Last week I missed out a scoring death, on purpose of course, just to see if you were all paying attention. Luckily Abi pointed it out to me and of course she now scores a fantastic 89 points with the death of a horrible murderer, which makes a change from the nice people we normally list. On a personal note, I was saddened to hear of the death of Albert Finney, he starred in many great films but one in particular I have loved from a very early age, Scrooge, which I have probably seen well over two hundred times by now. Anyhow, less pontificating, let’s get on with it!
Look Who You Could Have Had:
- Robert Mitchell Jennings, 61, American convicted murderer, execution by lethal injection.
- William Davis, 85, German-born British journalist (BBC).
- Julie Adams, 92, American actress (Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bend of the River, Murder, She Wrote).
- Carmen Duncan, 76, Australian actress (Harlequin, Another World, Turkey Shoot), cancer.
- Albert Finney, 82, English actor (Tom Jones, Erin Brockovich, Murder on the Orient Express), chest infection.
In Other News
Ozzy Osbourne has been taken to hospital suffering with complications from the flu, his wife Sharon has said. The former X Factor judge posted a statement about her husband’s health on Twitter, after the rocker was forced to cancel his European tour last month due to ill health. She revealed he had been advised to seek further medical treatment after his condition worsened. Sharon wrote: “As some of you may have heard, Ozzy was admitted to hospital following some complications from the flu. His doctors feel this is the best way to get him on a quicker road to recovery. Thanks to everyone for their concern and love.” The former Black Sabbath frontman was forced to postpone the UK and European legs of his No More Tours 2 tour last month after taking advice from doctors. He had been suffering from flu and was diagnosed with a severe upper-respiratory infection, according to a statement on his website. Doctors feared the infection could develop into pneumonia had he gone on the tour, which was due to kick off in Dublin this week. Ozzy said at the time: “It just seems that since October everything I touch has turned to shit. “First the staph infection in my thumb and now coming down with the flu and bronchitis. We all know these things come in threes, I wonder what the next calamity will be?
Sam Lloyd, best known for his role on Scrubs, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The 55-year-old actor received the diagnosis last month, weeks after his wife, Vanessa, gave birth to their first child together. A GoFundMe page for Lloyd has been set up by Tim Hobert, who was an executive producer on Scrubs, in order to raise funds for his medical expenses as America is shit that way. According to the Lloyd’s GoFundMe, the actor began to experience regular headaches and lost 10 pounds, but dismissed them as side effects of his busy schedule, caring his new baby son and ailing mother. However, when the headaches continued, he visited the doctor, who ordered a CT which revealed a brain tumour. Surgeons attempted to remove the mass, but were unsuccessful. Days later, he was told the cancer had metastised from his lungs, while further scans showed the cancer was also in his liver, spine, and jaw, which makes us wonder what we’ll be funding, a coffin?
Money saving expert Martin Lewis had said he has had to pull out of his TV appearances because of a throat ulcer. Writing on Facebook on Thursday, he said “eating and speaking” had become “truly agonising”. Lewis was meant to appear on ITV’s Good Morning Britain but said the thought of leaving the house had left him “literally shaking with nerves” In a later update, the 46-year-old said he had managed some filming with the help of an anaesthetic spray. He has been posting about his ill health since Monday, saying it was the “first time in years” he had had to call in sick. Lewis said there was no cure for the ulcer and that he would have to wait it out until he started to feel better. It has been a stressful few weeks for the consumer finance journalist, who revealed in late January he was dropping a legal action against Facebook. He originally sued the social media network over ads running on its platform that falsely claimed he had put his name to a number of investment schemes. Lewis dropped the case after Facebook agreed to introduce a scam ads reporting button and promise to give £3m to Citizens Advice.
And finally, just as all those militant vegans want you to stop eating bacon, it has been revealed that a woman has been eaten alive by pigs after suffering a seizure at a farm. The 56-year-old woman is believed to have suffered an epileptic seizure while feeding the animals, Russian state media reported. She is said to have suffered severe bites to her face, ears and shoulders and died of blood loss. The woman was found by her husband early in the morning at their farm in a village in the Malopurginsky district of Udmurtia, western Russia. He had gone to bed early because he felt unwell and did not find his wife until the next day, according to Moscow-based news website Newstes. It did not say how many pigs were in the sty. It is not the first time a farmer has been consumed by his own pigs. A man in the US state of Oregon was eaten by his animals in 2012. Authorities found Terry Vance Garner’s dentures and pieces of his body in the enclosure in which he had been feeding the livestock. Investigators said the 69-year-old may have been knocked over by the 50-stone animals before they ate him. So never feel guilty about your bacon sandwich, pigs enjoy us as much as we enjoy them.
On This Day
- 1840 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom marries Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
- 1940 – Tom and Jerry make their debut with Puss Gets the Boot.
- 1996 – IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in chess for the first time.
- 1912 – Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, English surgeon and academic (b. 1827)
- 1923 – Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize (b. 1845)
- 2008 – Roy Scheider, American actor and boxer (b. 1932)
- 2014 – Shirley Temple, American actress and diplomat (b. 1928)
Last Week’s Birthdays
Rose Leslie (32), Michael B. Jordan (32), Tom Hiddleston (38), Joe Pesci (76), Ciarán Hinds (66), Ziyi Zhang (40), Mia Farrow (74), Mary Steenburgen (66), Seth Green (45), Nick Nolte (78), John Williams (87), John Grisham (64), Deborah Ann Woll (34), James Spader (59), Ashton Kutcher (41), Chris Rock (54), Eddie Izzard (57), Rip Torn (88), Kevin Whately (68), Axl Rose (57), Jennifer Jason Leigh (57), Charlotte Rampling (73), Michael Sheen (50), Christopher Guest (71), Cristiano Ronaldo (34), Gabrielle Anwar (49), Natalie Imbruglia (44), Jim Jefferies (42), Alice Cooper (71), Isla Fisher (43), Bridget Regan (37), Warwick Davis (49), and Morgan Fairchild (69).