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Paul Weitz: Skylab and shuttle astronaut dies aged 85

Paul Weitz: Skylab and shuttle astronaut dies aged 85

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US astronaut Paul Weitz, who helped save a Nasa space station after it was damaged during launch, has died aged 85.Mr Weitz, who died at a retirement home in Flagstaff, Arizona, also served as the first commander of the space shuttle Challenger.He was a naval aviator before joining Nasa in 1966.He was the pilot on the first mission to Skylab, the US space station which orbited Earth from 1973 to 1979.The orbiting laboratory had been launched without crew on 14 May 1973. But a shield to protect the station from collisions with small meteorites had torn loose during lift-off. The shield also protected Skylab against extremes of temperature, and without it, the station began to overheat.Mr Weitz and his fellow crew members Pete Conrad and Joseph Kerwin were supposed to launch on 15 May. But N...
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies aged 91

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies aged 91

Entertainment
Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91.In a statement, Playboy Enterprises said Mr Hefner died peacefully at his home from natural causes.It read: "Hugh M Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognisable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones."Video:Playboy Hugh Hefner lived 'exceptional' lifeHefner, known as the "Hef", built Playboy into a brand that heavily influenced the sexual culture of the second half of the 20th century.The first issue of the magazine featured nude photographs of Marilyn Monroe and sold more than 50,000 copies.By the 1970s, the magazine had more than seven...
Soul singer Charles Bradley dies aged 68

Soul singer Charles Bradley dies aged 68

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Charles Bradley, a soul singer who found fame in his later years, has died from cancer aged 68.The former James Brown impersonator, nicknamed "the screaming eagle of soul" released his first album No Time For Dreaming in 2011, aged 62.He had recently returned to live performance after receiving treatment for stomach cancer late last year.His death came just two weeks after the remainder of his 2017 tour dates were cancelled due to illness.Charles Bradley spent much of his life working odd jobs as a handyman - and some of it living on the streets, sleeping in subway cars in New York City.But he continued to pursue music, having been inspired by the singer James Brown during a performance he saw as a teenager.He was eventually signed to a New York label in the early 2000s, securing a spot as...
Sir Peter Hall: Theatre giant dies aged 86

Sir Peter Hall: Theatre giant dies aged 86

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Founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and former National Theatre director Sir Peter Hall has died at the age of 86.He died on Monday at University College hospital in London, surrounded by his family, the National Theatre said.During his career he staged the English language premiere of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and the world premiere of Harold Pinter's Homecoming. Sir Peter had been diagnosed with dementia in 2011.There will be a private family funeral, with details of a memorial service to be announced at a later date.Sir Peter Hall: A giant of British theatreSir Peter - from the archive on BBC ArtsSir Peter became director of the National in 1973 and was responsible for the theatre's move from the Old Vic to the purpose-built complex on the South Bank. He founded the RSC at...
OMG! See Liz Hurley aged 18 as she ditched bra to free the nipple

OMG! See Liz Hurley aged 18 as she ditched bra to free the nipple

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The Austin Powers actress has become an internet sensation.In fact, Liz's Instagram is now flooded with smokin' hot bikini snaps that are sure to send pulses racing.** LIZ HURLEY BIKINI PIC BACKFIRES **However, the 52-year-old wasn't always a glamour girl.Daily Star Online have unearthed snaps of the former punk babe, who used to be rocking an entirely different look.REXTHROWBACK: This is what Liz Hurley looked like at 18Elizabeth Hurley's hottest pictures Elizabeth Hurley's hottest picturesInstagram Elizabeth Hurley's hottest pictures REXFLIRTY: The starlet has always loved the cameraIn snaps taken when she was just 18, Liz can be seen sporting a nose piecing and striking red lipstick.Going braless underneath a skimpy white vest, the bombshell had no problem exp