals are commonly found in rat poison, pesticides and insecticides.
Angelo reportedly tried to sue the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Coroner's Office, accusing them of "failure to conduct toxicology tests" on specimens of hair and his daughter's death was "incorrectly determined to have been allegedly caused by pneumonia and anemia."
Michelle Williams has reached out to Lea Michele.
Lea, 26, has been struggling to cope since her boyfriend Cory Monteith, 31, died from a heroin and alcohol overdose last month and Michelle - whose former boyfriend, Heath Ledger, died of an overdose in 2008 - has reached out to her. "Michelle is probably the only person who knows what Lea is going through. Lea was deeply touched by the gesture. Michelle made a huge impact and Lea has been feeling better. There are a lot of parallels between Heath and Cory so Michelle can really understand Lea," a source said.
Darren Criss says coping with Cory Monteith's death has been difficult.
The Glee cast have started filming the fifth season of the show, just two weeks after leading man Cory, 31, died from a heroin and alcohol overdose and Darren admitted they are all going through a tough time. "Obviously it's been a very rough time. When you start picking up the pieces after something as tragic as this, and it's funny that you say that, you don't know how to breach it, we're picking up the pieces now and there's two things you gotta remember. One, is he was a really funny guy and he loved life. He always took care of his friends and wanted his friends to be happy. So it's only right that we, you know, try and start to smile again and laugh again. It's something that he would have wanted," he told talk show host Conan O'Brien.
While Darren was shocked by Cory's death, he is grateful he got to know the actor during their time on the show together. "He was a joy. Wonderful guy. Personal note, he will be severely missed, but I'm just so happy that a guy like him got to touch as many lives as he did while we were lucky enough to have him," he said.
Lea Michele has made a pilgrimage to the hotel where her boyfriend, Cory Monteith, died.
The devastated Glee star made her first public outing since 31-year-old Cory was found dead from a heroin and alcohol overdose last weekend to the Vancouver hotel where he passed away. According to an eyewitness, Lea, 26, was "out of her mind" with grief when she stopped at a makeshift memorial to the star outside the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.
Rik Feydik, who claims to be a friend of Cory's, spotted Lea about an hour after the family left the body at the hospital. "Lea was in the back seat of one of the vehicles sitting between two bodyguards. She was wearing her signature huge black shades. Lea never got out of the vehicle but she stayed parked in in front of the memorial for five to seven minutes," Feydik said. When Rik approached the cars they raced off. "They were driving crazy," he added.
Cory Monteith has died at the age of 31.
The Glee actor was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada yesterday and - while there are no implications of foul play - no cause of death has been confirmed yet. "We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate. We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss," said Cory's publicist Melissa Kates.
The star - who played Finn Hudson in the musical drama - was discovered in his room by hotel staff after he failed to check out at the designated time. In a statement, Acting Chief Doug LePard commented, "Shortly after noon today, the Vancouver Police received a call from the BC Ambulance Service regarding a sudden death in a room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel at 1038 Canada Place in downtown Vancouver. The deceased has been identified as 31-year-old actor Cory Monteith, who achieved great fame on the popular TV series Glee."
Meanwhile 20th Century Fox and Fox Broadcasting Company - the executive producers for the show - paid tribute to an "exceptional talent." They added, "We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones."
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