Friday, October 17, 2014

Anderson Cooper's Father; Joan Rivers' Death; Gay Lover Thrown From Window

Anderson Cooper's Father

We all know that Anderson Cooper's mother is Gloria Vanderbilt, but not much has ever been written about his father, Wyatt Cooper. I've seen photos and read a few things about him because I've read a few biographies about Vanderbilt. But nothing in-depth. I was curious. I went to Fairleigh Dickinson University, at the Florham Park campus, which during the gilded age had been the Florence Vanderbilt Twombly estate. There was an elderly woman in one of my classes, and this woman's mother allegedly once worked on the estate, and the woman played with Gloria as a child.The name, Florham Park, is a combination of Florence Vanderbilt Twombly and Hamilton Mcknown Twombly.

In any event, Anderson Cooper is doing a special, Roots: Our Journey Home, where he had a chance to look into his ancestry on his father's side, along with other CNN anchors. He claims he never felt very close to the Vanderbilt side of the family and wanted to know more about his father. 

Cooper traveled to where his father was born and raised, in Mississippi, visiting old cemeteries, discovering stories of his ancestors whom had fought in the Civil War. But it was at his dad's high school in New Orleans, where he made an exciting discovery: A school employee handed Cooper a folder containing his father's report card from 1944.

You can read more here. The show airs on Monday, at 9:00, ET.

Joan Rivers' Death

I've been following this story because I find the medical details so amazing. My own mom had the same procedure Rivers had several times this year and during one of them last July she had a heart attack. Thankfully, my mom was in Sloan Kettering in New York, only blocks away from where Rivers had her procedure done in a clinic instead of a hospital, and my mom was much luckier than Rivers because my mom was in a large hospital that was prepared for anything. We took her to Sloan because it was the best there was and we didn't want to take any chances or assume anything. 

Joan Rivers died from a lack of oxygen to her brain during a medical procedure last month to deal with changes to her voice as well as problems with acid reflex.
A report released today by the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner revealed that the 81-year-old entertainer sedated with Propofol during the procedure and determined what happened to be a 'therapeutic complication.'
- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/joan-rivers-died-after-predictable-complication-lack-oxygen-brain-while-sedated-propofol1610#sthash.XXIrfF2h.dpuf
In any event, the New York medical examiner ruled that Rivers' death was a result of "therapeutic complications." In other words, during any "simple procedure" anything can happen, especially with an older patient.


"The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy," the report said.

Rivers, 81, died September 4, a week after an appointment at Manhattan's Yorkville Endoscopy clinic.

The medical examiner's investigation ruled that the cause of death was "anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest," a medical description of brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen.

You can read the rest here. The article, from CNN, goes into a lot more detail about why this happened. Rivers' daughter, Melissa Rivers, also released a brief statement. 

Gay Lover Thrown From Window

This story involves a 60 year old married Indian man, and a 20 year old gay lover. The married 60 year old threw the gay 20 year old lover out a third story window, and the 20 year old died. All this allegedly happened during a lovers quarrel. With a 40 year age difference I'm not surprised...that they were quarreling. 

Police had been nearby at the time of the incident and heard a scream and the sound of the body hitting the ground and spotted a broken window on the third floor of a building above where the man had fallen from. 

The still unidentified 20-year-old was naked and when police entered the building they discovered V. Narsingh Rao, 60, in an office belonging to his lawyer.

You can read the rest here. The interesting thing about this is that they are charging Rao with murder, and, anti-sodomy thanks to an old anti-gay law that's been around for a long time in India.
Police had been nearby at the time of the incident and heard a scream and the sound of the body hitting the ground and spotted a broken window on the third floor of a building above where the man had fallen from.
The still unidentified 20-year-old was naked and when police entered the building they discovered V. Narsingh Rao, 60, in an office belonging to his lawyer.
- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/man-throws-gay-lover-his-death-through-3rd-story-window-hyderabad-india151014#sthash.enOEL7O1.dpuf

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