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Laverne & Shirley Actress Cindy Williams Dead at 75

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The television industry is mourning the loss of a sitcom star. Cindy Williams, best known as Shirley Feeney in classic Laverne & Shirley, died on Jan. 25 in Los Angeles after a short illness, her family confirmed in a statement. She was 75.

The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed,” Williams’ children, Emily and Zak, said in the statement through their spokesperson to NBC News. “Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved.

They continued, “We have always been, and will remain, SO proud of her for many things…her lifelong mission to rescue animals, her prolific artistry, her faith, and most of all, her ability to make the world laugh! May that laughter continue in everyone, because she would want that. Thank you for loving our Mom, she loved you too.
Williams, who was born in Los Angeles, first began her journey as Shirley in ’70s sitcom, Happy Days, where she and the late Penny Marshall’s Laverne DeFazio appeared briefly, but quickly became popular with viewers. The love was so strong that Happy Days creator Garry Marshall create spin-off Laverne & Shirley, which ran from 1976 to 1982.

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Reflecting on the show’s success, Williams told Milwaukee Magazine last July why she thought the series resonated with people.

“Because we played everyday people. Blue collar workers,” she said. “We had things in common with everybody. We struggled to pay the rent, the electric bill, the gas bill. You know everybody can relate to that. We always wanted to maintain the sense that the wolf was always nipping at our characters’ heels and we were just one half step ahead.

Williams left the show after she became pregnant and following alleged on-set tension with Marshall, according to The Mercury News. However, Marshall—who died in 2018 at age 75—clarified in 2016 to Fox News that they had reconciled.

Asides from Laverne & Shirley, Williams had credits in movies American Graffiti and The Conversation, as well appearances on national tours for Grease and Deathtrap. Her first television performances were in Room 222, Nanny and the Professor and Love, American Style.

She wrote a memoir in 2017 titled Shirley, I Jest, where she detailed her life in show business. She also embarked on one-woman show, Me, Myself and Shirley, in 2022, where she recalled some of the best memories of creating Laverne & Shirley.

“It’s like sitting around the campfire, only I have a really nice evening jacket on,” she told NBC10 Philadelphia last year. “I think the best part of the show, to be honest, is the audience. I get a big kick when the audience laughs at things because I remember doing them. Cindy is survived by her two children Emily and Zak, who she shared with ex husband Bill Hudson.

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In other news – Robert Marawa joins Primedia airwaves

Primedia’s 947 listeners will soon have a familiar voice to commute to as it welcomes sportscaster, media personality, and author Robert Marawa.

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CEO for Primedia Broadcasting Lindile Xoko signed an exclusive deal with the legendary sports commentator for his acclaimed sports show, Marawa Sports Worldwide (#MSW). Learn more

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Junior Pope not buried by river bank – Police

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The Anambra State Police Command says the remains of Nollywood star, John Paul Odonwodo, popularly called Junior Pope, were not among those buried by the bank of the Anam River. The Command’s spokesman, SP Ikenga Tochukwu, made the clarification on Sunday, stating that only three of the deceased families agreed that the victims be buried by the riverside.

He noted that after the burial of the three, one of the families came back to exhume the remains of their daughter for a befitting burial in her country home.Ikenga added that the corpse of Junior Pope was deposited at a morgue.

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“The Command, on an inquiry about the unconfirmed information that the recovered bodies including Junior Pope were buried by the Riverside where the boat accident happened, discovered that three of the deceased families accepted the victims should be buried beside the river.

“But later, the family of one of the victims decided to exhume the body to be given a proper burial in her state while the other two were still buried there. Also, Junior Pope and one other are still in the morgue and await the deceased families’ funeral arrangements,” he said. The PPRO further stated that the Command is still investigating the unfortunate incident.

John Paul Odonwodo

He said, “The producer of the movie and the two boat drivers’ statements have been obtained, and other necessary actions/moves already emplaced by the operatives as directed by the Commissioner of Police to determine the criminal liability of any person, if any, in the mishap

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Singer Paul Okoye hints at remarrying

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Popular singer and half of P-Square, Paul Okoye, aka Rudeboy, has hinted at remarrying. The ‘Reason With Me’ crooner dropped the hint while scolding fans for wishing his divorce from his ex-wife to be toxic.

Paul Okoye

He stated that he would not succumb to their wishes, urging them to accept the reality that he is with his new partner, Ivy Ifeoma.He went on to unveil hashtag options for himself and his partner, Ifeoma.

Paul Okoye

On his Instagram story, Rudeboy wrote: “Some of y’all wish and think all divorces must be toxic, looking for someone to blame so that y’all can be entertained… lol

“#Ifeomanonso Or #Ifynonso. Choose one.  Rudeboy, 41, unveiled Ifeoma, then 22, as his new girlfriend in December 2022, one year after his divorce from his ex-wife Anita Okoye.

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In other news – Why I married Boko Haram fighter – Freed Chibok girl

Ten years later, Amina Nkeki, one of the 276 abducted schoolgirls of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State, has said that she married a Boko Haram fighter to get her freedom. Nkeki, who regained freedom in 2016 with a baby and a Boko Haram fighter as her husband, stated this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday monitored by DAILY POST.

 

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She said some of her colleagues gave birth to four children for insurgents who held them hostage. Nkeki said she agreed to marry a Boko Haram fighter while in captivity because she viewed the path as a route of escape from her abductors. Read more

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RIP: Actor Amaechi Mounachi has passed away

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Death has struck again in Nollywood as veteran actor, Amaechi Mounachi, has been reported dead. The actor, famous for his comical roles, passed away after a protracted battle with kidney disease, diabetes, and stroke.

The tragic news of Muonagor’s death hit the internet on the evening of Sunday, March 24, 2024.

This is coming barely one week after a video circulated online showing the 61-year-old actor lying still in bed, requesting financial aid to support his kidney transplant.

Sitting next to the Nollywood legend was a fellow actor, Kingsley Orji, who pleaded on his behalf.

According to Orji, the kidney disease had caused speech impairment for the ailing actor, and they decided to bring him home from the hospital due to a lack of funds.

Amaechi Muonagor

Orji had earlier revealed that Muonagor had been battling diabetes and stroke, with the latter causing paralysis in his leg.

In a social media post last November, Muonagor’s cousin, Hon Tony Muonagor, posted a picture of him sitting next to the ailing actor on a hospital bed, stating that he wants the public to know the situation with his relative.

He later went into details of how the Nollywood legend had been battling kidney disease, diabetes, and stroke. He said though Muonagor had been managing his diabetes over the years and living his life, he was undergoing weekly dialysis at the time of the post.

Muonagor had been receiving dialysis and physiotherapy, amongst other treatments, Tony added. The actor joins a list of other Nollywood veterans who died this month. Most notably, John ‘Mr Ibu’ Okafor died on March 2 after a protracted illness that led to the amputation of his leg.

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