Friends, family and fans of murdered model/actress Monica Spear paid tribute to the star at her funeral on Friday (10Jan14). The former Miss Venezuela, 29, and her estranged husband, Thomas Henry Berry, were shot dead during an attempted robbery on the Puerto Cabello-Valencia highway in Venezuela last Monday (06Jan14).
The couple's joint funeral took place in the country's capital city of Caracas on Friday, and thousands flocked to pay their respects.
It is not known if the couple's five-year-old daughter, who was shot in the leg during the raid, attended.
Five suspects have been arrested over the robbery.
Family and friends of notorious British gangster Ronnie Biggs have paid their respects at a funeral in London. The 84 year old, who was part of a gang which stole millions from a mail train in England in 1963, passed away last month (Dec13), four years after he was freed from prison on compassionate grounds due to ill health.
Mourners gathered at Golders Green Crematorium in north London on Friday afternoon (03Jan13) to bid farewell to the former fugitive.
His coffin was draped in Britain's Union flag and the national flag of Brazil, where Biggs spent many years on the run following his escape from prison in 1964, as well as a scarf from his beloved London soccer team, Arsenal, and his favourite hat.
The funeral procession was preceded by a marching band, and the congregation was asked not to wear black for the ceremony, while Biggs' defiant personality was remembered with a wreath shaped like a rude two-fingered hand gesture.
British stars including James Corden, Jack Whitehall and Piers Morgan have paid tribute to comedy agent/producer Addison Cresswell, who has died at the age of 53. Cresswell passed away in his sleep at his home in England on Monday (23Dec13) but the reason for his death has not been officially announced.
A statement from his Off the Kerb management company reads, "(Creswell) passed away in his sleep at home. (He will be) fondly remembered as a devoted mentor, a dear friend and an unforgettable character. He will be sorely missed."
Talk show host Morgan paid his respects by taking to Twitter.com, writing, "RIP Addison Cresswell - the biggest pain in the a**e agent I ever dealt with, but very funny & cared passionately about comedy & his clients."
Corden also rushed to pay tribute, writing, "Such sad news about Addison Cresswell. An incredible man. An incredible talent. May he rest in peace."
Comedian and TV actor Whitehall recalls meeting Cresswell just last week (ends20Dec13), telling fans, "Sad news about Addison Cresswell last time I saw him was last week giving me a bear hug as I came off stage. An amazing character we've lost."
Cresswell had helped shape the careers of British funnymen including Jonathan Ross and Alan Carr. He also managed some of the biggest names in British comedy, including Jo Brand, Lee Evans and Michael McIntyre.
Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge paid their respects to the late Nelson Mandela on Wednesday (11Dec13) by visiting South Africa House in London's Trafalgar Square and signing a condolence book. The royals were attending the U.K. premiere of the civil rights icon's biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, last Thursday (05Dec13) when news of the politician's passing broke.
Thousands of fans gathered together for a car rally in Santa Clarita, California last week (ends06Dec13) to pay their respects to the late Paul Walker. The Fast & Furious star died in a car crash on 30 November (13), and nearly one week after his death, Walker's fans came together to mourn him at the site of the tragedy.
The unofficial event was organised via social media, and while it was scheduled to start at noon, mourners began arriving as early as six in the morning to pay their respects.
According to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, an estimated 5,000 fans took part in the event, and more than 1,000 cars drove past the site of the crash. Many were high-performance vehicles, a nod to the actor's blockbuster racing franchise.
Walker died alongside friend Roger Rodas during an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide, after the Porsche Carrera GT Rodas was driving slammed in a light pole and a tree before bursting into flames. An autopsy confirmed Walker died from his injuries.
Hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their last respects to celebrated British composer Sir John Tavener at his funeral in Winchester, England on Thursday (28Nov13). The musician passed away on 12 November (13) at the age of 69, and he was remembered during a memorial service at Winchester Cathedral.
The 700-strong congregation included Tavener's widow and three children, as well as a representative for Charles, Prince of Wales, and the service featured several of the composer's own works, including Angels and Mother of God, Here I Stand.
During the service, the Very Reverend James Atwell, Dean of Winchester, said of Tavener, "We are gathered to commend to God someone who opened a door to heaven for so many people by his music with its transparently spiritual quality."
Tavener was signed to The Beatles' Apple record label in the 1960s and he was nominated for Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize twice - in 1992 and 1997.
Lou Reed's widow Laurie Anderson attended a stirring memorial to her late husband in New York City on Thursday (14Nov13). Fans were invited to pay their respects to the rock legend, who lost his battle with liver disease on 27 October (13), at a sombre event near Lincoln Center's Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace on Tuesday (12Nov13) via a post on Reed's Facebook.com page.
New York: Lou Reed at Lincoln Center was advertised as "a gathering open to the public - no speeches, no live performances, just Lou's voice, guitar music & songs - playing the recordings selected by his family and friends".
Fans turned up in their droves as loudspeakers pumped out classic Reed tunes like Sally Can't Dance, Heroin, I'm Waiting for the Man and Sweet Jane, and they were treated to an appearance by Anderson, who briefly walked among them and stopped to chat with a few mourning devotees.
The hilarious Tumblr The Carter Family Portrait Collection reimagines Beyoncé, Jay Z, and baby Blue Ivy as famous portraits through history. While of course it's fun to see our favorite pop stars sans weave and sunglasses and instead posed as tasteful nudes, it's also not that much different from the shockingly well composed shots that grace Bey's official Instagram. I mean, some of those shots simply cannot be candid, right? (Unless it's possible to take a selfie while standing 40 feet away while holding a child, working a wind machine and lighting yourself from three angles.)
Do yourself a favor and pay your respects to Bey's fantastic hair and makeup game no matter what artistic style she's copying by checking out all of the pictures.
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Last week was a big deal for singer-songwriter Neko Case: she released her sixth album, the yearningly-titled The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (Anti- Records), to the best reviews of her career. She had a busy week's worth of promotion, ranging from a terrific appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to her debut as a panelist on the NPR quiz show Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me (where she tanked on the final lightning round, unfortunately). She also started a nationwide tour that will run through November. Plus, Sunday was her 43rd birthday, so hopefully she got a nice cake or something. So here's five things you may not have known about the copper-haired siren.
She Started Out DIY
Neko Case first gained notice for a string of powerful alt-country albums in the late 1990s, but she actually got her start as the drummer for an all-female punk trio from Vancouver, British Columbia called Cub. She played drums on their 1993 debut album Betti-Cola, which included their best-known song, the adorably twee "My Chinchilla." (That's her replacement Valeria Fellini in the video, however.)
She's Not Actually Canadian
Although Case got her start on Vancouver's DIY scene and has since 2000 been a key member of the Canadian power pop collective The New Pornographers (singing lead on many of their best-known songs, including their debut single "Letter From An Occupant"), she was born in Virginia and grew up in Tacoma, WA. She'd moved to Vancouver to study at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, from which she graduated in 1998, and music writers have mistakenly called her a Canadian artist ever since.
She's Finally Settled Down
After losing her student visa, Case left Canada, living in Seattle, Chicago, Tucson and other cities before buying a large, isolated farm in Vermont. Much of her previous album, 2009's Middle Cyclone, was recorded on the farm, with some tracks featuring a chorus of old out-of-tune pianos she had picked up for free on Craigslist and stowed in her barn. The album ends with a thirty-minute track called "Marais la Nuit," a field recording of a frog-filled pond on her property.
She Respects Other Songwriters
The Worse Things Get is unique among Case's albums for being entirely self-written. A student of songwriting, Case has recorded masterful versions of songs by everyone from Hank Williams to the cult-hero art rock duo Sparks, whose "Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth" is a highlight of Middle Cyclone. Although even now, she enjoys tipping a cap to her influences: the two-LP vinyl version of The Worse Things Get includes three bonus tracks, kicking off with a spirited take on Robyn Hitchcock's 1989 college radio hit "Madonna of the Wasps."
She's Had A Rough Four Years
In the four and a half years since Middle Cyclone's release, Case lost both her parents and a grandmother. As a result, The Worse Things Get is a somber, poignant album with an uncharacteristically naked autobiographical edge to its lyrics. And yet it isn't merely dark and is only rarely depressing: there's a sense of peace and even hopefulness to many of the songs. It's one of the year's strongest albums, and certainly one of its most emotionally resonant.
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The Who star Roger Daltrey and former Spice Girls singer Melanie Chisholm were among the famous faces who turned out to honour late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury at a charity gig marking his 67th birthday. The Queen AIDS Benefit in support of The Mercury Phoenix Trust took place in London on Thursday night (05Sep13) and a host of stars turned out for the event to help raise money to fight AIDS, including Monty Python's Eric Idle, funnyman Stephen Fry and singer Pixie Lott, as well as Queen star Brian May.
Daltrey and Chisholm were among the performers, along with classical star Alfie Boe.
The evening also included an auction to raise money for The Mercury Phoenix Trust, the charity set up after Mercury's death in 1991, and prizes sold off included a signed photo of Katy Perry dressed up as the famous singer, a guitar owned by Taylor Swift, and a trip to New York to meet Robert De Niro.
After the event, Chisholm tweeted, "I feel such a lucky girl having the chance to honour the great Freddie Mercury last night... Thank you!!!" while May posted a picture from the gala and added, "Freddie's party tonight in Mayfair. Thanks to all!"
He adds in a message to Chisholm, "Thanks so much for tonight, dear Mel. You sure DID do Freddie justice !!! You're just great. Respects! And love (sic)."