'Austin Powers' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Verne Troyer, the actor best known for his role as “Mini-Me” in the “Austin Powers” series, died on Saturday, according to a statement posted on his Instagram page.
He was 49.

Verne Troyer in 2002’s “Austin Powers in Goldmember”©New Line Cinema/Courtesy Evere

“Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.”

Troyer’s height — two feet and 8 inches — was due to his longtime diagnosis of achondroplasia dwarfism.

Earlier this month, the actor and comedian was hospitalized for possible alcohol poisoning, a year after he was in rehab.

“Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much.”

The social media announcement further explained the side effects of depression and urged followers to raise awareness of suicide. The announcement didn’t specifically state the actor’s cause of death and Troyer’s rep declined to comment further.

The statement concluded by asking for donations to Troyer’s two favorite charities, The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies.

Troyer was married in 2004 to Playboy model Genevieve Gallen and was most recently linked to actress Brittney Powell. The actor was also known for his roles in “The Love Guru,” “Bubble Boy,” and “Postal,” along with various stints on reality TV shows.

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'Austin Powers' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Verne Troyer, the actor best known for his role as “Mini-Me” in the “Austin Powers” series, died on Saturday, according to a statement posted on his Instagram page.
He was 49.

Verne Troyer in 2002’s “Austin Powers in Goldmember”©New Line Cinema/Courtesy Evere

“Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.”

Troyer’s height — two feet and 8 inches — was due to his longtime diagnosis of achondroplasia dwarfism.

Earlier this month, the actor and comedian was hospitalized for possible alcohol poisoning, a year after he was in rehab.

“Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much.”

The social media announcement further explained the side effects of depression and urged followers to raise awareness of suicide. The announcement didn’t specifically state the actor’s cause of death and Troyer’s rep declined to comment further.

The statement concluded by asking for donations to Troyer’s two favorite charities, The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies.

Troyer was married in 2004 to Playboy model Genevieve Gallen and was most recently linked to actress Brittney Powell. The actor was also known for his roles in “The Love Guru,” “Bubble Boy,” and “Postal,” along with various stints on reality TV shows.

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'No criminal suspicion' found in Avicii's death

Avicii‘s death has “no criminal suspicion”, according to an Oman police source.

The Swedish star – real name Tim Bergling – was found dead in Muscat yesterday at the age of 28, with no further details given.

According to Sky news, the source claims two post-mortem examinations have been conducted and they ruled out any criminal suspicion.

They told the website: “We absolutely confirmed that there is no criminal suspicion of death.”

His heartbroken brother David Bergling has reportedly landed in Muscat less than 24 after the Avicii’s death, as the family “search for answers”.

According to TMZ, his hotelier brother is said to have checked into a hotel close to the Muscat Hills resort, where Avicii had been staying a week before his passing.

David is believed to have arrived there hours after the DJ’s shocking death was announced.

The website states that David is hoping to find out what happened to his little brother.

While no more details about Avicii’s passing have been given, he had previously been open about his health issues.

He had suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking, and went on to have his gallbladder and appendix removed.

The star then shocked fans in 2016 when he announced he would be retiring from touring for the sake of his wellbeing.

However, he later returned to music and one of his most recent singles was a collaboration with Rita Ora called “Lonely Together.”

Rita was among the stars who paid tribute to the DJ after his death was confirmed yesterday.

Other stars to mourn his loss include his close friend Nile Rodgers, Calvin Harris and pop star Dua Lipa.

Today hundred of fans gathered in Stockholm for a memorial dance party for the DJ.

Since the announcement, pictures of the star posing with fans have emerged, with him looking happy and relaxed in the days leading up to his death.

In a statement confirming his death, his rep said: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.

“He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th.

“The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time.

“No further statements will be given.”

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Jenna Dewan in first public outing since split from Channing Tatum

Newly single Jenna Dewan stepped out for a good cause in her first public appearance since her split from Channing Tatum.

Dewan, 37, attended the St. Jude Hope & Heritage Gala in Manhattan on Friday night where she was honored with the Humanitarian Award.

Proudly sharing her award on Instagram, the “World of Dance” star wrote, “Thank you @stjude for this incredible honor! I am so proud of everything you do and continue to do for children.”

Since the news broke of the couple’s split, Dewan has maintained her presence on social media — dropping Tatum from all of her accounts — to include posting a fun lingerie pic this week.

After nearly nine years together, the couple announced their separation earlier this month in a joint statement saying they are “taking different paths.”

A source later told Page Six that their hectic work schedule and long distance relationship made a marriage difficult.

“Channing has been working non-stop, with four movies announced for 2018 alone. It is hard on a marriage to be apart so much, especially when you have a young child. Plus Jenna is in pre-production for the movie, ‘Berlin I Love You,’” the source said.

They are parents to four-year-old Everly.

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'Blue Night' Review: Sarah Jessica Parker Shines In a Dour Homage to Agnès Varda — Tribeca

Perhaps the best thing that can be said about Fabien Constant’s “Blue Night,” a sensitive but shallow homage to 1962’s “Cléo from 5 to 7,” is that it convincingly validates the idea of updating the Agnès Varda classic. The worst thing that can be said about it is that it peaks with a Sarah Jessica Parker cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now” during the closing credits, but we’ll get to that later.

The story of a beautiful young woman’s brush with mortality, Varda’s film used the timelessness of its premise as an opportunity to contextualize the topical despairs of the day, which ranged from the ongoing Algerian War to Édith Piaf’s recent stomach ulcer surgeries. Seen through the eyes of a potentially dying chanteuse — the film’s title refers to the anxious hours that its heroine spends waiting for the results of a biopsy — everything became equally small, and the narcissistic Cléo was liberated from the limits of her own self-image. In 2018, when the promise of interconnectivity has prioritized self-image above all else, and communication has become so diffuse that we can no longer tell who’s even listening, Varda’s New Wave fable is ripe for reinterpretation.

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And “Blue Night” is definitely a reinterpretation, not a remake. Screenwriter Laura Eason (“House of Cards”) borrows Varda’s basic structure, but flips it sideways with a deceptively major twist in the very first scene: Whereas Cléo Victoire was afraid that she might be terminal, Vivienne Carala (Parker) is shell-shocked by the news that she is. Sitting alone in a Manhattan doctor’s office, the famous jazz singer is told that she has an aggressive brain tumor, and that the average life expectancy for someone with her diagnosis is 14 months.

“Blue Night”

At first, this might seem like a radical change to the story, but it turns out there’s only a tiny sliver of light between the fear of a diagnosis and the reality of a death sentence. Everybody dies, and everybody knows it. What separates Cléo and Vivienne from the rest of the people rushing around their respective cities — what detaches them from their own lives, and connects them to each other — is their newfound inability to ignore that. It’s like they’ve been shown the sailboat hiding in a Magic-Eye illusion, and may never be able to unsee it.

Nevertheless, there’s real danger in immediately answering the dramatic question that drives the original. If we know Vivienne’s fate from the start, where do we go from there? Eason’s gentle script finds another source of suspense: Vivienne is scheduled to return to the doctor for tests the following morning, and she’s required to bring someone for support. Who’s she going to pick?

At 25, Cléo saw every passing stranger as a possible soul mate. At 53, Vivienne only has so many options (that has more to do with the narrowing of her life than it does the aging of her body — dressed in a Parisian blue that brings out her eyes, Parker radiates the crisp appeal of a snow princess, her character highly visible to all of the various men she encounters). Most of the movie is spent running through the roster of possible plus-ones, as a long summer afternoon stretches into an open-ended downtown night.

Does Vivienne feel closest to the hot drummer she makes out with after a rehearsal session for her upcoming tour? How about her manager (Common)? There seems to be some history there. Her teen daughter (Gus Birney) probably isn’t at the top of the list, but maybe her loaded ex-fiancée (Simon Baker) has a better shot. At the very least, it seems obvious that she won’t pick her overbearing mother (a very French Jacqueline Bisset); even the agitated Lyft driver she keeps running into (Waleed Zuaiter) seems like a more solid choice.

Shifting the focus towards Vivienne’s personal relationships is a clever decision, though a limp and drifting mood-piece like this would have been wise to present the stakes in more explicit terms. Constant opts for a hazier approach, allowing Vivienne to sink into an understandably catatonic state. Parker commits to the part with a profound sense of feeling, hinting at Vivienne’s numb inner life as she runs the full gamut of emotions and even warbles through an original Rufus Wainwright song in close-up. She hasn’t been this soft or sympathetic in years.

And yet, “Blue Night” is strangely disinterested in Vivienne’s specifics. More often than not, the movie uses her grim situation as a prompt to illustrate some more general sensations, like the obliviousness of a big city, and how — even on the hottest day of the year — it can still be cold to your personal concerns. In its unsubtle way, the film is sharply observant of the modern dynamic between private lives and public living, the terse scenes between Vivienne and her Lyft driver making hay of the old saying that “everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” Constant, here making his first non-documentary feature, calms his erratic camera down in these moments, as though he’s finally found the heart of the story.

Elsewhere, he seems as unmoored as his protagonist, as though he shares our growing confusion as to why Vivienne is shouldering her burden alone. It’s a valid question, and it can be interesting to watch her suss out the support (or lack thereof) that she’s earned from the people around her, but it isn’t long before the most urgent day of Vivienne’s life begins to lose its shape. None of her relationships reveal very much about her, and her random encounters reveal even less.

A chance run-in with an estranged friend (Renée Zellweger, in a very welcome cameo) leaves all sorts of meat on the table, minutes of screen time wasted on the vague understanding that growing older requires people to tighten their emotional bandwidth. Given the value this story places on time, these wasted moments are almost as distressing for us as they must be for Vivienne. We don’t get to the root of her loneliness — we don’t even know how deep it runs until she covers Tommy James & the Shondells over the credits (for what it’s worth, Parker’s breathy style is a beautiful fit for the song).

For an homage boasting a far more fatal outlook than Varda’s original, it’s frustrating and kind of perverse that “Blue Night” should be so gentle. “I’m not done yet,” Vivienne declares. But we never even see her get started.

Grade: C

“Blue Night” premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. It is currently seeking U.S. distribution.

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Cyber Week in Review: April 20, 2018

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed:

1. Banned! Following a lengthy legal battle, a Moscow court gave Roskomnadzor, the country’s internet regulator, the green light to block access to Telegram, a messenger app with over fifteen million users in Russia. Under a 2016 counter-terrorism law, Telegram is required to maintain the ability to decrypt messages for law enforcement purposes but the company has refused to comply. On Monday, Roskomnadzor ordered Russian internet service providers to block IP addresses associated with Telegram. That prompted the app developers to move to new and unblocked IP addresses, triggering a game of whack-a-mole. By Tuesday, Roskomnadzor had ordered the blocking of over 19 million IP addresses, including those associated with Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Services that host Russian websites and services. The collateral damage was such that small business leaders began pleading with the Russian Attorney General’s Office to reign Roskomnadzor in, and Vladimir Putin’s advisor on internet issues suggested the regulator apologize. Roskomnadzor has also ordered Google and Apple to remove Telegram from their respective app stores, though no word yet on whether they have complied. Short of deploying a Chinese-style great firewall, Russia’s attempts at blocking the app are unlikely to be successful, especially given its popularity with the elite.  

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2. Tech embargo. The U.S. Department of Commerce banned U.S. companies from supplying parts and software to the Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE, dealing a huge blow to the Chinese company that sources roughly twenty five percent of its phone components from the United States. ZTE pled guilty last year to ignoring sanctions by supplying U.S. technologies to Iran and agreed to pay $890 million in fines and dismiss and reprimand a number of senior employees. Evidently, the company failed to abide by the settlement, leading the Department of Commerce to take drastic action. However, the larger context of a brewing U.S.-China tech war cannot be ignored. In China, commentators have accused the United States of launching a ‘chip war’ on China, and state-media has vowed that the country will end its dependence on foreign components and hardware.

3. It was a bug, not a feature. Google updated the network architecture of its app engine to prohibit a technique called domain fronting. Domain fronting allows developers to build apps that use Google’s App Engine to forward connections to their service. That makes it harder for regimes looking to block specific apps from doing so without banning all of Google, and domain fronting became popular with Signal, TOR, and other apps used to bypass censorship. In explaining the change, Google claimed that domain fronting was only allowed by coincidence and something it had been planning to change for a while. Edward Snowden criticized the move, calling it “the epitaph on the U.S. internet freedom agenda’s grave.”

4. Your routers are now my routers. The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the UK National Cyber Security Center issued a joint warning about Russian efforts to compromise routers in support of their cyber operations. By compromising routers, Russian state-sponsored hackers gain the ability to monitor all traffic running through a device, posing a major cybersecurity risk. Although the United States and UK have begun calling out what they perceive as unacceptable Russian cyber behavior, the lastest alert has some observers scratching their heads. Every country that conducts cyber operations, including the United States, targets routers and other networking kit. In Wired, Andy Greenberg points out that “calling out Russia for the same sort of spying the [United States] routinely does … only blurs the red lines that Western governments have demanded Russia and other nations respect—prohibitions like disruptive attacks on civilian infrastructure.” 

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Swedish DJ Avicii dead at 28

Artist, DJ and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died Friday afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

One of the most popular and successful electronic dance-music artists of all time — he scored a No. 4 hit on the Billboard 200 in 2013 with “Wake Me Up” and regularly appeared in the Top 5 of Forbes’ “Highest-Paid DJs” lists — he retired from live performing in 2016 at the peak of his success, citing health reasons. He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.

He posted the following statement on his website last year:

WE ALL REACH A POINT IN OUR LIVES AND CAREERS WHERE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT MATTERS THE MOST TO US.

For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.

Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.

The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.

Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Bergling was born in Stockholm on Sept. 8, 1989. He began DJing as a teenager and released his first single in 2007. He released a large number of singles and remixes in the following years and rapidly built a reputation as a live act. He broke through with his 2010 hit “Seek Bromance,” which charted in several European countries; he signed a publishing deal with EMI the same year. He explained his chosen DJ name as “the lowest level of Buddhist hell,” chosen because his real name was already being used by another Tim Bergling on MySpace.

His 2011 single “Levels,” which was later nominated for a Grammy Award, vaulted him into the mainstream, charting in multiple European countries and topping the chart in his native Sweden. “Sunshine,” his 2012 collaboration with David Guetta, was nominated for a Grammy for best dance recording. In September of that year, he became the first DJ to headline New York’s prestigious Radio City Music Hall; at those two shows, he previewed a new song with Mike Posner titled “Stay with You.”

Avicii in 2013WireImage

His proper debut album, “True,” was released on September 2013, much of which was previewed during his headlining set at the Ultra Music Festival earlier that year. The album featured “Wake Me Up,” a collaboration with Aloe Blacc, which topped the charts in multiple countries across the world and was No. 1 for a record 14 weeks on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart; it was also the UK’s fastest-selling single of 2013. Other singers on the album included Adam Lambert and Audra Mae.

He also worked with Madonna during this period and contributed to two songs on her 2015 album “Rebel Heart,” although both parties seemed unhappy with the collaboration and Avicii said the final versions were quite different from his demos.

The extent of his popularity was reflected in a 2014 “Saturday Night Live” digital short called “When Will the Bass Drop?,” with comic Andy Samberg playing a fictional mega-DJ named “Davvincii” (although he was made up to look more like David Guetta).

However, as his popularity rose, his health declined. He was hospitalized in March 2014 and cancelled several tour appearances; not long after, he collaborated with Carlos Santana and Wyclef on the official FIFA World Cut Anthem “We Will Find a Way.” Also that year, he produced a song on Coldplay’s album “Ghost Stories.” He released his second full-length album, “Stories,” in October 2015.

In March of 2016, he performed at the Ultra Music Festival, premiering new material, but 10 days later announced that he was retiring from performing. He made a final live appearance in August in Ibiza. In December, he parted ways with longtime manager Ash Pournouri.

In August of 2017 he released a six-track EP entitled “Avīci,” which he said was the first of three installments that would be his next album. He followed a month later with a full-length documentary called “True Stories,” which was largely about his retirement. In it, promoters are seen trying to convince him to continue touring, even though he’s in obvious physical pain. “I looked at myself like, ‘F–k, you should’ve really stood up for yourself more there. Come on, Tim!,’” he said of the documentary to Rolling Stone in an interview published last September. “Why didn’t I stop the ship earlier?”

“I needed to figure out my life,” he continued. “The whole thing was about success for the sake of success. I wasn’t getting any happiness anymore. Now that I have more time in the studio, I want to learn as much about other genres as possible. That’s what I love the most — having a session with Nile Rodgers, for instance, and getting an understanding of music that’s invaluable.”avi

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Swedish DJ Avicii dead at 28

Artist, DJ and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died Friday afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

One of the most popular and successful electronic dance-music artists of all time — he scored a No. 4 hit on the Billboard 200 in 2013 with “Wake Me Up” and regularly appeared in the Top 5 of Forbes’ “Highest-Paid DJs” lists — he retired from live performing in 2016 at the peak of his success, citing health reasons. He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.

He posted the following statement on his website last year:

WE ALL REACH A POINT IN OUR LIVES AND CAREERS WHERE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT MATTERS THE MOST TO US.

For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.

Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.

The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.

Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Bergling was born in Stockholm on Sept. 8, 1989. He began DJing as a teenager and released his first single in 2007. He released a large number of singles and remixes in the following years and rapidly built a reputation as a live act. He broke through with his 2010 hit “Seek Bromance,” which charted in several European countries; he signed a publishing deal with EMI the same year. He explained his chosen DJ name as “the lowest level of Buddhist hell,” chosen because his real name was already being used by another Tim Bergling on MySpace.

His 2011 single “Levels,” which was later nominated for a Grammy Award, vaulted him into the mainstream, charting in multiple European countries and topping the chart in his native Sweden. “Sunshine,” his 2012 collaboration with David Guetta, was nominated for a Grammy for best dance recording. In September of that year, he became the first DJ to headline New York’s prestigious Radio City Music Hall; at those two shows, he previewed a new song with Mike Posner titled “Stay with You.”

Avicii in 2013WireImage

His proper debut album, “True,” was released on September 2013, much of which was previewed during his headlining set at the Ultra Music Festival earlier that year. The album featured “Wake Me Up,” a collaboration with Aloe Blacc, which topped the charts in multiple countries across the world and was No. 1 for a record 14 weeks on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart; it was also the UK’s fastest-selling single of 2013. Other singers on the album included Adam Lambert and Audra Mae.

He also worked with Madonna during this period and contributed to two songs on her 2015 album “Rebel Heart,” although both parties seemed unhappy with the collaboration and Avicii said the final versions were quite different from his demos.

The extent of his popularity was reflected in a 2014 “Saturday Night Live” digital short called “When Will the Bass Drop?,” with comic Andy Samberg playing a fictional mega-DJ named “Davvincii” (although he was made up to look more like David Guetta).

However, as his popularity rose, his health declined. He was hospitalized in March 2014 and cancelled several tour appearances; not long after, he collaborated with Carlos Santana and Wyclef on the official FIFA World Cut Anthem “We Will Find a Way.” Also that year, he produced a song on Coldplay’s album “Ghost Stories.” He released his second full-length album, “Stories,” in October 2015.

In March of 2016, he performed at the Ultra Music Festival, premiering new material, but 10 days later announced that he was retiring from performing. He made a final live appearance in August in Ibiza. In December, he parted ways with longtime manager Ash Pournouri.

In August of 2017 he released a six-track EP entitled “Avīci,” which he said was the first of three installments that would be his next album. He followed a month later with a full-length documentary called “True Stories,” which was largely about his retirement. In it, promoters are seen trying to convince him to continue touring, even though he’s in obvious physical pain. “I looked at myself like, ‘F–k, you should’ve really stood up for yourself more there. Come on, Tim!,’” he said of the documentary to Rolling Stone in an interview published last September. “Why didn’t I stop the ship earlier?”

“I needed to figure out my life,” he continued. “The whole thing was about success for the sake of success. I wasn’t getting any happiness anymore. Now that I have more time in the studio, I want to learn as much about other genres as possible. That’s what I love the most — having a session with Nile Rodgers, for instance, and getting an understanding of music that’s invaluable.”avi

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Swedish DJ Avicii dead at 28

Artist, DJ and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died Friday afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

One of the most popular and successful electronic dance-music artists of all time — he scored a No. 4 hit on the Billboard 200 in 2013 with “Wake Me Up” and regularly appeared in the Top 5 of Forbes’ “Highest-Paid DJs” lists — he retired from live performing in 2016 at the peak of his success, citing health reasons. He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.

He posted the following statement on his website last year:

WE ALL REACH A POINT IN OUR LIVES AND CAREERS WHERE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT MATTERS THE MOST TO US.

For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.

Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.

The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.

Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Bergling was born in Stockholm on Sept. 8, 1989. He began DJing as a teenager and released his first single in 2007. He released a large number of singles and remixes in the following years and rapidly built a reputation as a live act. He broke through with his 2010 hit “Seek Bromance,” which charted in several European countries; he signed a publishing deal with EMI the same year. He explained his chosen DJ name as “the lowest level of Buddhist hell,” chosen because his real name was already being used by another Tim Bergling on MySpace.

His 2011 single “Levels,” which was later nominated for a Grammy Award, vaulted him into the mainstream, charting in multiple European countries and topping the chart in his native Sweden. “Sunshine,” his 2012 collaboration with David Guetta, was nominated for a Grammy for best dance recording. In September of that year, he became the first DJ to headline New York’s prestigious Radio City Music Hall; at those two shows, he previewed a new song with Mike Posner titled “Stay with You.”

Avicii in 2013WireImage

His proper debut album, “True,” was released on September 2013, much of which was previewed during his headlining set at the Ultra Music Festival earlier that year. The album featured “Wake Me Up,” a collaboration with Aloe Blacc, which topped the charts in multiple countries across the world and was No. 1 for a record 14 weeks on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart; it was also the UK’s fastest-selling single of 2013. Other singers on the album included Adam Lambert and Audra Mae.

He also worked with Madonna during this period and contributed to two songs on her 2015 album “Rebel Heart,” although both parties seemed unhappy with the collaboration and Avicii said the final versions were quite different from his demos.

The extent of his popularity was reflected in a 2014 “Saturday Night Live” digital short called “When Will the Bass Drop?,” with comic Andy Samberg playing a fictional mega-DJ named “Davvincii” (although he was made up to look more like David Guetta).

However, as his popularity rose, his health declined. He was hospitalized in March 2014 and cancelled several tour appearances; not long after, he collaborated with Carlos Santana and Wyclef on the official FIFA World Cut Anthem “We Will Find a Way.” Also that year, he produced a song on Coldplay’s album “Ghost Stories.” He released his second full-length album, “Stories,” in October 2015.

In March of 2016, he performed at the Ultra Music Festival, premiering new material, but 10 days later announced that he was retiring from performing. He made a final live appearance in August in Ibiza. In December, he parted ways with longtime manager Ash Pournouri.

In August of 2017 he released a six-track EP entitled “Avīci,” which he said was the first of three installments that would be his next album. He followed a month later with a full-length documentary called “True Stories,” which was largely about his retirement. In it, promoters are seen trying to convince him to continue touring, even though he’s in obvious physical pain. “I looked at myself like, ‘F–k, you should’ve really stood up for yourself more there. Come on, Tim!,’” he said of the documentary to Rolling Stone in an interview published last September. “Why didn’t I stop the ship earlier?”

“I needed to figure out my life,” he continued. “The whole thing was about success for the sake of success. I wasn’t getting any happiness anymore. Now that I have more time in the studio, I want to learn as much about other genres as possible. That’s what I love the most — having a session with Nile Rodgers, for instance, and getting an understanding of music that’s invaluable.”avi

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Why Bill Rancic doesn't give Giuliana career advice

Bill and Giuliana Rancic are joining forces on new projects, but the power couple doesn’t share advice with each other.

“She doesn’t need [advice]!” Bill, 46, told Page Six on Thursday at the #WhySettle Spirit Awards at the Hyatt House Chelsea. “She’s a hard worker and she’s doing great things as well as an entrepreneur, so I’m glad I could help her as an entrepreneur and she’s helped me as an entrepreneur.”

While adding that the couple has “definitely helped pull each other up in our careers,” the best advice he’s received came when Bill was a young man.

“Someone once said, ‘Don’t try to be the smartest guy in the room but be willing to work the hardest.’ And that’s something that I’ve always believed. I know I’m not going to be the smartest guy in the room. There are guys who have amazing credentials and degrees and engineers and that’s not me. But I’m willing to come in early and stay late and put in the time to get the job done.”

Bill won the first season of “The Apprentice” in 2004 and went on to partake in numerous other ventures in the business realm. Meanwhile, Giuliana, 43, anchored E! News for 10 years from 2005 until 2015. She now hosts red carpet specials for the network.

“We’ve got a lot going on,” Bill told us. “We just launched the Giuliana Prosecco. And we’ve got the restaurant brand that we’re building. So we’ve got restaurants in Washington, DC, and now Chicago and hopefully, we’ll be moving into other markets with restaurants as well. And we’ve got a few other projects that we’re launching soon. We’ve got a parenting app that we’re going to be launching in the next month which is really going to be helpful for parents to get answers to all the questions that they have. So we’ve got a lot of really cool stuff that I think people are going to be excited to be a part of.”

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The Pelicans are a band of misfits coalescing into a beautiful juggernaut

At the 7:05 mark of the fourth quarter of New Orleans’ Game 3 beatdown, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday checked out of the game. They never came back in.

By then, the damage was done, but it’s worth taking a step back. It’s wild to imagine that the Pelicans are on the verge of sweeping a Portland Trail Blazers’ team that was having a banner year in a packed Western Conference. The two teams were only separated by a game in the standings, but many miles in terms of reputation.

The Blazers have made the playoffs every year since the 2013-14 season. The Pelicans haven’t been since sneaking into the No. 8 seed in 2014-15. The last time New Orleans sniffed the playoffs before that was in 2010-11, when they lost to the Lakers in six games in Chris Paul’s final season. Davis hadn’t won a playoff game in his career until this series.

Yet here they are, on the verge of a rematch with the Warriors. It’s hard to comprehend.

The major pivot point of this Pelicans’ season came after a moment that should have derailed it. When DeMarcus Cousins went down before the All-Star break with a torn Achilles, it seemed like a catastrophe that would again plunge the team back into their previous existence of potential without the success. It looked like a familiar story.

This time, it wasn’t to be. Davis stepped his game up to a higher level to compensate for Cousins’ absence, Holiday proved himself as a two-way star, and the team rallied to make the playoffs.

But it’d be a mistake to exclude Cousins from the story of this transformation. It made me so happy when Davis wore Cousins’ jersey during the all-star game. It underscored the different reality for the both of them.

Davis had spent his whole career waiting for that other superstar who could take some off the load off of his shoulders. Meanwhile, Cousins never felt wanted or appreciated during his time with the Kings.

All of a sudden, there they were, both happy and fulfilled. Batman and Robin, they never decided who was who. When the two didn’t work well in the half season after Cousins was traded, there was no panic. Then in the first half of this season, the two seemed to be unstoppable, filling the stat sheet in comical ways, as if they were competing with each other.

Then the injury came, but it didn’t seem like the end. Even if the season was a failure, Davis and Cousins were going to build a new and better culture for the Pelicans. There was a foundation that could survive, and even thrive, in Cousins’ absence.

Even if Cousins wasn’t playing, he was doing his part. When Davis was injured against the Clippers back in early March, he left the game late in the first half. He could have sat the rest of the game out, as he had done many times in his career when hurt, but Cousins encouraged him to go back in and lead the team:

”DeMarcus told me at halftime, ‘If you won’t go back in, let me get your Achilles,’” Davis said at the time.

It was also Cousins who recruited Rajon Rondo to the Pelicans. At this point, Rondo had been unceremoniously dumped by the Bulls. He seemed on this way out of the league, not only because his skills seemed diminished, but also because he wasn’t worth the trouble of dealing with his infamous divisive attitude anymore. But Cousins, who also wore the label of “troublemaker,” believed in Rondo the way the Pelicans believed in him.

It was also the Cousins’ injury that prompted the trade for Nikola Mirotic. Mirotic was never really became the player that the Bulls had envisioned and was no longer in the team’s long-term plans. He lost his starting spot to rookie Lauri Markkanen and had his face broken by Bobby Portis. The Pelicans — and the Cousins’ injury — gave him the space to show that he was still capable of being a good player. Even when he struggled initially, the stood behind him.

Then there’s Holiday, who signed like what seemed like an undeserved five-year, $126 million deal with the Pelicans in the summer. Last season, he took an indefinite leave of absence because his wife, Lauren Holiday, was diagnosed with a brain tumor while she was pregnant with their daughter. He also had a concerning injury history. Still, the Pelicans showed faith in his ability as a two-way player and a perfect fit for the team that they were building. Overlooked by some, downgraded by others, but right for New Orleans, much like Cousins, Rondo, and Mirotic.

On the surface, the Pelicans took a once-in-a-generation talent who was used to carrying his team and physically breaking down, and surrounded him with the league’s most divisive big-name player, an old and divisive point guard who was cast aside by one of the worst teams in the league, a power forward who lost his place in his previous team to a rookie, and a guard whose talent was apparent, but seemed like he was stagnating. But seen another way, the Pelicans surrounded Davis with a group of talented players with something to prove, then gave them the freedom to be themselves and the belief they could prove the limited perceptions that the world had of them wrong. Even without Cousins — and perhaps especially without Cousins — the mix was perfect to salvage the rest of the season and make a statement in the playoffs.

Now, they have a swagger to them. Before Game 1, Davis said that just being in the playoffs wasn’t enough: “I’ve been in before and nobody remembers that, nobody cares about that. Our goal is to get in and make some noise.” After the second game and another win, Holiday said that the team didn’t want to return to Portland. They wanted to sweep the Blazers at home. It sure looks like that’ll happen now.

This is a whole different attitude for a Pelicans’ team that had been used to mediocrity and disappointment for so long. Thanks to that attitude, they look like a juggernaut. Rondo is giving a master class from the point guard position. Mirotic is scoring 30 points in the playoffs. Holiday has been phenomenal on both ends, saving Game 1 with some unreal defensive stops and winning Game 2 with clutch shots. Davis is casually unstoppable and everywhere. Their defense overall has been suffocating.

The Pelicans have taken the world and the Blazers by complete surprise, and what started as an attempt to make some noise had turned into a warning to the rest that this is a dangerous and different Pelicans team.

By doing so, New Orleans is shedding its old reputation, as a team and as individuals, while laying the building blocks for a brighter future. It remains to be seen how far they go this year, but regardless, it is wonderful to see this team of misfits and doubted men take control of their stories.

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Tristan Thompson's side chick resurfaces

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Lani Blair is back on Instagram.

Tristan Thompson‘s alleged mistress returned to social media Thursday, less than two weeks after details of their weekend tryst emerged. Dressed in skinny jeans and an off-the-shoulder black top, Blair, 28, simply captioned the snap, “Jeans and Top: @fashionnova🌺.”

She last posted Sunday, April 1.

The Bronx-based Blair had reportedly gone into hiding following her night with Thompson, 27, earlier this month, shortly before the Cavaliers power forward welcomed his first child, daughter True, with girlfriend Khloé Kardashian.

“She and Tristan apparently spent a lot of time together this past weekend,” sources told Page Six at the time.

Thompson’s relationship with Kardashian, 33,  has imploded as a result of the scandal. The new mom was said to be “devastated when she saw the pictures of Tristan with that girl, she went absolutely ballistic at him.”

Thompson’s professional life hasn’t fared much better in recent days, as the $36 million NBA star was benched during the Cavaliers’ 100-97 playoff victory over the Pacers on Wednesday night.

As for Kardashian, her focus remains on True.

“Our little girl, True Thompson, has completely stolen our hearts and we are overwhelmed with LOVE. Such a blessing to welcome this angel into the family! Mommy and Daddy loooooove you True!” Kardashian posted Monday on Instagram.

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Tristan Thompson's side chick resurfaces

Lani BlairInstagram

Lani Blair is back on Instagram.

Tristan Thompson‘s alleged mistress returned to social media Thursday, less than two weeks after details of their weekend tryst emerged. Dressed in skinny jeans and an off-the-shoulder black top, Blair, 28, simply captioned the snap, “Jeans and Top: @fashionnova🌺.”

She last posted Sunday, April 1.

The Bronx-based Blair had reportedly gone into hiding following her night with Thompson, 27, earlier this month, shortly before the Cavaliers power forward welcomed his first child, daughter True, with girlfriend Khloé Kardashian.

“She and Tristan apparently spent a lot of time together this past weekend,” sources told Page Six at the time.

Thompson’s relationship with Kardashian, 33,  has imploded as a result of the scandal. The new mom was said to be “devastated when she saw the pictures of Tristan with that girl, she went absolutely ballistic at him.”

Thompson’s professional life hasn’t fared much better in recent days, as the $36 million NBA star was benched during the Cavaliers’ 100-97 playoff victory over the Pacers on Wednesday night.

As for Kardashian, her focus remains on True.

“Our little girl, True Thompson, has completely stolen our hearts and we are overwhelmed with LOVE. Such a blessing to welcome this angel into the family! Mommy and Daddy loooooove you True!” Kardashian posted Monday on Instagram.

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Charlie Rose spotted dining out with Sean Penn

Sean Penn has lent his support to disgraced broadcaster Charlie Rose in print — and now he’s supporting Rose in person as well.

After the actor wrote a poem defending Rose against allegations of sexual misconduct, guests at one of New York’s hottest new restaurants were gobsmacked on Wednesday night when Penn and the ousted CBS host dined together — taking over a center table and engaging in a lengthy conversation.

A spy said that Rose and Penn met at Frenchette in Tribeca, where “they came in and took over the largest center banquette.” A witness added of the pair, “They were having a really animated conversation” and, “They stayed late, past 10:30.” Rose and Penn have been pals for years, we hear. Guests wished they could have listened in to the table talk.

Rose was axed by “CBS This Morning” and his PBS show over sexual harassment accusations by eight women — which he’s denied. Penn poetically defended the anchor in his controversial new book, the eccentrically titled “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.”

In an epilogue, a poem by Penn reads: “Once crucial conversations/Kept us on our toes;/Was it really in our interest/To trample Charlie Rose?” And, “What’s with this ‘Me Too’?/This infantilizing term of the day/Is this a toddler’s crusade?/Reducing rape, slut-shaming, and suffrage to reckless child’s play?”

The poem sparked debate on social media, including one woman’s quip, “Here’s a poem for Sean Penn: Shut/the/f - - k/up.”

It’s not the first time Rose and Penn have gotten together and turned heads in town. Page Six reported that the pair dined at the Spotted Pig — which has been implicated in a #MeToo scandal of its own — in 2016 before they met Bradley Cooper. Former man-about-town Rose is still seen out regularly, sometimes with awkward results: Page Six reported in March that he stumbled into the screening of an animated #MeToo-themed film at an Upper East Side eatery. Reps and Frenchette didn’t comment.

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NBA fans had so many jokes about Joel Embiid's unique mask for Game 3

Joel Embiid was finally cleared to return to action ahead of Thursday’s Game 3 against the Heat. Embiid had been out of the Sixers lineup since suffering a facial fracture on March 28.

He marked his return with a very unique mask.

It’s called fashion sweetie, ever heard of it?

Joel is rocking a dynamic face mask with goggles as he takes the court for warmups. pic.twitter.com/WyOFvziUQA

— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 19, 2018

Yeah, Embiid’s mask appeared to have goggles built into the carbon-fiber frame, which was awesome. It was something NBA fans had never seen before, and Twitter responded appropriately.

Best of all: Embiid will not have a minute restriction in his return.

, NBA

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NBA fans had so many jokes about Joel Embiid's unique mask for Game 3

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Joel Embiid was finally cleared to return to action ahead of Thursday’s Game 3 against the Heat. Embiid had been out of the Sixers lineup since suffering a facial fracture on March 28.

He marked his return with a very unique mask.

It’s called fashion sweetie, ever heard of it?

Joel is rocking a dynamic face mask with goggles as he takes the court for warmups. pic.twitter.com/WyOFvziUQA

— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 19, 2018

Yeah, Embiid’s mask appeared to have goggles built into the carbon-fiber frame, which was awesome. It was something NBA fans had never seen before, and Twitter responded appropriately.

Best of all: Embiid will not have a minute restriction in his return.

, NBA

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NBA fans had so many jokes about Joel Embiid's unique mask for Game 3

Joel Embiid was finally cleared to return to action ahead of Thursday’s Game 3 against the Heat. Embiid had been out of the Sixers lineup since suffering a facial fracture on March 28.

He marked his return with a very unique mask.

It’s called fashion sweetie, ever heard of it?

Joel is rocking a dynamic face mask with goggles as he takes the court for warmups. pic.twitter.com/WyOFvziUQA

— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 19, 2018

Yeah, Embiid’s mask appeared to have goggles built into the carbon-fiber frame, which was awesome. It was something NBA fans had never seen before, and Twitter responded appropriately.

Best of all: Embiid will not have a minute restriction in his return.

, NBA

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