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Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt dies after Boxing Day car crash

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt dies after Boxing Day car crashAn actress who appeared in Home And Away has died after being involved in a crash that killed several members of her family. Jessica Falkholt, 29, played Hope Morrison in the long-running soap and was considered to be a rising star in her native Australia. Her life support was switched off last Friday and Falkholt died at 10.20am on Wednesday, a statement from St George's Hospital in Sydney said. A spokeswoman said: "Jessica passed away from serious injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on 26 December, 2017. "The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time." Channel Seven, the Australian broadcaster that produces the show, said the cast were "heartbroken" to learn of her death. "Jessica's shining talent was recognised and respected by all her cast mates and crew and her beautiful friendship treasured," a spokesman added. "We send our sincere condolences to her extended family and friends during this difficult time." Scene of the car crash on the Princes Highway at Mondayong, New South Wales Falkholt's parents Lars and Vivian were also killed in a head-on crash – while her sister Annabelle was critically injured and died three days later in hospital. Jackson Heywood was among the soap stars who sent their wishes to Falkholt after the crash. Writing on December 27, he said: "Can we please send all our support, love and prayers to Jess and her sister Annabelle, fighting for their lives after their crash on boxing day. "Much love darlin. I'm with ya." Emergency services were called to Princes Highway at Mondayong on 10.45am on December 26 with three people pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other car, Craig Whitall, also died.



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'Mississippi Burning' KKK leader Killen dies in prison at 92

'Mississippi Burning' KKK leader Killen dies in prison at 92JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Edgar Ray Killen, a 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted decades later in the "Mississippi Burning" slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state's corrections department announced Friday.



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The Latest: Man dies in explosion outside Stockholm subway

The Latest: Man dies in explosion outside Stockholm subwayHELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on an explosion near a subway in Stockholm (all times local):



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John Young dead: Apollo astronaut who walked on the moon dies, aged 87

John Young dead: Apollo astronaut who walked on the moon dies, aged 87The astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and flew the first space shuttle mission, has died aged 87. In a statement, the agency tweeted: “We’re saddened by the loss of astronaut John Young, who was 87. “Young flew twice to the Moon, walked on its surface & flew the first Space Shuttle mission.



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Thomas Monson, president of the Mormon church, dies at 90

Thomas Monson, president of the Mormon church, dies at 90(Reuters) – Thomas Monson, leader of the Mormon church, has died at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, the church said on Wednesday. Monson became the 16th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the religion is officially known, in 2008. Monson died late on Tuesday surrounded by his family, the church said in a statement on its website.



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Erica Garner, activist daughter of Eric Garner, dies at 27 after heart attack

Erica Garner, activist daughter of Eric Garner, dies at 27 after heart attackErica Garner was a young mother of two who became a national activist following the 2014 death of her father, Eric Garner, at the hands of New York City police.



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Gazan dies after border clash with Israel forces

Gazan dies after border clash with Israel forcesA Gazan died on Saturday after being wounded by Israeli fire during a protest on the border over US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a Palestinian health official said. Jamal Muslih, 20, of Al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, had been seriously wounded by live fire on Friday, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.



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Recy Taylor, who fought for justice after 1944 rape, dies

Recy Taylor, who fought for justice after 1944 rape, diesABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention, died Thursday. She was 97.



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McCandless, first astronaut to fly untethered, dies at age 80

McCandless, first astronaut to fly untethered, dies at age 80Bruce McCandless, an astronaut who was the first to fly untethered from his spacecraft in a gripping scene watched around the world, has died at the age of 80, NASA announced on its website. The US space agency did not give the cause of death on Thursday for the longtime resident of the western state of Colorado. The son and grandson of decorated war heroes, he graduated near the top of his class at the US Naval Academy.



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Polish Holocaust survivor who escaped Auschwitz dies aged 98

Polish Holocaust survivor who escaped Auschwitz dies aged 98Polish Holocaust survivor Kazimierz Piechowski, who spectacularly escaped Auschwitz by stealing the car of a Nazi SS officer, died on Friday aged 98, the state Institute for National Remembrance (INR) said. Piechowski, who became prisoner number 918 when he was deported to the infamous death camp in 1940, escaped two years later with three fellow prisoners in one of the most daring escape efforts of World War II. Piechowski and the three others managed to escape after stealing uniforms and guns of officers belonging to the Nazis’ feared SS branch and hijacking the Steyr 220 convertible belonging to camp commander Rudolf Hoess.



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