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Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Same Form Of Dementia As Bruce Willis

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Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Same Form Of Dementia As Bruce Willis

Los Angeles — Wendy Williams, a former talk show host, has been diagnosed with the same form of dementia as actor Bruce Willis, according to a statement released Thursday on behalf of her carers.

According to the statement, the 59-year-old’s diagnosis of primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia “have already presented significant hurdles in Wendy’s life” and have behavioural and cognitive implications.

“Wendy can still do many things for herself. Most critically, she keeps her signature sense of humour while receiving the care she requires to ensure her safety and requirements are met. She appreciates the many warm thoughts and good wishes that have been sent her way,” according to a statement sent by her care team.

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Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Same Form Of Dementia As Bruce Willis

The announcement on Williams’ health was released via PR Newswire. When The Associated Press called Jennifer Hanley, the release’s agent, she pointed queries back to the statement.

The statement comes a day after People magazine’s cover story highlighted Williams’ family about the extent of her troubles, ahead of a Lifetime documentary that will premiere on Saturday.

“The people who love her cannot see her,” People cited Williams’ sister Wanda. “I think the big (question) is: How the hell did we get here?” According to the family, the only individual with unfettered access to Williams is a court-appointed legal guardian.

According to the report, the Lifetime documentary crew, which began chronicling Williams’ comeback in 2022, ceased filming in April 2023 after her manager “and jeweller” Will Selby claimed in film footage that she entered a facility to treat “cognitive issues.” Her son claims in the video that physicians linked her cognitive difficulties to alcohol consumption, according to People.

Her family stated they do not know where she is and cannot contact her, but she can.

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration defines FTD as a brain illness characterised by frontal and temporal lobe degeneration that affects behaviour, language, and movement. Aphasia, a brain condition that causes difficulty speaking or interpreting words, is one of its symptoms. According to the association, frontotemporal degeneration is “an inevitable decline in functioning,” with an average life expectancy of seven to 13 years from the onset of symptoms.

FTD typically affects persons in their forties, fifties, and early sixties. It can affect a person’s personality, leading to a loss of inhibition or improper behaviour. It is commonly confused with depression or bipolar disorder and can take years to diagnose.

No medicines can delay or stop the disease, but some interventions can help with symptoms.

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Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Same Form Of Dementia As Bruce Willis

The organisation was engaged in the announcement of Willis’ illness in February 2023, hosting a statement posted by the actor’s family.

“We thank Wendy Williams for having the courage to make her diagnosis public and raise awareness of the disease,” the association’s CEO, Susan Dickinson, stated. “We understand that a diagnosis like this can be distressing, but she is not alone. While there may be no cure, we strive daily to enhance care and conduct research into treatments for this disease.”

According to the statement released on Thursday, Williams got care and expertise from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. Weill Cornell declined to respond.

Williams rose to prominence in part because of her no-holds-barred attitude to her life, which includes disclosing sensitive information about her health, plastic surgery, and cocaine addiction — the topic of her 2003 memoir “Wendy’s Got the Heat.”

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Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Same Form Of Dementia As Bruce Willis

“The Wendy Williams Show,” which battled for viewers with Ellen DeGeneres’ show, was known for its distinctive phrase, “How you doin’?” She moved to television following a successful career as a radio host, where she was known for her sharp commentary on gossip and skewering of celebrities, including a heated 2003 interview with Whitney Houston.

Williams’ self-titled daytime talk programme will stop in 2022 due to chronic health difficulties. Sherri Shepherd, who filled in for Williams as a guest host, now has her show.

Williams revealed in 2018 that she had been diagnosed with Graves’ illness years previously, which causes overproduction of thyroid hormones, causing a variety of symptoms and affecting general health.

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Canada Fisheries Officers Seize Elvers Worth $500K at Toronto Airport

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The seized elvers are worth between $400,000 and $500,000: CTV News

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) officers and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers seized roughly 109 kg of unlawful elvers at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The elvers were scheduled to be transferred overseas.

The seized elvers are worth between $400,000 and $500,000.

An investigation into this matter for violations of the Fisheries Act is currently underway.

“The magnitude of this elver seizure is an important development,” said Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, in a statement. “It reflects not only the work of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, but also the collaborative efforts of many other government agencies and departments.

“Once again, our message is crystal clear: do not travel to Nova Scotia to illegally fish or export elvers this year, enforcement officers will be waiting for you.”

This seizure was the product of a coordinated operation combining officials from the DFO’s Conservation & Protection Directorate and the National Fisheries Intelligence Service, as well as the CBSA Commercial Operations District and intelligence teams.

The federal government banned the lucrative elver fishery on March 11 following violence and intimidation during last year’s fishing season in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Elvers are often flown to Asia and grown to maturity before being sold for food, with mature eels utilized in unagi dishes at sushi restaurants.

The baby eels are valued approximately $5,000 per kilogram, more than lobsters, scallops, or salmon, making them the most valuable fish by weight in Canada.

The DFO announced in March that no elver fishing would take place this year due to safety and conservation concerns. So far, cops have made 149 arrests and seized around 207.7 kg of elvers.

According to federal data, 149 people have been arrested for elver-related crimes this year, with approximately 208 kilos recovered.

Elvers, the fascinating baby eels

Elvers, the fascinating baby eels

Elvers are tiny, transparent young eels that migrate from the ocean into freshwater rivers and streams. These little snake-like organisms make an astonishing journey, swimming thousands of miles to their destination. Elvers perform an important role in the life cycle of eels, eventually maturing into the adult eels we know.

Their migration is a spectacular natural spectacle. Elvers crawl in large groups upstream, overcoming barriers such as waterfalls and dams. Once in freshwater, they will mature for years before returning to the sea to breed and repeat the cycle. Elvers face numerous dangers, including habitat loss and over fishing, making conservation efforts critical for these extraordinary migratory.

 

 

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CNN Pay Tribute to Alice Stewart: A Very Special Woman Dead at 58

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Alice Stewart, a longtime political strategist and CNN political pundit who worked on multiple Republican presidential campaigns, has died. She was 58. CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer joins Jessica Dean to reflect on Stewart as a friend and coworker.

According to law enforcement officials, Stewart’s body was discovered outside in the Belle View community of northern Virginia early Saturday morning. There is no indication of foul play, and officers assume a medical emergency occurred.

“Alice was a very dear friend and colleague to all of us at CNN,” CNN’s CEO Mark Thompson wrote in an email to employees Saturday. “A political veteran and Emmy Award-winning journalist who brought an exceptional spark to CNN’s coverage, known throughout our bureaus not only for her political acumen, but also for her unfailing kindness. Our emotions are heavy as we lament such a great loss.”

Alice Stewart was born March 11, 1966, in Atlanta.

Stewart began her career as a local reporter and producer in Georgia before relocating to Little Rock, Arkansas, to become a news anchor, she told Harvard International Review. She went on to work as the communications director for then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee before taking on a similar role for his presidential campaign in 2008.

She previously worked as the communications director for former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 2012 Republican presidential campaign, as well as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a former CNN analyst. Stewart most recently served as the communications director for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2016 GOP campaign.

“Alice was wonderful, talented, and a dear friend,” Cruz wrote in a post on X. “She lived every day to the fullest, and she will be deeply missed.”

CNN hired Stewart as a political pundit ahead of the 2016 election, and she appeared on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” as recently as Friday to provide insight on the day’s political headlines.

“We always invited her to come on my show because we knew we would be a little bit smarter at the end of that conversation,” Blitzer stated to Jessica Dean on “CNN Newsroom.” “She helped our viewers better appreciate what was going on and that’s why we will miss her so much.”

Alice Stewart: A Very Special Woman Dead at 58

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Diddy Won’t Be Prosecuted Over Cassie Ventura Hotel Video

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Sean “Diddy” Combs won’t be prosecuted over a 2016 video: Image Fox News

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Sean “Diddy” Combs will not face charges in connection with a 2016 video that appears to show him abusing then-girlfriend Cassie Ventura in a hotel.

“We find the images extremely disturbing and difficult to watch,” the office of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón posted on Instagram Friday (May 17). “If the conduct depicted occurred in 2016, unfortunately we would be unable to charge as the conduct would have occurred beyond the timeline where a crime of assault can be prosecuted.”

Combs appears to push Ventura to the ground near an elevator bank, kick her multiple times while she is on the ground, and pull her down a hallway in the footage, which CNN received on March 5, 2016.

According to the statement, law enforcement has not presented the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office with “a case related to the attack depicted in the video against Mr. Combs, but we encourage anyone who has been a victim or witness to a crime to report it to law enforcement or reach out to our office for support from our Bureau of Victims Services.”

The video’s contents resemble an assault complaint Ventura made in a now-settled lawsuit against Diddy in November, in which she also claimed one incidence of rape and another of Combs forcing her to have sex with male sex workers while he masturbated.

“The gut-wrenching video has only confirmed Mr. Combs’ disturbing and predatory behavior,” said Ventura’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor, in a statement to Billboard. “Words cannot express the courage and fortitude that Ms. Ventura has shown in coming forward to bring this to light.”

Ventura and Combs had an on-and-off romance for 11 years until splitting in 2018. In the lawsuit, she claimed she met Combs in 2005, when she was 19 and he was 37. After signing with his Bad Boy Records company, Ventura alleged that Combs “lured” her into a sexual relationship in which he “asserted complete control” over her life.

Combs has faced four further sexual misconduct complaints after Ventura filed hers late last year. The entrepreneur resigned as chairman of his digital media business Revolt in November, and he reportedly sold his interest in the company in March. Also in March, federal officials raided Combs’ houses in Los Angeles and Miami “in connection” with a federal sex trafficking probe, CNN reported.

Combs has flatly denied all allegations of sexual assault leveled against him. “Let me be absolutely clear: I did not do any of the awful things being alleged,” he declared in a statement shared on social media on December 6. “I will fight for my name, my family and for the truth.”

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Sean “Diddy” Combs

Sean “Diddy” Combs is a multi-talented mogul who has made his mark in music, fashion, and business. Born in Harlem, he began his career as a talent director at Uptown Records. Combs later created his own label, Bad Boy Records, which launched the careers of musicians such as The Notorious B.I.G. and Mary J. Blige.

His debut album, “No Way Out,” achieved multi-platinum success, cementing his reputation as a rapper and producer. Diddy expanded his business interests, launching the apparel line Sean John and investing in beverage businesses such as Ciroc and DeLeon. With an estimated net worth of $900 million, he is one of hip-hop’s wealthiest individuals.

Combs is a presence in Hollywood, appearing in films and television series while also influencing music and society. His commercial savvy, paired with his musical talents, have elevated him to the status of rap icon.

Source: Billboard

 

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