Sad news from Vancouver this past weekend, after Glee actor Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room. The Canadian actor who played Finn Hudson in the hit show Glee was just 31.
According to an article in the Globe and Mail, hotel staff discovered Monteith's body in his 21st floor room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel after he failed to check out. He was thought to be alone at the time, though he had been with friends in the room the night before.
While the autopsy report has yet to go public, the cause of death is suspected overdose, as Calgary-born Monteith, who grew up in Victoria, B.C., had undergone various stints in rehab. In 2011 he admitted in an interview with Parade that he had "serious problems" with drugs.
"The death of a young person is a tragedy for their family, friends and community. A sudden death is more shocking and our hearts go out to the family and friends who are mourning the loss of this young man," said Chief Coroner Lisa Lapoine.
Tributes from fans and cast mates have been pouring in on various media outlets since the news of his death broke. The popular musical comedy was due to go into its fifth season.
What a loss of young talent. Our hearts go out to the actor's friends and family, especially his colleague and fiance Lea Michele.
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If certain relationship columnists are to be believed, the secret to longevity in marriage is not monogamy. And it seems to be working out for New Brooklyn Net Andrei Kirilenko and his wife, who grants him a 'carte blanche' to stray one night a year.
“What’s forbidden is always desirable," explains Kirilenko's wife, Masha Lopatova (shown in the image above with Andrei). "And athletes, particularly men, are susceptible to all the things they are offered.”
According to an article in the New York Post, the 34-year-old Russian pop star is a realist; she knows the temptation to sleep around can be overwhelming, especially when your professional athlete husband is on the road seven months of every year.
So the deal is: one night a year he can have sex with another woman. But affairs are strictly off limits.
Her rationale is that men are programmed to stray by nature. Yet their tacit agreement doesn't cut both ways. How fair is that?
Yet the deal seems to be working out for the pair who has been married for 13 years and have two sons, aged 11 and 6.
“If something isn’t allowed you, you want to get it,” Kirilenko says. “But if it is allowed to you, you will not need it.”
He did not say whether or not he has yet cashed in on his free pass.
Modern art these days is more than a sparse streak of colour on a canvas. The world's best bodypainter (yes—a thing) has made a career out of camouflaging humans into animals, even fruit landscapes, until they are unrecognizable.
According to an article in the Daily Mail, Johannes Stoetter isn't content until his models are transformed into something other. Taking anywhere from five months to plan and eight hours to paint, the amazing oeuvres rely on breathable paint.
The 35-year-old Italian artist from South Tyrol began painting human bodies in 2000. He first took part in the world bodypainting championship in 2009. Though he won fifth place, the artist was then determined to win the title.
Arguably his most "impressive" work to date is a tropical tree frog involving five models.
"Bodypainting is special because the artwork is alive and can move," said Stoetter who draws inspiration from the natural world. "While a canvas painting lasts forever, a bodypainting exists only for a few hours. The skin is very different to canvas—it is alive, it is soft and warm, it is a very comfortable base to paint on."
What do you think of the art form? Which 'painting' is your favourite?