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So Sweet: Patti LaBellle Launches Five New Desserts at Walmart

Monica Morgan/WireImage Patti LaBelle is expanding her dessert line at Walmart after the sweet success of her signature sweet potato pies.

The Grammy-winning singer has created five new desserts that’ll be available exclusively at Walmart starting Tuesday. The delectable lineup includes Patti’s Good Life Peach Cobbler, Berry Cobbler, Apple Cobbler, Apple Pecan Cake and Sweet Potato Loaf.

According to People magazine, LaBelle tapped into her family’s recipes as well as her own concoctions in the kitchen to create the signature dishes. “I’ve been cooking for most of my life. As you’re standing in the kitchen and you think of certain ingredients, you just put them in — sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t,” she said.

In 2015, Patti’s sweet potato pies went viral when YouTube star James Wright Chanel recorded a video of him raving over her confection. His review essentially helped sell out Patti’s signature pies in Walmart stores nationwide.

The new Patti LaBelle dessert assortment will be available online and in Walmart stores nationwide starting Tuesday, August 29.

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Lindsey Buckingham, Prince Guitarist Wendy Melvoin Featured on Upcoming Empire of the Sun Album

Samir Hussein/Getty ImagesFleetwood Mac‘s Lindsey Buckingham and guitarist Wendy Melvoin of Prince‘s old band The Revolution are among the artists who have contributed to Two Vines, the upcoming album by Australian alternative electronic group Empire of the Sun.

The band’s third studio album is scheduled for an October 28 release, and can be pre-ordered now at iTunes, Amazon and Empire of the Sun’s official online store.  Two Vines also features bassist Tim Lefebvre, a member of the jazz collective that backed David Bowie on the late rock legend’s acclaimed 2016 album, Blackstar.

“The whole concept [of Empire of the Sun] was based around childhood fantasies; being in bed and staring at the posters on your wall, whether they were monster movies or outlandish rock stars or pieces of art,” explains the group’s co-founder Nicholas Littlemore. “We always wanted to be one of those posters on a child’s wall that had so much imagination locked into it, a kind of invitation that pushes you over the edge into dream world. With this record, it’s time to take that next step.”

You can check out the video for Two Vines‘ first single, “High & Low,” at the Empire of the Sun’s VEVO YouTube channel.  The band’s song “Walking on a Dream” got a lot of exposure recently in a Honda commercial.

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The Scorpions Releasing Home Video Capturing 2012 Tour Finale in Munich

Eagle Rock EntertainmentAfter more than 50 years, The Scorpions continue to rock like a hurricane. Fans of the German rock legends will be treated to visual proof of this when they check out the band’s upcoming concert video, Live in Munich 2012, which will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 30.

The release captures the final concert on The Scorpions’ tour in support of their 2010 studio album Sting in the Tail. The show took place on December 17, 2012, at the Olympiahalle in Munich, and featured a set that showcased the band’s most-beloved tunes, including “Send Me an Angel,” “Big City Nights,” “Wind of Change,” “No One Like You” and “Rock You Like a Hurricane.”

The Scorpions’ set at the concert also featured three songs from Sting in the Tail — the title track, “Raised on Rock” and “The Best Is Yet to Come.”

You can watch a clip of the band performing its 1979 tune “Loving You Sunday Morning” from Live in Munich 2012 now at The Scorpions’ VEVO YouTube channel.

The Scorpions launch a series of South American tour dates on September 1 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The band will follow those shows with a run of concerts in Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia in October, and will wind down 2016 with gigs in France and Germany. Check out the group’s full itinerary at The-Scorpions.com.

Here is the full list of songs featured on Live in Munich 2012:

“Sting in the Tail”
“Make It Real”
“Is There Anybody There?”
“The Zoo”
“Coast to Coast”
“Loving You Sunday Morning”
“We’ll Burn the Sky”
“The Best Is Yet to Come”
“Send Me an Angel”
“Holiday”
“Raised on Rock”
“Tease Me Please Me”
“Hit Between the Eyes”
“Kottak Attack”
“Blackout”
“Big City Nights”
“Still Loving You”
“Wind of Change”
“No One Like You”
“Rock You Like a Hurricane”
“When the Smoke Is Going Down”

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

“I’m with You”: Leslie Jones Gets Support from Hillary Clinton

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) — In the wake of recent online trolling and attacks on her website, Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones is getting the support of a powerful political friend: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“@Lesdoggg, no one deserves this–least of all someone who brings us so much joy. I’m with you. -H,” Clinton tweeted at Jones Thursday.  The ‘H’ on the end signifies it was tweeted by Clinton herself.

Jones was the target of several vicious racist attacks on Twitter, and earlier this week, her personal website — JustLeslie.com, which remains down — was hacked and personal information and photos leaked.  ABC News Radio confirmed the cyber attack is currently being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security.

Clinton, who’s certainly experienced public attacks online and was the victim of a server hack, is one the latest celebrities to join in and show their support for Jones.

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“Days of Our Lives” Actress Kassie DePaiva Reveals She Has Leukemia

Paul Archuleta/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Days of Our Lives actress Kassie DePaiva has revealed she’s battling leukemia.  

Thursday, the 55-year-old posted on her website that she has been “quiet lately” because she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in July.

DePaiva wrote, “I know that I have been quiet lately and I want to let you know what’s been going on in my life. I was asked back to play Eve on Days and had begun my exciting return. During the 3-week July hiatus I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and have spent 6 of the last 9 weeks in the hospital. I will continue treatment over the next 3 months.”

She added, “My prognosis is good, I will not likely need a stem cell/bone marrow transplant, and we expect a complete cure.”

Despite the circumstances, DePaiva remains positive.  She explained, “I consider this just a bump in the road. I have amazing prayer warriors, family, and friends that have been extremely supportive and life affirming throughout this.”

DePaiva said that her goal is to be back “stirring up trouble” in Salem soon, and she asked her fans to keep her in their thoughts and prayers.

Her most recent appearance on Days of Our Lives as Eve Donovan aired last February.

Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.

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Taylor Swift Gives $50,000 to Baton Rouge Food Bank

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift has already donated a million dollars to Louisiana flood relief.  Now the pop superstar’s opened her checkbook once more to help out the residents of Baton Rouge.

The Baton Rouge Food Bank posted a photo on their Instagram Thursday showing the staff holding a sign that reads “Thanks, Taylor!”

“@taylorswift donated $50,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank!” the photo’s caption reads. “The #laflood destroyed our warehouse but we are going to shake it off!”

The Salvation Army thanked Taylor as well, tweeting, “Thank you @taylorswift13 for helping us serve the #LouisianaFlood survivors by donating to our relief efforts! #DoingTheMostGood.”

In a statement to ABC Radio last week via her rep, Swift noted that Louisiana residents “made us feel completely at home” when she and her touring crew launched the U.S. leg of her 1989 World Tour in the state last year.

Swift added that it’s “heartbreaking” to watch people be forced out of their homes, and encourages people to “help out and send your love and prayers” to flood victims.

The widespread flooding killed at least 11 people and damaged over 40,000 homes.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Video Shows Teen Who Was Shot by Police in 2013 Appearing to Surrender

David Shanies(NEW YORK) — Surveillance video from 2013 seems to contradict the ruling that a police-involved shooting of a New York City teen holding a BB gun was justified, according to the teen’s attorney.

In Dec. 2013, an NYPD officer fired 16 shots at then-15-year-old Keston Charles during a foot chase after he was approached at his Brooklyn housing complex, the teen’s lawyer, David Shanies, told ABC News. Charles was hit three times, Shanies said.

The video shows Charles running from multiple police officers throughout the property of Brownsville Heritage Houses in Brooklyn, which is run by the New York City Housing Authority. The chase ended at the entryway to Charles’ apartment building, and the video shows several officers, in uniform and plainclothes, approaching him with guns drawn as he appears to surrender by dropping to his knees with his hands on his head.

Charles dropped the BB gun he was carrying as he was running toward the entryway to his building and was shot the first time by an officer, he said in a sworn deposition taken in May. As he turned to look at the officers, he was shot a second time in his side by the same officer, he said. He was shot a third time in the front by the same officer, he said. The officer allegedly continued to shoot after Charles had put his hands on his head, he said. Charles survived the shooting.

After an internal NYPD review, the shooting was found to be justified, Chief of the NYC Special Federal Litigation Division Patricia Miller told ABC News. A final determination from the NYPD that the shooting was justified was signed off by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Jan. 12, 2015.

“As we have argued in our motion before the court, the evidence establishes that the shooting was justified,” Miller said.

But Shanies said the video “definitely contradicted” the officer who shot Charles’ claim that the teen had pointed the BB gun at him.

“Anyone who watched that video and asked themselves whether the officer’s story is true can conclude that themselves,” Shanies said.

Shanies said that the law “makes it clear” that a police officer cannot shoot someone for “simply running away” and that they cannot shoot someone “who is surrendering with his hands on his head.”

“Both those things happened here, and the shooting was totally unjustified,” he said.

The officers “unlawfully approached” Charles, “without probable cause and without a warrant,” according to the civil complaint filed in May 2014 against the NYPD and the City of New York.

The lawsuit claims that the City of New York “directly caused the constitutional violations suffered by” Charles because it was aware that some NYPD officers have a “tendency and predisposition for unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional conduct and or have been poorly trained, supervised and disciplined.”

The NYPD did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Charles, now 18, is seeking $5 million in compensatory and punitive damages and attorney fees, according to the civil complaint. He “suffered serious and severe personal injuries,” the complaint states. As a result of his injuries, he had to have his gall bladder removed, sustained a lacerated liver and left the hospital with pneumonia and a 12-inch open wound that required daily dressing.

The shooting drew comparisons to the death of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed by Cleveland police officers in Nov. 2014 while carrying a toy gun. The City of Cleveland settled a wrongful death suit filed by the boy’s family in that case.

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Man Arrested, Charged With Murder of 2 Mississippi Nuns

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSON, Miss.) — A man has been arrested in connection with the killing of two nuns in Mississippi this week, the state’s Department of Public Safety announced late Friday.

“Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of 210 Aponaug Road, Kosciusko has been charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the killing of two nuns in Durant earlier this week. After an exhaustive interview Friday evening, MBI agents were able to develop enough information to charge Sanders,” read a statement.

Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merril, originally from Wisconsin and Massachusetts, were found stabbed to death at home Thursday.

Friends of the pair said the two women served the poor and the community for more than 30 years and both were nurse practitioners.

MBI Director Lt. Colonel Jimmy Jordan said the suspect was a person of interest early in the investigation. He is being held i n an undisclosed detention center awaiting his initial court appearance.

Police in Jackson originally suspected a robbery took place. The Catholic Diocese said the home was broken into, and the nuns’ missing car was found a mile away, according to police.

A wake will be held for the nuns at St. Thomas Church in Lexington on Sunday, with a memorial mass at the Cathedral of Saint Peter the Apostle in Jackson on Monday.

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After Flooding, Some Louisiana Students Face Uncertain School Year

iStock/Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — In Southeastern Louisiana, where communities are reeling from deadly flooding that hit the Baton Rouge area on Aug. 12, many families worry not only about being displaced from their homes, but also what’s next in store for their children as some schools’ doors remain shuttered.

One of those students without a school is Parker Simoneaux, a senior at Denham Springs High School in Denham Springs, one of the most hard-hit areas. He was a little more than a week into the school year when the torrential downpours severely flooded the school, forcing it to close.

He doesn’t know when he’ll be able to return to the classroom.

“They have not set a start date yet,” Simoneaux told ABC News. “No one really knows. But they guaranteed that we will still get all of our education in.”

Simoneaux, who enrolled in Honors Physics this year, hopes to become a physical therapist.

“I’m ready to graduate. I’ll do whatever I have to do to graduate this year,” he said.

But now he’s displaced from his home. He’s currently staying with a friend, “but for a week or two it was wherever I ended up,” he said.

He’s not worried about falling behind in school but he’s itching to get back.

“It would just bring back some normalcy,” Simoneaux said.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has called the flooding, which killed at least 13 people, “unprecedented” and “historic.” Edwards declared a major disaster for the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency was called in to provide resources and funding to help with recovery efforts.

The flooding damaged or destroyed more than 60,000 homes, officials said, and 102,000 people have registered for federal assistance. Twenty-four school districts were closed at some point as a result of flooding, according the Louisiana Department of Education.

Three of David Averett’s children also attend Denham Spring High School. Every home on their street was destroyed and the Averett family is now displaced.

Averett said his children “couldn’t wait to go to school this year.”

But now “the classrooms, they lost everything,” said his son, 11th-grader Conlan Averett. And in the meantime, he has nothing to keep him busy. “There is nothing to study,” he said.

His brother, 10th-grader Landon, planned on joining the fishing team this year. But he isn’t concerned about when they’ll be back. “They’ll figure it out,” he said.

For Denham Springs High School Principal Kelly Jones, the school was “my home.”

“I graduated from there in 1992,” Jones told ABC News.

“I stayed until the floodwaters came in,” he said. “And as soon as the waters left, two days later, I was back in the school assessing the damage.”

The damage to Denham Springs High School was severe, with all but six classrooms flooded, said Jones.

“To see the students and hold conversations with the students, that was the hardest part of the whole thing,” Jones said. “That was harder than seeing the school go underwater.”

No matter how quickly they can open the doors, Jones said, a lot of students are still displaced, and some of them will be forced to transfer out of his school because they are no longer in the Denham Springs area.

“Almost everyone who lost their homes lost their cars as well,” Jones said. “Because of the lost cars, we would probably double the number of bus riders at Denham Springs High School.”

In neighboring East Baton Rouge Parish, school officials echoed Jones’ worries. East Baton Rouge Parish students were in school for just two days when the flooding hit, and will remain out of school until Sept. 6, Adonica Duggan, spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, told ABC News, adding that she is unsure how students will make up the missed days.

“We do not have this many contingency days built into our schedules. It is not uncommon for the state to grant waivers of some make-up days in times of natural disaster,” Duggan said. “We would all like for our students to return to school as quickly as possible, but we have significant transportation issues to address before we can be sure that resuming school will be successful.”

Tania Nyman, an East Baton Rouge Parish school district parent, is looking for ways to keep her sixth-grader and fourth-grader occupied.

The family wasn’t displaced from their home, so while they’re at the house, Nyman said she’s making sure her kids keep busy by reading or practicing their multiplication tables.

And she’s taken the free time to teach them in other ways.

“I’m making them help me cook,” Nyman said. “We did some volunteer work.

“For us, we are having the challenge of making sure we have productive days at home,” she added. “I am more concerned trying to create something of a schedule so they don’t just sit in front of a television or sit on their devices all day.”

Nyman said she remains hopeful that the school district will be able to make up for the lost school days.

“I am not concerned about them falling behind, I am sure that they will make up the instructional days and they will be just fine in the long run,” Nyman said. “The challenge for us to get back up and running is that a lot of students need to be bussed, and they lost a lot of school buses.”

St. Joseph’s Academy, a Catholic school in Baton Rouge, resumed classes this week, said high school science teacher Linda Messina. But just because students are back in school doesn’t mean their lives are back to normal.

“We’ve had so many students and faculty and staff members who hold our school together lose everything,” Messina said. “They were totally flooded up to their ceilings.”

Despite the devastation, Messina, one of four teachers from Louisiana being honored by President Obama for excellence in mathematics and science teaching, is still trying to encourage the students in educational pursuits.

“One of my students said, ‘Ms. Messina the first thing I saved was my science fair project!’” she said.

What Happens Now?

As of Thursday, five of Louisiana’s local education agencies (LEAs) remain completely or partially closed, according to the Louisiana Department of Education.

“There are school buildings in open LEAs that are not in a condition [to] have children in them but they have either placed students in other schools in the LEA or found alternate space,” Bridget Devlin of the Louisiana Department of Education told ABC News. “All students in open LEAs have a place to go to school.”

And for the five LEAs still closed or partially closed, four have reopen dates — two on Monday, Aug. 29, and two on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Livingston, the LEA that includes Denham Springs High School, doesn’t have a start date.

Despite the uncertainty for Denham Springs High School, Jones, the principal, remains optimistic.

“Whatever we do, we’re going to keep Denham Springs High School alive and well,” he said. “So they’ll have to find a location for our students to go intact as one student body.”

Sarita Fritzler with Save the Children, a group working on the ground in Baton Rouge to help displaced children, said, “When it comes to learning, being out of school for two to four additional weeks on top of a two-month summer vacation can set children back for a long time.”

“Many children, especially those living in poverty, already tend to slide back in math and reading achievement up to two to three months over the course of the summer,” Fritzler said. “The most vulnerable children will now be even further behind by the time school starts, and it will be even harder for them to catch up. This can have a serious detrimental effect on children’s ability to succeed in school and life.”

“Really this disaster could haunt the rest of their lives if they don’t have access to continued learning,” Fritzler said, “not to mention the risks they face of serious emotional repercussions.

“Under normal circumstances, children might be excited to have their summer vacation extended, and there are surely kids in the area who still feel that way,” Fritzler said. “But the children who have been most affected by this disaster are feeling very shaken right now and they really need to feel a sense of normalcy again.”

East Baton Rouge’s Chief of Academic Programs Andrea O’Konski told ABC News she is hoping students can still use days out of school to further their education.

“We are fortunate that many of our families still have access to online resources and educational apps,” she said. “Our public library system is up and running, and they have created satellite mobile units across the area.

“This is a teachable moment,” O’Konski added. “There are so many opportunities for learning to take place around these current events. Students can explore the flooding in terms of geographical maps and elevations, government functions, weather and environmental science.

“We are encouraging parents to have students drawing and journaling as is age-appropriate to express their feelings on what they have seen and heard,” she said. “We also encourage parents not to neglect the importance of physical activity during this time. We have been so proud of so many of our students who have taken this opportunity to volunteer in cleanup and recovery efforts serving through various extracurricular clubs, athletic teams and school groups.”

And she recommends that high school students “use this time to research college and career opportunities and take advantage of entrance exam study resources.”

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SPORTS NEWS

Dwyane Wade’s Cousin Fatally Shot Pushing Baby Stroller in Chicago

WLS-TV(CHICAGO) — The cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade was shot and killed in Chicago Friday afternoon, Wade’s mother, Pastor Jolinda Wade, confirmed.

Nykea Aldridge was pushing a baby in a stroller in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood at around 3:30 p.m. when two men opened fire at another man, according to ABC-owned station WLS-TV.

Aldridge, 32, was caught in the crossfire and hit in the head and arm. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

She was not the intended target, police said, WLS-TV reported.

Jolinda Wade called the shooting “senseless” while speaking to the media Friday night. “We are now in a very, very sensitive grieving place,” she said.

The baby was not hurt. A relative took custody of the child, according to WLS-TV.

Police are questioning two men in connection with her death, WLS-TV reported.

Dwyane Wade responded to the death of his cousin in a tweet.

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Report: Lochte’s Lawyer Says He Will Not Respond to Brazilian Police Requests

Matt Hazlett/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Ryan Lochte was charged Thursday with filing a false statement in connection with an international incident in Rio de Janeiro and according to his lawyer, Lochte will not be responding.

When BBC asked Lochte’s lawyer if the U.S. swimmer and gold medalist would make a public statement on the charge, he said Lochte would “not be.”

Lochte, 32, flew home to North Carolina from Brazil before police could question him about his claims that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station during Rio 2016.

A Brazilian Federal Police source told ABC News Thursday that police want Lochte to travel to Brazil to deliver his testimony in person.

The swimmer changed his story after police said the group of swimmers were confronted by armed security guards who requested money for the damage caused by them vandalizing a gas station bathroom. Lochte has since admitted he was drunk at the time, but said in an NBC interview with Matt Lauer that he and the other athletes were frightened because a gun was involved.

Since the story broke, several sponsors have dropped Lochte including Speedo and Ralph Lauren, but Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops signed him up for a campaign.

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US Soccer Star Clint Dempsey Hospitalized for Irregular Heartbeat

Photo by Zachary Scheffer/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — U.S. soccer star Clint Dempsey is being evaluated at a Seattle-area hospital on Friday after experiencing an irregular  heartbeat.

Dempsey’s condition was announced by his club team, the Seattle Sounders, who said that the striker would be held out of their matchup against the Portland Timbers on Sunday. Dempsey, 33, tallied eight goals and two assists for the Sounders this season.

In addition to playing for the Sounders in Major League Soccer, Dempsey has made 130 career appearances for the USA men’s national team, scoring 52 goals.

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WORLD NEWS

South African Judge Rejects Appeal Against Oscar Pistorius Prison Sentence

Marco Longari / AFP / Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius’ 6-year prison sentence still stands after an appeal was rejected.

South African state prosecutors had appealed on that basis that the Paralympic athlete’s sentence was too light, but Judge Thokozile Masipa rejected their claim at a hearing in Pretoria on Friday.

Pistorius, 29, did not appear in court.

The amputee sprinter was sentenced in July for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius was previously found guilty of culpable homicide in September 2014, and was granted parole and transferred to house arrest in October 2015.

The Supreme Court of Appeals overturned the verdict in December when the appeals judge found Pistorius guilty of murder. Pistorius said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her through a locked bathroom door, but the judge said he should have known he was going to kill whoever was on the other side.

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Syria Agreement Close as John Kerry, Sergei Lavrov Hold Talks

U.S. Department of State(GENEVA) — Progress has been made on a new Syria agreement between the U.S. and Russia, according to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry and Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov held talks in Geneva for 12 hours Friday to discuss reinstating a collapsed ceasefire from February and a path forward with Syria.

Kerry said the two had “narrow issues” to resolve but they had “achieved clarity on the path forward,” according to BBC.

“We want to have something done that is effective and that works for the people of Syria, that makes the region more stable and secure, and that brings us to the table here in Geneva to find a political solution,” he said according to BBC.

He said Friday the widely-circulated image of a 5-year-old boy sitting in an ambulance after an airstrike in Aleppo covered in dust and blood “needs to motivate all of us to get the job done.”

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Richard Branson Survives Serious Bicycle Crash in British Virgin Islands

Virgin.com(MIAMI) — English businessman and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson recently survived a horrifying high-speed bicycle crash, according to a post titled “My life flashed before my eyes” on his website.

Branson, 66, described cycling and flipping over the handlebars as he went down a hill on Virgin Gorda, an island in the British Virgin Islands.

“I really thought I was going to die,” he said. “I went flying head-first towards the concrete road, but fortunately my shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact, and I was wearing a helmet that saved my life (however, perhaps they should build bike helmets that protect the side of the face too – does anyone know of one?).”

According to Branson, he traveled to Miami for x-rays and scans and only suffered a cracked cheek and torn ligaments.

The billionaire businessman is in a lot better shape than his bike, which he said “went flying off the cliff and disappeared,” but was recovered “crumbled” and “completely destroyed.”

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