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August 10, 2016

Midget car racer Bryan Clauson dies aged 27

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

US racing driver and Carmichael, California native Bryan Clauson died Sunday night from injuries sustained after a crash during Saturday’s Belleville Midget Nationals quarter midget race in Kansas. He was 27 years old.

On lap 14 of the race, Clauson took the lead when he collided with a lapped car in turn four and hit the track’s guardrail. The contact forced his car into a roll, landing on its side, where it was struck by Ryan Greth’s car. The race was suspended under a red flag as track workers removed Clauson from his vehicle, a process that took 30 minutes to complete. He was airlifted to Bryan Medical Center West in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was reported to be in critical condition. On Monday, Clauson’s family released a statement to United States Auto Club (USAC) officials announcing Clauson had died from his injuries. USAC CEO Kevin Miller stated, “This is truly one of the darkest days in the 60-year history of the United States Auto Club. Not only have we lost one of our greatest USAC champions, we’ve lost a true ambassador for all of motorsports.”

The race was the 116th of the year for Clauson as part of a campaign known as the Circular Insanity Tour, in which he attempted to run 200 races in 2016. Entering the Belleville Nationals, he had won 27 feature races. He was a three-time USAC National Midget and two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion with over 170 wins in USAC-sanctioned events, including a Chili Bowl Nationals win in 2014. He competed in stock car racing, driving in NASCAR and the ARCA Racing Series, winning a race in the latter. He ran 26 Busch Series (now Xfinity Series) races in 2007 and 2008 for Chip Ganassi Racing, recording a best finish of fifth at Kentucky Speedway in 2008. In 2008, he attempted three Sprint Cup Series races for Ganassi, but failed to qualify for all three. Clauson also ran three Indianapolis 500 events, one of which included the 100th running in 2016, where he finished 23rd.

In the previous night’s race, Clauson crashed into Morgan Frewaldt’s car in a similar location to his accident on Saturday. Clauson’s team reported he was sore after the impact, but he tweeted his thanks to his safety equipment and chassis manufacturer for keeping him safe.

He is survived by his parents, Tim and Diana, his sister, Taylor and his fiancé, Lauren Stewart.



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July 5, 2016

Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel dies aged 87

Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel dies aged 87

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On Saturday, acclaimed writer Elie Wiesel died in New York City at age 87, his family said, following a lengthy illness.

Wiesel was born 1928 in the town of Sighet in Romania. Twelve years later, in 1940, his town was included in an annexation by Hungary. In 1944, Wiesel, fifteen at the time, and his family, along with the entire Jewish population in Sighet, were sent to Auschwitz concentration camp. He was freed in 1945, only to realize his mother and sister died in death chambers and his father from disease and starvation. Elie Weisel, on the advice of an older Jew, had lied to the Nazis about his age, as an eighteen-year-old would be useful to them as a worker.

Ten years after his freedom, he wrote the famous book Night — written in Yiddish, first published in French translation — detailing his experience in the camp and his regret of survival. His book sold only about a thousand copies in the first year it was published, however today the book has been translated into 30 different languages with more than ten million copies sold. In 2006 TV personality Oprah Winfrey added it to her book club, prompting the swift selling of three million copies.

Wiesel wrote around 60 books, two plays, and two cantatas.

Wiesel first started a career in journalism in 1948 for the French newspaper L’Arche, which sent him as a correspondent to Israel. He also became a Paris correspondent for Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot and he was encouraged by an interviewee to write about his experience in the camp.

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In 1972, Wiesel was a professor of Judaic Studies at the City College of New York for four years until he became a professor of Humanities at Boston University, where he remained.

Wiesel then became an activist and advocate during many conflicts, such as the Bosnian genocide of the 1990s. He advised the actions of several U.S. presidents, including then-President Ronald Reagan. During his acceptance of the Congressional Gold Medal, he advised Reagan not to visit a Bitburg military cemetery containing Waffen-SS graves. Reagan, however, continued with his trip, which created much controversy. Former President Jimmy Carter also appointed Wiesel as Chairman of the Presidential Commission on the Holocaust.

In 1986, Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize as an advocate for racial and religious groups and a spiritual leader.

Wiesel also helped in the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He was the chairman of the organization that collected funds from other survivors of the Holocaust to create the museum.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called him “a ray of light and an example of humanity that believes in the goodness of man”. U.S. President Barack Obama called him a “living memorial”. French President Francois Hollande called him a “grand humanist” and a “tireless defender of peace”.

He is survived by his wife Marion and his son Elisha.



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June 5, 2016

Boxing great Muhammed Ali dies aged 74

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Legendary boxing great Muhammed Ali died on Friday aged 74 in a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. A family spokesperson said Ali had been admitted with respiratory problems. The former heavyweight champion lived with Parkinson’s disease for decades, diagnosed in 1984.

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Born on January 17, 1942 as Cassius Marcellus Clay, he changed his name to Muhammed Ali after his 1964 conversion to Islam. In his professional career, Ali won 56 out of 61 fights — including 31 consecutive wins. He won the World Heavyweight Championship three times and had also won an Olympic gold medal in the light-heavyweight category.

Often considered the greatest boxer of all time, Ali was the world heavyweight champion in the 1960s and 1970s. His famous fights with George Foreman in 1974 when he won his title back and against Joe Frazier are considered by many as two of the greatest fights in the sport’s history. Ali had also defeated Sonny Liston to claim the championship title.

Ali was also known as a political activist. He came under considerable controversy after his decision to refuse the Vietnam War draft.

He lit the flame in the 1996 Olympics hosted in Atlanta.

His funeral is to be in Kentucky.



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June 4, 2016

Boxing great Muhammed Ali dies

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Legendary boxing great Muhammed Ali died yesterday aged 74 in a Phoenix Hospital in the United States due to respiratory issues. The former heavyweight champion was diagonised with Parkinson’s disease in 1984.

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A source close to the family confirmed that he was close to death on Friday night (local time).

Born on January 17, 1942 as Cassius Marcellus Clay, he changed his name to Muhammed Ali in 1964 after converting to Islam. In his professional career, Ali won 56 out of 61 fights—including 31 consecutive wins. He won the World Heavyweight Championship three times and had also won an Olympics gold medal in light-weight category.

Considered the greatest boxer of all time, Ali was the world heavyweight champion in the 1960’s and 1970’s. His famous fights with George Foreman in 1972 when he won his title back and against Joe Frazier are considered by many as two of the greatest fights in the sport’s history. Ali had also defeated Sonny Liston to claim the championship title.

Ali was known throughout the 70’s for his strong positions on issues in the United States of America, such as race and religion. He light the torch in the 1996 Olympics hosted in Atlanta.

He came under considerable controversy after his decision to be a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. His funeral would take place in Kentucky.



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May 11, 2016

Grand National winning horse \’Comply or Die\’ dies, aged 17

Grand National winning horse ‘Comply or Die’ dies, aged 17

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Comply or Die, the racehorse who won the 2008 Grand National has died at the age of 17. His death was announced by his former trainer, David Pipe. He died over at the weekend in Gloucestershire, where he had been staying with jockey Timmy Murphy. He was cremated on Monday and his ashes will return to Murphy.

Murphy was the jockey in the saddle when Comply or Die won the 2008 Grand National. Speaking to the Press Association, he spoke about the horse’s death. He said, “He was part of the furniture at home so it’s very sad. He gave me the greatest day of my career, obviously that can never be taken away. He paraded at Cheltenham and Aintree and was getting ready to do some dressage in the summer. I’m not actually sure how he died, to be honest, but it wasn’t nice to come home to. He was cremated on Monday. He was a happy horse and he was also very clever.”

During his racing career he made £798,809 in prize-money after winning a total of eight races.

The 2008 Grand National victory was his greatest achievement and he almost matched it when he came second place in 2009. He retired in 2011 but remained active, often being paraded at race grounds such as Aintree and Cheltenham. He also participated in some hunting activities. Pipe said, “Since his retirement he had been a lead-horse at Timmy Murphy’s establishment before trying his hand at dressage, a discipline in which he had proven very successful”.

Tributes have been paid to Comply or Die on social media by horse racing fans with several tweeting their appreciation and memories.



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April 26, 2016

Reactions to the death of Prince

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Since the announcement of the death of Prince, many famous online music and other areas, they have expressed with regret of the American musician’s death on April 21, 2016. Were many, including widespread coverage about the many reactions from notable people. Below are some artists who have demonstrated.

The singers solo’s carrier Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Toni Braxton, Billy Idol, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Cale, expressed with lamentable a death on April 21 and 22 in social network.

Cquote1.svg Isn’t it amazing Prince shared his soul with us so deeply before his death? And now after, we will be replenished endlessly by both his legacy and all that he still has to give from the beyond. Cquote2.svg

—Lady Gaga

Cquote1.svg We lost a legend. RIP Prince. Cquote2.svg

—Beyoncé

Cquote1.svg I will miss him so much. He was as special of a friend as he was a brilliant talent. My condolences to his family. Good night, sweet Prince. Cquote2.svg

—Toni Braxton

Cquote1.svg Oh my god I can’t believe that Prince has died…he was a great great talent…RIP Cquote2.svg

—Billy Idol

Cquote1.svg Genius, legend, inspiration, friend. The world will miss you. I’ll never get over it. Cquote2.svg

—Mariah Carey

Cquote1.svg Numb. Stunned. This can’t be real. Cquote2.svg

—Justin Timberlake

Cquote1.svg My friend is gone…This is what it sounds like, when doves cry. He was my dove… Cquote2.svg

—Stevie Nicks

Cquote1.svg I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories, I will miss him. Cquote2.svg

—Lionel Richie

Cquote1.svg He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I’m Devastated. This is Not A Love Song. Cquote2.svg

—Madonna

Cquote1.svg This is truly devastating news. The greatest performer I have ever seen. A true genius. Musically way ahead of any of us. Sang with him twice on stage. What an honour. Rest in peace you purple warrior. Cquote2.svg

—Elton John

Cquote1.svg I am so sad and shocked to hear the tragic news about Prince. He was the most incredibly talented artist. A man in complete control of his work from writer and musician to producer and director. He was such an inspiration. Playful and mind-blowingly gifted. He was the most inventive and extraordinary live act I’ve seen. The world has lost someone truly magical. Goodnight dear Prince. Cquote2.svg

—Kate Bush

Cquote1.svg Saddened by Prince’s death. Proud to have seen in the New Year with him. He seemed fine and played brilliantly funky music. God bless this creative giant. Thanks Prince. Love X Paul Cquote2.svg

—Paul McCartney

Cquote1.svg God bless prince we will all miss him I still have my Purple whistle. I will blow it tonight peace and love Cquote2.svg

—Ringo Starr

Cquote1.svg I’m shocked to hear that Prince passed at such a young age. Musically, he could do it all: sing, play, arrange and produce. Love & Mercy. Cquote2.svg

—Brian Wilson

The singers in musical groups, Magne Furuholmen (A-ha) say: “oh no, another genius has passed away. what a sad year for music it has been. we were signed to the same label around the same time and met briefly while recording at paisley park. loved your imaginative and innovative work, mr!”; Boyz II Men: influenced by Prince, say: “Without Prince there wouldn’t have been Boyz II Men”.

Also they expressed who was not music business. The baskett man Kevin Garnett: “”He was super confident, but humble in how he spoke to you. He was always very inviting and the one takeaway you got from every time you talked to him was how he was just so super cool. Lost for words… Truly was an honor to know and will be sadly missed. RESPECT/LOVED.. Forever in our Hearts….”; TV presenter Oprah Winfrey: “Prince, the doves really are crying now.”. The director and actor Spike Lee: “I miss my brother.”. The actress Dita Von Teese: “I refused to accept this until just now. I got to know Prince a little bit thanks to @fatima_noir and I’ll never forget those times. He was so gorgeous, and I was always super shy, in awe of his talent and beauty! I can’t believe he’s gone so soon.”, in Instagram.


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April 22, 2016

Musician Prince dies aged 57

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Musician Prince died at home in Minnesota, United States yesterday.

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A publicist confirmed his death. “It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson has died”.

A statement from the Carver County Sheriff’s office said Prince was found in an elevator at his home at Paisley Park Studio. Emergency workers were called, but after they were unable to revive him, he was pronounced dead.

Following Prince’s first album in 1978, he came to prominence in the 1980s. His 1980s releases included 1999, Kiss, Purple Rain, and Sign o’ the Times. He went on to record more than 30 albums. During his career he sold more than 100 million records and had 47 songs reach the US Billboard top 100. Five of those songs, When Doves Cry, Kiss, Let’s Go Crazy, Cream, and Batdance, went to number one. The song When Doves Cry was number one for five weeks.

In 1984 Prince starred in the movie Purple Rain, which was based on his album. The movie’s song score won Prince an Academy Award for best original song score. Prince won seven Grammy awards and in 2004 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also wrote songs released successfully by other artists, such as Manic Monday released in 1986 by the Bangles and Nothing Compares 2 U released in 1990 by Sinéad O’Connor.

The Minnesota Star Tribune reported an autopsy will be conducted to determine Prince’s cause of death.



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March 27, 2016

Football legend Johan Cruyff dies at 68 due to cancer

Football legend Johan Cruyff dies at 68 due to cancer

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Netherlands and FC Barcelona football legend Johan Cruyff died in Barcelona on Thursday at the age of 68. He had lung cancer, announced last October. Per World of Johan Cruyff website statement, he died peacefully, his family present.

April 25, 1947 (Amsterdam)–March 24, 2016 (Barcelona)
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The Dutch maestro won three Ballon d’Ors in his nineteen-year career, in 1971, 1973, and 1974. Born in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, Cruyff began his career with Ajax AFC. He won three consecutive European titles, eight Eredivisie titles (“Dutch league”), five KNVB Cups (“Dutch Cup”), a UEFA Super Cup, and an Intercontinental Cup with the capital club. Later in his career, he signed for Feyenoord and won the Dutch league Dutch Cup with them as well.

He joined the Catalans in 1973. In his first season at Barça, the Blaugrana won the league after fourteen years without. That season, Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 5–0 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. He managed Barcelona for eight years, from 1988 to 1996. When he signed for the managerial position, he said, “I know the club and I don’t want history to repeat itself[…] If we want things to change, we must change history.” In his managing career at Barcelona, he won four consecutive La Liga titles and the club won its very first European Cup in 1992 at the Wembly. Before the match, he told the team “”Go out and enjoy yourselves”((es)). He won a total of eleven trophies before he was sacked. Before he became the manager, the Catalonians had only ten Spanish titles but after 1990, they won thirteen trophies in 26 years.

He took the Dutch national team to the 1974 FIFA World Cup final, but lost 2–1 to West Germany. He completed 34 dribbles, the most by any player in the tournament. Cruyff won the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in that World Cup. The tournament also saw his famous ‘Cruyff turn‘ for the first time in a match against Sweden. He also promoted the idea of ‘Total Football’, a style of playing the game.

He had a heart bypass surgery in 1991 and stopped smoking. He had been a heavy smoker. Last month, he said that he was he “2–0 up in the first half of a match” against lung cancer.

As a tribute, the Netherlands v France friendly football match on Friday was paused in the 14th minute, as his jersey featured the number 14. The French side won the match 3–2 with Antoine Griezmann scoring an early goal in the 6th minute.



Achievements[]

AFC Ajax (Player)[]

  • 8 Eredivisie titles
  • 5 KNVB Cups
  • 3 European Cups
  • 1 UEFA Super Cup
  • 1 Intercontinental Cup

FC Barcelona (Player)[]

  • 1 La Liga
  • 1 Copa del Rey

Feyenoord[]

  • 1 Eredivisie
  • 1 KNVB Cup

AFC Ajax (manager)[]

  • 1 KNVB Cup
  • 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup

FC Barcelona (Manager)[]

  • 4 La Liga
  • 3 Supercopa de España
  • 1 European Cup
  • 1 UEFA Super Cup
  • 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
  • 1 Copa del Rey

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March 26, 2016

Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff dies at 68 due to cancer

Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff dies at 68 due to cancer

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Netherlands and FC Barcelona football legend Johan Cruyff died in Barcelona on Thursday at the age of 68. He had lung cancer, announced last October. Per World of Johan Cruyff website statement, he died peacefully, his family present.

April 25, 1947 (Amsterdam)—March 24, 2016 (Barcelona)
File photo of Johan Cruyff
Image: Mieremet, Rob / Anefo.

The Dutch maestro won three Ballon d’Ors in his nineteen-year career, in 1971, 1973, and 1974. Born in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, Cruyff began his career with Ajax AFC. He won three consecutive European titles, eight Eredivisie titles (“Dutch league”), five KNVB Cups (“Dutch Cup”), a UEFA Super Cup, and an Intercontinental Cup with the capital club. Later in his career, he signed for Feyenoord and won the Dutch league Dutch Cup with them as well.

He joined the Catalans in 1973. In his first season at Barça, the Blaugrana won the league after fourteen years without. That season, Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 5–0 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. He managed Barcelona for eight years, from 1988 to 1996. When he signed for the managerial position, he said, “I know the club and I don’t want history to repeat itself[…] If we want things to change, we must change history.” In his managing career at Barcelona, he won four consecutive La Liga titles and the club won its very first European Cup in 1992 at the Wembly. Before the match, he told the team “”Go out and enjoy yourselves”((es)). He won a total of eleven trophies before he was sacked. Before he became the manager, the Catalonians had only ten Spanish titles but after 1990, they won thirteen trophies in 26 years.

He took the Dutch national team to the 1974 FIFA World Cup final, but lost 2–1 to West Germany. He completed 34 dribbles, the most by any player in the tournament. Cruyff won the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in that World Cup. The tournament also saw his famous ‘Cruyff turn‘ for the first time in a match against Sweden. He also promoted the idea of ‘Total Football’, a style of playing the game.

He had a heart bypass surgery in 1991 and stopped smoking. He had been a heavy smoker. Last month, he said that he was he “2–0 up in the first half of a match” against lung cancer.

As a tribute, the Netherlands v France friendly football match on Friday was paused in the 14th minute, as his jersey featured the number 14. The French side won the match 3–2 with Antoine Griezmann scoring an early goal in the 6th minute.



Achievements[]

AFC Ajax (Player)[]

  • 8 Eredivisie titles
  • 5 KNVB Cups
  • 3 European Cups
  • 1 UEFA Super Cup
  • 1 Intercontinental Cup

FC Barcelona (Player)[]

  • 1 La Liga
  • 1 Copa del Rey

Feyenoord[]

  • 1 Eredivisie
  • 1 KNVB Cup

AFC Ajax (manager)[]

  • 1 KNVB Cup
  • 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup

FC Barcelona (Manager)[]

  • 4 La Liga
  • 3 Supercopa de España
  • 1 European Cup
  • 1 UEFA Super Cup
  • 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
  • 1 Copa del Rey

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March 23, 2016

Former Toronto, Canada mayor Rob Ford dies after struggle with cancerous tumors

Former Toronto, Canada mayor Rob Ford dies after struggle with cancerous tumors

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Rob Ford in 2011.
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Former mayor of Toronto, Canada Rob Ford died yesterday morning aged 46, following a cancerous tumor found in his abdomen in 2014 and two more in his bladder in 2015.

A statement issued by Ford’s chief of staff Dan Jacobs called Ford a “dedicated man of the people” who “spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto.”

The former mayor, whose father, a businessman, served on the Ontario Provincial Parliament, was elected mayor in 2010. Before entering office, he had served as a councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North, a district in Toronto. He described himself as an “ordinary guy” who wanted to show “respect for the taxpayers”, and proposed measures to reduce taxes. Ford was known for personally returning phone calls from constituents and hosting a summer barbecue every year.

As a mayor, Ford supported expanding the city’s subway system over expanding transit through cheaper means; this caused debate within the city council. Ford also implemented cost cutting measures for the taxpayer, including the abolition of a vehicle registration tax.

In 2013, Ford received global media coverage after a video apparently showing Ford smoking crack cocaine was shown to the press. This caused police to investigate Ford and discover he had links with drug dealers. In November of the same year, Ford admitted he may have smoked crack in a “drunken stupor”. Then, videos apparently showing Ford making offensive comments to minorities and women surfaced. The resulting scandal caused the Toronto City council to remove most of Ford’s powers; he wasn’t removed from office, however, due to a technicality.



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