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Oscar-winning actor, William Hurt dies at 71

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William Hurt dies at 71

William Hurt, the Oscar-winning star of “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “The Big Chill,” and “Broadcast News,” has died. He was 71.

Gerry Byrne, Hurt’s friend, confirmed the news of the actor’s death to CNN.

“It is with great sadness that the Hurt family mourns the passing of William Hurt, beloved father, and Oscar-winning actor, on March 13, 2022, one week before his 72nd birthday,” the family said in a statement obtained by Variety. “He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes. The family requests privacy at this time.”

No cause of death was shared by the family. Hurt was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018.

His debut film role was in 1980, playing a scientist in the science fiction thriller Altered States, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year. From there, he played a memorable role as the lawyer seduced by Kathleen Turner in Lawrence Kasdan’s Body Heat (1981). Kasdan cast Hurt again in 1983 as part of the ensemble in The Big Chill. He then appeared in the role of Arkady Renko in Gorky Park.

His most recent roles on-screen included General Thaddeus Ross in the Marvel films “The Incredible Hulk,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Avengers: Endgame” and “Black Widow.”

His portrayal as a gay prisoner in South America in the 1985 movie “Kiss of the Spider Woman” earned him as Oscar as well as a BAFTA Film Award for best actor.

Along with three additional Oscar nominations, Hurt — who made his film debut in 1980 with Ken Russell’s “Altered States” — was nominated for two Emmys and six Golden Globes throughout his career, according to IMDb.

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New endorsement deal excites Tiwa Savage

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New endorsement deal with a popular smartphone brand has left Nigerian songstress Tiwa Savage excited.


The 42-year-old singer and mother of one took to her Instagram account to announce her newest endorsement deal in a video.


Explaining the video, she wrote, “This one is highly approved by the No 1 ABG, Your girl is on board with one of the coolest brands ever – Tecno. Show some love to my newest family. I am so excited.”

Savage is currently on a tour of cities in the United States of America to promote her ‘Water and Garri’ EP.

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Elon Musk’s child, 18, granted name and gender change

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Elon Musk’s child, 18, granted name and gender change

Elon Musk’s 18-year-old child has been granted a name and gender change, officially making her Vivian Jenna Wilson.

According to court documents on Thursday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge approved the petition and asked for a new birth certificate to be issued by the state to reflect the changes.

Vivian chose to remove Musk as her last name, opting for Wilson, which is her mother Justine’s maiden name.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that Vivian – who was given the moniker Xavier Alexander Musk at birth – filed the petition back in April, shortly after her 18th birthday.

The teen listed her name change reason as “gender identity and the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father [Elon] in any way, shape or form.”

Musk, 50, previously claimed he supported transgender issues. However, he came under fire in 2020 for criticizing the use of preferred pronouns.

“I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare,” he tweeted at the time, adding, “Pronouns suck.”

On the other hand, mom Justine expressed how proud she was that Vivian was living authentically, quoting her on Twitter.

“‘I had a weird childhood,’ my 18-year-old said to me,” Wilson, 49, wrote after news of Vivian’s gender and name change petition began circulating online.

She then continued the conversation, quoting the child as saying, “I can’t believe I’m as normal-seeming as I am.”

Wilson then told the teen, “I’m very proud of you,” to which Vivian replied, “I’m proud of myself!”

In addition to Vivian, Musk shares the teen’s 18-year-old twin brother, Griffin, with ex-wife Justine, along with 16-year-old triplets Kai, Saxon and Damian.

The SpaceX founder also has two children with ex-girlfriend Grimes — son X AE A-XII, 2, and daughter Exa Dark Sideræl, 6 months.

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Yoruba actor, Baba Atoli is dead

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Baba Atoli is dead

Yoruba actor, Olaniyi Raji, also known as Baba Atoli, is dead.

The death of the veteran actor was announced by his colleague, Foluke Daramola in a post on Instagram on Thursday.

Daramola shared the deceased photo with the caption: “Sad we lost Baba Atoli. Such a shame.”

Friends and family of Baba Atoli also took to social media to mourn him.

Before his death, Baba Atoli begged for financial support following an illness.

In a video posted on Youtube, Baba Atoli called on the national president of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Bolaji Amusan, popularly known as Mr Latin, and the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for support.

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