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The tragic death of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand has shaken the country, following her disappearance from a hostel in Auckland on December 1.

She was later recovered in the Waitakere Ranges area one week later, and a 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged.

He is scheduled to appear in the high court in January 2019.

Grace's heartbroken father, David Millane, attended a Māori blessing ceremony close to where backpacker was discovered yesterday, and has since praised the compassion shown by the New Zealanders.

David is taking his beloved little girl home in the next few days, but thanked the New Zealand police for a “concise, stringent and thorough investigation”, as well as the local media for showing respect and courtesy "at all times."

He also gave thanks to locals who took his daughter into their hearts, saying; “From that very first moment we have been astounded by the level of concern, sympathy and selfless help from every person we have met.”

“We would like to thank the people of New Zealand for their outpouring of love, numerous messages, tributes and compassion."

He continued in the statement, speaking on behalf of the Millane family;

“Grace was not born here and only managed to stay a few weeks, but you have taken her to your hearts and in some small way she will forever be a Kiwi.”

“We all hope that what has happened to Grace will not deter even one person from venturing out into the world,” he added.

Grace's father and uncle visited the Auckland bushland area near where she was found to receive a Māori blessing, which he described as a privilege, and a 'lovely and peaceful experience'.


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David Millane shared a hongi (nose press) with a local uniformed police officer in Auckland, a New Zealand traditional gesture.

Candlelight vigils were planned for Grace in every city in New Zealand on Wednesday, many of which were organised by women’s refuges and anti-violence organisations and activists.

Grace's family are organising her funeral in her hometown of Wickford, Essex. 

Our deepest condolences go out to Grace's loving family during this incredibly difficult time.



There is tragic news for Teen Mom star Amber Portwood whose dad has passed away. Amber’s dad, Shawn Portwood, appeared in the reality TV show before his daughter’s stint in prison.

Amber’s brother spoke of how his father helped the MTV star get her life back on track after her imprisonment back in 2011: “I know that he helped Amber because he gave her strength to get better. He is the reason she was able to turn her life around. He set the precedent for what she needed to do to get better.”

Amber, who left prison last year, is set to appear on screens once again for a new season of Teen Mom alongside the other original stars, Maci, Catelynn and Farrah. Her daughter, Leah, is now five-years-old.

The reality TV star tweeted her thanks for people’s support earlier today: “I just want to say thank you to everyone for all your kind words. This is a heartbreaking time for my family your prayers help..love always.”



There is tragic news for actor Austin Butler and his family following the death of his mum, Lori.

The heartbroken Carrie Diaries actor tweeted about the passing of his beloved mum, writing: “Lori Butler, my mom, my hero, & my best friend passed away this morning. Lets all celebrate her. I love you and will miss you ever day Mom.”

Vanessa, who has been with Austin for two years now, also tweeted her own tribute to her boyfriend’s mother, writing: "I miss you already mama."

She also tweeted a touching message to her fans to celebrate Lori's life, writing: #ripLoriButler #celebrateLori spread the love for Lori."

The tragic news comes just a day after it was announced that Vanessa had landed the lead role in the Broadway play, Gigi.

Our thoughts are with Austin and his family at this terrible time. 



Jennifer Hudson’s half-brother, Steven Simpson, has been arrested after a frenzied attack on his estranged wife’s lover.

The singer’s brother reportedly stabbed the man in the face several times and is now being held in Michigan for attempted murder.

Unfortunately for Jennifer, this is not the first violent incident to impact her family. Back in 2008, her mother and brother were found dead with her nephew also being reported missing only to be found deceased three days later.

They were murdered by Jennifer’s sister Julia’s estranged husband, William Balfour who is currently serving three counts of first-degree murder for the tragic crimes.

The deaths deeply affected the singer and she has set up a fund for families of similar crimes known as The Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims.

Jennifer’s third album, JHUD, is due for release next month, although it is unknown how recent events will impact this.



There is sad news today as it has been reported that Game of Thrones actor, J.J. Murphy, has passed away.

The 86-year-old actor, who is from Northern Ireland, had just finished filming his first scenes for the hit HBO show when he died on Friday.

The actor’s role in Game of Thrones was Ser Denys Mallister, a member of the Knight’s Watch.

Murphy also had roles in movies such as Angela’s Ashes and Mickybo and Me.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time. 



This is just so heartbreaking.

Author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, has sent a letter to 15-year-old, Cassidy Stay, in the voice of Dumbledore.

The move comes after the teen’s mum, dad and siblings were all shot dead by her uncle in Texas at the beginning of July.

During a memorial service for her family, the brave girl took to the podium and quoted Dumbledore in her moving and inspirational tribute: “Happiness can be found in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

J.K. Rowling heard of the girl’s words through a social media campaign and sent Cassidy a handwritten letter from Dumbledore, and lots of Harry Potter items such as a wand and a signed book. 



There’s tragic breaking news this afternoon after it was announced that British actor, Bob Hoskins has died at the age of 71.

The actor, best known for his role in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Hook, retired from acting back in 2012 due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease.

The tragic news was announced by his agent, who says the actor passed away due to pneumonia.