Former Miss Universe New Zealand Finalist Amber-Lee Friis Dead At 23

Amber-Lee Friis, the beauty queen who went on to become a finalist in the 2018 Miss Universe New Zealand pageant, passed away on Monday at only 23 years old.

The sad news was confirmed by the boutique talent agency that represented her, The Talent Tree, who wrote in a Facebook post:

“It is with immense sadness we acknowledge the sudden passing of a beautiful and talented Wahine Amber-lee Friis. Amber-Lee was one of our original Models for The Talent Tree and a finalist in 2018 Miss Universe NZ (Miss World New Zealand). Our sincere aroha and condolences to Amber-Lee’s family and friends. R.I.P beautiful lady.”

What a terrible and untimely loss for the beauty community and Friis’ family. She was way too young for her life to be cut short so soon.

At this time, very few details about the cause of her death are known. However, in a statement shared with People, the New Zealand Police Department confirmed they responded to a “sudden death” call on May 18 and that the death had been referred to the coroner. The Daily Mail has since reported her passing as a suicide.

Back when she ran for the Miss Universe NZ title, the former pageant competitor told a local outlet called Stuff about how she struggled with self-confidence for years before reaching a turning point and deciding to pursue pageantry:

“I remember sitting in my room one night and thinking how hard life could be. At a young age you feel the world is weighing on your shoulders. I was like a lost sheep before I started writing down goals and started focusing on what I wanted to do. I felt stuck and helpless. No one ever has to feel that way.”

Ugh. How sad…

Amber-Lee is remembered fondly by those who knew and worked with her including CEO of Miss World New Zealand, Nigel Godfrey, who described her as “a force to be reckoned with” in an emotional Facebook tribute post on Tuesday. He wrote, in part:

“She was feisty, definitely took no prisoners, but she was a beautiful soul and you 100% knew what you were getting. She was genuine, honest and she had an energy few others possess, her heart was most definitely in the right place. We liked and respected her and were very proud to call her a friend, long after the competition had finished.”

“Amber Lee turned her life, and indeed her experience with us around, and into an incredibly positive force for good. In the years since she has been loyal and supportive and we value that above anything. Tragically she passed away yesterday, the world is a lesser place without her in it,” Nigel continued. “She had a great deal more to give and it is a dreadful tragedy that she won’t be here to realize her unlimited potential. RIP Amber Lee you have left us far, far too soon.”

The official account for Miss World New Zealand also wrote on its FB page:

“Our sincerest condolences to the friends and whānau of Amber-lee Friis, whom we have just learned from The Talent Tree has passed away. Continue shining brightly, Amber-lee, just as we remembered you.”

Very, very sad, indeed.

R.I.P., Amber-Lee.

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Facebook employees will face pay cuts if they move to work remotely

Facebook employees will face pay cuts if they move out of Silicon Valley to cheaper areas to work from home as Mark Zuckerberg predicts half of staffers will work remotely within five to 10 years

  • CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook employee can choose to permanently work remotely on Thursday
  • But they are most likely going to take a pay cut based on where they chose to live and the cost of living
  • Facebook’s headquarters in in California’s Menlo Park, which has a median home price of $2.4million
  • This may be an obstacle for employees who planned to move to a less costly area to make their Silicon Valley paychecks stretch 
  • Employees must notify Facebook if they’ve moved locations by January 1, 2021
  • Zuckerberg’s livestream feed cut off while he was discussing the future of Facebook’s 50,000-person workforce Thursday morning 
  • During the video, Zuckerberg said he believes that by 2030 half of company employees will be working permanently from home 
  • He said employees already have the option to work from home through 2020 

Facebook employees will have the option to permanently work from home, but can expect a pay cut if they move to less expensive areas to continue the job.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced via livestream that he expects about 50 per cent of the company’s 50,000 staffers to work remotely within the next five to 10 years. 

Certain employees will be allowed to work remotely full time and will need to notify Facebook of any location changes by January 1, 2021.

Employees who hoped to take their large Silicon Valley paychecks with them if they moved to a less costly region have run into a caveat. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) revealed that employees will be able to work from home permanently, but  will take a pay cut based on their area’s cost of living 

‘That means if you live in a location where the cost of living is dramatically lower, or the cost of labor is lower, then salaries do tend to be somewhat lower in those places,’ said Zuckerberg.

‘We’ll adjust salary to your location at that point. There’ll be severe ramifications for people who are not honest about this,’ he added.

As of 2018, the median staff salary at the giant tech company was more than $240,000 annually.

Zuckerberg has taken a base salary of just $1 for the last three years, but received $22million in compensation by way of security in 2018.  Nearly $3million went towards private jets, according to Reuters. 

Menlo Park, the California city where Facebook it headquartered, has a median home price of $2.4million.

Facebook’s headquarters sits in California’s Menlo Park, where the median home price is $2.4million 

The company’s New York City office is settled in Manhattan (pictured) where homes sell for a median price of $945,000

The median income in the larger Bay Area nearly $1.5million less at $928,000, according to Zillow. 

Facebook’s New York City office is found in Manhattan, which has a median income of $82,459 and a median price of homes sold is $945,500. 

The median price of homes currently listed is $1.5million in Manhattan.   

Zuckerberg said the move to working remotely will help diversity Facebook’s staff and hiring pool. 

‘When you limit hiring to people who either live in a small number of big cities or are willing to move there, that cuts out a lot of people who live in different communities, different backgrounds or may have different perspectives,’ he said.

‘Certainly being able to recruit more broadly, especially across the U.S. and Canada to start, is going to open up a lot of new talent that previously wouldn’t have considered moving to a big city.’ 

Zuckerberg (pictured) said there will be ‘severe ramifications’ for employees who lie about their home address to keep their Silicon Valley salary

On Thursday, Zuckerberg’s Facebook livestream feed shut off while he was talking to employees about his prediction that more than half of the company will be working from home permanently by 2030. 

He was nearly done with his discussion about the future of the company’s 50,000-person workforce during a livestream on Thursday when it suddenly cut out and an error screen appeared. 

Zuckerberg did manage to finish most of his discussion which began with him saying: ‘I think it’s clear that COVID has changed a lot about our lives. That certainly includes the way that most of us work.’

‘We’ve already told people that through 2020, they can chose to work from home,’ he said, adding that 95 per cent or more of the company’s employees are currently working from home.

‘We are going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale, with a thoughtful and responsible plan for how to do this,’ Zuckerberg said.

‘But we’re going to do this in a measured way over time’.

The billionaire then went on to give his prediction for the future. ‘I think that it’s quite possible that over the next five to 10 years about 50 per cent of our people could be working remotely.

‘That’s not a target or goal,’ Zuckerberg said, before pointing to the survey results from Facebook employees that found there is a lot of demand to continue working from home.

With the permanent remote work, Facebook has outlined criteria for an individual’s eligibility. 

First, an employee must be experienced. Secondly, Zuckerberg said employees must have ‘very strong recent performances, which includes two meets-all expectations or above ratings’.

Zuckerberg said the employees must be ‘a part of a team that is supporting remote work’.

Lastly, ‘you have to start by getting approval from your group leader,’ Zuckerberg added. 

Zuckerberg’s announcement comes as businesses (file image, employees working from home) adjust to the impact of COVID-19, which is also expected to reshape the future of office spaces after the pandemic retreats

Zuckerberg’s announcement comes as businesses adjust to the impact of COVID-19, which is also expected to reshape the future of office spaces after the pandemic retreats.

Shopify also recently made a similar announcement.  

Tobi Lutke, the CEO of Canadian e-commerce firm Shopify declared on Thursday the end of ‘office centricity’ and decided to keep company offices closed till 2021, allowing most employees to work remotely on a permanent basis after that.

Ottawa-based Shopify, which briefly became Canada’s most valuable company earlier this month, had more than 5,000 employees and contractors worldwide as of December.

‘As of today, Shopify is a digital by default,’ Lutke, who is also the founder of Shopify, said in a tweet. ‘We will keep our offices closed until 2021 so that we can rework them for this new reality. Office centricity is over.’

Square Inc and Twitter recently allowed employees to continue working from home permanently.

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Group Nine Teams With Facebook For New Slate Of Facebook Watch Shows

EXCLUSIVE: Group Nine has partnered with Facebook to release a slate of new shows for Facebook Watch. The mobile video publishing platform’s brands NowThis, The Dodo, Thrillist, Popsugar and Seeker will develop and distribute new shows on the platform. This marks the first slate of series from Group Nine after the company acquired Popsugar.

Of the 10 new series in the collaboration, six of them are brand new. This is part of Facebook’s publisher and creator program, which fosters collaborations between publishers, creators and public figures for new videos. The new partnership between Group Nine and Facebook includes series with “sexy veterinarian” Evan Antin, comdian and actress Hannah Hart, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson among others.

“Group Nine is committed to creating premium video IP that resonates with our massive audience across multiple passion points,” said Group Nine’s President of Network, Mickey Meyer. “As the global industry leader in multi-platform, mobile-first content creation, we’re excited to partner with Facebook on new franchises featuring some of our fans’ favorite creators.”

Read the descriptions of the series below.

POPSUGAR’s K-FitSugar
Premiered March 15, 2020

Building on POPSUGAR’s wildly successful Class FitSugar series, K-FitSugar brings K-Pop dance tutorials to fans’ living rooms. This tutorial series teaches fans how to execute dances by their favorite groups from performances and music videos. Choreographer Ellen Kim breaks down a popular K-Pop music video move-by-move — allowing fans to grasp the dance piecemeal before putting it all together at the end of the

show when she performs the full routine set to the music fans know and love. K-FitSugar taps into the dance cover content trend in K-Pop groups and encourages community members to create their own covers using what they’ve learned in our series. The highly focused nature of the program drives engagement within a number of highly active community groups on the Facebook platform.

NowThisNowThis Nerd  Presents:  Fantasy
Premiered April 10, 2020

NowThis Nerd Presents: Fantasy is a weekly series that dives deep into specific, timely topics from the world of fantasy fiction. From the high fantasy of ‘Wheel of Time’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ to gritty epics like ‘The Witcher’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ and the vast world of young adult fantasy like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, the fantasy genre has earned a prominent position in pop culture. With a history that spans centuries, fantasy fiction is bursting with rich, wonderful worlds that capture our imaginations and spark endless discussions. Each episode of

NowThis Nerd Presents: Fantasy, hosted by NowThis Nerd producers, will be dedicated to exploring the fantastic creatures, ancient legends and cosmic cosmologies that define the fantasy genre.

The Dodo’s YOU KNOW ME…NOW MEET MY PET Season 2
Premieres May 1, 2020

These adorable animals have played supporting roles to their parents so far, but now they’re getting ready to steal the spotlight. In each episode, social media’s top creators, including Desi Perkins (3.9M Instagram followers), Kaitlyn Bristowe (1.8M Instagram followers), Cassey Ho (1.7M Instagram followers), Justine Ezarik (1.6M Instagram followers) and Jenna Ezarik (381.1K Instagram followers), Grace Helbig (1.5M Instagram followers), Hannah Hart (1.2M Instagram followers), and Lizzy Capri (759K Instagram followers) introduce us to the beloved, super cute pet who gives them life (and snuggles) behind the scenes. Season one of The Dodo’s You Know Me…Now Meet My Pet premiered in July 2019 as an IGTV-first series.

Seeker’s Seeker BABY
Premieres May 10, 2020 on Mother’s Day

There are numerous schools of thought on children, from how they are conceived to the way they’re born to how they develop. Seeker’s new series connects all Facebook parent communities around factual and researched information about pregnancy, childbirth and newborns. In this new show, “Seeker BABY,” Olympic Gymnast Shawn  Johnson (2.6M Instagram followers) breaks down what we actually know about babies, from a scientific point of view, designed for new and expecting parents seeking reliable information about the science of parents and children.

Seeker’s TUSKS  TO  TAILS,  starring  Evan Antin
Premieres June 2020

Tusks, trunks, claws, tails. Animals have evolved in ways to adapt to their environment by developing some truly unusual physical traits. Why did elephants develop a trunk, and how does it even work? What are insect wings made of? How are tails used throughout the animal kingdom? Our host, wildlife veterinarian Evan Antin (1.3M Instagram followers) takes us on a virtual tour of the animal kingdom to answer these questions and more about the strange world of animal physiology.

NowThis’ Faces  and  Heels
Premieres Q2 2020

Faces and Heels will chronicle the journey of seven different women at varying stages of their wrestling careers as they prepare for the most important shows of their lives. The series features a creator-host to be announced soon and will focus on wrestlers such as a promising young rookie barely out of wrestling school, an indie star on the verge of being signed, to a respected, beloved veteran, signed with a major company who’s learning the ropes of being in the big league. From their trials and tribulations on the road, to their hopes and dreams for the future, NowThis’ Faces and Heels explores the day-to-day life of a woman wrestler on the independent scene, on the big stage, and the hurdles they face in a male-dominated profession.

Seeker’s Wild  Crimes
Premieres Q3 2020

Across the globe, elephants are poached for their tusks, pangolins for their scales, and totoaba fish for their bladders. Tackling the fourth largest crime industry in the world isn’t easy, but biologists, roboticists, detectives and even NASA scientists are getting creative in the hopes of making a difference. Today, they’re busting rhino horn smuggling rings using machine learning maps, tracking down illegal rainforest logging with cellular bioacoustics and tricking turtle poachers with 3D-printed smart eggs. In this docu-series, Seeker investigates true stories of wildlife crime and meets the people who are working to protect the world’s most endangered and persecuted animals.

Thrillist’s Wrestling  with  Wine
Premieres Q3 2020

Everyone wants to get into wine, but a lot of the time it seems a little too swanky and boring. In Thrillist’s new series (creator-host to be announced soon), viewers can vicariously become winos as they watch New York’s most knowledgeable sommelier teach the most unlikely of students, professional wrestlers. A truly odd pairing will make for an incredibly entertaining learning experience as the rambunctious world of wrestling gets a crash course in wine.

NowThis’ WRONGFUL CONVICTION
Premieres Q3 2020

In collaboration with Jason Flom’s popular WRONGFUL CONVICTION podcast, NowThis’ weekly series dives deep into individual stories of people fighting for their freedom after being wrongfully incarcerated. We hear stories directly from formerly (and occasionally, currently) incarcerated men and women about what it’s like to be locked up for a crime they didn’t commit. Throughout each episode, Flom talks to legal experts, forensic pathologists, and family members bringing the entire case to light and helping to explain the criminal justice system in the U.S.

Thrillist’s ACQUIRED TASTE with Tim DeLaGhetto
Premiered Sunday, December 22, 2019

Tim DeLaGhetto (1.5M Instagram followers) is no stranger to weird, exotic food. He has a theory – if he eats the parts of animals most people don’t, it will make him more powerful. In Thrillist’s food/interview show, Tim chooses a new dish in each episode, learns as much as he can about it from the people who serve and eat it, and then pairs it with a guest. Maybe they’ll eat duck fetus if his guest acts like a baby with new food, or maybe Tim feeds them a ghost pepper if their new album is on fire and they’re on the rise. From live octopus at Flushing’s Sik Gaek to silkworm at LA’s Jitlada, Tim will deliver an interview rarer than the food that’s crawling on the table. Together, they’ll learn about how the dish came about, its cultural significance, and try it for themselves.

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Facebook to warn users who ‘liked’ coronavirus hoaxes

Facebook will soon let you know if you shared or interacted with dangerous coronavirus misinformation on the site, the latest in a string of aggressive efforts the social media giant is taking to contain an outbreak of viral falsehoods.

The new notice will be sent to users who have clicked on, reacted to, or commented on posts featuring harmful or false claims about COVID-19 after they have been removed by moderators. The alert, which will start appearing on Facebook in the coming weeks, will direct users to a site where the World Health Organization lists and debunks virus myths and rumors.

Facebook, Google and Twitter are introducing stricter rules, altered algorithms and thousands of fact checks to stop the spread of bad misinformation online about the virus.

Challenges remain. Tech platforms have sent home human moderators who police the platforms, forcing them to rely on automated systems to take down harmful content. They are also up against people’s mistrust of authoritative sources for information, such as the WHO.

“Through this crisis, one of my top priorities is making sure that you see accurate and authoritative information across all of our apps,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page Thursday.

The company disclosed Thursday that it put more than 40 million warning labels in March over videos, posts or articles about the coronavirus that fact-checking organizations have determined are false or misleading. The number includes duplicate claims — the labels were based on 4,000 fact checks.

Facebook says those warning labels have stopped 95% of users from clicking on the false information.

“It’s a big indicator that people are trusting the fact checkers,” said Baybars Orsek, the director of the International Fact-Checking Network. “The label has an impact on people’s information consumption.”

But Orsek cautioned that the data Facebook provided should be reviewed by outside editors or experts, and called on the historically secretive company to release regular updates about the impact of its fact-checking initiative.

Orsek’s organization is a nonprofit that certifies news organizations as fact checkers, a requirement to produce fact-checking articles for Facebook. Facebook has recruited dozens of news organizations around the globe to fact check bad information on its site. The Associated Press is part of that program.

Facebook will also begin promoting the articles that debunk COVID-19 misinformation, of which there are thousands, on a new information center called “Get The Facts.” Putting trustworthy information in front of people can be just as useful, if not more, than simply debunking falsehoods.

Still, conspiracy theories, claims about unverified treatments, and misinformation about coronavirus vaccines continue to pop up on the site daily— sometimes circumventing the safeguards Facebook has implemented.

The new notification feature also only applies to posts on users’ main news feed — not in groups, where misinformation often spreads unchecked, and not on WhatsApp or Instagram, though Facebook has put some other protections in place on those platforms.

That means a lot of users won’t get the new alert from Facebook, said Stephanie Edgerly, an associate professor at Northwestern University who researches audience engagement. She said many users might simply see a false claim in their Facebook feed but not share, like or comment on it.

“A lot of what we know about how people scroll through their news feed not clicking on things, they still reading posts or headlines, without clicking on the link,” Edgerly said.

Facebook users, for example, viewed a false claim that the virus is destroyed by chlorine dioxide nearly 200,000 times, estimates a new study out today from Avaaz, a left-leaning advocacy group that tracks and researches online misinformation.

The group found more than 100 pieces of misinformation about the coronavirus on Facebook, viewed millions of times even after the claims had been marked as false or misleading by fact checkers. Other false claims were not labeled as misinformation, despite being declared by fact-checkers as false.

“Coronavirus misinformation content mutates and spreads faster than Facebook’s current system can track it,” Avaaz said in its report.

This is especially problematic for Italian and Spanish misinformation, the report said, because Facebook has been slower to issue warning labels on posts that aren’t in English. Avaaz also noted that it can take as long as 22 days for Facebook to label misinformation as such — giving it plenty of time to spread.

False claims about coronavirus treatments have had deadly consequences.

Last month, Iranian media reported more than 300 people had died and 1,000 were sickened in the country after ingesting methanol, a toxic alcohol rumored to be a remedy through private social media messages.

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Facebook to Alert Users Exposed to 'Harmful' COVID-19 Misinformation

“Stopping the spread of misinformation and harmful content about COVID-19 on our apps is also critically important,” Facebook VP Guy Rosen says

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread, even the Hollywood community has been affected. From actors to executives, here is a list of confirmed celebrity coronavirus cases.

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  • Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson announced they both tested positive for the coronavirus in Australia while filming their Elvis Presley biopic. The couple isolated themselves and are keeping their spirits up, sharing their experience on Instagram.

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  • Former Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko posted on Instagram Sunday that she was self-quarantining after testing positive for the coronavirus. She appeared in “Quantum of Solace” opposite Daniel Craig in 2008 and in the sci-fi movie “Oblivion.”

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  • Idris Elba posted a video on Twitter Monday saying that he tested positive for the coronavirus. The British actor said he is asymptomatic and encourages people to stay pragmatic.

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  • Lucian Grainge, longtime chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, tested positive for the coronavirus and has been hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. On April 6, he sent a memo to staff saying he was going to make a full recovery. 

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  • Kristofer Hivju posted on Instagram Monday that he tested positive for the coronavirus. The “Game of Thrones” alum is set to star on season 2 of Netflix’s “The Witcher.” 

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  • Rachel Matthews, the voice of Honeymaren in “Frozen II” and an actress known for “Looking for Alaska” and “Happy Death Day 2 You,” said in a series of posts on her Instagram story (via Page Six) that she tested positive for the coronavirus. Matthews described her symptoms over the course of a week in her posts and added that she found tests for the virus “INSANELY hard to come by.” 

     

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  • Kevin Durant, a two-time NBA Finals MVP and currently a player for the Brooklyn Nets, was one of four players who tested positive for the coronavirus, according to The Athletic. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” he told The Athletic.

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  • Actor Daniel Dae Kim announced on Instagram Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. “For all those out there, especially teenagers and millennials who think this is not serious, please know that it is,” the former “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0” star pleaded. He has since recovered from the virus.

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  • Prince Albert of Monaco is the first known head of state to contract the coronavirus.

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  • Sean Payton told ESPN he tested positive for the coronavirus. He is the first confirmed case in the NFL

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  • Colton Underwood, former star of “The Bachelor,” revealed in a Twitter video that despite being 28-years-old and healthy, he still tested positive for the coronavirus.  

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  • Andy Cohen, host of “Watch What Happens Live” on Bravo, announced he tested positive on March 20.

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  • Actress Debi Mazar (“Goodfellas,” “Younger”) announced on March 21 that she had tested positive for COVID-19. “Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough,” she wrote. “I can breath, and I’m going to heal here, in my own home! My family is under quarantine for 14 days.”

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  • Opera legend Placido Domingo announced on March 22 that he tested positive for COVID-19. “Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis, so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon,” he wrote on Facebook.

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  • “Les Miserables” actor Aaron Tveit announced he tested positive for the virus in a lengthy Instagram post. “I consider myself extremely lucky that my symptoms have been very mild,” he wrote.

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  • Sen. Rand Paul became the first U.S. senator to test positive for the virus Sunday.

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  • Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the virus in prison, according to a report from the Niagara Gazette.

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  • “Game of Thrones” actress Indira Varma revealed she was sick with the virus last week.

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  • Daytime Emmy Award winner Greg Rikaart (“The Young and the Restless”) announced on Instagram that he tested positive for the coronavirus. “Nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with these guys,” he wrote, referring to his husband and son.

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  • Playwright Terrence McNally died of coronavirus-related complications on March 24.

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  • Houston rapper Slim Thug said in an Instagram video posted on March 24 that he tested positive for coronavirus.

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  • Prince Charles, the first in line to the British throne, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus but remains in “good health,” his office announced on Wednesday.

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  • Jackson Browne, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, also announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. He is recuperating in his Los Angeles home.

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  • In a memo to staff Thursday, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell revealed he had tested positive for the coronavirus and “improving every day.”

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  • Chef Floyd Cardoz died of coronavirus complications on March 25. He won the third season of “Top Chef Masters” and appeared in numerous other cooking programs. He was 59.

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  • Mark Blum, who starred in “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “You,” died of coronavirus complications on March 26. He was 69.

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  • ESPN NBA analyst and reporter Doris Burke revealed Friday she tested positive for the coronavirus, and that it took eight days for her to get her results. Fortunately, she has been symptom-free.

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  • Chuck Billy, frontman for the thrash-metal band Testament, told Rolling Stone, “I had an achy body, headaches, coughing, tight chest, I lost my sense of smell and taste — the whole thing.” A few days later, he and his wife Tiffany learned they had the coronavirus.

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  • Houston rapper Scarface revealed in a livestream with Geto Boys’ bandmate Willie D. that he tested positive for COVID-19 after having symptoms that began with the lack of taste and smell.

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  • Adam Schlesinger, the songwriter best known for his work with the rock band Fountains of Wayne and the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” has been hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms. Sadly, the 52-year-old rocker died on April 1.

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  • Chris Cuomo announced on March 31 he tested positive for the coronavirus. The anchor has been hosting the show from his basement.

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  • Tennis commentator Patrick McEnroe announced March 31 he tested positive for the coronavirus. The brother of John McEnroe says he quarantined himself in his basement and is “feeling fine.”

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  • Eddie Large, one-half of the comedy duo Little and Large, contracting coronavirus while hospitalized for heart failure. Sadly, he died on April 2 at age 78.

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  • Jim Edmonds, MLB player turned “Real Housewives of Orange County” star, said he tested positive for both pneumonia and the coronavirus but is “completely symptom-free” now.

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  • Actress Ali Wentworth, who is married to ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, revealed on Instagram she tested positive for the coronavirus and “has never been sicker.” She is quarantined from her family.

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  • Tony-award winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell tweeted he tested positive for the coronavirus and was self-isolating. He added he was feeling better and “over the hump.” 

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  • “Love Song” singer and Broadway star of the musical “Waitress” Sara Bareilles revealed she had tested positive for the virus and is already feeling better, she said in an Instagram story Friday.

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  • CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin tested positive for coronavirus despite practicing social distancing. “I am okay,” she posted on Instagram. “It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever. I’ve been social distancing. Doing ALL the things we’re being told to do. Still — it got me.”

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  • Christopher Cross, the singer-songwriter best known for “Sailing,” announced he tested positive for cornonavirus in a lengthy Instagram post. “Although I am fortunate enough to be cared for at home, this is possibly the worst illness I’ve ever had,” he wrote.

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  • The pop singer Pink revealed on Twitter that she tested positive for coronavirus but said that after two weeks of self-isolating, she then tested negative for COVID-19 and had recovered. Pink then agreed to donate $1 million split among two different crisis relief funds.

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  • The singer and songwriter Marianne Faithfull, who came to fame as part of the 1960s British Invasion with her single “As Tears Go By,” was hospitalized in London after testing positive for the coronavirus, her reps told Rolling Stone. “She is stable and responding to treatment. We all wish her well and a full and speedy recovery,” the reps said in the statement. 

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  • Duran Duran singer John Taylor announced on Facebook that he had tested positive for coronavirus — and fully recovered. “I want to let you know that it isn’t always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing,” he wrote.

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  • Reality TV star Todd Chrisley (“Chrisley Knows Best”) revealed he tested positive for the coronavirus on his podcast. “It has been the sickest I have ever been on this earth,” he said. “Hopefully, I will get better every day, but as of right now, folks, I still am not clicking on all cylinders.”

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  • “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Jennifer Aydin revealed she tested positive for the coronavirus after asking her husband — a plastic surgeon — to bring home a test. The reality TV star has been quarantining herself away from her five children.

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  • “Fox & Friends” weekend host Jedidiah Bila said on Instagram that she has been recovering from her coronavirus diagnosis while absent from the air. The former “View” host said she’s “very much on the mend.”

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  • Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds told his Instagram followers on April 10, which is also his birthday, that he and his family tested positive for COVID-19 but have since recovered. “It’s an incredibly scaring thing to go through my friends,” he wrote.

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  • Country music singer Sturgill Simpson posted a photo on Instagram On April 11 of him lying on a hospital bed, wearing a face mask. “After almost one month without any symptoms, I received a call from the Nashville CDC stating that my test resulted in a positive detection for Covid-19,” he wrote.

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  • “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos announced he tested positive for the coronavirus just a few days after his wife, Ali Wentworth, revealed her diagnosis. Fortunately, the tv host says he has been asymptomatic and is “feeling great.”

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  • Tom Hanks, Idris Elba and Prince Charles have all come down with COVID-19

    As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread, even the Hollywood community has been affected. From actors to executives, here is a list of confirmed celebrity coronavirus cases.

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