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Simonne Kerr, Britain’s Got Talent Finalist, Stabbed to Death in London

We have another heinous and tragic death to report from the world of reality television.

Just days after former E! star Lyric McHenry was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in New York City, police in Great Britain have confirmed the following piece of heartbreaking news…

Simonne Kerr, a finalist just this past season on Britain’s Got Talent, was stabbed to death in London on Wednesday afternoon.

She was 31 years old.

According to local authorities, law enforcement officials were called to a residential address at Grayshott Road in Battersea just around 12:30 p.m. on August 15. 

Upon their arrival, these cops discovered that Kerr had suffered a grave knife wound; she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The following day, a 40-year-old named Desmond Slyva was charged with her murder. His motives remain unclear at this time.

He appeared at Wimbledon magistrates court on Friday and did not enter a plea, according to The Guardian.

Police are not investigating any additional suspects, this same newspaper reports.

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Kerr performed on Britain’s Got Talent back April as a member of NHS choir group B Positive, which was comprised of singers between the ages of 22 and 62.

Each of them has either been diagnosed with sickle cell anemia or have loved ones with sickle cell anemia.

It was a pretty cool story and it made significant headlines overeas at the time.

Kerr, who worked as a hematology and oncology nurse, joined the group in 2015 after her six-year-old son, Kavele, passed away from the disease.

This is a photo of Kerr and Kavele, both of whom are sadly no longer with us:

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The inspiring group advaned all the way to the show’s finale in June,but were ultimately bested by the eventual winner, Lost Voice Guy.

Following the news of Kerr’s awful death, the choir posted a message to Twitter that reads:

Our thoughts are with Simonne’s family at this tragic time. She was a valued member of the B Positive choir who was passionate about blood donation following the loss of her son.

We are devastated at the loss of a well-loved choir member and friend.

In regard to her son, her singing and her motivation in life, Kerr once said the following to the NHS blog:

“I got to spend six wonderful years watching Kavele grow and though there were a handful of hospitalizations in his short life, I was positive that he would live a full life into adulthood.

“I lost him in 2015 …

“Singing can be such an uplifting experience so joining the B Positive choir seemed the obvious way to raise awareness of the urgent need for more young and black people to give blood while doing something positive and motivational.”

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John James, the chief executive of Britain’s Sickle Cell Society also Tweeted in response to this tragedy, writing:

“So so shocked to hear that our friend, Sickle Cell Society volunteer and B-Positive Choir member Simonne Kerr has been tragically killed. In shock.

“My thoughts are with her mother, siblings and other family members.”

May Simonne Kerr rest in peace.

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Annabelle Neilson Dies; Ladies of London Star Was 49

Annabelle Neilson, a former star on Bravo’s reality show Ladies of London and a famous British aristocrat, was found dead last week, sources have confirmed.

She was 49 years old.

As of this writing, no cause of death has been announced or determined.

The London Metropolitan Police told Us Weekly that officers were called to Neilson’s address on last Thursday, July 12, after a woman had been “found deceased at the location.”

Per the authorities, Neilson’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

No foul play is believed to have taken place.

Neilson appeared on seasons 1 and 2 of the aforementioned Bravo hit prior to announcing her departure from the series in 2015.

She starred alongside full-time cast members Caroline Stanbury, Marissa Hermer, Juliet Angus, Caprice Bourret and Noelle Reno for the first season of the show, which premiered in 2014.

“Good buy to Ladies of London these are the ladies I love and are my real friends!!” Neilson wrote alongside an Instagram photo of herself and Kate Moss in November 2015.

She added at the time:

“im blessed and greatfull to say fair well!! I wouldn’t say it’s been a ride, possibly a disappointment but we all make mistakes … See you on the other side ❤❤❤❤❤out.”

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In addition to being a reality star, Neilson worked as a model before her passing.

She was close friends with Moss and Naomi Campbell, as well as the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen… whose suicide in 2010 completely devastated her.

Neilson was actually the last person to see her alive.

“He was my brother, my boyfriend, my soulmate. Most of the time people called me Mrs McQueen. Quite often we were sharing a bed,” Neilson told the Daily Mail in 2015, adding back then:

“The truth is I was happier with Lee than with anyone else. He asked me to marry him towards the end and I said no. I wish now that I had said yes.”

Elsewhere, Neilson released a series of children’s books.

She told MyBaba in 2015 that her inspiration behind the series was largely based on her experience with dyslexia.

“Angry Me is a character based on me in part as a child with severe dyslexia – but I think Angry Me evokes the frustrations and feelings for children when they can’t release such a powerful emotion as anger and it can be so many different things that a child can struggle with,” Neilson told the outlet at the time.

She continued:

“Other characters have been based around friends, some family, some godchildren.

“You do look for inspiration amongst the people close to you.”

Neilson was also honest in the past about becoming addicted to heroin after being beaten severely at the age of 16.

“The attack lasted for two hours. I was tied to a tree and continually beaten. I looked like the elephant girl by the end of it,” she told the Daily Mail in 2015, candidly admitting to the newspaper:

“I managed to escape with my life but I needed reconstructive surgery because my face was so disfigured.

“After that, I fell into a serious depression and became a heroin addict because it provided an escape bubble and was the only way I could cope.”

In 1994 Annabelle married wealthy banker Nat Rothschild  in Las Vegas, before divorcing in 1997.

She does not leave behind any children.

May Annabelle Neilson rest in peace.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William Christen Louis, Light Up London

Kate Middleton has taken a break from trash-talking Meghan Markle to focus on what’s really important:

Family.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived on Monday at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace in London alongside Prince William and her three precious children in order to Christen the youngest of these children.

Indeed, it was quite a big day for 11-week old Louis, who was accompanied for this major occasion by his four-year old brother, George, and three-year old sister, Charlotte.

This was actually the first time all five members of this beloved immediate family were photographed in the same place.

Middleton, as we’ve come to expect at all times, looked elegant and gorgeous in a cream suit dress from Alexander McQueen (her wedding dress designer) and a matching headpiece from Jane Taylor.

Take a look at the ensemble here:

Louis was born on April 19 and, within hours, Middleton was all dressed and made up and debuting her child for the public.

Since then, the global icon was spotted at the annual Trooping the Colour even on June 9; and a day later, she and her two older kids were on the sidelines of Prince William’s polo match.

That’s been about it for Kate Middleton appearances since she became a mother for the third time.

We’re obviously not blaming her or judging her here. She has a newborn at home!

Following in the adorable footsteps of his siblings, Louis’ service was conducted this morning by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, who christened George in October 2013 and Charlotte in July 2015…

… and most recently officiated Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding.

(That Royal World really is a small one, isn’t it?)

Charlotte, meanwhile, was Christened at Sandringham’s St. Mary Magdalene church in Norfolk, which is also where her late grandmother Princess Diana was Christened.

As for George?

His ceremony was held at St. James’s Palace‘s Chapel Royal.

For those wondering, Kate and William selected two hymns for this big event:

O Jesus, I Have Promised and Lord of All Hopefulness.

Moreover, Godparents Lucy Middleton and Guy Pelly each did a reading.

And, as if all this wasn’t exciting enough, Pippa Middleton was on hand for her nephew’s special day.

She attended alongside husband James Matthews, and with a baby in her womb.

How exciting, right?!?

We can’t make out a bump just yet, but Pipppa can be assured that the paparazzi will be looking closely for many weeks to come.

She can also turn to her sister any time she needs advice, especially considering what Kate recently said about parenting.

“Spending quality time together is such an important aspect of family life,” Middleton wrote in a letter for Children’s Hospice Week, adding:

“It is the simple family moments like playing outside together that I cherish.”

Amen. We totally agree!

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Meghan Markle’s Mom Arrives In London For the Royal Wedding!

Well, folks, it’s really happening.

The big day is almost here, and royal obsessives all over the world are downright giddy with anticipation.

We’re talking, of course, about the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The couple will exchange vows one week from Saturday, and the eyes of the world will be watching.

Of course, most of us will be forced to view the proceedings in HD, but a lucky few – roughly 600, by last estimate – have been invited to witness the ceremony firsthand.

Several members of Meghan’s family were snubbed, including her sketchy, opportunistic half-siblings.

(Their outraged reactions served as a potent reminder that Meg made the right call.)

Markle’s beloved parents, however, will be in attendance, and her mother just touched down in London last night.

Doria Ragland is a 61-year-old yoga instructor, and apparently, she’ll be staying with Harry and Meghan at Kensington Palace in the week leading up to the wedding.

“Ms. Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion,” the Royals’ press secretary said in a statement issued this week.

“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are very much looking forward to welcoming Ms. Markle’s parents to Windsor for the wedding.”

Because the statement was apparently written on an especially-long parchment, it went on to explain that along with Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, Ragland will be spending a lot of time with her new son-in-law’s family over the next week:

“Mr. Thomas Markle and Ms. Doria Ragland will be arriving in the U.K. in the week of the wedding, allowing time for Prince Harry’s family, including The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to spend time with them before the big day,” the statement concludes.

Sounds like a high-pressure situation.

It’s always stressful meeting your daughter’s fiancé’s family for the first time, but knowing one of them is literally the freakin’ Queen of England probably makes things a bit more tense.

What do you even talk to these people about if you’re a yoga instructor from America?

So … um, you folks still doing that whole colonialism thing, or is that not cool anymore?

Hopefully, Prince Philip will get drunk and start telling knock-knock jokes to ease the tension.

There’s one in every family.

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