This week in entertainment news we discuss the untimely passing of Prince, the death of Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer and Harriet Tubman being the new face on the twenty dollar bill.
First up the world mourned the death of multi platinum selling music legend Prince Rogers Nelson. On Thursday, April 21 at his Minneapolis home he so aptly called ‘Paisley Park’ the artist was found unresponsive in an elevator. Prince was only 57-years-old. An autopsy was conducted on Friday, April 22, at the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Ramsey, Minnesota. It could be days or weeks before the results are complete. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olsen in a press conference held on Friday stated, “There were no obvious signs of trauma on Prince’s body. There is no reason to believe his death was a suicide. We are going to leave no stone unturned with this and make sure the public knows what happened.”
Next up, Joanie Laurer, or as her fans know her, Chyna from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) was found dead on Wednesday, April 20 at her apartment in Redondo Beach, California. She was 45-years-old. Police say that they were notified by one of Chyna’s friends who went to check on her and found her unresponsive. The cause of death is under investigation but a Redondo Beach Police Spokesman said that there were no signs of foul play.
In our final story Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that former slave Harriet Tubman would replace the seventh President of the United States Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill. Tubman, who was a Union spy during the Civil War, would bump Jackson, who was known for his persecution of Native Americans and for possessing slaves, to the back of the twenty dollar bill, in some reduced image along with the White House. The final redesigns will be unveiled in 2020, the centennial of the 19th Amendment establishing women’s suffrage, and will not go into wide circulation until later in the decade.