Police probe death of unborn baby after woman has illegal ‘abortion by post’ at 28 weeks – four weeks past limit – The Sun

POLICE are probing the death of an unborn baby after a woman took “pills by post” abortion drugs while 28 weeks pregnant.

They were mailed under a new “home abortion” scheme set up after laws were relaxed because of the pandemic.

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But she was already four weeks past the legal 24-week termination limit — and 18 weeks past a new ten-week limit for medical ­abortions at home under Covid-19 regulations. Her baby was stillborn.

Babies born prematurely at 28 weeks typically have a 90 per cent chance of survival.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas), which runs the “pills by post” service, has confirmed it is investigating the case, plus eight more where women were beyond the ten-week limit.

A Midlands coroner is investigating the 28-week death and police have also been informed.

Last night a whistleblower said: “The ‘pills by post’ system has been brought in but a 40-minute phone call can never be the same as a proper medical consultation.

“There needs to be a proper investigation to find out just what went wrong.”

Under the scheme, a woman must consult a trained nurse or midwife in a 40-minute phone or video chat to get a prescription, with the pills mailed out.

But critics have warned the system is ripe for abuse or error.

How the rules were changed

RULES brought in last month mean women can now have a medical abortion at home up until week ten of pregnancy.

But they must consult a medic over the phone or video chat to get a prescription, with the pills sent by post.

Previously, abortions in England could be carried out only in a hospital, by a specialist provider or by a licensed clinic.

They also had to be approved by two doctors.

The new law lasts for two years under Covid-19 measures.

And pro-life groups have claimed abortion rights campaigners have taken “advantage of this crisis” to lobby for the “backdoor policy”.

Charity Bpas typically carries out 60,000 abortions each year in the UK, with around 97 per cent referred to them from the NHS.

The new home abortions have been allowed since March 31 because of the coronavirus crisis.

It was estimated 44,000 women would need abortions in the 12 weeks from April 1.

Bpas said it has issued more than 8,000 “pills by post” treatments since the scheme began.

Medical abortions require two pills — mifepristone and misoprostol. Before the change in the law, which has a time limit of two years, abortions in England could happen only in a hospital, licensed clinic or at a specialist provider.

Two doctors would also need to certify it did not breach the terms of the 1967 Abortion Act.

Last night Clare Murphy, of Bpas, said: “The swift establishment of a telemedical early medical abortion service at the start of this crisis has been a phenomenal achievement in women’s healthcare, enabling women to safely access the care they need at home.

“It has meant women have been able to end pregnancies at the ­earliest gestations, protecting their health and those around them by removing the need to travel long distances to clinics where social distancing is simply not possible.

“For women who are and remain unable to leave their homes due to underlying health conditions or coercive relationships, this scheme has quite simply been life-saving.

“We are aware of a vanishingly small number of pregnancies which were treated beyond the ten week gestational band, with just one over 24 weeks.”



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New Jersey Woman Accused of Beating Wife to Death with a Wine Chiller Arrested in Texas



On Sunday, officers responded to a report of an unresponsive female at Mayra and Rebecca's shared home in Brick Township, N.J. Upon arrival, police discovered Rebecca's lifeless body in a bedroom upstairs.

The Ocean County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy the following day and determined her manner of death as a homicide.

A subsequent investigation found that Rebecca was killed with "a cylindrical container used for the purpose of chilling wine," the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and Brick Township Police Department said in a joint statement earlier this week.

Rebecca's injuries "were consistent with the implementation of this item," according to authorities.

A warrant for Mayra's arrest was issued after investigators "ultimately determined that Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus did, in fact, cause the victim’s death," authorities said.

Earlier this month, Mayra paid tribute to the woman she's accused of killing in a Mother's Day post, writing on her Facebook, "Mi amor gracias for all the uncountable ways you make this little crazy family … 😥 and my entire life better with every moment."

"I truly blessed that you are my wife," she continued, adding in a message written in Spanish, "I love you BEAUTIFUL 🥰 Today tomorrow and always."

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Mayra is currently held at the Harris County Jail, according to online prison records. It is unclear if she has obtained legal representation or if she's entered a plea.

“It is extremely satisfying when law enforcement works together and we are able to get a dangerous person like Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus into custody," Billhimer said in a statement on Thursday. "We will immediately begin extradition proceedings to bring Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus back to Ocean County to answer for these charges. Justice for Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus weighs heavy on all of our minds."

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Dog the Bounty Hunter Remembers Late Wife Beth Chapman on Their Wedding Anniversary

It's an emotional day for Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman.

On Wednesday, the Dog's Most Wanted star paid tribute to his late wife Beth Chapman on what would have been their 14th wedding anniversary.

"She said Big Daddy your [sic] going to be so sad when I am not here on our next anniversary," he captioned a photo of the couple. "Why did she have to be so right??"

The reality stars wed in Hawaii on May 20, 2006. Beth, who was diagnosed with stage II throat cancer in 2017, died last June at the age of 51.

Dog, 67, has been open about his grief since her passing, but he's found comfort in his new relationship with Francie Frane, a 51-year-old rancher from Colorado. Frane's late husband Bob died just months before Beth, and she and Dog have bonded over their shared grief of losing a spouse to cancer.

Earlier this month, PEOPLE confirmed the couple's engagement. Speaking with PEOPLE, Dog opened up about his decision to propose to Frane — and why he believes Beth would be on board.


"I need a partner," he said. "I've said it before. There will never be another Mrs. Dog. There is not. Francie couldn't do that. There will be a last Mrs. Chapman. If Beth was here, and saw Francie and saw how she was raised, her morality and this and that, Beth would say, 'Big daddy, don't lose her.'"

"You'll never forget the spouse," he continued. "You can't help it. I will never forget. But I've got to get out there. I've got to be able to say, 'I came out of this and you can, too.' As a human being, I don't think you look for — not a replacement, because you can never find one. I'm learning that right now."

"I believe in marriage," he added. "Beth taught me."

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N.J. Police Officer & Father of Three Dies from Coronavirus at 45: 'We Have Truly Lost a Hero to All'



"Rob was a mentor within the department and the entire Borough; and today we have truly lost a hero to all," Byron-Lagattuta said. "The loss of Officer Roberts has extinguished the presence of a pillar and staple within the law enforcement community and the Borough of Glen Ridge."

"Despite our loss, the ever-lit green front porch lights at headquarters will continue to serve as a beacon for those in need. Rest easy our brother in blue, you will never be forgotten and have left a permanent mark on each life you have touched. To have known you is to have loved you."

Roberts was raised in Livingston, New Jersey, before settling down in Glen Ridge with his wife Alice and their three children, his department said.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help support Roberts' family following the officer's passing. As of Tuesday evening, the campaign has raised $151,496.

"Officer Roberts was the face of the Glen Ridge Police Department and a shining example of an officer dedicated to serving the community, as well as being a devoted father and husband," the page's description read.

It's unclear if Roberts suffered from any pre-existing medical conditions prior to contracting the virus. People ages 65 and older are at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus, as are people with underlying medical conditions, including heart conditions, obesity, diabetes, liver disease and chronic kidney disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All but 6 percent of patients who needed hospitalization had one pre-existing condition, and the majority — 88 percent — had two or more, according to a large study of thousands of patients in New York City that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

As of May 12, there have been at least 1,354,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 80,684 deaths from coronavirus-related illness.

Worldwide, there are now at least 4,210,074 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 287,158 deaths.

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U.K. Rapper Ty Dies at 47 from Coronavirus Complications: 'This Is a Shock to Everyone'


Ty — a Mercury Prize-nominated rapper based in the U.K. — has reportedly passed away from complications due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Nigerian British artist, born Ben Chijioke, died on Thursday after contracting pneumonia while in recovery, according to a GoFundMe previously set up for Ty.

"It is with much sadness that I have to report the passing of Ben Chijioke, better known as TY Chijioke on the 7th May 2020, close friends, family and fans are devastated of his death," an update for the campaign read.

"Since then TY’s condition had been improving but last week while on a normal ward he had contracted pneumonia which worsened his recovery and ultimately TY’s body couldn’t fight back anymore," the page said. "This is a shock to everyone."

"The family would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has reached out and expressed their concern since he was admitted in hospital but right now they would value having their privacy, so they can mourn privately. They just need time to process."

A representative for Ty did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Per the GoFundMe for Ty, the hip-hop star was "admitted into the hospital with medical complications related to COVID19" in early April and "put in a medically induced coma to temporarily sedate" him while in treatment.

An update made on April 19 said Ty was "doing much better" and had been moved out of the intensive care unit.

Born in London in 1972, Ty first rose to prominence in 2001 after the release of his debut album, The Awkward. He followed up the record with 2003's Upwards, which went on to be nominated for a Mercury Prize the following year.

He released his third LP, titled Closer, in 2006.

Last year, Ty formed the hip-hop supergroup Kingdem with rappers Blak Twang and Rodney P.

Posting a video of his late friend on Instagram, Blak Twang wrote in a tribute: "KING 'BENEDICT OBIOMA GODWIN EVERY LITTLE STEP IS A SOVEREIGN'👑 Forever in my heart bro… Rest well my guy🙏🏿🙏🏿…. We were blessed with your greatness.❤️💚."

As of May 7, there have been at least 207,977 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, with 30,689 deaths from coronavirus-related illness, according to a John Hopkins University database.

Worldwide, there are now 3,781,896 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 264,602 deaths.

As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.

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Trump Campaign as 'Death Star'? Brad Parscale Schooled by 'Star Wars' Fans for Odd Comparison

This is not the first time the campaign has likened the president to a cinematic villain

Axl Rose

After Guns N’ Roses frontman learned that “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was being played at the president’s rallies, Rose fired off a series of tweets accusing Trump of using licensing loopholes to ignore his request to stop playing the band’s music. “Unfortunately the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent,” Rose tweeted on Nov. 4, 2018. 

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  • Pharrell

    On Oct. 27, 2018, the day after the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh that left 11 dead, Trump played Pharrell’s 2013 summer hit “Happy” at a rally in Indiana, according to reports. Pharell’s attorney  Howard King sent a cease and desist to Trump with a statement regarding the usage. “There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose,” the letter read. 

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  • Neil Young

    If you go way back to when Trump first announced he would be running for president at the Trump Tower in 2015, you may remember that Neil Young took issue with Trump’s use of “Rockin’ in the Free World.” “Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” a spokesperson for the musician’s Lookout Management said in a statement in 2015. Young recently reiterated his feelings on his official Facebook page: “Legally, he has the right to, however it goes against my wishes.”

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  • Prince’s estate

    According to Rolling Stone, Prince’s estate had to issue a statement after various Trump rallies played “Purple Rain.” “The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or The White House to use Prince’s songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately,” Prince’s half-brother Omarr Baker wrote on Twitter Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. 

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  • Adele

    Trump didn’t stop at the rock genre when choosing his campaign playlists. After it got around that his rallies included songs like “Rolling in the Deep” and “Skyfall,” a spokesperson for singer Adele made clear she wanted no part of it. “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” her spokesman told The Guardian at the time.

  • The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones have tried to stop Trump from playing the band’s music on several occasions, including after Trump accepted the bid to be the Republican Party’s nominee in 2016 to the tune of “Start Me Up.”  “The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately,” a Stones spokesperson said in a statement to The Daily Beast. 

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  • R.E.M.

    At a Trump rally in Washington D.C. Sept. 2015, R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World” played while Trump walked up the podium. Word of the band’s song playing at the rally prompted the band’s official Facebook page to release a statement: “While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here. The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.”

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  • Elton John

    According to CNN,  Elton John was among the major names the Trump administration reached out to to perform at his inauguration. John’s team declined. But even before then, John’s team publicly denounced any use of his songs for Trump’s benefit. “Elton’s music has not been requested for use in any official capacity by Donald Trump. Any use of his music should not be seen as an endorsement of Donald Trump by Elton,” John’s publicist said, according to the British newspaper The Telegraph.

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  • Steven Tyler

    In 2015, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s reps sent a demand to Trump’s team to stop playing “Dream On” at his rallies, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Unlike other similar demands, Trump publicly announced he would stop. “Even though I have the legal right to use Steven Tyler’s song, he asked me not to,” Trump tweeted. “Have better one to take its place!” 

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  • Queen

    The anthemic “We Are the Champions” played while Trump walked up to the stage during the Republican National Convention in July 2016. Queen member Brian May released a personal statement regarding the usage: “Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool. Our music embodies our own dreams and beliefs, but it is for all who care to listen and enjoy.”

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  • The O’Jays

    O’Jays lead vocalist Eddie Levert spoke out in 2016 about the use of “Love Train” during Trump’s presidential rallies. “I wish him the best, but I don’t think he’s the man to run our country. So when he started using ‘Love Train,’ I called him up and told them, ‘Listen, man, I don’t believe in what you’re doing. I’m not with you. I don’t want you to use my voice. I’m not condoning what you’re doing,” Levert told Billboard. 

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  • Rihanna

    Over the weekend of Nov. 3, 2018, Washington Post bureau chief Philip Rucker tweeted that Rihanna’s 2007 hit “Don’t Stop the Music” was playing during one of Trump’s Tennessee rallies. Rihanna herself responded to the tweet, saying: “Not for much longer… me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip!”

     

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  • From Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose to pop star Rihanna

    Axl Rose

    After Guns N’ Roses frontman learned that “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was being played at the president’s rallies, Rose fired off a series of tweets accusing Trump of using licensing loopholes to ignore his request to stop playing the band’s music. “Unfortunately the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent,” Rose tweeted on Nov. 4, 2018. 

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    UK coronavirus death toll passes 30,000 as 649 more die with more than 200,000 infected – The Sun

    THE UK coronavirus death toll today passed 30,000 as 649 more people died across the country – with more than 200,000 now infected.

    Health authorities confirmed the overall number of fatalities had hit 30,076 as the deadly bug continues to spread.

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    And 6,111 new cases of the deadly bug were recorded in the past 24 hours – bringing the overall total to 201,101 – after 69,463 tests were administered.

    The rise corresponds to an increase in testing over the past few weeks as the government vowed to expand capacity with 1,448,010 tests undertaken in total.

    While coronavirus continues to spread, the number of deaths by the UK's population remains lower than Spain, tracking just above Italy and France.

    In good news, less than a third of critical care beds are now occupied by coronavirus patients – a steady decrease over the past two weeks.

    It comes as…

    • Boris Johnson revealed lockdown measures could be eased on Monday
    • The PM set a new testing target of 200,000 a day to be reached by the end of May
    • A decision on students returning to school will be made in 'weeks'
    • A UK government scientist broke down lockdown rules to meet his married lover

    Over the last week, the number of people in hospital with the virus fell from 15,415 to 13,168, a decrease of almost 15 per cent.

    It comes after figures yesterday released by the Office of National Statistics, the UK passed Italy to record the highest death toll in Europe.

    The shock numbers revealed 29,648 deaths in England and Wales saw coronavirus recorded on death certificates up to April 24 – higher than Italy's current total of 29,315.

    While these statistics make for grim reading for Brits, each country's population is different, and has a different way of recording the deaths making it difficult to compare like for like.

    And the nation's top scientist last night said he was "optimistic" that Britain will avoid a second deadly wave of coronavirus.

    Sir Patrick Vallance told MPs: “I think if we do test, track and tracing well, and we keep the social distancing measures at the right level, we should be able to avoid a second wave.”

    PM Boris Johnson is to reveal this weekend how restrictions will be eased.

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    It is likely millions can go back to work and that kids will return to school.

    Sir Patrick told the Commons Health and Social Care Committee that experts were considering if rural and city areas should come out of lockdown at different rates.

    Ten per cent of Londoners and four per cent of everyone else had caught the bug by early April — but regional easing could lead to travel difficulties.

    But doctors have warned coronavirus patients are arriving at hospitals too ill to be saved as they put off visiting centres because they don’t want to put further pressure on the NHS.

    It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock last week announced that the health service would be restoring the most urgent care services that had been stopped due to the pandemic, such as cancer care.

    The Health Select Committee also heard that urgent cancer referrals were down by 62 per cent since the lockdown.

    Researchers have warned a highly contagious "mutant strain" of coronavirus has been sweeping Europe.

    Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US found 14 mutations in the Covid-19 virus spike proteins, one of which – known as Spike D614G – they said was of "urgent concern".

    And fears the coronavirus crisis will spark a new youth unemployment crisis emerged – with fears an extra 600,000 18-24-year-olds could be left out of work by the carnage that the virus is doing to the economy.

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    New German coronavirus death rate could mean 7.9million Brits already had it and survived – FORTY TIMES official figures – The Sun

    A GERMAN study of the country's death rate could mean that as many as 7.9million Brits have been infected with the coronavirus.

    The research paper by the University of Bonn suggests that the true infection total may be more than 40 times the official figures in the UK, and ten times higher in Germany.

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    The researchers studied the town Gangelt – one of the worst impacted in Germany –  to calculate that coronavirus infections have a death rate of 0.37 per cent.

    From this figure, the scientists extrapolated that Germany must have ten times more infections than first through – potentially at 1.8million.

    The official figures record 166,424 infections, and 6,993 deaths, but to get the 0.37 per cent figure you would have to have an infection count of almost two million to account for the number of deaths.

    Study author professor Hendrik Streeck  said you can confidently "assume" the total figure from the data.

    And then this same working applied to Britain, taking the latest official figure of 29,424, would mean the infection total would have to be as high as 7.9million as compared to the official figure of 194,990, more than 40 times higher.

    This does not factor in potential unrecorded deaths in the equation.

    With the death toll compared to the potential figure, that would mean millions of Brits may have had the deadly virus and survived.

    Infections are widely believed to be underestimated due to a variety of reasons such as lack of testing and asymptomatic cases – and coronavirus may even arrived in Europe as early as November.

    Lots of other factors also impact death rates – which may not be able to be extrapolated across countries – such as lifestyle, and countries are also at different stages of the pandemic.

    Germany is known to have carried out widespread testing since the early start of the outbreak, and large amounts of contact tracing to track down other cases.

    It is because this that the official infection total is so high alongside the relatively small death toll – with other European nations Britain, France, Italy and Spain all approaching the grim milestone of 30,000.

    The German study has only released its preliminary results, which have yet to be peer reviewed for publication in a scientific journal.

    Prof Streeck and co-author Professor Gunther Hartmann said the results serve as a reminder of the dangers of infection by unidentified carriers of the virus as nations in Europe begin to ease their lockdowns under the threat of a second wave.

    Professor Hartmann said: "The results can help to further improve the models to calculate how the virus spreads. So far the underlying data has been relatively weak."

    The team analysed blood and nasal swabs from a random sample of 919 people living in Gangelt to come up with the death rate of 0.37%.

    They also found that around one in five of those infected showed no symptoms of the virus.

    Applied to the UK's suggested figure of 7.9million, that would mean up to 1.58million carriers are completely unaware they had the coronavirus.

    Martin Exner, head of Bonn University's Institute for Hygiene and Public Health and co-author of the study, said: "The fact that apparently every fifth infection progresses without noticeable disease symptoms suggests that infected persons who shed the virus and who can thereby infect others cannot be reliably identified on the basis of recognisable disease symptoms."

    He added: "Every supposedly healthy person we encounter can unknowingly carry the virus. We must be aware of this and act accordingly."

    As the paper goes for review by other scientists, the researchers said the study hammers home the need for continued social distancing.

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    Experts at the University of Goettingen released a study last month that suggested national totals should be in the millions.

    They estimated the the UK already had two million people infected by the end of March, while they estimated Spain had six million, and the US had 12million.

    Accurate figures on infections are very difficult to trace, and that is what makes the decision about easing the lockdown even more difficult for ministers – with unknown carriers potentially spreading a devastating second wave.

    More than 1.2million coronavirus tests in the UK have been carried out, but questions have been asked about whether it has been enough.

    First secretary Dominic Raab today reminded Brits that the next phase of the pandemic "won't be easy" and urged people to be "under no illusions" about the easing of the lockdown.

    Britain will get an update on any easing of measures when Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the nation on May 7, with two out of the government's five key tests believed to have been met ahead of move.

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    Animal House Producer and National Lampoon Co-Founder Matty Simmons Dies at 93



    He founded Twenty-First Century Communications in 1967, a publishing company that published Weight Watchers and National Lampoon magazines.

    With the launch of National Lampoon in 1970, films quickly followed such as the 1978 film Animal House, which starred Jim Belushi, Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Tim Matheson and Peter Riegert.

    Simmons also produced National Lampoon’s Vacation film franchise, the first film which starred Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall and Randy Quaid.

    The mogul was also a book author, having written Fat, Drunk and Stupid: The Making of Animal House and The Credit Card Catastrophe.

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    Woman falls to her death while posing for a photo on Turkish cliff

    Woman falls to her death while posing for a photo on Turkish cliff after going for a walk to celebrate the end of coronavirus quarantine lockdown

    • Kazakh native Olesya Suspitsyna fell from a cliff edge to her death in Turkey
    • Her friend had been taking a photograph of her when the incident happened 
    • Came after Turkish government lifted weeks-long coronavirus quarantine 
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    A 31-year-old woman slipped on the grass and fell from a 115-foot cliff to her death while posing for a picture in Turkey. 

    Kazakh native Olesya Suspitsyna perished in front of her female friend who was taking the photograph in the tourist city of Antalya in the south-west of the country.

    The incident occurred on Sunday after the government lifted the coronavirus quarantine in the city.

    Kazakh native Olesya Suspitsyna slipped on the grass and fell from a 115-foot cliff to her death while posing for a picture in Turkey

    The incident occurred on Sunday after the government lifted coronavirus quarantine in the city

    During the walk, Olesya decided to take a photo on the edge of a cliff with the waterfalls in the background (pictured) 

    Reports say the women went for a walk to the popular Duden Park, known for its scenic waterfalls, after weeks of the stay-at-home order.

    During the walk, Olesya decided to take a photo on the edge of a cliff with the waterfalls in the background.

    She climbed over the safety fence and started posing for the image in front of her friend, who has not been named.

    She climbed over the safety fence and started posing for the image in front of her friend, who has not been named

    At one point, Olesya slipped on the grass, lost her balance and dropped off the 115 foot (35 metre) cliff to her death, according to reports

    Later Olesya’s body was found and pulled out of the water by local rescuers

    At one point, Olesya slipped on the grass, lost her balance and dropped off the 115 foot (35 metre) cliff to her death, according to reports.

    Her terrified friend called emergency services.

    Later Olesya’s body was found and pulled out of the water by local rescuers.

    Turkish police investigated the case and concluded it was an accident, the victim’s relatives said.

    Olesya worked as a tour guide in the city for the last five years.

    Commenting one of her pictures, she wrote on her Instagram: ‘I will always admire the beauty of the Turkish nature. This is my paradise.’

    Her mourning relative Yury told to Kazakh media: ‘Olesya was a smart and cheerful person. She set goals and made them happen.’

    Numerous friends express their pain and deepest condolences to Olesya’s family on social media.

    Her mourning relative Yury told to Kazakh media: ‘Olesya was a smart and cheerful person. She set goals and made them happen’

    Her close friend Olga Kravchuk said: ‘Olesya always loved the sea and dreamed of living in Turkey. She made her dream come true.

    ‘More than anything she loved the feeling of freedom.

    ‘This is an irreparable loss. My heart is broken.’

    Her close friend Olga Kravchuk said: ‘Olesya always loved the sea and dreamed of living in Turkey. She made her dream come true’

    A social media user Zlobi added: ‘She [Olesya] always said she was happy to live in this city. It was her place in the world.’

    And Zlatadzyuba said: ‘I cannot believe you’re gone. I see you alive and smiling in my memory.

    ‘Terrible loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.’

    Olesya’s body is to be transported from Turkey to Kazakhstan on Saturday.

    She will be buried in her native city of Kostanay, according to reports.  

    Turkey has shuttered schools, restaurants and cafes to curb a surge in cases of the COVID-19 disease. Though some workplaces remain open, it has imposed partial stay-at-home orders, largely closed borders and slowed domestic movement.

    The country is seventh globally in confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, with 117,589 cases and 3,081 deaths.

     

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