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Heartbeat actor Bill Maynard dies at 89

Heartbeat actor Bill Maynard dies at 89

Entertainment
Heartbeat actor Bill Maynard has died at the age of 89 after a career spanning eight decades.Daughter-in-law Jacqueline Reddin said he died in hospital in Leicestershire, shortly after breaking his hip in a fall from a mobility scooter."He was larger than life and he just loved showbiz," she said. "He was so proud of the fact that he had been working for 81 years."He was perhaps best known as Claude Jeremiah Greengrass in Heartbeat. From variety halls to TV successMaynard - whose real name was Walter Williams - starred as the scruffy, eccentric poacher in the police drama for eight years, from 1992 to 2000, and was in its spin-off The Royal until 2003. Other roles included Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt!, The Gaffer and In Sickness and In Health. He also made appearances in Carry On films Ca...
World's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies

World's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies

Technology
The world's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died after "age-related complications," researchers announced Tuesday, saying he "stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength." A statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya said the 45-year-old rhino was euthanized on Monday after his condition "worsened significantly" and he was no longer able to stand. His muscles and bones had degenerated and his skin had extensive wounds, with a deep infection on his back right leg. The rhino had been part of an ambitious effort to save the subspecies from extinction after decades of decimation by poachers, with the help of the two surviving females. One is his daughter, Najin, and the other is her daughter, Fatu. His death won't have an impact on the efforts to save the subspecie...
Sudan, last male northern white rhino, dies in Kenya

Sudan, last male northern white rhino, dies in Kenya

Science
The world's last surviving male northern white rhino has died after months of ill health, his carers said.Sudan, 45, lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He was put to sleep on Monday after age-related complications worsened significantly.His death leaves only two females - his daughter and granddaughter - of the subspecies alive in the world.Hope for preserving the northern white rhino now lies in developing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques.Media playback is unsupported on your deviceWhy is this kind of rhino so rare?Rhinoceroses - of which there are five species - are the second-largest land mammal after elephants. The white rhinoceros consists of two sub-species: the southern white rhino, with an estimated 20,000 living in the wild, and the much rarer and critically endan...
Comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd dies aged 90

Comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd dies aged 90

Entertainment
Sir Ken Dodd - master of tickling sticks, Diddy Men and tattifilarious comedy - has died, his publicist has said.The comedian passed away just days after leaving hospital and marrying his partner of 40 years, Anne Jones. He was 90.His publicist Robert Holmes described him as "one of the last music hall greats"."With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety. He was a comedy legend and genius," he said.:: Vote: Which Ken Dodd one-liner is funniest?Image:Sir Ken with Anne Jones when he was knighted at Buckingham PalaceMr Holmes added: "He asked Anne if she wanted to marry. They got the registrar and were married in the house on Friday."He died two days later on Mother's Day. Anne is obviously very upset. They had been together for 40 years. It's a love story to beat t...
Sir John Sulston human genome pioneer dies

Sir John Sulston human genome pioneer dies

Science
British genome pioneer Sir John Sulston has died aged 75.He came to prominence as the British face of the international project to decode the human genome.Sir John won a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on the development of cells within a humble worm, which paved the way for innovations in cancer research.He was known as a passionate believer in pushing the boundaries of science and in making data on the human genome available to all. He helped found the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute at Hinxton near Cambridge, and the laboratories there bear his name.Prof Sir Mike Stratton, director of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said the scientist had a burning and unrelenting commitment to making genome data open to all without restriction."We all feel the loss today of a great scientific visiona...