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Fury Road’ villain Hugh Keays-Byrne, dies at 73

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Nicholas Hoult, Josh Helman and Hugh Keays-Byrne star in a scene from the action film “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Hugh Keays-Byrne, the actor best known for playing iconic villains in the “Mad Max” action film franchise, has died. He was 73.

On Wednesday, Keays-Byrne’s manager confirmed to USA TODAY that the Australian-English actor died peacefully Tuesday morning. 

Keays-Byrne starred as the villainous Toecutter in the original 1979 “Mad Max” film. He returned to play the warlord Immortan Joe in 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

George Miller, who directed both films, remembered Keays-Byrne in a statement to USA TODAY.

“Hugh was formidable, daring, warm and kind – both as an artist and a man,” Miller said. “He taught us all so much.”

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Taliban denies targeting media as 50th journalist dies in Afghanistan | Global development

The Taliban have denied they are deliberately targeting journalists in attacks amid the surge in violence throughout Afghanistan.

The US watchdog Sigar (Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction) says Taliban violence has risen by 50% since September, with media workers saying they don’t feel safe doing their jobs.

A spokesman for the Taliban told the Guardian they maintain a positive interaction with the media.

“By our policy, we give great importance to the work of journalists,” Muhammad Naeem said, adding that the Taliban have given access to journalists in areas under their control.

“Targeting civilians is not the policy of the Islamic emirate,” he said.

But as talks between the militants and the Afghan government slowly progress, Afghan media are worried for their future.

Last week reporter Elyas Dayee became the 50th journalist killed in the country since 2001, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, when he was hit

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Former French President Giscard d’Estaing dies at 94

PARIS (Reuters) – Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, a key architect of European integration in the early 1970s, has died at the age of 94, the Elysee Palace said on Wednesday.



Valery Giscard d'Estaing, Diana, Princess of Wales posing for the camera: FILE PHOTO: Diana Princess of Wales and former French President Giscard d'Estaing during theatre event at Versailles


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FILE PHOTO: Diana Princess of Wales and former French President Giscard d’Estaing during theatre event at Versailles



Valery Giscard d'Estaing wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: FILE PHOTO: Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Paris


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FILE PHOTO: Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Paris

Giscard, who was France’s leader from 1974 to 1981, had recently been hospitalised in Tours, in western France, and was being treated in the cardiology unit, according to Europe 1 radio, which first reported his death.



Valery Giscard d'Estaing standing in front of a book shelf: FILE PHOTO: Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing poses in his office at his Paris home


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FILE PHOTO: Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing poses in his office at his Paris home

Giscard was known for steering a modernisation of French society during his presidency, including allowing divorce by mutual consent and legalising

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Lady Celia Vestey Dies at 71

Lady Celia Vestey, who was Prince Harry’s godmother and a friend to Queen Elizabeth II, has died. She was 71.

The upsetting news of Celia’s death was announced in The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday, December 1. “Celia Elizabeth SRN BA. died suddenly, but peacefully, on Saturday 28th November, aged 71 years,” a statement from her family read. “Adored wife of Sam. Much loved mother of William, Arthur and Mary and loving Granny of Ella, Frankie, Sam and Cosima. Private family funeral. Memorial service later. Family flowers only please, but donations gratefully received in Celia’s memory to Ebony Horse Club.”

Prince Harry Godmother Lady Celia Vestey Dies ‘Suddenly But Peacefully’ at 71
Prince Harry and Lady Celia Vestey. Shutterstock; David Hartley/Shutterstock

Newsweek and The Sun both reported that Harry, 36, privately reached out to Celia’s three children in the wake of the loss.

Celia wed Lord Samuel Vestey, formerly the Master of the Horse to the royal household from 1999 to

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Atlantic Records VP Ryan Brady Dies at 34

Atlantic Records VP of marketing Ryan Brady was killed Thursday morning in a car accident in Los Angeles. He was 34. The news was first reported by Billboard; an Atlantic rep confirmed the information to Variety.

“We had the privilege of working alongside Ryan as he grew up in this business at Atlantic Records. He was incredibly bright, curious, creative, and a passionate music executive,” said Atlantic Records chairman & COO Julie Greenwald in a statement. “He loved his role as a champion for artists, remaining patient and steadfast in their development. Being a musician in his own right, he truly understood their journey. He was the eternal optimist, and bright light for all of us that got to work closely with him. I know I speak for the staff and all the artists, we will miss him terribly.”

Max Perenchio, 33, who was riding in the vehicle with

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David Prowse, towering actor who played Darth Vader in ‘Star Wars,’ dies at age 85

David Prowse, the towering actor who terrified generations of movie-watchers as Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died at age 85.

He died after a short illness, his agent, Thomas Bowington, confirmed Sunday morning.

“A constant source of inspiration, encouragement and kindness. A truly and deeply heart wrenching loss for us and millions of fans all over the world!” Bowington said in a statement.

Actors Peter Cushing, Carrie Fisher and David Prowse on the set of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.”Sunset Boulevard / Corbis via Getty Images

“A loving husband, father and grandfather. May the force be with him, always!”

Prowse did not provide Vader’s voice — that was James Earl Jones — but his muscular 6-foot-6 frame became the embodiment of one of the great movie villains.

Born in Bristol, England, in 1935, Prowse was a competitive weightlifter before he entered show

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Dave Prowse, Darth Vader in ‘Star Wars,’ dies; Mark Hamill salutes

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Published 8:41 a.m. ET Nov. 29, 2020 | Updated 6:21 p.m. ET Nov. 29, 2020

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David Prowse’s towering physique landed him roles as villains and monsters, but his most famous was the iconic “Star Wars” character Darth Vader.

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David Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor whose physique gave life (though not voice) to the villainous Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died at 85.

Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington, announced Sunday.

“It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85,” Bowington Management tweeted.

The official “Star Wars” site paid tribute to Prowse as the news spread.

“David brought a physicality to Darth Vader that was essential for the character,” “Star Wars” creator George Lucas

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Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85

LONDON (AP) — Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. He was 85.

Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday.

Born in Bristol, southwest England, in 1935, Prowse was a three-time British weightlifting champion and represented England in weightlifting at the 1962 Commonwealth Games before breaking into movies with roles that emphasized his commanding size, including Frankenstein’s monster in a pair of Hammer Studios horror films.

Director George Lucas saw Prowse in a small part in “A Clockwork Orange” and asked the 6-foot-6-inch (almost 2-meter) actor to audition for the villainous Vader or the Wookie Chewbacca in “Star Wars.”

Prowse later told the BBC he chose Darth Vader because “you always remember the bad guys.”


Physically, Prowse was perfect for the part. His lilting English West

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Tony Hsieh, former Zappos CEO, dies at 46 in house fire

Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos (Photo: Frederic J. Brown, AFP/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS – Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of online shoe retailer Zappos.com, has died after being injured in a house fire. He was 46.

Megan Fazio, spokeswoman for Hsieh’s DTP Companies, confirmed in a statement that he died peacefully Friday surrounded by family. 

Puoy Premsrirut, Hsieh’s lawyer, said in an email he “sustained injuries from a house fire” while visiting Connecticut.

The cause of death is still under investigation, Premsrirut said. She did not provide details about the fire.

“Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the lives of everyone around him, and forever brightened the world,” DTP Companies said in a statement. “Delivering happiness was always his mantra, so instead of mourning his transition, we ask you to join us in celebrating his life.”

A Harvard University graduate, Hsieh joined the online shoe company then called ShoeSite.com in 1999.

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Hal Ketchum, singer of 1990s country hits, dies at 67

Hal Ketchum, a onetime carpenter who became a leading country singer in the 1990s, with several Top 10 hits, including “Small Town Saturday Night,” died Nov. 23 at his home in Comal County, Tex. He was 67.

He had complications from dementia, his wife, Andrea Ketchum, announced on social media.

Mr. Ketchum came late to country music after working for years as a carpenter and cabinet maker. He formed his musical style in Texas, where he moved in the early 1980s to work.

He planned to restore a house in New Braunfels, not knowing that the town was the site of one of Texas’s oldest dance halls.

“The first night in our new house,” Mr. Ketchum told the Dallas Morning News in 1992, “I heard music that sounded like Bob Wills,” a key figure in a jazz-inflected style of country music called Western swing. “I thought maybe the house was

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