Dennis Hopper’s death follows battle with cancer

From CNN:

Actor Dennis Hopper died at his home in Venice, California, Saturday morning, his wife said. He was 74.

Hopper, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2009, was surrounded by his children when he died, Victoria Hopper told CNN.

While funeral arrangements have not been decided, Hopper’s wish was to be buried in Taos, New Mexico, his wife said. She said Taos was “his heart home.”

Hopper and his wife were involved in a highly public and bitter divorce fight in the last months of his life.

The actor made his last public appearance on March 26, when his star was dedicated on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

“I just want to thank you,” Hopper said, as he smiled broadly.”That’s all I can do.”

With his 6-year-old daughter, Galen, by his side, Hopper waved and bowed to hundreds of fans lining a barricade along Hollywood Boulevard.

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Apple Partner Foxconn Suffers Eighth Worker Death in 2010

From eWeek.com:

In what appears to be another suicide, a worker at the Foxconn facility in Shenzhen, China, fell from a building on the company’s campus May 21. The man’s death is the 10th falling incident at the Foxconn facility in 2010.
 
The 21-year-old man was the eighth employee this year to be killed in such an incident—suicide hasn’t been officially determined in any of the cases—as two workers have survived such falls,
Reuters reported.
 
Foxconn Technology Group is perhaps best known as being a producer of the Apple iPhone, as well as other popular products from Apple, Sony and Hewlett-Packard.
The Foxconn facility is set up campus-style and houses more than 400,000 of the company’s 800,000 employees, according to Reuters. The majority of workers on the campus are under 30 years old and face extremely long work days—in some cases up to 12 hours—with workers often taking on overtime, for the increased hourly wage, and working weeks at a time without a day off.
 
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‘Devil’s horns’ music great ‘passes peacefully’

RIP.

From Yahoo! News:

NEW YORK – Even as he endured grueling chemotherapy treatments to rid his stomach of cancer, Ronnie James Dio showed the fiery passion that made him a metal legend, flashing his famous devil’s horns signal as he lay in a hospital bed.

“This hasn’t really been a problem for me. Cancer? I’ll kick the hell out of you,” declared Dio in March in an interview with KIAH-TV in Houston, where he was being treated for the disease. “I refuse to be beaten in any shape or form so I’m going to beat you, too.”

But on Sunday, Dio — whose famous wailing vocals gave Black Sabbath a second life — succumbed to the disease, at age 67.

“Today my heart is broken,” Wendy Dio, his wife and a manger, wrote on the singer’s website. “Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away.

“Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all,” she continued. “We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us … Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.”

His publicist Maureen O’Connor said he died in Los Angeles.

Later Sunday, Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler posted a picture of Dio on his website, with the caption: “Goodbye My Dear Friend.”

Dio revealed last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer shortly after wrapping up a tour in Atlantic City, N.J., with the latest incarnation of Black Sabbath under the name Heaven And Hell.

Though Dio had recently undergone his seventh chemotherapy treatment, he was hopeful to perform again. Earlier this month, Heaven And Hell canceled its summer tour, but Dio did not view being sidelined as a permanent thing.

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Baby survives parents’ global warming suicide pact

These people were complete idiots. It’s a shame their children had to suffer because of their (the parent’s) stupidity.

From The Telegraph.com (UK):

Francisco Lotero, 56, and Miriam Coletti, 23, shot their daughter and her toddler brother before killing themselves.

Their son Francisco, two, died instantly after being hit in the back.

However, their unnamed daughter cheated death after the bullet from her father’s handgun missed her vital organs.

Police were alerted by worried neighbours who discovered the massacre three days after the shooting and the girl was taken to hospital.

The youngster is recovering in hospital in the town of Goya in the northern Argentine province of Corrientes, where doctors say she is out of danger.

Her parents said they feared the effects of global warming in a suicide note discovered by police.

John Lennon On the Myth of Over-population

I saw this video a few months ago and I’m glad to see it posted today. I had forgotten today was the anniversary of Lennon’s assassination. I really miss the guy and can understand why he had to be silenced. Check out Fenton Bresler’s book for a look at the murder that you won’t hear discussed on the MSM.

The best part of this interview is the very end. I actually used to watch Cavette when he had people like this on (he had Hendrix and Joplin and other music types that never appeared on Carson). He was a pretty good host, but I think his reaction to Lennon’s statements is a bit much. That’s what makes Lennon’s response to great 🙂

From Infowars:

Infowars
November 8, 2009

Today is the anniversary of John Lennon’s assassination. He was not killed by a deranged fan who read it in Catcher In The Rye. He was killed for expressing opinions like the one below.

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Mexican mayor announces rival’s death hours before body is found

From The Telegraph (U.K.):

Mauricio Fernandez was being sworn in again as mayor of San Pedro Garza Garcia, one of northern Mexico’s most exclusive communities, when he announced to his cheering supporters: “Black Saldana, who apparently is the one who was asking for my head, was found dead today in Mexico City.”

However, speculation that Mr Fernandez might have had something to do with the death of Hector Saldana arose when it emerged that the barefoot, blindfolded corpse of “Black Saldana” had not been found until three and a half hours after the mayor’s speech, according to Mexico City prosecutors. The body – which was found hundreds of miles away – was not identified until two days later.

Now, the mayor is facing questions about the killing.

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Jeffry Picower Dead: Madoff Friend Found At Bottom Of Pool

I remember Robin Leech’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” He could come back with a new show: “Deaths of the Rich and Famous.”

From The Huffington Post:

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Jeffry Picower, a philanthropist accused of profiting more than $7 billion from the investment schemes of his longtime friend Bernard Madoff, was found at the bottom of the pool at his oceanside mansion and died Sunday, police said. He was 67.

Picower’s wife, Barbara, discovered his body and pulled him from the water with help from a housekeeper, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Medical Center at about 1:30 p.m.

Palm Beach police are investigating the death as a drowning, but have not ruled out anything on the cause of death.

Picower suffered from Parkinson’s disease and had “heart-related issues,” said family attorney William D. Zabel. He described Picower’s health as “poor.”

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