HOLLYWOOD, February 27 -- US actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi series Star Trek, has died at the age of 83 in Los Angeles, his family has said. His son, Adam, said he died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday morning.
Nimoy had a long career as both an actor and director. However he was best known for his portrayal of the half-human, half-Vulcan character in both the TV franchise and series of films.
Last year, the actor revealed he was suffering from chronic lung disease, despite stopping smoking more than 20 years ago. It was reported earlier this week he had been taken to hospital on 19 February after suffering from chest pains.
He later tweeted: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory." He signed off with "LLAP" - a reference to his character's famous catchphrase, "Live long and prosper". It was to be his final tweet.
An the unveiling Dartford council's Jeremy Kite said, 'Platform 2 has a small but important role in pop music history. I hope that in the years ahead many thousands of rail passengers will enjoy looking at the plaque and realising the part the station played in bringing The Rolling Stones together.'
Keith Richards described the day he met Mick Jagger on October 17, 1961 in his autobiography 'Life'. In 1962, he wrote a letter to his Aunty Patty. 'You know I was keen on Chuck Berry and thought I was the only fan for miles but one morning on the Dartford Station I was holding one of Chuck's records when a guy I knew at primary school 7-11 years y'know came up to me. He's got every record Chuck Berry ever made and all his mates have too, they are all rhythm and blues fans, real R&B I mean (not this Dinah Shore, Brooke Benton crap). Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Chuck, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker and all the Chicago bluesmen. Real lowdown stuff, marvellous. Bo Diddley, he's another great.
'Anyway the guy on the station, he's called Mick Jagger . Mick is the greatest R&B singer this side of the Atlantic'.
LONDON, 7 November -- Prosecutors in New Zealand have dismissed charges from AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd in attempting to organize a double slaying, as the evidence was insufficient.
He is still, however, charged of death threats and possession of drugs, BBC reports. Phil Rudd was arrested on Thursday at his house in Tauranga, New Zealand and was delivered to court. After a short hearing a 60-year-old musician was released on bail, the amount of which is not disclosed.
Rudd’s lawyers have already stated that «their client has a huge psychological trauma». The musician must appear in court on November 27. The plan of AD/CD concerts is not changed. AC/DC is going to release its new album in December.
The band made clear that they still consider Rudd as a «member of their team». AC/DC didn’t cancel any of concerts in connection with the charges.
HOLLYWOOD, October 29-- He was the TV dad loved by millions, the devoted funnyman who brought sunshine and dispensed pearls of wisdom to his doting wife and kids.
But, according to shocking claims, comic legend Bill Cosby was a manipulative abuser who drugged and sexually assaulted more than a dozen young women. The 77-year-old has been dogged by accusations of sex assault for more than 20 years. The allegations were aired again last week when stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress launched an onstage tirade in Cosby’s hometown of Philadelphia, calling the The Cosby Show dad a hypocrite for his “smuggest old black man public persona”.
Buress said: “Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ‘80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom. “Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches.”
Barbara Bowman alleges she was raped by Cosby when she was a teenage actor in the late 1980s after he offered to act as her mentor.
She told MailOnline she felt relieved when she heard Buress’s comments. “I was drugged and raped by that man,’ she told MailOnline. “He is a monster. He came at me like a monster. My hope is that others who have experienced sexual abuse will not be intimidated into silence by the famous, rich and powerful. If I can help one victim, then I’ve done my job.”
Bowman, 46, told Newsweek magazine earlier this year how Cosby had taken advantage of her when she young and impressionable. She alleges Cosby plied her with alcohol numerous times and even warned her before they went on out-of-town trips: “You aren’t going to fight me this time, are you?”
In 2004, Andrea Constand brought a civil lawsuit against Cosby claiming she had been sexually assaulted.
The lawsuit grew to include 13 other women, all of whom reported being drugged and raped by one the entertainer. Cosby settled under undisclosed terms in 2006.
Cosby has been married to Camille Hanks, the mother of his five children for 50 years. The most popular comedy stand-up of the 1960s, he was near bankruptcy in the 1980s when took the role of Dr Cliff Huxtable, the part that would elevate him to TV stardom. Tragically, he lost his only son Ennis, who was shot dead by an attempted robbery on the side of a highway in Los Angeles in 1997.
LONDON, October 26 -- Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. In his glorious heyday as bassist and lead vocalist of 1960s power trio Cream he helped create a sound that combined American blues and psychedelia to thrill audiences throughout the world.
Bruce, who died Saturday of liver disease at age 71, enjoyed a long, respected solo career after the band's acrimonious breakup, but will be best remembered for his stint with Cream and for classics like "Sunshine of Your Love" and "I Feel Free."
Much of the attention was focused on guitar wizard Eric Clapton, but Bruce wrote many of the band's signature tunes and served as lead vocalist. He also provided the intense bass guitar that, with Ginger Baker's explosive drums, underpinned Cream's rhythmic, driving sound.
They had it all — commercial and critical success — until individual egos intervened and they disbanded, entering rock and roll mythology as the original supergroup: super-talented, and super-troubled.
Bruce was an important member of the British blues movement, which saw bands like the Animals and Rolling Stones first imitate and then expand on the American blues tradition as exemplified by Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and other stalwarts.
Cream, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, played a mix of traditional blues songs, with long, often improvised instrumental breaks, and their own tunes. They enchanted critics and fans alike at first, but after two years some found their extended jams to be self-indulgent, with band members seeming to show off their musical virtuosity rather than trying to complement each other.
It now seems as if that cash injection has failed to materialise as F1 supremo Ecclestone says Marussia won't attend the Austin race.
Marussia will be joined on the sidelines by Caterham, who are under administration and seeking a new buyer.
"Neither of those two teams are going to go to America," Ecclestone told Reuters journalist Alan Baldwin
With both Marussi and Caterham out, just 18 cars will take to the grid at the United States GP.
SEOUL, October 18 -- A South Korean official has reportedly taken his own life, a day after 16 people were killed in an accident at an outdoor concert he helped organise and secure.
The body of the 37-year-old man, surnamed Oh, was found near a 10-storey building in in Seongnam on Saturday, a day after the accident at a concert in the city by the all-girl band 4Minute.
It was believed that Oh leapt from the building, police inspector Park Jeongju said. Oh worked for one of the concert's sponsors and handled safety measures, officials said, and had been questioned by police on Friday night over the accident. .
"I am sorry for the dead victims... please take a good care of my children," he wrote in a short message to his wife, officials said.
Those killed at the concert were standing on a ventilation grating when the structure collapsed, sending them plunging 18.7m into an underground parking area. Amateur video footage obtained by the YTN news channel showed spectators surrounding the collapsed grate as 4Minute, apparently oblivious to the accident, continued performing on stage.
City spokesman Kim Namjun said there was a possibility that the death toll could rise. Of the 11 people treated at hospitals, eight had life-threatening injuries. Witnesses said the concert's 400 seats were full before it began and there were no guards or safety fences to prevent overspill.
"The show host repeatedly told the spectators to come off the grate but no one paid heed," one witness told the paper.
South Korea is still struggling with the effects of a ferry disaster in April which killed hundreds and prompted government promises of a national review of safety standards. In February, the roof caved in on a student-packed auditorium near the southern city of Gyeongju, killing 10 people and injuring more than 100. An investigation uncovered evidence of structural flaws and poor management controls.
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