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Jan. 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM   |   Comments

British actress Sophiya Haque dead at 41

LONDON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- British actress Sophiya Haque has died in London after battles with cancer, pneumonia and a blood clot in her lungs, her agent said. She was 41.

"Sophiya was a wonderful actress, a wonderful client, but so much more than that, a wonderful friend. She was adored by everyone she worked with and will be deeply missed," her agent, Oliver Thomson, said when he confirmed her Jan. 16 death to the Evening Standard newspaper.

Best known as a presenter for MTV Asia and for her portrayal of barmaid Poppy Morales on TV's "Coronation Street," Haque had been performing in the West End production of "Privates on Parade" shortly before she died.

Her uncle, Syed Haque, told the Evening Standard she was "a loveable person and very beautiful."

"She was a true force of nature and her glorious performance as Sylvia in 'Privates on Parade' is one that will be remembered with great joy," the Michael Grandage Company said in a statement posted on Twitter. "A spirited lady, she lived life to the full, and her presence in the theater will be sorely missed. The company would like to dedicate the remaining performances to her memory."


Schwarzenegger says he still loves estranged wife Shriver, hopes for reconciliation

BERLIN, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Austrian-born film star Arnold Schwarzenegger says he still loves his estranged wife, Maria Shriver.

Germany's Bild newspaper quotes the star of "The Terminator" movie franchise and "The Last Stand" as saying he spent Christmas with Shriver and their four children, despite the 2011 breakup of their marriage.

Shriver filed for divorce after 25 years of marriage when Schwarzenegger admitted he fathered a son with a member of the family's household staff more than a decade ago, before he served as governor of California.

"We're not fighting any war. I still hope for reconciliation. I still love Maria," Schwarzenegger told the newspaper.


Hospitalized Barbara Walters expects to be home soon

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Veteran broadcast journalist Barbara Walters remained hospitalized Tuesday after falling and hitting her head in Washington during the weekend.

Whoopi Goldberg, her co-star on "The View," gave an update on Walters' condition during Tuesday's edition of the daytime chat program.

"She missed a step and had a fall, which cut her upper temple. The doctors stitched her up and she's doing fine, but they want her to take it easy," Goldberg said.

She then read a statement from Walters, 83.

"First and foremost, I want to thank all the people who have called and written and been concerned about me. I am most appreciative. I am running a low-grade fever and the doctors are keeping me in the hospital until my temperature is normal. I am pleased to say it is going in the right direction and I will be home soon," the statement said.

The ABC News stalwart was hospitalized Sunday, the day after she took a tumble and cut her forehead at a pre-inauguration party at the residence of the British ambassador to the United States.


NKOTB to tour with 98 Degrees

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Members of New Kids on the Block announced on "The View" in New York Tuesday they will tour this year with fellow vocal groups 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.

The Package Tour is to kick off May 31 in Uncasville, Conn. It is scheduled to wrap up July 13 in Minneapolis.

This will be the first tour for 98 Degrees in more than 12 years.

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