Archive for the ‘Sad’ Category
An Essex firm is offering a ‘professional mourner’ service for UK funerals.
According to the Daily Mail, Rent a Mourner will provide fake mourners, known as moirologists, in order to increase numbers at services.
The individuals in question are trained actors who specialise in public mourning and are briefed about the deceased before attending the funeral.
The service costs £45 for a two-hour service, and mourners will weep and talk to friends and family members.
Ian Robertson, founder of Rent a Mourner, explained: “We were actually inspired by the market growth in China. The Middle Eastern way is to provide wailers – crying women – as opposed to the quiet, dignified methods we use.”
He added: “It’s growing in the UK – our bookings are up 50% year on year.”
Rock star Jon Bon Jovi’s daughter was arrested in New York state on Wednesday on drug possession charges following a suspected heroin overdose, local police said.
Stephanie Bongiovi, 19, was found unresponsive in a dormitory room at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York from an alleged overdose and taken to a local medical facility, according to the Town of Kirkland Police Department.
Heroin and marijuana were found in the dorm room during a search, police said.
Bongiovi was later booked on misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance (heroin), marijuana possession and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. She has since been released, police said.
Circuit comedian Steven Anderson has died unexpectedly in his sleep at the age of 49.
Fellow comics have paid tribute to the TV presenter turned stand-up after the news was made public online
Anderson hosted Top Of The Pops on a couple of occasions in the Nineties, appeared on Casualty and was a ‘confidence coach’ on BBC Two dating show Would Like To Meet, but turned to stand-up in 2007; opening the Portable Comedy Club in London the following year.
Comedian Rob Heeney, who broke the news of his death on Facebook, said Anderson was buried in Stourbridge yesterday.
On the social networking site, fellow comic Kevin Dewsbury wrote: ‘Wtf! I often met up with steven when I came back to London now and again, can’t believe it RIP Steven.’
JoJo Smith said: ‘Oh my goodness. I remember him from back in the Clinic days. He was a terrific guy. Gone far too young!’
And Rich Wilson added: ‘That’s a shock! He was a bit of a scamp but I liked him. RIP Steven.
Anderson was known on the circuit for having a business card designed in the manner of a driving licence.
Last week, my daughter came home from school talking about the baby panda. The next morning, I turned over the KidsPost to her and her older sister to see more pictures of the National Zoo’s giant pandas. We later called up videos of the pandas on the computer and I dug out the worn old copy of their storybook about a baby panda.
We, like the rest of Washington, couldn’t wait to get a look at the cub ourselves.
Yesterday, I happened to check my e-mail in my daughters’ presence and discovered the sad news that the baby panda had died..
I gasped aloud. My daughter’s asked me why and I instinctively lied.
A week-old giant panda cub has died at Washington DC’s National Zoo, with the cause of its death not immediately apparent.
Zoo staff were alerted to the cub’s plight after its mother, Mei Xiang, was heard making sounds of distress.
The tiny cub was removed from the panda enclosure but attempts to revive it proved unsuccessful.
The zoo said the cub weighed just under 100g (3.5oz), and that there were no obvious signs of injury or infection.
In a statement, the zoo said: “We are broken-hearted to share that we have lost our little giant panda cub.
The broadcaster and naturalist, who was born in London, had leukaemia.
His agent John Miles said Nutkins died at home in Scotland yesterday, adding: “He had fought for about nine months or so with acute leukaemia.”
Nutkins found fame as co-presenter of the BBC children’s show Animal Magic with Johnny Morris and also featured in The Really Wild Show.
The 66-year-old Londoner grew up near Marylebone station and bunked off school to help out at London Zoo, where his expertise with animals became obvious.
Mr Miles said: “He was an absolutely lovely guy and just loved animals, and he was never happier than when he was with animals. We will all miss him very, very much.”
Isabella Sarah Tennant, missing NY 5-year-old, found dead in alleyway, report says – Crimesider – CBS News
Authorities say a 5-year-old girl who went missing near a relative’s home late Sunday night has been found dead.
Police and relatives of Isabella Sarah Tennant tell local media outlets that officers found her body Monday morning a few blocks from where she was last seen alive in the city of Niagara Falls.
According to CBS affiliate WIVB, the girl’s family says her body was found fully clothed in an alleyway.
Tennant was reported missing by family members around 6 a.m. Monday. Media reports say a neighbor was the last person to see her, and that the neighbor is being questioned by investigators.
No other information has been released by police.
Beloved actor Andy Griffith died this morning.Former UNC President Bill Friday says The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock actor died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina around 7 a.m.Friday, who is a close friend of the actor, confirmed the news to WITN News.Emergency medical crews responded to Griffith’s home this morning, Dare County Sheriff J.D. Doughtie told WAVY.com.Griffith, who was born in Mt. Airy, N.C., was launched to fame as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show for the CBS television network from 1960-1968. On the show, Ron Howard played his son, Opie. He starred on other shows and in films, but found his greatest success again with legal drama Matlock, from 1986 to 1995. He played the title character, Ben Matlock.In 2000, Griffith underwent quadruple heart-bypass surgery and in 2007 had hip surgery after a fall.
In 2004, The New York Times’ Stephanie Zacharek negatively reviewed the video for the Beastie Boys’ new single “Ch-Check It Out.” MCA a.k.a. Adam Yauch, who died today at the age of 47, had directed the video under his pseudonym Nathanial Hornblower. He didn’t take kindly to Zacharek’s review, and let her know in a letter to the Times demanding, among other things, that she send him a goat.
One Goat, on Account
To the Editor:
I had the great pleasure of reading your unsolicited critique of the “Ch-Check It Out” music video ["Licensed to Stand Still" by Stephanie Zacharek, May 16]. It took some time to get to me, as it had to be curried (sp?) on goatback through the fjords of my homeland, the Oppenzell. And in the process the goat died, and then I had to give the mailman one of my goats, so remember, you owe me a goat.
Too young, Adam. To fucking young.