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Rita Ora reveals ‘fear’ of being diagnosed with breast cancer after mum’s battle

Rita Ora has spoken out about spending her twenties ‘fearful’ of being diagnosed with breast cancer after her mother Vera Sahatciu battled the disease in 2005. 

The Your Song hitmaker, 30, said she suffered panic attacks after her mother, 56, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the cancer and had a partial mastectomy.

She revealed that she experienced symptoms of PTSD in her teenage years as she felt responsibility to ‘step up’ as she desperately wanted to ‘protect’ her mother.

Cancer: Rita Ora has opened up about spending her twenties ‘fearful’ of being diagnosed with breast cancer after her mother Vera Sahatciu battled the disease in 2005

Rita told The Sun: ‘Cancer affects everyone, my mum battled it twice, and I had a lot of different emotions. I felt a lot of responsibility to step up and become a strong teenager.’

She said although she had the BRCA test, the hereditary breast cancer test, and does not have the gene, she still worried that she would be diagnosed with cancer.

Speaking about her anxiety, she explained: ‘I don’t know if it’s in my head, but it can be a case of a little heartburn and I am like, ‘What is that?’.’

Rita urged women to check their breasts and go to a GP if they notice any changes, as there was no previous history of breast cancer in her family.

Worry: The Your Song hitmaker, 30, said she suffered panic attacks after her mother, 56, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the cancer and had a partial mastectomy

Worry: The Your Song hitmaker, 30, said she suffered panic attacks after her mother, 56, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the cancer and had a partial mastectomy

She added that Vera, who is a psychiatrist for the NHS, did not have a lump on her breast but experienced a ‘sharp pain’ before she got checked.

The pop star said she is still reminded of the ‘fear factor’ when Vera goes for check-ups, adding that therapy, exercise and meditation help her deal with panic attacks.

The mother of the singing sensation discussed being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39 while appearing on Loose Women back in February 2019. 

Vera emotionally explained: ‘The journey I had was really tough. At a young age treatment tends to me more rigorous and prolonged. 

‘When it’s diagnosed young, the treatment gets to be more intense, I had chemo, radiotherapy and a mastectomy.’

Check yourself! Rita urged women to check their breasts and said her mum Vera, who is an NHS psychiatrist, did not have a lump on her breast but experienced a 'sharp pain'

Check yourself! Rita urged women to check their breasts and said her mum Vera, who is an NHS psychiatrist, did not have a lump on her breast but experienced a ‘sharp pain’

Rita has recently received huge backlash for hosting a birthday party to celebrate her 30th that flouted Covid-19 regulations.

The Mail On Sunday previously revealed that prior to her birthday Rita flew by private jet to Cairo on November 21 to perform at the five-star W Hotel.

The Masked Singer judge returned the next day and under Government quarantine rules should have self-isolated for 14 days.

Instead, she threw a birthday party on November 28 at the exclusive Casa Cruz restaurant in Notting Hill, West London.

For the party, she apologised with the following statement: ‘Hello all, I attended a small gathering with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday.

Criticism: Rita has recently received huge backlash for hosting a birthday party to celebrate her 30th that flouted Covid-19 regulations

Criticism: Rita has recently received huge backlash for hosting a birthday party to celebrate her 30th that flouted Covid-19 regulations 

‘It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK… I’m deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk.

‘This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgement. Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.

‘I feel particularly embarrassed knowing first-hand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible illness and being fully aware of the sacrifices that people and businesses have made to help keep us all safe. 

‘Even though this won’t make it right, I want to sincerely apologise.’

She paid the hefty £10k fine for breaching these protocols, having been reported to the police, who investigated the restaurant, which looked to be closed up. 

Shocking: Rita was forced to publicly apologise after it emerged she'd hosted a 30th birthday party at a London restaurant while the country was in lockdown

Shocking: Rita was forced to publicly apologise after it emerged she’d hosted a 30th birthday party at a London restaurant while the country was in lockdown

But she was then forced into another grovelling apology for breaching strict coronavirus rules, amid the travel embarrassment. 

She said: ‘I recently flew to Egypt to perform at a corporate event for a private company, where my travel party followed protocol and presented negative Covid tests upon entry, as required by Egyptian authorities.

‘Upon my return to Britain, I should have followed Government advice and isolated myself for the required period. As you know, I didn’t follow Government advice and… I apologise again, unreservedly.

‘While I realise the apologetic words of a pop star might not carry much weight, especially one who has broken the rules like I have, I do realise some might seek to follow my example.

Consequence: Rita paid the hefty £10k fine for breaching protocols, having been reported to the police, who investigated the restaurant, which, to any passers-by, looked to be closed up

Consequence: Rita paid the hefty £10k fine for breaching protocols, having been reported to the police, who investigated the restaurant, which, to any passers-by, looked to be closed up

‘My message to them is simple: please don’t. The guilt and shame I’ve carried this week for my mistake aren’t worth it. Instead, continue to listen to the Government advice and the voices of the heroes of the NHS and take the required precautions.’

She added: ‘I hope to one day make it up to the public who have given me so much support over the years and, in particular, make it up to the heroes of the NHS…

‘In the meantime, I will be donating my fee from Egypt to charity. Be better than I have been and learn from my mistakes so you don’t have to learn the hard way yourselves.’

A spokesman for the star, estimated to be worth £10million, said she and her team had all subsequently tested negative for coronavirus.

Guidelines brought in with the lockdown between November 5 and December 2 stated that people must ‘not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household, meaning the people you live with, or your support bubble’.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and affects more than two MILLION women a year

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Each year in the UK there are more than 55,000 new cases, and the disease claims the lives of 11,500 women. In the US, it strikes 266,000 each year and kills 40,000. But what causes it and how can it be treated?

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer develops from a cancerous cell which develops in the lining of a duct or lobule in one of the breasts.

When the breast cancer has spread into surrounding breast tissue it is called an ‘invasive’ breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with ‘carcinoma in situ’, where no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.

Most cases develop in women over the age of 50 but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men though this is rare.

Staging means how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Stage 1 is the earliest stage and stage 4 means the cancer has spread to another part of the body.

The cancerous cells are graded from low, which means a slow growth, to high, which is fast growing. High grade cancers are more likely to come back after they have first been treated.

What causes breast cancer?

A cancerous tumour starts from one abnormal cell. The exact reason why a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. It is thought that something damages or alters certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiply ‘out of control’.

Although breast cancer can develop for no apparent reason, there are some risk factors that can increase the chance of developing breast cancer, such as genetics.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

The usual first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps are not cancerous and are fluid filled cysts, which are benign. 

The first place that breast cancer usually spreads to is the lymph nodes in the armpit. If this occurs you will develop a swelling or lump in an armpit.

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

  • Initial assessment: A doctor examines the breasts and armpits. They may do tests such as a mammography, a special x-ray of the breast tissue which can indicate the possibility of tumours.
  • Biopsy: A biopsy is when a small sample of tissue is removed from a part of the body. The sample is then examined under the microscope to look for abnormal cells. The sample can confirm or rule out cancer.

If you are confirmed to have breast cancer, further tests may be needed to assess if it has spread. For example, blood tests, an ultrasound scan of the liver or a chest x-ray.

How is breast cancer treated?

Treatment options which may be considered include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone treatment. Often a combination of two or more of these treatments are used.

  • Surgery: Breast-conserving surgery or the removal of the affected breast depending on the size of the tumour.
  • Radiotherapy: A treatment which uses high energy beams of radiation focussed on cancerous tissue. This kills cancer cells, or stops cancer cells from multiplying. It is mainly used in addition to surgery.
  • Chemotherapy: A treatment of cancer by using anti-cancer drugs which kill cancer cells, or stop them from multiplying
  • Hormone treatments: Some types of breast cancer are affected by the ‘female’ hormone oestrogen, which can stimulate the cancer cells to divide and multiply. Treatments which reduce the level of these hormones, or prevent them from working, are commonly used in people with breast cancer.

How successful is treatment?

The outlook is best in those who are diagnosed when the cancer is still small, and has not spread. Surgical removal of a tumour in an early stage may then give a good chance of cure.

The routine mammography offered to women between the ages of 50 and 70 mean more breast cancers are being diagnosed and treated at an early stage.

For more information visit breastcancercare.org.uk, breastcancernow.org or www.cancerhelp.org.uk

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Brave Leeds legend Rob Burrow to get MBE amid battle with motor neurone disease

Rugby league star Rob Burrow will be made an MBE after selflessly turning his diagnosis with a terminal illness into a charity crusade to help other sufferers.

The Leeds Rhinos Rugby League legend – who suffers from motor neurone disease – will be given the award in the New Year’s Honours.

The Leeds Rhinos legend, who has motor neurone disease, will be given the award in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Dad-of-three Rob, 38, told 12 months ago how he had been diagnosed with the illness – and medics said he had one to two years to live.

A source said: “Rob’s story has ­really touched the hearts of everyone. His incredible will to raise money despite battling MND is ­no­thing short of astonishing.

“He has refused to let the illness take over his life – instead showing the same strength that he always showed as a player.”

Rob Burrow is a legend at Leeds Rhinos

At 5ft 5in, Rob was famed as the smallest player in the Super League.

But his short ­stature did not stop him winning the Challenge Cup twice, scoring a try in the Rhinos’ 2015 win over Hull KR.

He also won eight Grand Finals and three World Club Challenges in his 17 years with the side. After retiring in 2017, he took on a coaching role.

But gradual changes in his speech led him to be diagnosed with MND two weeks before Christmas last year.

Motor Neurone Disease is a degenerative condition that affects how the nerves in the brain and spinal cord function.

Rob Burrow during his playing days

In January, Rob took part in a testimonial match for Leeds against Bradford Bulls.

Before the game, he walked out on the pitch with his children Macy, eight, Maya, five, and Jackson, one.

And in a bid to raise awareness of the illness, he let TV cameras follow him for BBC documentary Rob Burrow: My Year With MND.

Rob, who is married to Lindsey, 37, has also inspired other fundraisers, including a static cycle record attempt.

And his resolve prompted ex-teammate Kevin Sinfield to take on a gruelling running challenge, completing seven marathons in seven days to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

One of the seven runs was held in Leeds – where he was greeted by Rob as he crossed the finish line.

Rob Burrow is being honoured for his charity work while battling the awful disease

And although he had set his target at £77,777, Kevin ended up collecting more than £2.5million for the charity.

During his career, Rob made 493 appearances for Leeds.

He has already been honoured with a mural in the city.

Rob is not the only pioneering sportsman set for honours. It is understood that F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, 35, is expected to be knighted – after taking his seventh world drivers’ title.

And Manchester United ace Mar­cus Rashford was given an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in October for his school meals campaign.

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Man Utd and Tottenham ‘in transfer battle’ for Fiorentina defender Milenkovic

Manchester United and Tottenham are ready to fight it out for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic.

Both Premier League outfits are looking to strengthen their backlines with January just around the corner.

And the Serbian looks to fit the bill for both clubs due to his physical attributes.

Milenkovic is valued at around £23m by the Serie A side with reports in Italian paper  La Nazione claiming interest in the centre-half is mounting.

The 23-year-old is an established international with 26 caps for Serbia.

And he is a regular for Fiorentina and played at the heart of defence as they beat Juventus 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Nikola Milenkovic has been integral to Fiorentina

Milenkovic is capable of playing in the centre but also at right-back which makes him even more appealing.

United were keen on adding a centre-half in the summer but, like many of their desired targets, missed out.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still seeking a partner for captain Harry Maguire.

Victor Lindelof has been a regular alongside the Englishman but doubts clearly still remain while the likes of Eric Bailly are finding opportunities increasingly hard to come by.

United are also being linked with Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho are both keen on the defender

Despite their good form which has seen them rise up the table defence remains an issue for Solskjaer.

He has already seen his side ship six at home to Tottenham while they’ve conceded at least three in a game four times this season.

A host of defensive pairings have been trailed over the years with United yet to properly settle on one.

Tottenham meanwhile are ready to offload Davinson Sanchez as they look to beat United to Milenkovic’s signature.

Jose Mourinho has generally stuck with Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld as his centre-half duo through this season.

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Lewis Hamilton lifts lid on coronavirus battle and admits he lost almost a stone

Lewis Hamilton has revealed he has lost almost a stone in weight after contracting coronavirus at the end of last month.

The seven-time Formula One world champion tested positive for the virus on November 30 before self-isolating for a 10-day period.

But he has admitted he is still battling the after-effects of the virus, more than three weeks on from his initial diagnosis.

“I’ve lost 6kg over the past two months,” Hamilton wrote on his Instagram story. “Four of which I lost when I got Covid.

“I’ve lost so much muscle. Starting from a low point in strength now, not fun but I’m determined to get my strength back and to be 100 per cent again. No pain, no gain.”

Hamilton revealed his shocking weight loss on his Instagram account

Hamilton, 35, uploaded his post from the gym where he is working to build himself back up to fitness.

It was only little over a week ago that the Mercedes driver battled back to health to take part in the final Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton had initially returned three negative tests following his victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix on November 29, before eventually recording a positive one after complaining of mild symptoms.

The Stevenage-born driver had been in Dubai with friends and family prior to travelling to Bahrain, and was informed someone in that party had also tested positive.

The Mercedes driver has a few months to work on his recovery before the 2021 F1 season
The Mercedes driver has a few months to work on his recovery before the 2021 F1 season

At one stage it looked as though he might miss the season finale, having already been forced to sit out the Sakhir Grand Prix on December 6, though by that stage he had already wrapped up his seventh world title.

Speaking after the race in Abu Dhabi on December 13 – in which he finished third on the podium – Hamilton admitted he was “destroyed” and “happy to be alive”.

He has since been crowned the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year for the second time for his achievements this year, but joined the ceremony via video link from home to accept his award.

Hamilton now has three months to prepare for the new F1 season, and is set to end all speculation over his future by signing a lucrative new contract with Mercedes worth a reported £40million a year.

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John Mulaney ‘checks into Pennsylvania rehab for 60 days to battle cocaine and alcohol addiction’

SNL’s John Mulaney ‘checks into Pennsylvania rehab for 60 days to battle cocaine and alcohol addiction’

Two-time Emmy winner John Mulaney reportedly checked into a Pennsylvania rehab last weekend for a 60-day stint to battle his cocaine and alcohol addiction.

‘John’s friends and family are happy that he’s finally getting some help and focusing on his health,’ a source told Page Six on Monday.

‘His fans know he’s struggled in the past with sobriety, he has talked about it openly. Unfortunately he has struggled again during the pandemic. He’s on board with his recovery. He’s not fighting against rehab.’

In recovery: Two-time Emmy winner John Mulaney reportedly checked into a Pennsylvania rehab last weekend for a 60-day stint to battle his cocaine and alcohol addiction (pictured December 2)

Last year, the 38-year-old comedian told Esquire that he ‘loved cocaine’ and ‘drank for attention’ as early as age 13.

‘I was really outgoing, and then at 12, I wasn’t. I didn’t know how to act. And then I was drinking, and I was hilarious again,’ John said in his cover story.

‘I never liked smoking pot. Then I tried cocaine, and I loved it. I wasn’t a good athlete, so maybe it was some young male thing of “This is the physical feat I can do. Three Vicodin and a tequila and I’m still standing. Who’s the athlete now?”‘ 

As a teen, Mulaney’s parents sent him to a psychiatrist, who told him he was ‘one part nice kid, one part gorilla that wants to kill the other half.’  

A source told Page Six on Monday: 'His fans know he's struggled in the past with sobriety, he has talked about it openly. Unfortunately he has struggled again during the pandemic. He's on board with his recovery. He's not fighting against rehab'

A source told Page Six on Monday: ‘His fans know he’s struggled in the past with sobriety, he has talked about it openly. Unfortunately he has struggled again during the pandemic. He’s on board with his recovery. He’s not fighting against rehab’

The insider added: 'John's friends and family are happy that he's finally getting some help and focusing on his health' (pictured in 2018)

The insider added: ‘John’s friends and family are happy that he’s finally getting some help and focusing on his health’ (pictured in 2018)

'Maybe it was some young male thing': Last year, the 38-year-old comedian told Esquire that he 'loved cocaine' and 'drank for attention' as early as age 13

‘Maybe it was some young male thing’: Last year, the 38-year-old comedian told Esquire that he ‘loved cocaine’ and ‘drank for attention’ as early as age 13

The Georgetown University grad is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live where he famously co-created the Weekend Update character of Stefon with Bill Hader.

John still occasionally writes for the NBC sketch show and he hosted SNL for the third and fourth time on March 2 and October 31 this year. 

Mulaney appeared to be in good spirits during his December 2nd appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he admitted he was ‘going totally crazy’ during quarantine.

Nightlife guide: John is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live where he famously co-created the Weekend Update character of Stefon with Bill Hader (M, pictured in 2018)

Nightlife guide: John is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live where he famously co-created the Weekend Update character of Stefon with Bill Hader (M, pictured in 2018)

John Mulaney pictured hosting SNL on March 2

John Mulaney pictured hosting SNL on October 31

Chicago funnyman: Mulaney still occasionally writes for the NBC sketch show and he hosted SNL for the third and fourth time on March 2 and October 31 this year

Sobriety: Mulaney appeared to be in good spirits during his December 2nd appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he admitted he was 'going totally crazy' during quarantine

Sobriety: Mulaney appeared to be in good spirits during his December 2nd appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he admitted he was ‘going totally crazy’ during quarantine

The Dickinson actor currently voices Andrew Glouberman and other characters in the fourth season of animated sitcom Big Mouth, which started streaming December 4 on Netflix.

On the personal front, John has been married to makeup artist and lampshade artisan, Annamarie Tendler, for the last six years.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Mulaney’s representative for comment.

Started streaming December 4 on Netflix! Mulaney currently voices Andrew Glouberman (M) and other characters in the fourth season of animated sitcom Big Mouth

Started streaming December 4 on Netflix! Mulaney currently voices Andrew Glouberman (M) and other characters in the fourth season of animated sitcom Big Mouth

On the personal front, John has been married to makeup artist and lampshade artisan, Annamarie Tendler, for the last six years

On the personal front, John has been married to makeup artist and lampshade artisan, Annamarie Tendler, for the last six years

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Kate Garraway ‘gets extra support behind the scenes at ITV’ amid Derek’s battle

Kate Garraway has had additional help behind the scenes at ITV, it’s been revealed.

The Good Morning Britain star has turned to ITV’s doctor Hilary Jones for advice amid her husband Derek’s health battle.

Derek remains in hospital with “minimum consciousness” after fighting off the coronavirus infection.

ITV chat show host Lorraine Kelly lifted the lid on how Dr Hilary has become Kate’s secret rock.

The hostess revealed the TV doctor had the ability to give Kate good advice with empathy.

Kate Garraway ‘gets extra support behind the scenes at ITV’ amid Derek’s battle

She told Express.co.uk : “He has been an absolute hero throughout this pandemic.

“Bringing clarity and common-sense advice with real empathy and behind the scenes he has been helping Kate Garraway, whose husband is currently still in hospital.

“And all of our team and crew who have been concerned and worried about themselves and their loved ones.”

The Good Morning Britain star has turned to ITV’s doctor Hilary Jones for advice amid her husband Derek’s health battle

As well as helping out behind the scenes, Dr Hilary has been issuing advice to the public during his segments on This Morning.

Kate has bravely been holding the fort down at home while her husband remains in hospital.

She has been focusing her efforts on looking after their two children Darcey and William.

Dr Hilary has been there to help

Kate hopes to form a bubble with Derek so she can still see him on Christmas day.

However, she said this may not be possible under new Tier 4 regulations which were rolled out over the South East and London.

Those living in Tier 4 areas can no longer mix with other households over the Christmas five day bubble period.

Kate hopes to form a bubble with Derek so she can still see him on Christmas day

The fan tweeted: “I truly hope in all of this @kategarraway & her children gets to form a bubble and to see Derek.

“It’s hard for all of us, but harder for her as her situation is unique.”

Kate replied: “I hope so too Fatimah.

“Not quite clear at the moment but thank you for thinking of me and the others in the same situation xxx.”

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Peter Crouch predicts Arsenal relegation battle and makes Mesut Ozil claim

Peter Crouch says Arsenal are heading towards a Premier League relegation battle – and not even Mezut Ozil’s return will help the club.

Saturday’s 2-1 reverse at Everton was their fifth defeat in seven games and has resulted in their worst points return – 14 from 14 matches – since 1974-75.

Their woeful form has piled the pressure on Arteta, who marked his one-year anniversary at the club on Sunday with the club 15th in the league and just four points above the drop zone.

The Gunners’ woes coincides with the ongoing dispute with Ozil, who was bizarrely left out of Arteta’s 25-man Premier League squad this season and looks set to leave the club.

Mesut Ozil is out of favour at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta

Ozil has been vocal on Twitter this season, often making posts that suggests a divide with club chiefs, and Crouch believes that Ozil’s career at Arsenal is over.

Writing in the Daily Mail, he said: “I don’t think for one minute that bringing him back -no matter how much of a class player he is – will spark the change they need.

“I can understand people asking why Mikel Arteta hasn’t tried it, but the manager has clearly made his mind up.

“This issue isn’t sustainable. I played for Tottenham, but I have huge respect for Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta is under pressure as Arsenal’s manager

“The Arsenal I knew wouldn’t have put itself in a position where a player is able to tweet after a game, hinting at division and undermining the manager, as Ozil has done.”

Arsenal have lost eight times in total and only bottom side Sheffield United have a worse record.

And Crouch went on to suggest that Arsenal are in a relegation crisis.

He added: “As it stands, Arsenal are heading towards a relegation battle and it shows how badly things have gone since Arsene Wenger left.

Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Everton over the weekend

“The Unai Emery experiment was a disaster and at the moment you cannot see where the next three points will come from.

“I hear people say they will strengthen in January, but who are they going to buy? More to the point, who is going to want to come to the Emirates?

“Yes, it was all roses in July when they won the FA Cup, but the momentum from that win over Chelsea has completely gone.

“It needs more than Ozil to get it back.”

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Richard Blackwood’s heartbreak as mum dies in his arms after battle with cancer

Richard Blackwood has spoken of his grief after his mum died in his arms last night.

The Dancing On Ice star and ex-EastEnders star shared the tragic news on Instagram alongside some pictures of them together.

His mum Juliet Giscombe had battled cancer three separate times, and died surrounded by her family on Saturday night.

“I post and write this with a Heavy Heart this morning! I never put too much up over the last few weeks but my close friends and Family knew my mum was fighting her 3rd battle with Cancer!” Richard wrote.

Richard Blackwood’s mum died in his arms

“She passed away in my arms last night in front of my Sister, My Niece and my Son!! I’m not going to spend too many words on here cause I just don’t feel too but I want to Thank everyone that was supporting, That was reaching out, even those that just checked in on a how are you in this time!!!”

He went on: “I want you to know that will never be forgotten and I appreciate you!!!! I shall finish on this my mum was the strongest woman I know and to the very end never complained! Always pushing her kids and Grandkids to keep going and not have any Redeye or Hate in your Heart, hence why allot of you saw me Acting in this time or performing doing stand up and trying to make others smile when I wasn’t smiling!

The grieving actor paid tribute to his mum

“The reason I still say God is Good because he is thats how Mum raised us! Mum your watching over us now but I’m honoured to be your Son Love You.”

Richard shared two pictures with fans – one of him hugging his mum when she was in better health, and one of her looking frail in bed as he spoon-fed her.

He also shared a compilation of clips of his mum with her loving family, hugging her daughter, singing and watching music videos as Richard held her hand.

Jamaican-born Juliette moved to Streatham in London where she settled and gave birth to her two children.

She was employed as a hotel cleaner in the late 1990s, but quit in October 2009 claiming her treatment by bosses was making her ill.

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Saints-Chiefs is much more than a battle of Super Bowl contenders

If it’s Week 15 in the NFL and the matchup pits two legitimate Super Bowl contenders from each conference, then it’s a no-brainer as The Post’s Big Game.

The showdown between the Chiefs (12-1) and the Saints (10-3) on Sunday in New Orleans got an early Christmas present when it was revealed late in the week that Saints quarterback Drew Brees will return after missing four games with injuries to his ribs and lung.

That means this game will mark the first meeting between Mahomes and Brees, which is a bonus that goes along with both teams vying for the No. 1 seed in their respective conferences.

Brees, 41, returned to practice during the week after missing time because of 11 broken ribs and a punctured lung. The Saints won three of the past four games they played with Taysom Hill starting in place of Brees.

The Chiefs are currently the top seed in the AFC, with a one-game lead over the Steelers. The Saints are tied for the best record in the NFC, but they’re currently the No. 2 seed based on an early-season loss to the Packers.

The Chiefs just clinched their fifth consecutive AFC West title. The Saints, with a win over Kansas City, would clinch their fourth consecutive NFC South title.

If this isn’t a potential Super Bowl preview, then there is no such thing.

Saints coach Sean Payton is on record saying he considered drafting Mahomes in 2017, but the Saints had the 11th-overall pick and the Chiefs traded up to No. 10 to pick Mahomes. So, with that 11th pick, the Saints took cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who became NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and remains the team’s top cornerback. Sunday will be the first time Lattimore will play against Mahomes.

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“Everything worked out for the best,” Lattimore told reporters this week. “He’s over there doing his thing. I’m over here doing my thing. So, everybody won. And yeah, I’m excited to play him because he’s one of the great up-and-coming quarterbacks. So you know our game is going to be way up, and you know we’re going to be ready for him.

“It’s going to be a great battle. I feel like we’re stacked, just like they’re stacked. So, we’re going to go out there and play, and the best man wins.”

The Saints are coming off a 24-21 upset loss to the struggling Eagles. That loss ended New Orleans’ nine-game winning streak, leaving the Chiefs’ eight-game winning streak as the longest in the NFL.

Mahomes, who’s coming off an uncharacteristicly uneven game (for him) with a season-high three interceptions against the Dolphins last Sunday, is the NFL’s leading passer. He has six consecutive 300-yard passing games and nine overall this season.

His tight end, Travis Kelce, is 127 receiving yards short of the NFL single-season record for a his position. Kelce leads the league with 1,250 yards and could become the first tight end to ever lead the league in receiving yards.

Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill leads the NFL with 16 touchdown receptions and, as a complement to the most prolific passing game in the league, Kansas City has running backs LeVeon Bell and rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

The Saints’ defense is ranked No. 2 in the league and has produced 36 sacks. But the unit is coming off a poor performance against the Eagles.

The Saints had not allowed any player to rush for 100 yards in an NFL-record 55 consecutive games until two Eagles players accomplished that in the same game — running back Miles Sanders (115) and quarterback Jalen Hurts (106).

“Obviously, when you give up 240 yards rushing, there aren’t a lot of things you did well,” Payton said.

With Brees back in the starting lineup, Jameis Winston will continue to be the Saints’ No. 2 quarterback, with Hill going back to his hybrid role, which includes some plays at quarterback.

One significant thing to watch in this game is the Chiefs’ offensive line issues. Three of their tackles — right tackle Mike Remmers, left tackle Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz — have been unable to practice because of back ailments.

That would leave Yasir Durant, an undrafted rookie, playing at right tackle and lining up against Saints pass rusher Cameron Jordan, who has 6.5 sacks. New Orleans defensive end Trey Hendrickson has 10.5 sacks.

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Teammates awaiting the Battle of Alberta

Quebecer Jakob Pelletier, drafted in the first round by the Calgary Flames in 2019, and Albertan Dylan Holloway, an Edmonton Oilers prospect, are currently pairing up with Junior Team Canada, but the day will soon come when they will s ‘will face in the Battle of Alberta.

“We’re focusing on what’s going on here and then we’ll see,” said Pelletier, amused, when presented to him during the Canadian team’s media availability on Saturday.

Holloway was right by his side to answer journalists’ questions. The University of Wisconsin Badgers player, picked 14th overall in the recent draft, admits to having special moments as the Canadian team uses the Oilers locker room during the World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton.

“It’s huge, there are the hot baths and the cold baths, it’s pretty crazy and very cool!” Holloway described.

“There’s plenty of space, that’s great, but in two or three years I’m likely to hate this locker room more,” Pelletier replied jokingly.

A quick trio

For now, Pelletier and Holloway are likely to complete a trio with Alex Newhook with the Canadian squad.

“It’s easy to play with him, we complement each other well,” Pelletier said of Holloway. I think our line is very good at forward chess, we’re fast and that will help us both offensively and defensively. ”

“I like playing with Pelletier, he’s super fast and works hard,” Holloway said.

Entertain the people

Unless otherwise changed, Canada’s first official game in the tournament will be Dec. 26 against Germany. Due to the cases of COVID-19 among the German and Swedish teams, the preparatory calendar has also been butchered by six games out of 10. Canada will therefore only play one such match, on Wednesday, against Russia.

Obviously, the players on the Canadian team know that all eyes will be on them in the coming weeks, especially as many people in the country remain confined to their homes due to the pandemic.

“We know that 2020 has been a difficult year for hockey and for the world as a whole, we will try to bring some happiness to the Canadians,” said Pelletier. But do you feel more pressure? I do not think so.”

The pressure has always been great on Junior Team Canada, pandemic or not.