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Star benefit concert raises millions

The Elton John-led starry benefit concert that featured Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys on Sunday has raised nearly $8 million to battle the coronavirus.

The musicians performed from their homes for the hourlong event that aired on Fox and iHeartMedia radio stations. The money will go to Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation.

Other performers included Tim McGraw, H.E.R. and Sam Smith, who sang "How Do You Sleep" in a cappella form. Dave Grohl sang "My Hero" from his studio in Hawaii, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong strummed his guitar to "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," while Camila Cabello sang "My Oh My" from Miami with a guitar assist from beau Shawn Mendes.

The event took place during the time slot that was to belong to the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Procter & Gamble donated $500,000, which Fox Corporation matched. YouTube, is streaming the concert on iHeartRadio's YouTube Channel.

Rihanna opens her purse again

Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation is donating $1 million in grants toward COVID-19 response — a number that is being matched by Jay-Z's Shawn Carter Foundation.

The combined $2 million will support undocumented workers, the children of front-line health workers and first responders and the incarcerated, elderly and homeless populations in New York City and Los Angeles.

Last week, the Clara Lionel Foundation gave $5 million to the response efforts against the coronavirus, with the money going to food banks, testing, healthcare worker training, virus prevention and distribution of critical respiratory supplies.

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Actor Andrew Jack, 76, dies of coronavirus

Star Wars actor Andrew Jack has died in Britain as a result of the coronavirus, his agent said on Wednesday. He was 76.

The actor, who also worked as a dialect coach, died in a hospital in Surrey on Tuesday, Jack's agent Jill McCullough said in a statement.

"Andrew lived on one of the oldest working houseboats on the Thames, he was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife, also a dialect coach," McCullough said.

Jack appeared in "Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi" as General Ematt, as well as "Solo: A Star Wars Story" and "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens."

His wife, Gabrielle Rogers, who is quarantined in Australia, posted on social media: "Andrew Jack was diagnosed with coronavirus 2 days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all 'with' him."

Passengers arriving in Australia must isolate in hotels for two weeks.

Today's birthdays: Singer Emmylou Harris is 73. Actor Christopher Meloni ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit") is 59. Guitarist Greg Camp (Smash Mouth) is 53. Actor Pedro Pascal ("Game of Thrones") is 45. Actress Bethany Joy Lenz (formerly Galeotti) ("One Tree Hill") is 39. Singer Lee Dewyze ("American Idol") is 34. Actor Jesse Plemons (TV's "Fargo," ''Breaking Bad") is 32.

— The Associated Press


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