Hana Kimura dead at 22: Emotional tributes paid to Stardom wrestling and Netflix star tipped for very top – The Sun

WRESTLING star Hana Kimura has died at the tender age of 22.

The Stardom ace was regarded as one of the up-and-coming professionals in the world and tipped for the very top.

Stardom said in a statement on Twitter: "Stardom fans, We are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away.

"Please be respectful and allow some time for things to process, and keep your thoughts and prayers with her family and friends.

"We appreciate your support during this difficult time."

It is not known how she died, but fears about her welfare were rife after a series of social media posts, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet.

Kimura was also known for her appearances in hit Netflix reality TV show Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020.

Stardom is a Japanese wrestling promotion for females only, with their best athletes going on to compete in the WWE and AEW.

Other wrestlers around the world paid tribute to her after news of the death was announced.

WWE star Natalya said: "I just heard this news and I’m truly saddened by it. Heartbreaking. Prayers for #HanaKimura and her family."

Session Moth Martina wrote: "Heartbroken."

And Jamie Hayter added: "Distraught. I don’t even know what to say or feel. Numb.

"I can’t express it. RIP Hana Kimura. Such a wonderful human being. The gaijin helper. All the potential.

"A beautiful soul. Kind. I just can’t even put in to f***ing words how upsetting this is. I hope you found peace."

Kimura was a second-generation star and daughter wrestler Kyoko Kimura.

In comes in the same tragic week that former WWE star Shad Gaspard died at the age of just 39.

He passed away a hero while helping to save his son from drowning while being caught in a strong current at sea.

His body was found by the US Coast Guard near Venice Beach, California, as tributes poured in from around the world for the much-loved wrestler.

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Andre Harrell dead: Legendary music executive has died aged 59

Andre Harrell dead: Music executive known for signing Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Mary J. Blige passes away aged 59… just one day after sharing poignant messages about COVID-19

  • Andre’s cause of death currently remains unknown but sources confirmed to Variety on Friday that he had passed away
  • DJ D-Nice confirmed the news during an Instagram live session on Friday, and countless celebrities have paid tribute to the producer in the wake of his passing
  • Known for signing rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to his label Uptown Records, Andre first made his name as part of the Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde rap duo
  • In 1986 Andre left to start his own company, Uptown Records, which played a key role in the R&B music scene and is where he signed P. Diddy and Mary J. Blige
  • Andre is survived by partner Wendy Credle, a music attorney, and their son Gianni Credle-Harrell 

Music executive Andre Harrell has tragically died at the age of 59. 

Andre’s cause of death currently remains unknown but sources confirmed to Variety on Friday that he had passed away. 

DJ D-Nice confirmed the news during an Instagram live session on Friday night, and countless celebrities have paid tribute to the producer in the wake of his passing. 

Rest in peace: Andre Harrell known for signing Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Mary J. Blige has passed away aged 59, it was revealed on Friday

One day before his passing, Andre took to Instagram to share a poignant message amid the coronavirus crisis as he wrote: ‘Whoever need a ride to 2021… we leaving tomorrow morning.’

In the caption, he went on to say: ‘Skip the virus and Let’s Pick it up again at the top of the year.’

Known for signing rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to his label Uptown Records, Andre first made his name as part of the Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde rap duo.

He began working in the business side of the music industry in 1983, when he first teamed with Russell Simmons in his company Def Jam Records, before going on to act as vice president and general manager within two years. 

Tragic loss: Andre’s cause of death currently remains unknown but sources confirmed to Variety on Friday that he had passed away

Final message: One day before his passing, Andre took to Instagram to share a message of hope as he wrote: ‘Whoever need a ride to 2021… we leaving tomorrow morning’

Then in 1986 Andre left to start his own company, Uptown Records, which played a key role in the R&B music scene. 

Andre signed on Mary J. Blige when she was a teenager, making her the youngest and first solo female artist within the label. 

He also discovered Sean Combs, aka P. Diddy, who went on to become one of the most influential figures in the music industry.

Andre is survived by partner Wendy Credle, a music attorney, and their son Gianni Credle-Harrell. 

Iconic: Known for signing rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs (pictured in 1995) to his label Uptown Records, Andre also signed Mary J. Blige as a teenager

After hearing the news, DJ D-Nice shared a snap with him and in his tribute wrote: ‘Truly heartbroken. Rest peacefully, Andre Harrell.’

Mariah Carey took to Twitter to mourn his loss, and said: ‘Why Andre… My heart is breaking and I can’t stop crying. He was an amazing friend and I will miss him forever.’

Viola Davis also paid tribute to Andre on social media, and said: ‘RIP Andre Harrell…thank you for the gift of so many incredible artists. Gone too soon.’ 

Adding to the celebrity tributes, Ashton Kutcher added: ‘Andre Harrell, wishing safe travels to your beautiful soul.’ 

Tribute: After hearing the news, DJ D-Nice shared a snap with him and in his tribute wrote: ‘Truly heartbroken. Rest peacefully, Andre Harrell’

Mourning his loss: A slew of celebrities including Mariah Carey and Viola Davis paid tribute to the legendary music producer

LA Reid wrote on Instagram: ‘I am deeply saddend by the loss of my good friend @andreharrell – Andre has been a blessing to so many, including myself. It is with a heavy heart that I post this photo of us a few years ago. A truly gifted and brilliant impressario of the highest calibre. Andre, you will be missed. Love and blessings to Gianni and your family.’

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay tweeted: ‘Saluting Andre Harrell. The architect of so much music, so much culture.’ 

In December, it was revealed that Andre had signed up to work with BET to bring the Uptown Records story to life as a scripted miniseries. 

He said: ‘I am thrilled to partner with BET Networks and Jesse Collins Entertainment to share my story, the rise of Uptown Records and successful black entrepreneurship, and the management and cultivation of some of the most iconic artists to come out of the late ’80s and ’90s hip-hop, R&B and soul music era.’ 

His story: In December, it was revealed that Andre had signed up to work with BET to bring the Uptown Records story to life as a scripted miniseries, it is unclear whether this will go ahead

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I shot a terrorist dead in dramatic Iranian embassy siege 40 years ago today – I’ll never feel any sorrow for him – The Sun

WHEN an explosion rang out across Prince’s Gate in London, on May 5th 1980, Rusty Firmin heard the words “Go, go, go” and sprang into action.

After six long days of waiting and watching, his SAS team was about to storm into the Iranian embassy and rescue 19 hostages from brutal terrorists who had already shot one man and thrown his body on to the street.

The operation to end the siege lasted minutes but, broadcast live to the nation, the unfolding drama was one of the most unforgettable moments in British history.

It also shed light on the heroics of the SAS, whose highly skilled members had previously operated in the shadows.

Rusty – famously pictured without gloves as he prepared to enter the building – shot one of the terrorists dead at the scene, but he says there was no fear among the squad as they prepared to go in.

“We had a job to do and we just wanted to do it,” thew 70-year-old tells Sun Online. “We had been waiting and planning for six days, so when we heard the explosion and the 'go, go go' we were like coiled springs.

“All they wanted to do was get in there and rescue the hostages. And I was supposed to be playing in a football cup final that day, so I just wanted to get home.”


Negotiator 'feels like a failure' but saved lives

On April 30th, 1980, six armed men from the terrorist group KSA, led by Oan Ali Mohammed, stormed the Iranian embassy and took 26 staff and visitors hostage.

They demanded that Arab prisoners be released from the Iranian province of Khuzestan and requested their own safe passage out of the United Kingdom.

The UK government, under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher, refused and a siege ensued.

Over the next six days police negotiator Max Vernon talked to the terrorists, securing the release of five hostages in return for minor concessions, as he tried to persuade them to surrender.

In the meantime, under the cover of darkness, two crack SAS teams had been moving in and out of the building next door to the embassy, ready to strike at any time.

Rusty, the leader of the blue team, says the time Max bought the squad was the key to saving lives – even though he sees himself as a failure.

"Max Vernon didn't get the credit, but he kept them talking and all the time he was buying time for us, because if we had gone in on day one, it could have ended up very, very messy," says Rusty.

“Max feels he's a failure because he didn't talk them out of it, but all that time we were gaining information about what the terrorists were up to.

“Every time they came to the window, a picture was taken which told us what they looked like, what they were wearing, how many terrorists were inside and the intelligence guys would disseminate what they needed from that and pass it down to us.”

Next door to the embassy, where the two SAS teams were on watch for 12 hours shifts, the terrorists’ faces were put on posters and plastered on the walls.

At the nearby Regent’s Park barracks, the 56 rooms of the embassy were reconstructed in a gym, to give the soldiers an idea of the layout inside as they planned the end of the siege to every last detail.


Three shots and a body thrown into the street

At 1.45am, on the morning of May 6th, three shots were heard in the embassy as Abbas Lavasani, the Iranian press attache, was executed by the hostage takers.

Five hours later, Rusty and pal John McAleese were watching the final of the snooker World Championships and having a cup of tea when a call came through to say that Lavasani’s body had been thrown into the street. It was all systems go.

Seconds later, Rusty was pictured at the back door of the embassy, identifiable as the only one without gloves.

“I always put my gloves down the front of my body armour so that I have them with me at all times,” explains Rusty.

“This one time I came in, I put them on the table while we had a cup of tea and when we got that final call I got outside the building and went to put my gloves on and realised they weren't there. I confess I swore.”

Face-to-face with terrorist clutching a hand grenade

The soldiers silently positioned themselves at windows and doors around the building, with some abseiling from the roof to reach all the four floors and prepare to smash through windows.

“We had 34 guys scrambling all over the building to get into position so they don't get compromised and, believe it or not, that took just 16 minutes,” says Rusty.

“Then a grenade was dropped down a skylight, which was the great big explosion that everybody hears at the beginning of the TV footage, and that was our key to enter the building.

“We had to enter each floor and clear it simultaneously and my team, the Blue Team, came in from the ground floor and worked up while the Red Team did the roof downwards, and we met in the middle.”

With fire, caused by the grenade, raging in one room and the hostages and terrorists panicking and shouting, the scene inside was chaotic.

But the soldiers managed to usher all 19 hostages down the stairs and safely into the back garden of the embassy.

Then, Rusty came face to face with Oan’s second in command, Shakir Abdullah Radhil, known as 'Faisal'.

“I didn't actually know it was a terrorist coming towards me,” he says.

“I was in a stairwell and there was shouting from the first floor, which I found out later was a couple of SAS lads pointing and shouting to warn me.

"But there was a lot of commotion, people tripping on the stairs, people screaming, hand grenades going off, gunfire, smoke and gas in the air and I couldn’t understand what was being said.

“I was grabbing people, looking at them, throwing them down to the next group, and I grabbed hold of a jacket which was one of the ones I'd seen in the posters at the base.

“I turned him around and I recognised him as a terrorist, saw he was holding a grenade.

"He looked at me with an expression that said, ‘that’s me done’, I opened fire and he fell to the bottom of the stairs.”


'I'm happy I got to shoot Faisal'

The operation took just 11 minutes. Five of the six terrorists were killed and the sixth, Fowzi Nejad, was jailed for thirty years for terrorism offences.

At the time it was deemed he could not be deported to his native Iran, as he was likely to have been tortured or executed.

He was released in 2008 and now lives in London – a fact that makes Rusty’s blood boil.

“I’m told he’s on benefits and had somewhere to live in London given to him, which makes me really angry,” he says.

“We have soldiers on the street and yet people like that are being looked after.”

Forty years on, the memories of the siege are still fresh in Rusty’s mind but the immediate fallout was flashbacks and nightmares and, in 1993, he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

But he says he has no regrets about killing Faisal.

“I didn't feel any sorrow for him because I found out afterwards that Faisal is the guy that executed Labazani on the stairs, which started all this,” he says.

“He was a second in command and he was also the bully boy, quite a big guy so I was quite happy that he came to me. I won't beat around the bush on that. That is a fact.

“We went in and we did what we were asked to do – saving 19 lives in the process.”


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Two Chinese boys drop dead as they run while wearing face masks

Two Chinese boys drop dead during PE lessons while wearing face masks amid concerns over students’ fitness following three months of school closure

  • The pupils from two Chinese cities died of sudden cardiac arrest within a week
  • Li, 15, collapsed after jogging in PE class while wearing a face mask on April 24 
  • The other boy, 14, reportedly died during a running exam whilst donning a mask  
  • Chinese cities have cancelled running tests amid concerns over students’ fitness

Two schoolboys in China have died of sudden cardiac arrest in the space of a week as they take part in PE lessons while wearing face masks.

The students from two different Chinese cities, both ‘suddenly’ collapsed on their schools’ running track and were subsequently pronounced dead on April 24 and April 30 respectively.  

Chinese education authorities have cancelled running tests for this term as a result of concerns over students’ fitness following three months of school closures.

A 15-year-old schoolboy, known by his surname Li, was declared dead on April 24 after he collapsed during a PE lesson at the Dancheng Caiyuan Middle School in Henan Province of central China. Li is pictured here with his father, Mr Li

The student’s father, Mr Li, told the press that his son was running in laps on the school’s sports ground before Li fell backwards. The picture shows the school Li attended before he died

It is believed that the boys had had trouble breathing during the exercise due to their face masks. 

Their deaths came after another student also reportedly dropped dead during a PE lesson on April 14, but it has remained unclear if the pupil had been wearing a face mask. 

Li, a 15-year-old student from central China, was declared dead on April 24 after he collapsed on campus at the Dancheng Caiyuan Middle School in Henan Province.

The student’s father, Mr Li, told the press that his son was running in laps on the school’s sports ground before Li fell backwards.

‘It happened within two to three minutes during his PE class.

‘He was wearing a mask while lapping the running track, then he suddenly fell backwards and hit his head on the ground,’ said Mr Li.

The parent said that a local hospital issued a death certificate claiming ‘sudden cardiac arrest’ as the cause of death.

But Mr Li believed that his son’s death was caused by wearing a face mask during strenuous exercise.

Students wearing face masks are pictured reading books on a playground of Pingmin middle school on the first day of its reopening on April 25

Students wearing face masks line up to have their temperature checked before entering a canteen at No.16 Middle School on the first day of its reopening on April 27

‘It was sunny and their PE class was in the afternoon when it was at least 20 degrees Celsius,’ the Chinese father suggested.

‘It couldn’t have been comfortable wearing a mask while running.’

Mr Li’s son had only been back at school for four days after classes resumed on April 20 for the first time since late January following three-month of coronavirus closure.

Cao Lanxiu, professor at the Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine, disagreed with suggestions that the face mask might have caused Li to suffocate to death due to a lack of oxygen.

‘I don’t think mask-donning has caused this sudden death,’ said Ms Cao. ‘If this student had trouble breathing, he would’ve been conscious of that and wouldn’t have continued to run with the mask on until his heart stopped.’

The professor added that the only way to determine the cause of Li’s death was to carry out an autopsy.

The student’s family declined to conduct an autopsy to preserve the boy’s body, according to the press. It remains disclosed if there were any conclusive links between Li’s death and wearing a face mask.

Pictured, students wearing face masks have a class at a middle school in Shanghai on April 27

Tens of thousands of graduating students in China have returned to the campus after spending three months at home due to coronavirus. Pictured, students wearing face masks line up to have their temperature checked at the entrance of a middle school in Shanghai on April 27

Dr Ren Zhiming, a chief medic from Xinhua Hospital at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, echoed Ms Cao’s remark by suggesting that the pupil’s death could be linked to undetected heart diseases.

‘It is possible that exercising caused Li’s sudden death. Another reason could be that he had some heart-related diseases that were not detected before,’ Dr Ren told People’s Daily.

‘Running while wearing a face mask definitely affects the amount of oxygen [a person inhales], but it would not necessarily cause sudden death.’

The other schoolboy, who was not identified, was reportedly taking part in a 1,000-metre (0.62 miles) running exam while wearing an N95 respirator on April 30 when he collapsed and died at the Xiangjun Future Experimental School in Changsha, Hunan Province of southern China.

He is also thought to have died due to breathing difficulties during the PE exam, Chinese media report. It is unknown if an autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.

A 16-year-old student from eastern Chinese city Wenzhou was pronounced dead after he collapsed and died whilst running during a PE lesson on April 14. 

But it remains unclear if he was wearing a face mask whilst exercising, according to the press.

Schools in Shanghai installed screening facilities featuring ultra red thermometers at the gate to monitor students’ temperatures when there are more than 100 people on campus

The news came as tens of millions of students have returned to the campus in China after they spent three months at home following the coronavirus lockdown.

Authorities from several major cities – including Tianjin and Shanghai – have cancelled running tests for students this year amid concerns over pupils’ fitness following the school closures.

The provinces of Shaanxi and Zhejiang have also removed running from PE exams while manufacturing hub Shenzhen said it would offer an alternative option for its physical training exam due to the Guangdong provincial government’s decision to leave plans unchanged.

The provinces of Henan as well as Hunan, where the two deaths occurred, have yet announced changes regarding PE lessons or exams.

The news came as tens of millions of students have returned to the campus in China after they spent three months at home following the coronavirus lockdown. Pictured, a student wearing a face mask leaves a high school in Beijing on April 27

Authorities from several major cities – including Tianjin and Shanghai – have cancelled running tests for students this year amid concerns over pupils’ fitness following the school closures. Students wearing face masks are seen leaving a school in Beijing on April 27

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The Walking Dead producer mounts Alpha’s decapitated head on house’s front gates ‘to scare off coronavirus’ – The Sun

THE Walking Dead boss has mounted Alpha's bloodied head on his gate in a bid to "scare off" the killer coronavirus bug.

Greg Nicotero shared his novel social distancing measures on his Instagram page, with his followers learning it was not only Alpha on show – with a total of six skulls raided from the hit programme's store cupboard.

The producer's home decorations were hailed "epic" by fans, who were treated to the exact detail of the horrifying figures mounted onto the imposing grey gate.

Greg proudly wrote in his caption: "Decorating the gate at my house!

"Sure to scare any virus away.

"And if you’re curious 1. Alpha 2. Bicycle Girl 3. Female walker Carl killed in the farmhouse in ep 301 AND one of the Governor’s fish tank heads."


Explaining the remaining three fearful faces, he added: "4. Michonne pet 1 5. Ben Gardner Governor fish tank head 6. Michonne pet number 2."

When looking at the image Alpha is seen at the far right, with her mouth open and blood pouring from her neck.

The leader of the Whisperers was last seen on screen in 2016, so her resurrection will be somewhat of a treat for fans of the long-running AMC series.

With social distancing and lockdown measures still in place in the US, it could well serve as a deterrent for eager show fans hoping to pay a visit to Greg, or sneak a glimpse at his home.

One posted under the shock snap: "Anyone else and you’d think this quarantine was getting to them but it’s Greg. That’s just a regular Saturday. Love it, man."

Another mused: "Imagine being his neighbor and seeing that."

One then gushed: "Best gate decoration I’ve seen!!"

A fan then surmised: "Your Halloween decorations must be lit! Omg that’s epic."

The grim display will hopefully help partially quell viewers' anticipation for the series 10 finale too, something which has been delayed in post production due to coronavirus.

Despite the show hold-ups, show runner Angela King has told how work is underway on season 11.

She said: "We're continuing to work on the future season remotely.
"Writing, I think, is the easiest process to do remotely, and even that is a little… it's tricky.

"We're not quite able to work at the same exact pace as we would when we're in the office."

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Woman found dead in London flat as man arrested on suspicion of murder – The Sun

A WOMAN has been found dead in a London flat as a man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The woman was discovered with "serious injuries" at the Enfield home last night.

It's the fifth murder probe launched in London in just three weeks amid fears domestic violence would soar during the coronavirus lockdown.

Met Police confirmed they had been called to Plevna Road just after 6pm.

They said: "Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found a woman inside a flat with serious injuries, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

"A post-mortem examination will take place in due course."

The ma arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

It comes after Tracey Kidd, 57, was found dead at a flat in Clapton, east London, on March 17. A 40-year-old man has been charged with her murder.

Two days later mum-of-two Shadika Mohsin Patel, 40, was stabbed to death in Barking, east London.

A man, 28, has been charged with her murder.

Kelly Stewart, 41, was found battered to death in a churchyard in Plaistow, east London, on March 26. A 21-year-old local man has been charged with murder.

Sonia Calvi, 56, was found stabbed to death along with 59-year-old Edgar Daza at a flat in Stockwell, south London, on Wednesday April 1st.

A 44-year-old man has been charged with two counts of murder.

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Pape Diouf dead at 68: Ex-Marseille president loses coronavirus battle in his native Senegal as tributes paid – The Sun

FORMER Marseille president Pape Diouf has died aged 68 after suffering from coronavirus, the club have confirmed.

The Ligue 1 tweeted on their official account: “It is with great sadness that Olympique de Marseille learned of the death of Pape Diouf. Pape will remain in the hearts of the Marseillais forever, as one of the great architects in the club’s history."

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The club had earlier revealed Diouf, who was also a former French FA official, had been suffering from Covid-19.

A statement at lfp.fr read: “The Ligue de Football Professionnel has learned this evening with great sadness of the death of Pape Diouf at the age of 68.

“Journalist, agent, president of Olympique de Marseille from 2005 to 2009, Pape Diouf dedicated his whole life in service of football.

“A member of the LFP administrative council from September 2007 to June 2009, Pape Diouf will be remembered as a charismatic and passionate director.

“In this moment of immense sadness for French football, the LFP offers its condolences to his family and those close to him, and to Olympique de Marseille.”

During the Senegalese’s time at the club, Marseille twice finished second in Ligue 1 and also reached two Coupe de France finals.

The club tweeted earlier on Tuesday: “All Olympiens send strength and positive thoughts toward our former president Pape Diouf, who was affected by the #Covid19."

Former France striker Djibril Cisse played for OM when Diouf was in charge, with the president going through with his signing from Liverpool despite a Cisse breaking his leg while playing for France.

Cisse was quick to pay tribute after news of his death emerged, writing on Twitter: “Today French football has lost a great man. My sadness is great today.

“Merci mon Pape… Rest in peace.”

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