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Britain’s first - and only - female Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, passed away earlier today, aged 87, following a stroke.
As tributes from the United Kingdom and around the world are coming in, both CNN and BBC are reporting Baroness Thatcher passed away at The Ritz London, the classic hotel on Piccadilly we recently discussed. She had been staying here “since being discharged from hospital at the end of last year” according to the BBC, having suffered poor health for a number of years, and retired from public speaking since 2002.
An enormously influential figure in both British and worldwide politics, Thatcher was Conservative Prime Minister between 1979 and 1990. We couldn’t possibly do justice to her legacy and accomplishments here, so we’ll point to the BBC obituary for those wanting to read more.
[Photos:Daily Mirror/The Ritz London]
Chicago woke up to some sad news this morning, with the Tribune reporting that, during the night, 23-year-old Nicholas Wieme fell down and got trapped in the smoke chute of the InterContinental Chicago. Apparently, after he'd fallen, Wieme was still able to text his girlfriend and ask for help, but by the time firefighters got him out of the chute, it was already too late.
A WGN reporter explained:
"The 23 year old man's girlfriend told fire officlals he went up to the rooftop to take pictures at around 1am. That area is not open to the public, and it's not clear how he gained access, or wound up trapped in the shoot about 22 feet down."
It sounds like the rescue team did literally everything they could--the Tribune reports that 125 firefighters and paramedics showed up at the scene, though once the situation had been properly evaluated, it was clear that removing Wieme was not going to be an easy task.
But financial struggles were the last thing on Soffer's mind over Thanksgiving, when a helicopter he was riding in spun viciously out of control, killing one of its passengers, and causing injuries to the rest. According to the NY Daily News, the crash took place in the Bahamas on Thursday, right outside Baker's Bay Gold & Ocean Club, where Soffer and his friends were attempting to spend a relaxing post-Thanksgiving weekend on the beach.
An anonymous resort employee, who, along with all the resort's 180 guests, looked on in horror as the helicopter got tossed around in the wind, gave this account to the Miami Herald:
Sad news today. Mitch Mitchell, the drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead in his room at the Benson Hotel in Portland yesterday. He was 61 years old. Mitchell was part of one of the iconic rock groups to come out of the 60s.
Hendrix, one of music's most celebrated guitarists, joined with Mitchell and bass player Noel Redding to create the Jimi Hendrix Experience in London in 1966. The following year, the band released its debut album, ``Are You Experienced?'' featuring the tracks ``Hey Joe'' and ``Purple Haze.''
Mitchell had actually come to Portland to play with a Hendrix tribute band. There is no foul play suspected and Mitchell was reportedly frail-looking but an autopsy will be performed.
· Mitch Mitchell, Drummer for Jimi Hendrix Experience, Dies at 61 [Bloomberg News]
Now some really sad news come out of the place. A woman was found dead in her ninth-floor apartment. The NY Daily News reports:
The body of Angela O'Conner, 46, was discovered lying faceup on the bed in her ninth-floor apartment just after 8 p.m. on Friday, police said. Neighbors had smelled a strong odor coming from her apartment and called 911, police said. There were no signs of injury to O'Conner's body and there was no indication that someone had broken into the apartment, police said.
No signs of foul play were found and it is believed that O'Conner suffered from a long-existing medical condition. Hotel Chelsea is also the scene of where Sid Vicious stabbed his girlfriend Nancy to death in 1978.
Sad. Condolences to the Hotel Chelsea Family.
Ask Men has just done a feature on famous hotel rooms, but if you read through the list you'll soon see it really should have been called infamous hotel rooms. But this top ten does make an interesting list.
For example, the Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin comes in at #8 not because Bill Clinton or Queen Elizabeth II have stayed there, but because that was the place where Michael Jackson dangled his baby over the balcony.
Normally, we don't like kicking off a Monday with grisly hotel crime but when it happens at a luxury hotel in Orange County, it's hard to ignore.
A woman's body was found packed in dry ice at the Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel Saturday and the details surrounding her death are mysterious to say the least.
The body of Monique Felicia Trepp was discovered in Room 966 at the Fairmont Hotel just before midnight Thursday, shortly after narcotics investigators say they arrested [Stephen David] Royds with a small amount of cocaine.
There's no cause of death yet but both Trepp and Royds had several prior drug-related arrest. Royds also told the O.C. Register that "Everything that happened was for religious reasons."
This is certainly not the kind of publicity the Fairmont wants after having just completed an extensive $32 million renovation. Maybe the Mondrian West Hollywood has some tips on how to cope.