Showing posts with label Artist Death. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Artist Death. Show all posts

October 22, 2019

A Year After Avicii's Suicide His Father Opens Up About Him




With his mega-hit "Wake Me Up," released in 2013, Avicii became a global superstar. The song went to #1 in 22 countries. But Avicii was ambivalent about his success. In a documentary filmed before his death, he talked openly about his anxiety, depression, and addiction. "Everyone knows that I've been anxious and everything and that I've been trying," he said. 
"I think it's brave of him to open up that way," said Tim's father, Klas Bergling. 
"CBS This Morning" co-host Anthony Mason recently spoke with Klas in his first U.S. broadcast interview. He said he wanted his son to be remembered "as a good person, as a good producer. He had a good heart."
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Avicii performs at Park City Live Day 3 on Saturday, January 19, 2013, in Park City, Utah.  AP

He remembers his son as a shy boy growing up in Stockholm. He first saw his love of music at home: "He was singing the Swedish national hymn."
Mason asked, "Was he good?"
"Not particularly," Klas laughed. "But very loud. And very proud! But obviously, he was super-talented."
"You must have been proud to see that?"
"Oh, yeah, sure. Of course."




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Tim Bergling's father, Klas Bergling. CBS NEWS

Klas and his wife, Anki, saw the first signs of Tim's anxiety when he was a teenager: "When you have a child that's not feeling well, you try everything to get the situation right again. And you try to understand what's going on. So, we went to a psychiatrist. I think he was 14 or 15, yeah. And he sort of calmed Tim down."
As Tim's career took off, Klas stayed involved, running his son's business: "Yeah, I did. I kept the books. I ironed his, you know, what do you say, receipts?"
"His receipts?"
"Yeah. Because he put everything down in his pocket."
"Did you really iron them?"
"Yeah, I did, actually. I did!"
As Avicii, Tim traveled the world, performing up to 250 shows a year. Klas said, "He was a very determined guy. He went all-in."
"He obviously loved it?" Mason asked,  
"Yes, I think so. Of course, after a couple of years, love of the work can be also burden."
Father and son talked often by phone. "We talked a lot about deep things," Klas said. 




Mason asked, "Did he talk to you about his anxiety?"
"Oh, yeah. I had experience myself as young. If you have experienced it yourself, you know that there are ways to get more balanced life."
In 2016, Avicii quit touring and instead focused on making music. "He was much healthier and he started exercising," Klas said. "And things really turned into a very, very good direction."
Less than two years later, Tim died by suicide.
"The suicide came as a shock to all of us. And we thought that he was really on a better way before."
Mason asked, "You said you had difficulty with that word, at first – 'suicide'?"
"Yes. Absolutely. To pronounce it, it's also to admit that you're part of this destiny, so to say."
"How are you doing now?"
"Well, it's ups and downs," Klas replied. "It's a life before. And now it's a life after. That's the best way you can express it."
In June of this year, Tim's parents released the third Avicii album, "Tim," with music he was working on just before his death. The proceeds are going to the Tim Bergling Foundation.
Mason asked, "What's your goal with the foundation?"
"Trying to get the stigma away from talking about mental illness and suicide," Klas replied. "We hope we can be a voice through Tim. Because Tim has so many millions of fans."
And what would he say to fans who might be dealing with some of the things that Tim Bergling dealt with? "You have to talk about it," Klas Bergling replied. "And you shouldn't be afraid to ask for help."

September 13, 2019

Bobby Busnach is Dead and With Him The 60's-70's Way of a Hustle Died Too

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Bobby Busnach

Fags, Hags, and Wannabees: Scenes of Tribal Grit, Glam & Camp from the 70s
Bobby Busnach was born on September 16, 1955, in Cambridge, MA. Embracing the 1960’s counter-culture, he rebelled, fought with his teachers, smoked pot, tripped on acid, and started to run away from home at the age of 12. By 15, decked out in his A. Smile baggies and 6-inch platforms, the glitter boy lived on the streets of Boston and Cambridge, hustling on Commonwealth Ave. to survive. He “came out” of his closet that year and became a regular at the Other Side, a gay bar frequented by fags, hags, drags, dikes, and wannabees, not to mention pimps, hos, and hustlers, a world also documented by fellow habitué, photographer Nan Goldin. These ‘dregs-of-society’ became Bobby’s family. 
In 1973 Bobby and best friend Geraldine moved to New York City, where, influenced by Bowie, Fellini, Warhol, Hurrell, Helmut Newton, and the classic films of old Hollywood, Bobby began documenting the times and family of friends through photography. Carefully staged; much time was spent creating the perfect look with clothing, lighting, and makeup, taking pictures through the night and into the morning to the accompaniment of pounding disco music and Quaaludes.

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 Last Picture a Week ago


Bobby Busnach died of a heart that gave up. I hope he died happily, he had too, he took the wold by its balls and turned it around many but many times. The most amazing I find about Bobby is that he could disguise in drag and you will not recognize him or he could just put something looking like a just plain bad boy outfit and you thought he was a pre virgin kido from Kansas.

Now there was a decade that belonged to him and thanks to Youtube we can see some of it;
By the way, I hated the guy. Born just one year apart from me yet looking 1oyears younger....I do't appreciate stuff like that!
Adam  {Much appreciation to a friend and ardent reader Frederick Wright who brough the news. Reminds of the days I had Foxies in different countries telling me some important event that should be printed}






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August 1, 2019

Disney Star Cameron Boyce Cause of Death is Revealed




Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce’s cause of death has been revealed. The 20-year-old died from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, Us Weekly confirmed on Tuesday, July 30, via the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

July 17, 2019

The Death of Michael Stewart At The Hands of Cops Changed That Community




  • By Matt Barker

It was just before three in the morning on 15 September 1983, and Michael Stewart was on his way back home to Brooklyn after a night out at the Pyramid Club in the East Village. Waiting for a train at the First Avenue station at 14th Street, the 25-year-old whipped out a pen and tagged one of the station’s tiled walls. He was spotted by a New York Transit Police patrol and after a brief chase, caught. Witnesses then reported seeing him beaten while cuffed, though the cops who detained him later claimed he simply fell while attempting to evade them. Heavily bruised and suffering from a cardiac arrest, he was taken to the nearby Bellevue Hospital, where he fell into a coma and died 13 days later.

The downtown arts community was possessed by a new-found spirit of solidarity and rage 
The arresting officers, all of whom were white, were charged with criminally negligent homicide, assault, and perjury, but those same witnesses who claimed to have seen the incident first-hand were unable to identify any particular officers as the perpetrators. Charges were downscaled and the policemen were put on trial solely for allowing Stewart to be beaten while in their custody. An initial seven-month grand jury investigation than had to be dropped after one of the jurors decided to do their own investigating, jeopardizing the whole case. A retrial was held on November 1985, and the officers acquitted.
Even more so after this outcome, Stewart’s death reverberated as a symbol – and none more so than among New York’s art scene.  As soon as news of Stewart’s vicious arrest began to filter through, and to a backdrop of growing racial tensions in the city, the once determinedly apolitical downtown arts community was possessed by a new-found spirit of solidarity and rage, galvanized into action by the brutality of the police and the fear of further clampdowns.
(Credit: Getty Images)
Basquiat’s Defacement: The Untold Story, a new exhibition that has just opened at the city’s Guggenheim Museum, relays how artists in the city reacted to Stewart’s death. Centring around Jean-Michel Basquiat’s searing painting The Death of Michael Stewart (widely known as Defacement), alongside other works of the artist related to police brutality, it also includes responses to the incident by Keith Haring, Andy Warhol (one of his screen-printed Headline series paintings from 1983 featuring a New York Daily News article on Stewart’s death) and the social realist David Hammons (his 1986 stenciled print The Man Nobody Killed).
Before #BlackLivesMatter
Meanwhile, contemporary news coverage and some of the protest posters that were put up around Lower Manhattan provide the exhibition with extra context. They record the fear and anger from more than 35 years ago that still resonates depressingly strongly today when racialized police brutality has led to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Stewart was not a core member of the city’s art scene himself – more one of those types who hung around on the outer circles, waiting to find a way in, his ambitions not yet fully formed. On nodding terms with many East Village personalities, the artists, musicians, club owners and filmmakers who had gravitated towards the area in ever-increasing numbers from the mid-1970s onwards, he had just started to exhibit some of his abstract, richly colorful paintings, was taking photography classes and had occasionally done a bit of modeling.
(Credit: Collection of Patricia A. Pesce Allison Chipak/ Guggenheim Foundation, 2018)
He also dabbled in graffiti – though, unlike Basquiat, who started out spray-painting his work on buildings, he would leave his tag (signature) on trains and walls, but nothing more. Of course, though, the police weren’t particularly interested in nuances. Whether it was a name on a wall or a full-blown mural on a subway train, it was much the same thing to them.
Graffiti was more about the act of rebellion than wanting to be an artist; being seen as an artist was, in a way, a little sissy – Lady Pink 
New York had really given birth to the whole culture of graffiti making in the late 1970s. But while it is now an admired feature of the cityscape, 40 years ago it was seen as a gateway to wider criminality, tied in with African-American and Latino gang culture. Graffiti pieces created to cover the whole side of a subway train (known as ‘bombing’), were seen as a particular problem by the authorities. Millions of dollars were spent on extra security and on ‘buffing’; cleaning the trains with chemical solutions.
Lady Pink was one of the first wave of purveyors of what has now become known as ‘street art’ – though she wouldn’t have understood her work as art at the time. “It was exciting to be a rebel,” she recalls. “We wanted to break the law, we wanted the thrill, the chance to prove your mettle. It was more about the act of rebellion than wanting to be an artist; being seen as an artist was, in a way, a little sissy.”
The street art revolution
However, by the early 1980s, thanks to Basquiat and others, being a bonafide graffiti “artist” had become a very real possibility. A new breed of downtown Manhattan galleries, centered on the East Village, was causing a stir in among the former storefronts and crumbling warehouses. Graffiti art quickly found a home in them and, soon, a hungry market. Stewart’s death came just at the moment when the scene was really beginning to come into its own – and so, on top of everything else, his death represented the horrific endpoint of what was seen as an assault on artistic freedom.
Suzanne Mallouk, Stewart’s former partner, was one of the prime movers behind the Michael Stewart Justice Committee, a voluntary lobby group set up in his memory. “I hired his legal team, raising money from the arts community,” she remembers now. “I went to every gallery that was showing graffiti art and asked for donations. I also got a large donation from Keith Haring, who gave the money from a sale of one of his paintings. Madonna did a show at [nightclub] Danceteria and also donated all the proceeds.”
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Basquiat, who had also previously been in a long-term relationship with Mallouk, had known Stewart but viewed him as a copycat who tried to imitate his painting style, and even his haircut.
However, perhaps even more so because of these similarities between them, Basquiat was deeply shaken by his death. When he visited Haring’s studio soon after (the exact timescale isn’t known), he began painting a response to it on one of the walls. He worked quickly, in growing anger. The work was cut from the wall and remained in Haring’s collection until he died in 1990.
Basquiat’s grief
Echoing a poster designed by Basquiat’s artistic contemporary David Wojnarowicz to publicize a protest in Union Square on 26 September (while Stewart was still alive, in a coma), The Death of Michael Stewart features a black figure in the middle of two police officers bearing their nightsticks. It’s a painting that at once seems to be a private expression of the artist’s grief and a public document - a protest against state violence.
There is a history of state violence against the black body. And I think that’s what Basquiat’s painting represents - Chaédria LaBouvier 
As the Guggenheim exhibition’s guest curator Chaédria LaBouvier said, explaining the anguish infusing the work, in a 2016 interview  “In 1983, we didn’t have a language around police brutality or white supremacy or state violence to talk about these issues publicly. There was, and is, this very real fear that the police if you’re a black person, can kill you and get away with it. I think Basquiat was aware that this was not just about Michael Stewart or even him, but that there is a history of state violence against the black body. And I think that’s what this painting represents: that history of state violence against the black body as an American heritage.”
(Credit: Collection of Monique and Ziad Ghandour/The Keith Haring foundation)
In 1985, Haring produced his own work, Michael Stewart - the USA For Africa, in response to the tragedy: a garish representation of the moment of arrest, featuring Stewart being strangled and beaten while faces around him cover their eyes. Darren Pih, the curator of the Keith Haring exhibition that opened this month at Tate Liverpool, featuring more than 85 of his works, says that Haring became increasingly politicized through the 1980s, spurred on by racism, the Aids crisis, and the growing nuclear threat: “There’s a touch of hippy innocence about Haring. He was politically active, dealing with serious issues, but in a very communicative way, in a fundamentally optimistic way, with a bright, cranked up the palette.”
They know they killed him. They will never forget his screams, his face, his blood. They must live with that forever – Keith Haring 
Nevertheless, Haring had a lot of anger too. It’s there in the Michael Stewart piece, in stark opposition to his usually upbeat work. Writing in his journals after the Transit Police officers were acquitted, his fury jumps off the page: “They know they killed him. They will never forget his screams, his face, his blood. They must live with that forever. I hope in their next life they are tortured like they tortured him.”
Meanwhile, as investigations continued, Mallouk met with African-American community leaders, briefed the press and talked with lawyers, who arranged for an independent autopsy. Unlike the official autopsy by the city’s Chief Medical Examiner Elliot Gross, this found that Stewart’s cause of death was strangulation; however Gross said there was no evidence of this.
Shockingly, Mallouk claims that Stewart’s eyes were even removed during the original autopsy because they “showed hemorrhaging from an illegal chokehold.” “I presented to Mayor Koch a petition of over 20,000 names demanding an inquiry into Gross’s autopsy because it was a clear cover-up,” she tells BBC Culture. Following multiple allegations of misconduct, including against Stewart, Gross' office was investigated by an independent commission of lawyers and pathologists; Gross was cleared of covering up police brutality, but, following a further investigation, he was eventually fired by Koch for bad management in 1987.
After the officers’ acquittal, the Stewart family also filed a civil suit against the 11 men in question and the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Eventually, in 1990, under the city’s new mayor, David Dinkins, they were awarded $1.7million out of court in 1990 in a settlement paid by the Transit Authority (though it did "not constitute any admission of wrongdoing" according to the Mayor's office.
Lady Pink has no doubt about what happened, she says; she can distinctly remember the day after Stewart’s arrest overhearing a policeman telling subway workers about the incident. “I’m standing [at] my train station coming home from school, reading a book and I hear a cop talking to some of the workers from the transit authority, bragging to them how ‘last night we beat this kid so bad that he was banging his own head on the tile wall…’ I pretended to carry on reading my book, but I was listening to them, this bunch of five or six white guys laughing about what had happened. It was a sheer hate crime.”
Basquiat’s Defacement: The Untold Story is at The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, until 6 November
Keith Haring is at Tate Liverpool, until 10 November

May 17, 2019

Doris Day Loved Animals and Hated Death~~~ No Funeral, No Marker No Service





Why Doris Day Will Have No Funeral
 "She didn’t like death, and she couldn’t be with her animals if they had to be put down," her manager and close friend Bob Bashara told People, noting that Day battled to accept death.
There will be no funeral or memorial services held for Doris Day. There also will be no grave marker for the legendary Hollywood star who died Monday of pneumonia at age 97. These are the wishes stated in her will.
"She didn’t like death, and she couldn’t be with her animals if they had to be put down," her manager and close friend Bob Bashara told People, noting that Day battled to accept death.
   "I’d say we need to provide for her dogs [after she died], and she’d say, 'I don’t want to think about it' and she said, 'Well, you just take care of them,'" Bashara said. "She had several when her will was written, and she wanted to be sure they were taken care of. She didn’t like to talk about the dogs dying." 
A committed animal lover, Day encouraged those wanting to remember her to instead donate to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, according to the charity organization's website.  
The foundation came into being in the 1970s and was the basis upon which Day fought against animal testing. She went on to successfully implement spaying and neutering education and outreach programs across the U.S. while providing support to various other small animal rescue organizations nationwide, with a strong focus on senior pets. 

In the wake of her death, the charity organization said it would continue the work that Day so tirelessly gave to animal welfare. Meanwhile, Bashara explained that Day’s estate will be donated to charity, as stated in her will.
“The ultimate thing for it is to keep the foundation going," he told People.

November 6, 2018

Rapper Mac Miller OD, Dead at 26


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Rapper Mac Miller 26, died of accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol

Mac Miller, a well-known producer and rapper, died from accidentally overdosing on a mixture of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol in September, the Los Angeles County coroner said Monday.
Miller, 26, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, was found Sept. 7 in the bedroom of his Studio City home and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. A friend of Miller’s who called authorities told paramedics that the artist seemed to go into cardiac arrest, a source involved in the investigation told The Times in September.
Los Angeles police officials quickly determined there were no signs of foul play and turned the investigation over to coroner’s officials. Authorities at the time suspected he had overdosed but waited to make an announcement until toxicology tests had been completed.
The rapper had long struggled with drug and alcohol issues.
Shortly after his public split with singer Ariana Grande in May, Miller crashed his Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV into a pole. The singer and two passengers fled the scene in the San Fernando Valley, but he was later arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
Miller was best known for his hits “Donald Trump,” “Self Care” and “Programs.” He garnered attention as a teenager in Pittsburgh with a series of mix tapes. Miller also worked as a producer under the name Larry Fisherman.
Miller’s struggles had played out in the tabloids, particularly his relationship with Grande.
In an interview published in August in Rolling Stone, Miller said that his breakup with Grande was difficult but that he was moving on with a new album.
“I’m just being real. That’s good. Now I have space for me. And that’s great too,” he told the magazine.
He also pushed back against concerns over his drug use.
“If a bunch of people think I am a huge drug addict, OK. Cool. What can I really do?” he said. “Have I done drugs? Yeah. But am I a drug addict? No.”
In an interview with Vulture, he said he tried not to worry about the headlines about him and what others think.
“It just seems exhausting to always be battling something … to always be battling for what you think your image is supposed to be. You’re never going to be able to get anything across. It’s never gonna be the real … No one’s gonna ever really know me,” he said.
In his last Instagram story before his death, Miller posted a video of a record player spinning “So It Goes,” the last track on his fifth studio album, “Swimming.” The song includes the lyric “Nine lives, never die … I’m still gettin’ high.”

June 11, 2018

Actor Jackson Odell Dead at 20 [Ari at The Goldbergs]




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Jackson Odell has died at the age of 20.
The musician and actor, best known for his role as Ari Caldwell on ABC’s The Goldbergs from 2013 to 2015, was found unresponsive at his Tarzana, California, residence on Friday, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed to PEOPLE. His cause of death is pending an autopsy.
“The Odell family has lost our beloved son and brother, Jackson Odell, on Friday,” his family in a statement posted to his Twitter page. “He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving and talented soul. He had so much more to share. Our family will always carry that truth forward. Our wish is that the rest of the world who knew and loved him does as well.”
The family continued, “We are now going to try to make sense of our immeasurable loss privately. We will not be making any more statements.”
The actor’s career also included small roles on Private PracticeModern Family, iCarly and Arrested Development. 
He was also a singer-songwriter who contributed several original songs to the soundtrack for the 2018 movie Forever My Girl.  
Actress Ariel Winter mourned his loss on social media, writing about their time together on Modern Family.
“Devastated to hear about the passing of Jackson Odell,” she wrote. “I knew Jackson since we were 12 years old, and he even appeared in an episode of Modern Family. We didn’t talk much as we entered our high school years, but I’m glad I got to spend time with him before his end. Very hard for me to hear about anyone passing away, but someone so young really saddens me. Sending love to his family and friends.”

May 14, 2018

Page Six Reveals How Avicii Committed Suicide and Why





Swedish EDM star Avicii used a broken glass bottle to commit suicide, TMZ reports.
Sources reportedly told the outlet that Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, committed suicide by cutting himself with a shard of glass from a broken wine bottle.
The news of the 28-year-old’s cause of death comes after his family released a recent statement alluding to the fact that the DJ had intended to kill himself.
“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress” read the statement, released Thursday. “When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most — music.”
The statement revealed that the EDM star “really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace. Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight. Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive.”
According to TMZ, while some sources claim the fatal wound was inflicted on Avicii’s neck, another said it was the DJ’s wrist. Neither story has been confirmed.




The famous EDM DJ was found dead in Muscat, Oman, on April 20.
Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of a worldwide arena tour. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. His famous hits included “Le7els” and “Wake Me Up.”
By Morgan M. Evans

May 13, 2018

Avici's Girlfriend Lashes Out



Avicii's girlfriend lashes out at Internet trolls blaming her for his death


Avicii wearing a hat: Tim Bergling aka Avicii attends the 22nd Annual KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, California, on May 31, 2014.© Gabriel Olsen / GC Images Tim Bergling aka Avicii attends the 22nd Annual KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, California, on May 31, 2014.
Avicii's girlfriend, Tereza Kacerova, was understandably heartbroken when the DJ passed away on April 20 of apparent suicide, but now online trolls are making matters worse, even blaming her for his death.
After the hugely popular DJ passed, Tereza penned a lengthy Instagram post that gave insight into their loving relationship — she said she even "harassed" her beau's friends because she didn't believe that Tim Bergling, Avicii's real name, was gone.
It seems, though, that Tereza is now the one being harassed, but this time by Avicii's sickest fans. Earlier this week, she shared a post on Instagram indicating that she's being trolled over his unexpected passing. 
"A lot of vultures stepped out of the shadows. You have accused me of 'exposing Tim' to get 'fame and money' while throwing every insult under the sun my way," she said. "This is the most horrible time of my life. I'm drowning in all-encompassing sadness." 
She said she has a hard time explaining to her young son that he will never see Tim again.
She wrote, "Yet all you are capable of is negativity. Sweet little comments like: 'Tim decided to check out because he was sick of you,' go beyond crossing all lines, and you should be ashamed of yourselves for being such vile creatures… Strong words for anonymous accounts."
Tim, she said, would have been appalled with the trolls behavior.
"You think it's in ANY way acceptable to try and make this more painful for me than it already is? Tim would have wanted this, Tim would have wanted that…' First of all, you don't even have the right to call him Tim," she wrote. "Because as far as I know, Tim didn't know you exist. So sit down. He's Tim to me. To you he's Avicii."
She continued, "If you actually knew Tim, even in the SLIGHTEST, you would know he would be disgusted at your despicable behavior. He would be appalled. You know nothing."
Tereza said several haters have even messaged the father of her son and her friends hoping that they, too, will blame Tereza. In a quick bit of advice, she told the trolls to "seek professional help." She also said she feels pity for those hurling mean-spirited words her way.
"Regardless, nobody needs to read any more of the worthless trash you spew," she said, adding that she was turning off the comments on Instagram.
She finished by taking a jab at the haters, writing, "For those of you being mean, to me because you feel like we're competing for Tim - let's be clear — you were never in the game."
Mark Gray
MSN Enertainment

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