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The world can be a harsh place. People die every second of every minute of the day, many in unjust, unfair, and senseless ways. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and beyond has particularly stricken the elderly and those already immunocompromised. Into this daily death count often come news of celebrity passings. Most of these are logged into the “Oh, that’s too bad, I really liked that person in this movie or that song” category, and then we move on with our lives. Too much goes on in the world to invest the emotional energy required to mourn or really care. And then there are some celebrities whose deaths, for whatever reason, really affect you even though you never knew the person and the celebrity in question had no clue that you existed. This was the case for me when Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist of the legendary Canadian progressive rock band Rush, died on January 7 of last year from a form of brain cancer called glioblastoma. Peart, a famously private individual, had told nobody outside of his family and a close circle of friends that he was sick, so his death sent shock waves throughout the rock ’n’ roll
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - As the mob swarmed into the US Capitol, Pennsylvania congresswoman Susan Wild took cover, squeezing into a tight aisle in an upper-floor gallery and inching across the floor as supporters of President Donald Trump banged on the doors. "That was when it really started to get scary," said Ms Wild, 63, describing Wednesday's (Jan 6) dramatic siege of the complex that houses the US Congress. After she fumbled to work a gas mask and briefly lost a shoe while dragging herself toward a door to evacuate, gunfire rang out. Police shouted, "Get down. Get down. Get down," as people screamed, Ms Wild said in an interview with Reuters. Moments earlier, as hundreds of rioters stormed the building, US Capitol Police officers barricaded the lawmakers inside the chamber of the House of Representatives, where they had just started the final certification of electoral votes showing Democrat Joe Biden had beaten Mr Trump in the November election. "It wasn't until things really escalated that there was a kind of a panicky state," said the Pennsylvania Democrat. A day after the historic security breach of the iconic domed building that
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The woman who was fatally shot as Mr Donald Trump's backers stormed the US Capitol Wednesday (Jan 6) was Ms Ashli Babbitt, a "strong supporter" of the president who had served in the United States Air Force, according to press reports. Violence erupted in the normally solemn home of the US legislature after hundreds of protesters seeking to overturn Trump's election loss swarmed the building in Washington. "The woman is Ashli Babbitt, a 14-year veteran, who served four tours with the US Air Force," San Diego TV station KUSI reported, citing the woman's husband. "She was a strong supporter of President Trump," the report added, saying the woman was from the San Diego area in southern California. Washington police confirmed a death, but have not identified the deceased nor offered details on the circumstances of the shooting, which is now under investigation. She was shot amid chaotic and violent scenes inside the Capitol building, where some security personnel drew their guns as protesters advanced. She died shortly after being wounded, Washington police said without elaborating. TV channel Fox 5 reported Ms Babbitt owned a business in