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Gleneagles chef Andrew Fairlie dies

Image copyright Andrew Fairlie Image caption Andrew Fairlie was first diagnosed in 2005 Renowned Scottish chef Andrew Fairlie has died aged 55 following a long illness, his parents have said. Mr Fairlie, whose Gleneagles restaurant is the only one in Scotland to have two Michelin stars, revealed last November that he had a terminal brain tumour. His father Jim Fairlie wrote on Twitter that his son’s “many achievements and memory will live on”. He said: “It is with enormous sadness and grief that Kay and I announce the death of…

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Taiwan ‘bikini hiker’ dies on solo climb despite search efforts

Image copyright Facebook/Gigiwu.bgn Image caption The bikini shots from her successful summits had gained her many followers A Taiwanese hiker known for posting bikini clad photos from her summits has died after falling into a ravine during a solo trek. Gigi Wu managed to contact emergency services but bad weather delayed rescue operations, local media reports say. The 36-year-old is thought to have died of hypothermia. She was a popular figure on social media and messages on her Facebook pages pay tribute to her as an inspirational hiker. Ms Wu…

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Tony Mendez, the real CIA spy behind Argo dies aged 78

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tony Mendez was a specialist in disguises and forgeries at the CIA A former CIA agent who inspired the Oscar-winning film Argo has died aged 78. The literary agent for Tony Mendez said in a tweet that he passed away on Saturday and had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. At the CIA, Mr Mendez specialised in disguises, forgery and rescue operations. He is best known for smuggling six American diplomats out of Iran during the 1979-81 hostage crisis. Tony Mendez, the real CIA spy in…

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Carter Cookson: Baby who needed new heart dies

A three-week-old baby who was in desperate need of a heart transplant has died, his parents have said. Carter Cookson, who was born prematurely on Boxing Day with heart problems, had suffered three cardiac arrests and was on a life-support machine. His parents Sarah and Chris Cookson had been running a social media appeal to find a donor. But on Saturday they posted on Facebook that he had “gained his angel wings”. The post from Mrs Cookson, 44, said that their “brave baby boy” Carter “could not fight anymore” and…

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It Ain’t Half Hot Mum actor Windsor Davies dies aged 88

Image caption Pictured in 1981 with Don Estelle and Melvyn Hayes in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum The actor Windsor Davies has died at the age of 88. Davies, best known as the sergeant major in TV series It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, died peacefully on Thursday, his family said. Born in Nant-y-Moel, Bridgend county, he worked as a miner and teacher before turning to acting. His daughter Jane Davies said her parents left a large family “who will all remember them with love, laughter and gratitude”. Davies had retired…

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Boo the Pomeranian dog dies ‘from a broken heart’

Image copyright Virginamerica/REX/Shutterstock Social media star Boo the Pomeranian dog has died at the age of 12. His owners say he had shown signs of heart problems ever since his “best friend” – a dog called Buddy – died in 2017. “We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us,” they wrote on his official Facebook page. Boo had 16 million followers on Facebook, made TV appearances, and even released a book called Boo – the life of the world’s cutest dog. Boo and his friend Buddy had lived…

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Mary Oliver: Pulitzer-winning poet dies aged 83

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Poet Mary Oliver won many fans for her poignant reflections on life and nature US poet Mary Oliver, who won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, has died at the age of 83. Her literary executor, Bill Reichblum, said she died from lymphoma cancer at her home in Hobe Sound, Florida. Oliver, one of America’s most popular poets, wrote more than 15 collections of poetry and essays, which zinged with affection for nature and the outdoors. Her substantial fanbase includes Oscar-winner…

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Man held after boy, 11, dies in Manchester hit-and-run

Image copyright PA Police are questioning a 31-year-old man after a boy was killed in a hit-and-run collision. The 11-year-old died in hospital after he was treated at the scene of the crash in Beswick, Manchester. A grey Volkswagen Golf was believed to have been involved in the collision on Albert Street shortly after 18:10 on Saturday evening. Greater Manchester Police said the car was found abandoned near the scene. Officers are appealing for witnesses. The force said the man later attended a police station and was arrested on suspicion…

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Brixton Hill ‘hit-and-run’ crash victim dies

Image copyright PA Image caption The driver of a dark-coloured VW car is being hunted after the crash early on Saturday A woman has been killed in a suspected hit-and-run crash in south London. The victim, aged in her 20s, was struck by a car “travelling at speed” on Brixton Hill in the early hours, the Met said. Detectives are hunting the driver of a dark-coloured VW – possibly a Golf – after the crash at about 00:30 GMT, at the junction with Dumbarton Road. Paramedics tried to revive the…

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Mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah dies aged 89

Image copyright Joe Atiyah One of the world’s foremost mathematicians, Prof Sir Michael Atiyah, has died at the age of 89. Sir Michael, who worked at Cambridge University before he retired, made outstanding contributions to geometry and topology. Sir Michael was a recipient of the highest honour in mathematics, a Fields Medal. He died on Friday. His brother Joe told BBC News he had been one of the most important mathematicians of the 20th Century. “He has been described to me by more than one professor of mathematics as the…

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