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Dallas Actor Ken Kercheval, Who Played J.R.'s Nemesis, Dies at 83
Wed Apr 24 23:59:52 EDT 2019

Ken Kercheval, the actor best known for his longtime role as Texas businessman Cliff Barnes on the CBS soap opera Dallas, has died. He was 83.

Kercheval passed away on Sunday, April 21, a spokesperson at the Frist Funeral Home in his hometown of Clinton, Indiana, told Deadline.

At this time, a cause of death for the actor remains unclear. Representatives for Kercheval did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Kercheval’s passion for acting began in 1954 when he dropped out of Indiana University after one semester in 1954 to accept the lead in a Terre Haute production of Kiss Me, Kate, he told PEOPLE in 1981.

He then studied drama for a year in California before heading for New York, where he met other young actors like Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and Suzanne Pleshette.

Kercheval first bog show role was in the Broadway production of Something About A Soldier in 1962 and the Off-Broadway production of Berlin to Broadway in 1972, Deadline reports.

The actor then starred in several other productions, including The Apple Tree, Cabaret, Here’s Where I Belong, and Fiddler on the Roof.

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In 1962, Kercheval transitioned to screen and it wasn’t long before he became a staple in the television and film world.

On the small screen, the Indiana native made appearances on The Secret Storm, Kojak, CHiPs, Starsky & Hutch, The Love Boat, Matlock, Highway to Heaven, before landing the role of Barnes, the brother of Victoria Principal‘s character Pamela Ewing on the CBS soap opera in 1978.

The actor remained on the show until its end in 1991 and even had the opportunity to direct two episodes. In 2012, he reprised his role in the revival of the soap opera for two years, according to his IMDb page.

Speaking to PEOPLE in 1981, Kercheval noted how different he was in comparison to his iconic businessman character.

“Money, power and prestige are what Cliff Barnes aspires to, even though he sees that the Ewings live in misery,” he said. “For me, happiness is doing my best and trying to be helpful. Being a star and having money do not make for a happy person. I think I’ve learned the lesson, even if Cliff hasn’t.”

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Besides Dallas, Kercheval also appeared on E.R., L.A. Law, Murder She Wrote, and Diagnosis Murder

As for the big screen, Kercheval’s credits include NetworkCorporate Affairs, The Seven-Ups, F.I.S.T, The Promise, and most recently in 2019, Surviving in L.A.

In his personal life, Kercheval faced a number of health battles. In 1994, he had part of his lung removed after he was diagnosed with lung cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor also admitted to smoking 2 to 3 packs of cigarettes per day and being an alcoholic for 20 years, the outlet reports.

Kercheval was married and divorced multiple times. From those relationships, he leaves behind three children, Fox News reports.

Girl, 6, Suffers Horrific Burns and Has Fingers and Toes Amputated After Candle Sets Fire to Sofa
Wed Apr 24 23:01:26 EDT 2019

An Indiana girl has undergone six surgeries and was forced to have her fingers and toes amputated after suffering severe burns when a candle set a sofa on fire in a neighboring apartment which then spread to her home.

At around 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 16, Jared Mosgrove began to notice a thick cloud of smoke filling the living room of his apartment, The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports.

Unable to catch his breath, Mosgrove, 44, desperately searched for his children as the smoke grew thicker, the outlet reports.

Mosgrove was able to grab his 11-year-old son Liam and daughter Teagan, 4. However, his 6-year-old daughter Kenzie was nowhere to be found.

“She couldn’t get to me,” Mosgrove told The Lafayette Journal & Courier.

Soon after firefighters arrived at the scene and rescued Kenzie, who had been hiding between a couch and the patio door — just right above where the fire started, the outlet reports.

Kenzie was then airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis with 68 percent of her body covered in burns, according to The Epoch Times.

Little Kenzie needed six surgeries to clear her skin of infections caused by the severe burns and unfortunately had to have half of her toes and fingers amputated. The 6-year-old remained in the hospital for four months.

Kenzie’s mother, Jessica has since spoken out about the traumatic event.

“On Sunday, December 16, I received a phone call from Kenzie’s father telling me there had been a fire in the apartment below, caused by an unattended candle,” Jessica told The Daily Mirror.

“After being in the fire for three minutes, Kenzie was rescued by firefighters and rushed to the hospital to treat her burns,” Jessica explained.

“I got to the hospital as quickly as I could and as soon as I walked into the ward I knew how serious this was — she was black from head to toe and evidently in so much pain,” Jessica told the outlet.

“Unfortunately on her third surgery on December 27, Kenzie had to have her beautiful blonde hair removed as the burns had covered her scalp also,” Jessica told The Mirror.

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“But the most devastating news came before her fourth surgery on January 3 where we were told that she would have to have her fingers and toes on the left side of her body removed, as they had completely died.”

“This was one of the hardest things for her to understand, as she suddenly woke up and couldn’t figure out where her hands and fingers had gone, which completely broke my heart,” Jessica explained.

Despite her many challenges, Kenzie took her first steps in January and was discharged from the hospital on March 12.

Kenzie was able to return to school on April 4, but has to wear splits and garments for 22 hours a day, according to The Daily Mirror.

Though Kenzie has made significant progress, Jessica worries “she’s not going to develop like a normal girl, and her amputations will cause difficulty with every day tasks.”

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“Her life is going to be altered forever,” Jessica said to The Mirror.

Because of this, Jessica is warning parents about the dangers of candles.

“This one household decoration has turned my daughter’s whole life upside down, so I want to make the dangers of lighting candles known so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s little one,” Jessica told The Mirror.

A GoFundMe page has been created in hopes of raising money to cover Kenzie’s medical costs.

Kenzie’s family is also selling t-shirts to raise money.

Prince William Honors New Zealand's Fallen Soldiers and Terrorism Victims in Emotional Ceremony
Wed Apr 24 22:08:14 EDT 2019

Prince William is showing his respect for those who lost their lives in New Zealand and in service of the country.

The royal, 36, arrived in the country on Thursday (local time) for the start of a short two-day visit, made on behalf of the Queen and at the request of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern.

William’s trip in Auckland began on Anzac Day, the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I which serves as a day to remember the men and women who have served in the two countries’ armed forces.

Upon his arrival, William was welcomed by Ardern and in a very emotional moment, the two greeted each other with a hongi — a traditional Maori greeting where people press their noses and foreheads together.

He then joined the prime minister for a civic service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, where he wore a navy suit with a matching red and navy striped tie. William also displayed two medals of honor and a red pin on his jacket pocket.

As Auckland’s mayor Phil Goff read the Anzac requiem during the service, William and Ardern sat with other dignitaries and somberly listened.  Local church leaders also led prayers for the victims of the recent Christchurch and Sri Lanka terror attacks.

At one point, William got up to place a wreath at the bottom of the monument in honor of all the fallen soldiers, where he stood for a moment to bow his head in respect.

On the decorative wreath, William left a note that read, “We will never forget the sacrifice of the Anzacs. With deep gratitude, William,” according to

He was then followed by Ardern and a number of veterans before there was a flyover of WWI and WWII planes.

The service wrapped up with the playing of the Australian and New Zealand national anthems and “God Save the Queen” before William left alongside Ardern and the group of dignitaries.

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Shortly after the ceremony, Kensington Palace tweeted about William being in New Zealand on behalf of the Queen.

“On #AnzacDay The Duke of Cambridge attended the Civic Service at @AucklandMuseum in New Zealand, as we remember the servicemen and women of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who have served their nation in times of war. #LestWeForget” the tweet read.

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Later today, William will spend time meeting the survivors of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack along with their families, first responders and Muslim community leaders.

This is William’s sixth official visit to New Zealand, with the most recent being his 2014 tour with Kate Middleton and a young Prince George.

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“Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch. We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the warm, open-hearted and generous spirit that is core to its remarkable people. No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship. This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim community. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship. We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance. We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today. Kia Kaha.” — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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In the wake of the mass shooting tragedy in New Zealand that left 50 dead, Kensington Palace issued a joint statement on behalf of William, Kate, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry where the royal couples referred to the “senseless attacks” as a “horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.”

Meghan and Harry made a surprise visit to New Zealand House in London a few days after the attack to sign a book of condolences for the victims.

Meghan wrote: “Our deepest condolences. We are with you.” Harry signed his name with “Arohanui,” which is Maori for “best wishes.”

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