The Sweet founder Steve Priest dies aged 72, band confirm   | Daily Mail Online

The Sweet founder Steve Priest has died aged 72.

The band announced the musician had passed away on Thursday morning, in a statement issued on their Facebook page.

It read: ‘Dear Friends and Fans, We have very sad news – Please see the below statement from Steve Priest’s family.

Rest in peace: The Sweet founder Steve Priest has died aged 72 (pictured on stage in 2009)

‘Love, Richie, Stevie, Mitch & Paulie…

‘It is with a heavy heart that we announce at 8:25am PT today, Steve Priest, founding member of The Sweet, passed away.

‘He is survived by his wife, Maureen, three daughters, Lisa, Danielle & Maggie and 3 grandchildren, Jordan, Jade & Hazel.’

Fond farewell: The statement read: ‘It is with a heavy heart that we announce at 8:25am PT today, Steve Priest, founding member of The Sweet, passed away’

Magic: In January 1968, Priest was invited to form a four-piece band, who called themselves The Sweet

Following the announcement, dozens of The Sweet’s fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to the bass guitarist.

One wrote: ‘Thank you so much for MY life in music. My first 7″ single purchase was Blockbuster. Pre-teen me won a fully signed Desolation Boulevard LP in Capital Radio’s release week phone-in competition. Last month I purchased an original copy of Strung Up LPN – tour manager. RIP Steve’.

Another fan typed: Rest in peace. An amazing and entertaining bass player’.

His legacy lives on: The band announced the musician had passed away on Thursday morning (pictured L-R Mick Tucker, Brian Connolly (lead singer), Steve and Andy Scott)

A third chimed: ‘RIP Steve we will miss you’, while a different user added: ‘Sending love and condolences to everyone’.

The musician was born in Hayes, Middlesex.

He began playing bass guitar as a young teenager, after being influenced by artists such as Jet Harris of the Shadows, the Rolling Stones and The Who.

In January 1968, Priest was invited to form a four-piece band with vocalist Brian Connolly, drummer Mick Tucker, and guitarist Frank Torpey – the band that was to become The Sweet.

Talented: Steve began playing bass guitar as a young teenager, after being influenced by artists such as Jet Harris of the Shadows, the Rolling Stones and The Who (pictured in 2018)

Torpey was replaced by Mick Stewart in 1969. Guitarist Andy Scott joined in August 1970, following Stewart’s departure and the classic line-up established.

The band had hits with songs including Funny Funny (1971) and Blockbuster, which spent five weeks at number one in 1973.

Hell Raiser, The Ballroom Blitz and Teenage Rampage all got to number two in the charts in 1973.

‘We will miss you’: Following the announcement, dozens of The Sweet’s fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to the bass guitarist

They had their last top ten hit in 1978 with Love is Like Oxygen.

The following year their Scottish lead singer Brian Connolly left the band to go solo and Sweet split up in 1981.

Since the 1980s, guitarist Scott, Connolly and bassist Steve played with different line-ups of Sweet.

Connolly died in 1997 and drummer Mick Tucker in 2002.

Touring: Since the 1980s, guitarist Scott, Connolly and bassist Steve have played with different line-ups of Sweet (pictured in 2018)

Making music: The band had hits with songs including Funny Funny (1971) and Blockbuster, which spent five weeks at number one in 1973 (pictured in 1978)

The Sweet founder Steve Priest dies aged 72, band confirm

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Kanye West Attends Chicago Protest, Donates $2 Mil to George Floyd Causes

6:33 PM PT — Kanye West has joined protesters in Chicago. The rapper is with Chicago Public Schools students to protest the killing of George Floyd as well as to demand CPS cancel their contract with the Chicago Police Department.

Kanye’s donated $2 million, so far, to the cause and set up a 529 college savings fund to fully cover tuition for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna. He’s also made a separate donation to cover the legal costs for the Arbery and Taylor families.

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Meghan Markle Implores Alma Mater Grads to Fight Racism After George Floyd’s Death

Meghan delivered her speech, virtually, to the graduating class of 2020 at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, and said she was nervous about how she would address the tragic killing of Floyd. But, ultimately, “I realized, the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing. Because George Floyd’s life mattered, and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered, and Philando Castile’s life mattered.”

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Hugh Jackman criticized for sharing photo of a protester hugging a police officer

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Hugh Jackman is catching backlash after a tweet labeling a photo of a police officer hugging a protester as “solidarity.”

On Wednesday, the actor shared a photo that appears to show a police officer at a protest hugging a crying black protester. As people across the United States continue to protest in support of police reform after the death of George Floyd, the “X-Men” star’s followers were quick to deride the post as propaganda in favor of the cops.

Many responded to the tweet voicing their disappointment with the Australian movie star, calling the post “shallow propaganda.”

“This is shallow propaganda designed to obfuscate and maintain oppressive dynamics,” one user wrote.

“Really this is your contribution really,” another user wrote.

“You forgot the rest – Solidarity for a photo op, then back to shooting at and beating peaceful protesters and journalists,” a third user wrote.

Others were quick to point out that two of Jackman’s most prominent movie roles were people who fought for equality against prejudice and hatred.

He played Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables,” a character who fights for a second chance to be a good person after being branded a criminal and outcast in the eyes of the law. He also played Wolverine in several “X-Men” movies, which many noted use the concept of “mutants” as a metaphor for racial inequality.

“bro was in les miserables and he still doesn’t get it?” one user mocked.

“Did you pay attention to any of the x-men movies you were in,” another user asked.

“anyways magneto made several points,” a third user joked, referencing the X-Men’s anti-equality villain.

Other users were quick to point out the fact that Jackman has previously defended his relationship with President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, by saying that they simply avoid talking about politics.

Hugh Jackman caught backlash on social media for a tweet showing a protester hugging a police officer. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Montblanc)

“Hugh is long time friends with Ivanka and Jared Kushner. He was never on our side,” a user noted.

“don’t forget hugh jackman is very good friends with ivanka trump and says he doesn’t like “to talk about politics” he is an absolutely trash human being,” another user wrote.

Representatives for Jackman did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Alicia Silverstone Blasted After Admitting She Takes Baths With Her 9-Year-Old Son

Clueless star, Alicia Silverstone, has come under serious fire this week after she revealing one of her slightly more questionable parenting techniques.

Keep scrolling for the full story, and to find out why the internet is so divided on her controversial decision…

Alicia Silverstone is the latest actress to face the heat of the internet.

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Alicia, forty-three, has received an awful lot of backlash this week after she admitted to a rather peculiar parenting move.

But first, let’s start from the beginning.

Most of us will recognize Alicia from the hit ’90s chick-flick, Clueless.

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Aged only eighteen, the actress found her big break with the movie, where she played the role of shallow, rich, yet kind-hearted Cher.

The movie was a roaring success…

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And, to this day, it still remains as one of the most iconic and well-known chick-flicks from the 1990s.

Alicia was catapulted into unprecedented levels of fame as a result of the movie’s success…

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Which she admits, now, was a lot to deal with as a young woman.

Looking back on her new-found fame, Alicia recognizes that it was all very overwhelming.

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Speaking to The Guardian earlier this year, Alicia recalled,

“I was so overwhelmed by being famous because I was such a young girl and it was never really my intention.”

However, as a result, Alicia found herself becoming steadily more isolated.

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“It was really just extreme how I was being talked to and talked about,” she says. “I think I just got really turned off by it.”

The young woman didn’t have many friends in the industry…

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And, in a Rolling Stone interview at the time, she noted, “they say there’s a young Hollywood out there, but I’m not part of it”

Following on from her Clueless success, the actress embarked upon a number of other high profile projects…

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And, at the height of her fame, she was handed a rare multimillion-dollar, 3-year first-look deal by Columbia with her production company attached.

For a woman of such a young age, this was staggering.

But, as she got older, she began to gradually fall out of love with acting.

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“I stopped loving acting for a very long time,” she admitted, adding that it was a role in a David Mamet play that reinvigorated her.

“My body was just like, this is what I’m meant to do, I love it so much, I need to find a way to do both, to be able to be an actress and be an activist at the same time so that’s what I did.”

And, these days, Alicia dedicates her life to something much different.

Though she still performs on and off-screen, Alicia’s passions lay within veganism and animal rights, and writing.

Veganism, in particular, have become a real passion for the actress.

She regularly uses her Instagram account to remind her followers of the cruelty involved with the meat industry and has even starred in many ads and campaigns for the animal rights group, PETA.

And, on top of all that…

She is now a devoted parent.

The actress welcomed her son, Bear, into the world in 2011.

Though she separated from his father, Christopher Jarecki, in 2018, the pair still co-parent together.

“We ask Bear where he wants to be. But then I started to wonder if that was too much pressure.” She explained on Today last month. “So, I checked in with him and he said, ‘I love that I get to decide.’ We both have different perks!”

But, as most celebrities do…

Alicia has faced a considerable amount of backlash about her parenting decisions throughout the years.

Firstly, Alicia is raising Bear, 9, as a vegan.

The actress has admitted that Bear lives off a vegan diet and has even said that she never has to discipline him because of it.

As most of you will know, the decision to raise a child on a vegan diet is a controversial one, with many health specialists saying it can cause long term damage to their developing bodies.

But Alicia claims that he is so well behaved because of his plant-based diet.

On his behavior, she explained,

“We just can talk like that because he’s not feeling crazy. When [kids] feel bad, when they eat unhealthy food and they don’t feel good, then they don’t act good. Same as us.”

And, just when you thought the actresses parenting decisions couldn’t get any more controversial…

She then comes out with another revelation about his upbringing.

In a recent interview about her and her son’s lockdown, Alicia admitted something a little unusual…

She revealed that she and Bear still bathe together.

In the interview, the actress began by discussing the things her and her son have been doing in their quality time together during lockdown.

And this included activities such as dancing and bouncing on a trampoline and jumping rope.

But then, she suddenly admitted that their bath-time routines have changed a little.

“My son and I take baths together, and when he’s not with me, I take a bath and that really feels nourishing and comforting,” the actress told The New York Times.

Of course, Alicia has received a ton of backlash for her decision.

On Facebook user wrote, “getting a shower with them at that age is not appropriate or acceptable especially a mother with a son or a father with a daughter,” while another went as far to say, “I recommend that she seek out a professional to help her out with this issue, not only for herself, but for her child’s sanity as well.”

Many think that Bear is too old to still be bathing with his mom…

“No. My son is also 9 and while there’s nothing wrong with the body, there is a need for privacy.”

Alicia is yet to respond to the backlash.

But she isn’t the only vegan parent to come under fire.

Keep scrolling to read about the plant-based mom who makes “sperm smoothies”…

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Meghan Markle breaks silence on George Floyd death in heartfelt message to old school – Dianalegacy Latest Update News Images Videos of British Royal Family

MEGHAN MARKLE broke her silence over the death of George Floyd in a video addressed to students of her old school.

Meghan Markle said “George Floyd’s life mattered” in a new video in which she discussed the issue of racism in America. In a heartfelt speech addressed to students from her former school, Immaculate Heart High in Los Angeles, the Duchess of Sussex branded the chaos as “devastating” as she urged people to speak up about their experience. Meghan said: “The only wrong thing to say is to say nothing. Because George Floyd’s life mattered, and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered, and Tamir Rice’s life mattered.

“And so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know. Stephon Clark, his life mattered.

“And I was thinking about this moment, when I was a sophomore in high school, I was 15 and sophomore year is the year we do volunteer work, which is a pre-requisite for graduating.

“I remember one of my teachers said to me before I was leaving before a day of volunteering, ‘Always remember to put other’s needs above your own fears.’”

The Duchess admitted to feeling nervous at the beginning of the speech and she later apologised to pupils about having to live in a world “where this is still present.”

Meghan Markle said (Image: BBC)

Meghan Markle apologised to the students for the world they have to grow up in (Image: BBC)

She continued: “I am sorry that we have not got the world to a place that you deserve it to be.

“I’m sorry. I’m so sorry that you have to grow up in a world where this is still present.

“That’s something you should have an understanding of, but an understanding of as a history lesson, not as your reality.”

She added: “So I am sorry that we have not got the world to a place that you deserve it to be.”

Meghan Markle also recounted her experience during the 1992 LA riots (Image: BBC)

The Duchess of Sussex also recounted her first experience with widespread violence as she discussed her memories of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. 

Similarly to the ongoing protests, the LA riots had been “triggered by a senseless act of racism”, Meghan said.

The Duchess said she remembered seeing the billowing smoke rising from burning buildings and men holding rifles as they travelled around in the back of a van.

She said: “Those memories don’t go away.”

George Floyd died of asphyxia while in the custody of Minneapolis Police (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

Other royals have indirectly shown their support to the Black Lives Matter movement since the start of the protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

Heads Up, an organisation Prince William, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry set up, shared a message of support for the movement on Instagram on Wednesday.

Posting on the social media platform, the organisation wrote: “Heads Together stands with the black community. Today and every day.

“This is a reminder that your mental health matters and our charity partners are there for you if you need support.

“If you or someone you know is feeling distressed, overwhelmed, anxious, or panicked, talking can help.

“Text @giveusashoutinsta on 85258 for free and confidential 24/7 support.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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Actors continue to speak out about Lea Michele after former co-stars accuse her of racism and mistreatment – CBS News

Actress Lea Michele is at the center of a social media firestorm after she tweeted about the death of George Floyd last week, writing that the 46-year-old black man killed by police in Minnesota “did not deserve this.” The former “Glee” star included the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, but some felt her activism was disingenuous. One of Michele’s former co-stars, Samantha Marie Ware, immediately called her out on Twitter over her past behavior, launching an avalanche of tweets from others.

After several actors accused Michele of mistreatment and racism, she apologized on Instagram. However, Ware, who was the first to speak out about Michele’s behavior, is doubling down on her accusation. 

On Tuesday, Ware tweeted that Michele made her first television gig “a living hell,” saying she’ll never forget it. “I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “S*** IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD…” Ware replied to Michele’s tweet about Floyd. 

LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “SHIT IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD… https://t.co/RkcaMBmtDA

— SAMEYAAAAAA (@Sammie_Ware)

Ware starred alongside Michele on “Glee” during the show’s final season in 2015. Her tweet prompted several others to come forward with accounts of Michele’s poor behavior and mistreatment of others on set. 

Alex Newell, who played Wade “Unique” Adams, a transgender teenager on the show, replied to Ware’s tweets several times, as did several background actors, who tweeted about disappointing experiences with Michele while on set, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Actress Jeanté Godlock, was one of several who said Michele referred to background actors as “cockroaches.”

Many fans replied to Ware’s tweet too. Some pointed out that “Glee” actress Naya Rivera had “tried to warn” others about Michele’s poor behavior in the past. In her 2016 book, “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up,” Rivera described Michele being “unprofessional” on set and the tension between them while filming.

Heather Morris, another “Glee” star, also spoke out about Michele’s behavior on Wednesday. “Let me be very clear, Hate is a disease in America that we are trying to cure, so I would never wish for hate to be spread to anyone else. With that said, was she unpleasant to work with? Very much so; for Lea to treat others with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did, I believe she SHOULD be called out,” Morris wrote on social media, adding that part of the blame is on others who allowed it to “go on for so long without speaking out.” 

“But, at the current moment it is implied that she is a racist and although I cannot comment on her beliefs, I think we’re assuming, and you know what happens when we all assume…” Morris’ post continued. 

Former “Glee” star Amber Riley replied to Ware’s tweets with several gifs, later saying on the “Real Quick With Danielle Young” podcast that she didn’t care about Michele, and the attention should be placed elsewhere, ET reports. “People are out here dying, being murdered by police. Trans women are being murdered by the hands of men who are upset about being trans attracted,” said Riley, who portrayed Mercedes Jones on the show.

Other entertainment industry professionals also spoke out about Michele. Former “30 Rock” actor Keith Powell replied to Ware’s tweet by writing: “I co-sign on this. Lea Michele is a terrible human and has said terrible things to many different types of people, including racist micoagressions to/about black people.”

In a long message posted on Instagram, Michele issued an apology on Wednesday. While she said she didn’t remember “making this specific statement,” apparently referring to Ware’s accusation, she acknowledged that’s not really the point. 

“When I tweeted the other day, it was meant to be a show of support for our friends and neighbors and communities of color during this really difficult time, but the responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus specifically on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them,” Michele wrote.

In the post, Michele acknowledged that she “acted in ways which hurt other people.”

“Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused,” she wrote. 

Hours after Michele posted the apology, Ware spoke out again, commenting on Michele’s use of “perceived” in her statement. In her post, Ware also linked to the GoFundMe for the family of James Scurlock, a 22-year-old black man who was shot and killed while protesting in Omaha. “Open your purse,” she wrote, apparently urging Michele to donate.

Perceived? Purcieved? Purse?
Open your purse??????????????https://t.co/pQ71xtsyxD

— SAMEYAAAAAA (@Sammie_Ware)

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