death

Fau Vake attack: Man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter jailed for two years, nine months

Liufau Vake, 25, known as Fau, died in hospital nine days after being punched multiple times in the head by a group of four men outside a bar on Symonds Street. He was in critical care and underwent surgery to try relieve pressure on his brain.

Daniel Havili was the only one charged with manslaughter. He initially denied the charge but pleaded guilty to killing Vake and assaulting his brother Ika Vake.

Havili was sentenced in the High Court at Auckland this morning.

 

Photo file MMA fighter Fau Vake

     

Seven dead after explosion and fire on France's south-west coast

Several buildings were set ablaze on both sides of a street in the seaside town of St Laurent-de-la-Salanque after a blast was heard at 01:30 local time (00:30 GMT) on Monday.

Firefighters are still searching for victims in two small blocks of flats damaged by the fire.

The cause of the original explosion is not yet known.

France's Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, who visited the scene of the accident on Monday afternoon, said the current death toll of seven was only provisional while emergency services continued to search for survivors.

US Army investigates 3 deaths including Tongan soldier

One of the soldiers is Spc. Sika Tapueluelu, a 26-year-old cannon crewmember from Tukwila, Washington according to military.com

Tapueluelu was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, it said.

10th Mountain is still investigating the deaths, but spokesman Lt. Col. Josh Jacques said all three are believed to have been caused by self-harm and unconnected to one another.

Family members, the Tongan and army communities in Tukwila, held the funeral for Tapueluelu over the weekend according to Kaniva News.

Auckland teen's death 'does not appear' to be linked to COVID-19 vaccine - chief coroner

In a statement, Judge Deborah Marshall said she had been aware of "ongoing speculation" about the cause of death surrounding the teenager.

"Based on the information available to date, it does not appear that the death in question is linked to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine," she said.

"However, this issue will be investigated carefully by the coroner and pertinent information will be requested from various agencies, including the COVID-19 Vaccination Independent Safety Monitoring Board."

Outrage after Zimbabwean girl, 14, dies giving birth at church shrine

Memory Machaya is reported to have died last month at a church shrine in the eastern region of Marange.

The case has exposed the exploitation of minors, as she was reportedly forced to abandon school to get married.

The United Nations urged the government to recognise child marriage as a crime and bring an end to the practice.

The organisation said it "notes with deep concern" and "condemns strongly" reports into the circumstances surrounding the death.

Three plead not guilty over MMA fighter Fau Vake’s death but one admits assault

The 25-year-old rising MMA fighter died in hospital after he was hit from behind on Symonds St on May 16.

RNZ reports four men appeared at the Auckland High Court on Wednesday in front of a packed public gallery of Vake's friends, family and teammates, including UFC star Dan Hooker.

One man, Ofa Folau, pleaded guilty to two assault charges, and a sentencing date has been set down for August.

However the three others, one of whom is charged with manslaughter, entered not guilty pleas through their lawyers.

Tongan seasonal worker dies in New Zealand

Fuifuikula ‘O Lofakaitamaki ‘Ealelei, from Haveluloto died of a suspected heart attack while he was asleep at the weekend.

‘Ealelei’s death has been referred to the coroner.

His co-workers attempted to wake him up on Sunday, 16 May at 12pm before they realised he was dead, RSE Liaison Officer in New Zealand Sefita Hao’uli told Kaniva News yesterday afternoon.

‘Ealelei died at the Mr Apple Tongan RSE worker’s accommodation at Williams St, Hastings.

Police and emergency services attended the scene.

Prince wrongful death legal claims dismissed

Legal claims had been filed against a doctor who prescribed Prince pain medication and a pharmacy that supplied him with medicine.

Dismissals usually occur after a settlement has been reached, but such agreements often remain confidential.

The 57-year-old died in 2016 after an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl at his home in Minneapolis.

Claims that had been filed against the Walgreens pharmacy chain and Dr Michael Schulenberg, who treated Prince in the weeks before his death, have been dismissed.

Probe into US couple's death focusing on toxin

The couple died while on a holiday in Nadi last month and infectious diseases have been ruled out as the cause of death.

Michelle's father Marc Canalog told the Fiji Times he was informed by officials from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that investigators were focusing on the toxic chemical paraquat.

Paraquat is a herbicide widely used in Fiji.

Organisations involved and supporting the Ministry of Health in the investigation include the CDC and the World Health Organisation.

     

Oman police confirm 'no criminal suspicion' in Avicii death

The 28-year-old was found dead on Friday in Oman's capital city, Muscat. A cause of death has not been released.

"Two post mortems were carried out," Royal Oman Police said, confirming there was "no criminal suspicion".

Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, had been in Oman on holiday. His family have arrived in the country to return his body to Sweden.

Thousands of fans gathered in central Stockholm over the weekend to honour the musician, who scored huge worldwide hits with Wake Me Up and Levels.