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French fashion designer, Givenchy, dies at 91

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Hubert Taffin de Givenchy, French fashion designer aged 91, has died.

The designer, who is famous for designing the little black dress, died at the Renaissance Chateau near Paris where he lived with his partner and fellow designer, Philippe Venet.

DailyMail UK reports that Venet, a former haute couture designer, confirmed the news through the Givenchy fashion house.

“It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died,” he said explaining that the deceased passed away in his sleep.

“Hubert de Givenchy was a symbol of Parisian elegance for more than half a century… who revolutionised fashion,” his label said on Monday.

Clare Waight Keller, its current British-born designer, said Givenchy was ‘not only one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern-day dressing, but he also was one of the chicest most charming men I have ever met’.

“The definition of a true gentleman that will stay with me forever.”

During her stay in the White House, Jacqueline Kennedy, former US first lady, adopted the Givenchy look with a uniform of shift dresses, pillbox hats and low-heeled pumps.

The designer, who learnt his craft under Cristóbel Balenciaga, became a giant of the fashion world in every sense.

“To dress a woman is to make her beautiful,’ the late designer, who resigned in 1996, once said.

“In haute couture, we are cosmetic surgeons, erasing imperfections and refining the silhouette… for isn’t a couturier a magician of sorts, who creates illusion and perhaps beauty itself.”

His creations were eagerly anticipated and sought out by the titled and wealthy in the 1950s and 60s, including Princess Grace of Monaco and the Duchess of Windsor.

His presence was felt on the 2018 Oscars red carpet, when stars, including Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman, wore custom Givenchy designs.

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20 year old man walks into own funeral as family buries wrong body

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A 20-year-old man shocked his family after he walked into his own wake. Juan Ramon Alfonso Penayo’s relatives had been mourning his death at his home when he reportedly rocked up to the gathering.
The incident took place in Paraguay, in the village of Santa Teresa, according to Mirror UK. Penayo returned home after he had been missing for several days.
Police had earlier discovered the gruesome remains of a burned body that could not be identified and family members believed it was Penayo.
As drug gangs operated in the area, they feared that he had become involved in trouble and killed. However, they were stunned to see him casually walk into the house in the middle of the wake they were holding for him.

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Popular rapper XXXtentacion, 20, shot dead

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Popular rapper Xxxtentacion (born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) has been killed. He was shot and killed today June 18th in his sports car in Miami. According to police, the 20 year old was ambushed by two men in a Black SUV, while he was leaving a motorcyle dealership. The men pulled out guns and shot him dead.
Another story is that he was leaving the dealership when a ‘gunman driving a black Dodge Journey ran up to his vehicle and shot him.’ Multiple gun shots were heard.
Emergency dispatch radio described two black males wearing hoodies, and the shooter was wearing a red mask in the incident which they have classified as a drive-by shooting.
The car used in the shooting has been confirmed as a black Dodge Journey, with dark tint and black wheels.
Witnesses at the scene also told cops that a Louis Vuitton bag was taken from XXX’s vehicle
XXXTentacion who was a promising talent was awaiting trial for domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend. He was also facing more than a dozen felony charges and has been on house arrest until recently after the judge let him out so he could tour.
Xxxtentacion was filmed lying motionless behind the wheel of his car. He was later rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Central Bank Gov Dies of Heart Attack

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The Central Bank Governor of Sudan, Hazem Abdelqader, has died of heart attack while on a visit to Turkey, his family and the Sudanese presidential palace said on Saturday.
Born in 1960, Abdelqader served in various departments at the central bank from 1985 before he was appointed governor in December 2016.

Family members said the father of six was not known to be suffering from any illnesses.
Sudan’s economy had been grappling with crippling hard currency shortage and “black market” for dollars that pushed the central bank to devalue currency to around 30 pounds to the dollar earlier this year from 6.7 pounds in late December.

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