Dead Pool 7th April 2019
Look Who You Could Have Had:
- Tania Mallet, 77, English model and actress (Goldfinger).
- Vonda N. McIntyre, 70, American science fiction author (Dreamsnake, The Crystal Star), pancreatic cancer.
- Dan Robbins, 93, American commercial artist, created paint by number.
- John Quarmby, 89, English actor (Fawlty Towers, K-9 and Company, A Christmas Carol).
In Other News
EastEnders veteran June Brown has said she can no longer recognise her friends as she deals with age-related macular degeneration at the age of 92. The actress, who plays Dot in the BBC One show, says she has lived with the condition for 10 years. The sight-losing condition is common and can first affect people in their 50s and 60s. Brown said she has no central vision at all and can no longer respond to fan mail. “I haven’t driven for years and I can’t really go out socially due to my eyesight,” said the actress. Brown has starred in EastEnders since 1985 and revealed in 2018 that this will be her last year on the show. The actress said her condition was getting worse despite undergoing eye surgery in 2017. “I never go to soap awards or suchlike now.” she said. “I don’t recognise people that I know and they would think I was snubbing them. “Just pray for your health and strength, hearing and eyesight, and an active mind,” she added.
The Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger has said he is “on the mend” and “feeling much better” after receiving hospital treatment. The singer has reportedly undergone heart valve replacement surgery. In a tweet Jagger, 75, thanked hospital staff “for doing a superb job” as well as fans for their messages of support. The band postponed their tour of the US and Canada after Jagger was advised by doctors that he needed medical treatment. Jagger previously apologised to fans for postponing the tour, writing that he was “devastated” and would be “working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can”.
Ozzy Osbourne has postponed all of his 2019 tour dates after aggravating an old injury while falling at his Los Angeles home. Osbourne, 70, will remain under doctor’s care in L.A as he “recovers from an injury sustained while dealing with pneumonia.” The illness forced the metal legend to axe large parts of his No More Tours 2 tour earlier this year. It’s the latest in a serious of health issues for the rocker, who – according to his wife Sharon – stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating after a quad bike accident in 2003. In a statement on Facebook, Osbourne said: “I can’t believe I have to reschedule more tour dates. “Words cannot express how frustrated, angry and depressed I am not to be able to tour right now.” He added: “I’m grateful for the love and support I’m getting from my family, my band, friends and fans, it’s really what’s keeping me going. Just know that I am getting better every day… I will fully recover… I will finish my tour…I will be back!”
Britney Spears has checked into a mental health facility after suffering from emotional distress. The pop star is expected to be in treatment for a month after being admitted more than a week ago. It’s believed that Spears, who announced a hiatus from music in January, has been concerned by her father’s health crisis over the past year. The singer halted her Las Vegas residency to look after her parent, writing on Instagram: “A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalised and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time.” A source said, “Her dad being sick has taken a toll on her. He nearly died and actually had another surgery a few weeks ago. He’s not doing well. They’re so close and it has been a lot. There is nothing dramatic going on with her, she just realised she needs to make sure to take time to care for herself.”
Pele has fallen ill again, this time in Paris but is not in a life-threatening condition. The 78-year-old recently met up with Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe in the French capital for a promotional campaign. There are conflicting reports on whether Pele was admitted to hospital, as was initially claimed by French radio station RMC Sports. But the Brazilian’s team claim he was treated in his hotel after suffering from a fever.
BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen has revealed he has been diagnosed with bowel cancer. The former BBC Breakfast host said he was undergoing chemotherapy after noticing “funny pains in my legs and in my back” whilst in Iraq last May. April is bowel cancer awareness month and Bowen shared his diagnosis to encourage others to get tested. Doctors initially believed the veteran journalist’s pain was due to scarring from previous surgery, he told BBC Breakfast, the show which he presented alongside Sophie Raworth between 2000 and 2002. “I had no symptoms – none of the classic bowel cancer symptoms. Nothing at all. But I thought I should get a test,” the 59-year-old said. Bowen said he received a positive result and had a colonoscopy – a camera inserted into his colon to look for signs of cancer. Surgeons found a tumour, which they removed, and he started chemotherapy, he said. Bowen, born in Cardiff, and a BBC journalist for 35 years, said his diagnosis “could have been earlier, but had it been later it would have been much more serious”. Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with 42,000 people diagnosed every year.
On This Day
- 1827 – John Walker, an English chemist, sells the first friction match that he had invented the previous year, arsonists rejoice!
- 1968 – Motor racing world champion Jim Clark is killed in an accident during a Formula Two race at Hockenheim.
- 1978 – Development of the neutron bomb is cancelled by President Jimmy Carter.
- 1999 – The World Trade Organization rules in favour of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.
- AD 30 – Jesus Christ of Nazareth, (possible date of the crucifixion) (b. circa 4 BC)
- 1739 – Dick Turpin, English criminal (b. 1705)
- 1891 – P. T. Barnum, American businessman and politician, co-founded The Barnum & Bailey Circus (b. 1810)
- 1947 – Henry Ford, American engineer and businessman, founded the Ford Motor Company (b. 1863)
- 2001 – David Graf, American actor (b. 1950)
Last Week’s Birthdays
Paul Rudd (50), Zach Braff (44), John Ratzenberger (72), Billy Dee Williams (82), Mitch Pileggi (67), Jane Asher (73), Pharrell Williams (46), Robert Downey Jr. (54), Hugo Weaving (59), Xenia Seeberg (51), Eddie Murphy (58), Alec Baldwin (61), Amanda Bynes (33), Paris Jackson (21), Pedro Pascal (44), Michael Fassbender (42), Linda Hunt (74), Clark Gregg (57), Penelope Keith (79), Mackenzie Davis (32), Ali MacGraw (80), Annette O’Toole (67), Ewan McGregor (48), Christopher Walken (76), Rhea Perlman (71), and Richard Chamberlain (85).