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Former CNN anchorman Bernard Shaw passed away Wednesday after battling pneumonia "unrelated to Covid-19," Shaw's family announced in a statement on Thursday. He was 82.
"In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bernard Shaw Scholarship Fund at the University of Chicago. The Shaw family requests complete privacy at this time," the family said in their statement.
Shaw began his journalism career as an anchor and reporter for WNUS in Chicago. He worked as a reporter for the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company in Chicago, before moving to Washington as the White House correspondent.
Shaw was CNN's first Black anchor and its chief anchorman when the all-news cable network launched on June 1, 1980. He worked for CNN until he retired in 2001.
CNN reports the funeral services will be private and attended by family and close friends only. A public memorial will be planned at a later time.
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Moneybagg Yo revealed his mother has tested positive for Covid-19 and was diagnosed with pneumonia.
The distressed rapper shared his mom's medical diagnoses in a since-deleted tweet. He seemed baffled that his mother was diagnosed with pneumonia and Covid-19 after she apparently took the Covid-19 vaccine (according to Facebook posts).
"Dam mane how df My mama got COVID and pneumonia," he tweeted on April 30, "smh I need y'all prayers right now."
The 29-year-old Memphis native, who was born Demario DeWayne White Jr., didn't share his mother's current condition.
The news comes after the rapper was nearly canceled for bragging about his wealth back in February.
He shared a series of tweets bragging that he raked in $2 million from $200K booking fees during the pandemic.
"Not gone lie I made a couple [millions] in da pandemic, ion want it to end," he tweeted. "I feel like the pandemic help a lot of people."
Following the backlash, Moneybagg returned to Twitter to apologize.
"I apologize to everybody I offended my comment was very insensitive it was not my intent to hurt anyone."
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The Centers for Disease Control says hospitals counted over 130,000 deaths from heart attacks, influenza and bacterial pneumonia as Covid-19 deaths.
Over 84% of all Covid-19 deaths are in Democratic states, according to the CDC.
Hospital systems are accused of counting patients who died from serious pre-existing conditions as Covid-19 deaths in order to receive more money from the government for Covid-related deaths.
The CDC updated their death counts to reveal that Covid-19 is rarely the actual cause of Covid-19 deaths.
According to the CDC, 87,000 patients died from bacterial pneumonia and influenza. Another 17,000 died from chronic respiratory diseases, and another 26,000 died from adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) caused by bacteria.
Additionally, 44,000 patients died from hypertension not related to Covid. Yet those patients were also counted among Covid deaths.
According to One America News (OAN), hospitals counted 51,000 patients who died from heart attacks as Covid-19 related deaths.
Meanwhile, the number of patients who usually die from heart attacks in hospitals dropped considerably this year when compared to the same time period last year.
Also decreasing dramatically are deaths caused by influenza. Those deaths are being counted as Covid-19 deaths.
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RuPaul has broken his silence about the death of RuPaul's Drag Race star Chi Chi DeVayne who passed away from pneumonia at age 34.
"I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne," RuPaul tweeted on the reality show's account on Thursday, August 20.
"I am so grateful that we got to experience her kind and beautiful soul. She will be dearly missed but never forgotten. May her generous and loving spirit shine down on us all. On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder and the cast and crew of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I extend my deepest sympathy — from our family to hers."
Chi Chi, born Zavion Davenport, appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race during season 8 in 2016. He returned for RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars in 2018.
In an Instagram post in September 2018, the Shreveport, La. native announced he was diagnosed with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that causes hardening of the skin and internal organs.
"Lots of people don't know but I was Recently diagnosed with scleroderma," DeVayne wrote.
"I have been dealing with this over the past eight or nine months but was afraid to expose it to the public in fear of losing out on jobs and facing criticism from friends and fans... but i feel it's finally time to let the world know what's really going on with Chi Chi ... bottling this up has had me in a state of depression ... it has made me hate my appearance .. and also made me stray away from the public eye but I’m no longer hiding and living in a state of fear .. i just ask you all to keep me in your prayers as i battle with this life changing illness."
DeVayne was "rushed to the hospital" in July with possible kidney failure, according to a GoFundMe page created to raise money for medical expenses. DeVayne was "back in the hospital with pneumonia" earlier this month.
DeVayne's family released a statement on Instagram.com that reads:
"On behalf of the Davenport/Wyandon family it is with tremendous sorrow that my family and I announce the passing of my beloved son, Zavion Michael Davenport, the world renowned 'Chi Chi Davayne' [...] His final words to his family and friends, 'Never give up!'"
According to sources, Kim Porter, mom to 3 of Sean Combs' 5 children, died from a rare case of double pneumonia brought on by the flu. Double pneumonia is an obsolete term to describe an infection in both lungs. The accepted medical term for double pneumonia is bilateral lobar pneumonia.
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