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Nelsan Ellis' addiction to drugs and alcohol led to his death, family says

Nelsan Ellis' addiction to drugs and alcohol led to his death, family says

Entertainment
July 10 (UPI) -- Nelsan Ellis' family is offering more details regarding the True Blood icon's unexpected death from heart failure during the weekend."Nelsan has suffered with drug and alcohol abuse for years. After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own. According to his father, during his withdrawal from alcohol he had a blood infection, his kidneys shut down, his liver was swollen, his blood pressure plummeted, and his dear sweet heart raced out of control," his loved ones said in a statement released by his manager to The Hollywood Reporter Monday."On the morning of Saturday July 8, after four days in Woodhull Hospital, Nelsan was pronounced dead. Nelsan was a gentle, generous and kind soul. He was a father, a son, a grandson, a brother, a nephew, an...
8 arrested in beating death of American college graduate in Greece

8 arrested in beating death of American college graduate in Greece

World
An American tourist was beaten to death on Friday after a fight erupted at a bar on an island in Greece, and at least eight people have been arrested in connection with his killing, according to local police. Bakari Henderson, a 22-year-old recent graduate of the University of Arizona, was at a bar on the Greek island of Zakynthos when a fight broke out with another group of people on Friday around 3 a.m. local time, according to police there. The fight escalated into a brawl and Henderson was battered to death in the street, police said. Further details on the clash were not immediately clear, but police said it involved two groups of people. Pavlos Kolokotsas, the mayor of Zakynthos, told ABC News that both groups involved had been drinking extensively. The investigation into the in...
Kim Jong Un commemorates death anniversary of North Korea founder

Kim Jong Un commemorates death anniversary of North Korea founder

World
July 7 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects to biological grandfather Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang Saturday, local time, to mark the 23rd anniversary of the founder's death on July 8, 1994.Pyongyang's state-controlled KCNA reported Kim visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun at 8 a.m.Members of North Korea's armed forces responsible for the "successful" launch of the country's latest missile, the Hwasong-14, accompanied the North Korean leader, according to the North Korean statement.Kim reportedly received a "reception report" from senior officials in North Korea's army, navy and air force at the location. He also offered a basket of flowers before the statues of his ancestors.Kim has observed the death anniversary of North Korea's founder for six consecutive years since ...
Sylvester Stallone, Ralph Macchio mourn death of director John Avildsen

Sylvester Stallone, Ralph Macchio mourn death of director John Avildsen

Entertainment
June 17 (UPI) -- Actors Sylvester Stallone and Ralph Macchio paid tribute to the late director John Avildsen, who directed their most famous movies -- Rocky and The Karate Kid, respectively.Avildsen's son Anthony told The Los Angeles Times Friday the filmmaker died of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 81."The great director John G. Avildsen Who won the Oscar for directing Rocky! R. I. P. I'm sure you will soon be directing Hits in Heaven- Thank you , Sly," Stallone wrote in an Instagram post captioning a photo of him and Avildsen on the set of 1976's Rocky."RIP to my friend and KK director John G Avildsen. He brought inspirational stories to us all and had a guiding hand in changing my life," Macchio tweeted, along with a collage of photos of them together, including...
'Facebook blasphemer' given death penalty

'Facebook blasphemer' given death penalty

Technology
A man accused of posting blasphemous content to Facebook has been sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan.Taimoor Raza was convicted after allegedly posting remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, his wives and companions within the site's comments.The public prosecutor involved said he believed it was the first time the death penalty had been awarded in a case related to social media.Human rights campaigners have expressed concern.Facebook itself has yet to comment on the case.The US firm previously announced in March that it was deploying a team to Pakistan to address the government's concerns about blasphemous content on its service, but added that it still wished to protect "the privacy and rights" of its members.Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has described blasphemy as being an ...