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Verne Troyer’s Death Officially Ruled A Suicide

verne_troyer_03_gettyNew details have emerged surrounding the death of Veryne Troyer. The film star, known by most for his role as Mini-Me in the iconic Austin Powers films, passed away earlier this year. On April 3, Troyer was rushed to hospital with suspected alcohol poisoning. Police and paramedics found him after a friend had called them

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New details have emerged surrounding the death of Veryne Troyer.

The film star, known by most for his role as Mini-Me in the iconic Austin Powers films, passed away earlier this year.

On April 3, Troyer was rushed to hospital with suspected alcohol poisoning. Police and paramedics found him after a friend had called them claiming he was ‘extremely upset, drunk and suicidal’.

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The LA County Coroner’s Office released an autopsy report Wednesday which said the actor had died of ‘sequelae of alcohol intoxication’, TMZ reports.

They determined alcohol abuse is what killed the late star.

Verne Troyer burst onto the movie scene with his roles in Baby’s Day Out and Jingle All The Way but before long the 2’8″ actor was appearing in cult classics such as Terry Gilliam’s Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.

However he is best known for his roles in the Austin Powers films and of course his work alongside Keith Lemon.

In Mike Myers’ comedy spy classics, Troyer played Mini-Me, a one-eighth-size clone, of Powers’ arch enemy, Dr Evil.

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In The Spy Who Shagged Me, Mini-Me and Dr Evil work together in an attempt to destroy Powers by going back in time and trying to rid him of his famous libido but of course, things don’t go entirely to plan.

Our thoughts continue to go out to Troyer’s family.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

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Paris’ Famous Champs Elysee ‘Like A Warzone’ As Protests Get Violent

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Paris’ most famous road, the Champs-Élysées, has been described as looking like a war zone as France’s fourth weekend of anti-government protests turned violent.

Thousands of protestors have hit the streets over the last few weekends to protest recent tax increases on fuel as part of a proposed carbon tax which would help the French government hit its environmental targets.

It’s been called the ‘Yellow vests movement’, as all motorists in France are required by law to carry a yellow high visibility vest, and is fuelled by the belief that these new taxes penalise the working and middle classes.

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Over 300,000 people took part in a demonstration on November 17 with protesters constructing barricades and blocking roads. Unfortunately, over the next five days, a number of protestors were injured.

This galvanised protestors and the next weekend things turned violent in Paris where around 8,000 protestors lit fires in the streets, vandalised signs and attacked police.

Eventually, police were forced to use tear gas to force the crowds to disperse. It was estimated that by the end of the second weekend of protests in Paris protestors had caused up to €1.5m in damages.

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The protests continued over the next weekend, which saw hundreds arrested as protestors once again turned violent, attacked police and even vandalised the Arc De Triomphe.

Unfortunately, the protests show no sign of slowing down as the BBC have reported that 5,000 people have gathered in Paris and started building barricades.

In response, the local police have deployed 8,000 officers and 12 armoured vehicles to protect the public and private property.

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Allegedly authorities have already arrested 500 people, who were found carrying projectiles, as they made their way into the city.

French ministers have claimed that the protests have been co-opted by far-right ultra violent protestors.

Despite the upturn in violence the ‘Yellow vest movement’ has widespread support across France. A Guardian poll which found that 72 per cent of French people supported the protestors although a majority disapproved of the violence.

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The French President Emmanuel Macron has suspended the planned fuel tax but refused to back down on the issue saying that they will go ahead eventually.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has meanwhile said that the French government plans on starting a three-month national debate on how to fight climate change without hurting the French public.

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In a televised address Mr Philippe said: 

No tax merits putting our nation’s unity in danger. We have made propositions, maybe they aren’t perfect. Let’s talk, let’s improve them. I’m ready.

Unfortunately for prime Minster Philippe and President Macron though the debate may have moved beyond a simple fuel tax.

The Yellow vests are now allegedly demanding an additional increase in the minimum wage, improved standards of living and an end to unpopular austerity measures.

Perhaps most concerning for President Macron people are calling for his resignation over the protests which have seen some of the worst violence on French streets in decades.

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12-Year-Old Boy Raises Money For Gravestone Of Best Friend Who Died Of Cancer

best friends featuredA 12-year-old boy is raising money for a very special Christmas gift, a gravestone for his best friend who died of cancer. Kaleb Klakulak is working odd jobs, including raking leaves and collecting bottles in the hopes of earning enough money to buy his friend Kenneth ‘K.J.’ Gross, a gravestone. According to local news reports Kenneth

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A 12-year-old boy is raising money for a very special Christmas gift, a gravestone for his best friend who died of cancer.

Kaleb Klakulak is working odd jobs, including raking leaves and collecting bottles in the hopes of earning enough money to buy his friend Kenneth ‘K.J.’ Gross, a gravestone.

According to local news reports Kenneth died of congestive heart-failure following years of chemotherapy to fight leukaemia but his mother, LaSondra ‘San’ Singleton, couldn’t afford a grave marker.

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Kaleb told The Detroit News:

I love Ms. San, I was sad she couldn’t afford it. I wanted people to be able to find (K.J.’s grave) when they went to see him.’

Kaleb had hoped to have raised $2,500 by Christmas so he could buy the headstone before Christmas but the media attention his campaign garnered means he’s already smashed his goal.

Thanks to a number of generous people making PayPal donations Kaleb’s managed to earn over $2,500 dollars for Kenneth’s gravestone.

Kirsty Hall, Kaleb’s mum, manages the PayPal account that her son’s been using to accept donations and she updated it today to tell everyone the great news.

As I come up on 7 months since I lost my Angel I now except with the help of some beautiful people helping me find my…

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She wrote:

WE WANT TO THANK YOU ALL from the very bottom OF OUR HEARTS!!!

The funds have been provided for KJ’s headstone! We thank each and every person who donated and shared this story. We never dreamt it would take off like it did!

The PayPal will be open for a couple of weeks. If you still wish to donate the money will be used to help Kj’s family during this financial and emotional hardship! If not .. that’s totally fine too.

We are beyond humbled by the gengenerosity (sic) and love over the last few days! Whatever you decide … please keep them in your prayers as they are approaching their first Christmas with out (sic) KJ.

Kenneth diagnosed with leukaemia as an infant but through it all, he’s had his friend Kaleb by his side, often literally and the pair would watch TV and play video games in the hospital when Kenneth was poorly.

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Earlier this year when Kenneth was hospitalised for what would be the last time Singleton was forced to quit her job so she could look after her son full time.

She eventually returned to work but with five children, one of whom was seriously ill, and a mother who’d been diagnosed with Alzheimers, she admitted that money was tight.

Singleton admitted to The Detroit News that she’s overwhelmed by the gesture saying it speaks volumes to the type of people that Kaleb and his mother are, before adding that it speaks to the type of person her son was because he ‘impacted people’ to the point where they want to do this for him.

To donate to K.J.’s headstone fund click here.

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Hogwarts Castle Is Biggest Lego Harry Potter Set Ever

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Christmas is right around the corner, so to celebrate the annual festival of excess why not treat yourself to the biggest Harry Potter LEGO set ever, Hogwarts Castle?

That’s right if you’ve ever dreamt of owning a slice of Wizarding World history you can treat yourself to a LEGO version of Hogwarts Castle in all its blocky glory.

The set, which is the second biggest ever made after the Ultimate Collector’s Series Millennium Falcon, is comprised of 6,020 individual pieces and is the most accurate LEGO recreation of Hogwarts ever.

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The only problem? Well in the Wizarding World Hogwarts is pretty massive so even when it’s scaled down to LEGO figure size it would still be ginormous.

To get around this the clever LEGO engineers have cast ‘reducio’ and shrank the castle’s figures down to a scale that would allow you to fit the whole school of witchcraft and wizardry in your front room.

It’s not all bad though, these so-called ‘micro-figures’ are still pretty recognisable as the characters we know and love and include  Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco, Snape, McGonagall, Voldemort and loads more.

The castle also boasts a staggering number of rooms, locations and characters from the movies and books including: the Whomping Willow, Hagrid’s hut, dementors, boats, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Chessboard Chamber with chess pieces, the Room of Requirement, the Goblet of Fire, the Gryffindor common room with fireplace, Aragog the spider, a Hungarian Horntail dragon, Dumbledore’s office AND Umbridge’s pink office.

Also as a bonus, you get LEGO figure versions of the Hogwarts founders which is pretty cool.

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The LEGO website description reads:

Make the magic come alive at the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle! This highly detailed LEGO Harry Potter collectible has over 6,000 pieces and offers a rewarding build experience.

It comes packed with highlights from the Harry Potter series, where you will discover towers, turrets, chambers, classrooms, creatures, the Whomping Willow and Hagrid´s hut, plus many more iconic features.

And with 4 minifigures, 27 microfigures featuring students, professors and statues, plus 5 Dementors, this advanced building set makes the perfect Harry Potter gift.

Unfortunately, if you fancy snapping one of these up you’re going to need a fair few galleons in the bank.

The whole set will cost you £349.99, that’s 70 galleons,  4 sickles and 22 knuts according to this random Harry Potter currency convertor someone made.

If you’re not as flush as a Malfoy or a Potter though don’t worry, there are plenty of more reasonably priced Harry Potter LEGO sets available to you including; the Hogwarts Express, Aragog’s Lair and even Hogwart’s Great Hall.

You could even treat yourself to some of the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them sets if you wanted! LEGO really is magic.

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