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Here's one worthy of the Pattaya One News records of terrible balcony malfunctions:  James Le Mesurier, founder of Syrian White Helmets group, apparently flings himself to death in the middle of the night off the balcony of his Istanbul home, after being diagnosed with... high blood pressure.   Ex-Sandhurst, British Army, mercenary and significant irritant to Assad and the Syrians, accused of association with jihadist groups through White Helmets... meets what is now being called a suicide by the Turks, no reason to suspect otherwise.  At least the Pattaya news sources are always diligent and report the floor number from which the poor gentlemen fell/jumped/were pushed, not so in this case.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/james-le-mesurier-death-white-helmets-syria-russia-propaganda-a9204896.html

 

Ah, the ledge ascertained and photographed: not quite the height one would expect as a choice for suicide, I must say.   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7680285/Ledge-James-Le-Mesurier-fell-death-seen-time.html

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Terry Jones: Monty Python star dies aged 77

Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77, after having lived with dementia, his agent has said.

A statement from his family said: "We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man."

Fellow Python Sir Michael Palin described Jones as "one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation".

John Cleese said: "It feels strange that a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm, should have faded so gently away..."

He added: "Of his many achievements, for me the greatest gift he gave us all was his direction of Life of Brian. Perfection."

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https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-51209197

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-30116194

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Kirk Douglas, last of Hollywood's great matinee idols, dead at 103

Kirk Douglas, the ferocious, cleft-chinned leading man and one of the last of Hollywood’s Golden Age matinee idols, died Wednesday, his son, actor Michael Douglas announced. The Spartacus star was 103.

The elder Douglas was a three-time Best Actor Oscar nominee and the headliner of more than 80 films. Key credits include Paths of Glory, the Stanley Kubrick war drama; Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the classic Western that paired him with favorite co-star Burt Lancaster; Lust for Life, the Vincent Van Gogh biopic; The Bad and the Beautiful, the definitive Hollywood melodrama; and the Billy Wilder media-circus exposé, Ace in the Hole.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/kirk-douglas-dies-obituary-001048865.html

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Larry Tesler: Computer scientist behind cut, copy and paste dies aged 74

Larry Tesler, an icon of early computing, has died at the age of 74.

Mr Tesler started working in Silicon Valley in the early 1960s, at a time when computers were inaccessible to the vast majority of people.

It was thanks to his innovations - which included the "cut", "copy" and "paste" commands - that the personal computer became simple to learn and use.

Xerox, where Mr Tesler spent part of his career, paid tribute to him.

"The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more, was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler," the company tweeted. "Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas."

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51567695

 

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