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Joan Rivers died from 'low blood oxygen'

Comedian Joan Rivers died from low blood oxygen during a routine medical procedure to check out voice changes and reflux, the New York City medical examiner's office has ruled.

The 81-year-old died on Septemebr 4 after suffering brain damage during a procedure to examine her gastrointestinal tract and vocal folds.

Joan Rivers pictured in 2010. Credit: Reuters

Rivers had been sedated during the procedure with the anaesthetic propofol, the medical examiner said.

Her daughter Melissa declined to comment on the findings, saying in a statement: "We continue to be saddened by our tragic loss and grateful for the enormous outpouring of love and support from around the world."

Modern Family actress Elizabeth Pena dies at 55

Elizabeth Pena passed away aged 55. Credit: Reuters

Hollywood stars Zoe Saldana and Eva Longoria have joined the tributes to actress Elizabeth Pena, who has died after a short illness.

Pena appeared in hit comedy Modern Family along with a number of films, including Rush Hour and Down and Out in Beverly Hills.

She also voiced the character Mirage in The Incredibles.

Her manager confirmed the actress had passed away on Tuesday, aged 55.


Bono 'apologises' for U2 album Apple download

U2 frontman Bono offered an apology of sorts yesterday for their latest album being sent to Apple customers who did not want it.

During a publicity question-and-answer session on Facebook, he said:

Oops. I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea - might have got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing.

Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn't be heard.

There's a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a bit noisy ourselves to get through it.

– Bono

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The album is at number four in the midweek sales, according to the Official Charts Company, one of their worst chart performances.

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