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David Cassidy: Partridge Family star dies aged 67

US actor and singer David Cassidy, who found fame in The Partridge Family before going on to become a 1970s pop idol, has died aged 67. “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long,” a family statement said. He was admitted to hospital last week after suffering multiple organ failure. Earlier this year the singer said he had dementia and would stop touring in order to “enjoy life”. Cassidy shot to fame playing Keith…

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Ed Sheeran and Stormzy nominated for scaled-back BBC Music Awards

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Rag N Bone Man have all received multiple nominations for this year’s BBC Music Awards. All three are up for artist of the year and album of the year, alongside the likes of Dua Lipa and Harry Styles. Unlike previous years, there will be no awards ceremony. Instead prizes will be handed out during a BBC Two programme reviewing the best music of the year. Strictly Come Dancing’s Claudia Winkleman will host the show alongside Radio 1’s Clara Amfo on 8 December. Called The Year In…

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Obama White House official bids for The Weinstein Company

A former Obama administrator has put in a $ 275m (£207.5m) bid for The Weinstein Company (TWC) – and wants to install a majority-female board. The Wall Street Journal reports that Maria Contreras-Sweet, who led the Small Business Administration under President Obama, is behind the bid. Film producer Harvey Weinstein was sacked from TWC after he was accused of sexual harassment and assault. He denies all allegations of non-consensual sex. ‘Industry inspiration’ Contreras-Sweet wants to set up a fund for Weinstein’s alleged victims and a mediation process, the Hollywood Reporter…

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Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire 'emotional' about OBE

Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire said she was thrilled and “slightly speechless” after being made an OBE. The actress received the honour for services to drama from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace. Lancashire, who was accompanied by her three children, said she wished her father had been alive to see it. “At times like this, really, one tends to focus on parents, and my father would have been the proudest man in the world,” she said. ‘Unfinished business’ She added: “I think it is an emotional moment. “It’s…

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Reggie Yates apologises for 'fat Jewish guy' comment

BBC star Reggie Yates has apologised for using the phrase “fat Jewish guy” in a recent podcast. In the interview, he said: “The thing that makes it great about this new generation of (music) artists is that they ain’t signing to majors. “They’re independent, they’re not managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they’re managed by their brethren.” Yates said in a statement: “I’m hugely apologetic for this flippant comment.” He was speaking to DJ Chuckie Lothian in an episode of Halfcast Podcast, which was recently…

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