Auction of ‘First’ Porsche Starts at $30 Million by Mistake: 'It Was a Screw-Up'

The RM Sotheby’s Auction had a bit of a mishap Saturday night during the selling of what some car collectors call the “first” Porsche.

Over the weekend, car fanatics gathered in Monterey, California, to witness the bidding of Lot No. 362, the famed Porsche Type 64 — a Nazi-era car built by Ferdinand Porsche nine years before he started his famed car company. It was one of three of its kind produced at the time, but the last one remaining.

According to the New York Times, the vintage vehicle was supposed to open at $13 million during the Saturday night action, however, the bidding accidentally started at $30 million by mistake.

“When they mentioned 30 million to start, I thought that’s quite a strong starting price,” David Lee, a car collector and businessman from the Los Angeles area told the NYT. He then explained that the auctioneer had an accent “and didn’t say the teens well,” making it difficult to understand whether he was saying “30” or “13.”

The Porsche bidding took another wrong turn when the lot, which was only supposed to take bids in increments of $1 million or less, showed bids skyrocketing by increments of $10 million.

The room was filled with excitement as auctiongoers saw the bids jump from $30 million to $40 million to $50 million and then $60 million.

The final, highest bid was a whopping $70 million before the auctioneer noticed the grand mistake and announced that the final bid was actually $17 million and not $70 million.

“It was a screw-up and, chiefly, it let the air out of the balloon when it went from $70 million to $17 million,” John Bothwell, director of Pur Sang, an international automotive manufacturer, told the NYT.

The outlet reported that after the announcement was made, the energy in the room shifted as audience members and bidders “gasped and groaned” over the mistake.

“As bidding opened on the Type 64, increments were mistakenly displayed on the screen, causing unfortunate confusion in the room,” RM Sotheby’s said in a statement on Sunday. “We take pride in conducting our world-class auctions with integrity and we take our responsibility to our clients very seriously.”

The statement continued, “This was in no way intentional on behalf of anyone at RM Sotheby’s, rather an unfortunate misunderstanding amplified by the excitement in the room.”

Although the one-of-a-kind, historic Porsche received a total bid of $17 million, the amount was below the minimum price set by the seller, failing to sell and causing RM Sotheby’s to stop the auction.

“We will continue making every effort to sell the car,” the auction house told the outlet, explaining that they now plan to advertise the car on its auction website.

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couple get married after groom was given ‘weeks to months’ to live

Couple crowd-fund their wedding to fulfil dying groom’s dream to walk his daughter, one, down the aisle – after being ‘months to live’ following brain tumour diagnosis

  • Kaya Rimple, 24, and Aidan Waters, 26, from Thatcham, got married on August 11
  • Aidan was diagnosed with aggressive & incurable grade 4 brain tumour in April
  • Family and friends crowd-funded £11,000 to pay for the couple’s dream wedding

A young couple had their dream wedding just months after the groom got down on one knee – the same day he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Kaya Rimple, 24, from Thatcham, Berkshire, wed her soulmate Aidan Waters, 26, who proposed after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

The former warehouse worker had gone into hospital with a broken nose when doctors discovered he had a brain tumour the size of a tangerine.

He was diagnosed with aggressive Grade 4 astrocytoma in April, and tragically given just months to live. Astrocytomas are a type of cancer of the brain, originating in the star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes, that support the nerve cells.

Friends and family rallied together and raised £11,000 in a bid to see the young couple live out their dream wedding before it was too late.

They wed at Ufton Court on August 11 in a ‘magical’ 16th-century barn draped in ivy and fairy lights, with their one-year-old daughter Nova accompanying Aidan in church – so she can say that ‘her father walked her down the aisle’ when she grows up. 

Kaya’s son Marley from a previous relationship, along with her grandfather, ‘chaperoned’ her to the altar.

Kaya Rimple-Waters, 24, and Aidan Waters, 26, got married in August, a few months after Aidan was diagnosed with an aggressive and incurable form of cancer in April

Their one-year-old daughter Nova accompanied Aidan in church – so she can say that ‘her father walked her down the aisle’ when she grows up

Speaking about the day, Kaya, a former tattoo artist, said: ‘It was really magical, it was like a dream come true.

‘I wasn’t the type of bride to need everything to be a certain way – as long as me and Aidan were getting married, that’s what mattered.

‘The morning was really lovely, with my bridesmaids getting ready at the venue.

‘It was offered to us at such short notice and when we went to see it we just knew it would be perfect for us.’

Aidan and Kaya on their wedding day which was crowd-funded. The young couple explained they would be taking each day as it came, as Aidan’s tumour is incurable 

Aidan’s scar after surgery. The young man was given ‘weeks to months’ to live after being diagnosed with the aggressive form of cancer 

Aidan opened the ceremony and walked down the aisle with the couple’s one-year-old daughter, Nova.

They were shortly followed by the blushing bride who was chaperoned by her grandfather and her seven-year-old son Marley.

Kaya, who took the surname Rimple-Waters, said: ‘Aidan did a really special thing at the beginning and walked down the aisle with Nova so that she can always say that her dad has walked her down the aisle.

‘That was a big moment. It meant a lot to Aidan and he was in really high spirits all day.

‘In his speech, he said how grateful he was to have met me and to everybody who helped us to make this day special.’

The couple shared a kiss after the ceremony as friends and family looked on. They will soon travel to Devon, where Aidan had his ‘favourite holiday ever’ 

She added of Aidan: ‘Normally he sleeps until 11am – he will have a nap in the day and then go to bed at about 9pm.

‘But on the wedding day, he was up early and was awake all day until he fell asleep on the way back to the hotel.’

The newlyweds performed their first dance to ‘Kaya’ by Bob Marley – a song the bride was named after.

The wedding barn was decorated with fairy lights and giant ‘LOVE’ letters alongside a pink and white floral drip cake.

Kaya found her ‘princess wedding dress’ in a bridal boutique next door to the pub where Aidan proposed in April.

She said: ‘The proposal was a complete surprise.

‘We had just come back from the hospital to find out if Aidan had Grade three or four cancer.

‘I didn’t understand at the time why he was all dressed up for his results but now it makes sense.

‘His family were all at the pub when he said ‘one of my biggest achievements I want to have is marrying this beautiful woman.’

‘Then he got down on one knee and said ‘do you want to marry me?”

Their pals then launched a GoFundMe page and raised £11,000 to help make Kaya and Aidan’s dream wedding a reality.

The lovebirds booked their dream venue for the earliest available date and tied the knot just three months later on Monday (Aug 11).

Pictured on the day they got engaged are Kaya and Aidan, and their daughter Nova and Kaya’s son Marley from a previous relationship

Kaya said: ‘We had just 14 weeks to plan everything for the wedding which was a challenge.

‘The wedding venue gave us a few dates so we picked the earliest one.

‘Initially in April, the doctors told us Aidan had weeks or months to live so we didn’t want to wait too long.

‘We just want to say thank you to each and every person as a whole – we wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.’

Kaya told how she and Aidan decided to try for a baby within the first month of dating and she got pregnant almost immediately

Doctors discovered the mass tumour on Aidan’s brain after he went to hospital for a broken nose following a series of unrelated seizures.

He was initially given a CP scan when doctors spotted something unusual on his brain and an MRI scan revealed the cancerous growth.

Kaya said: ‘I just started crying. I just broke down in a waiting room full of people.

‘Aidan’s whole body was shaking where he was in shock.

‘We went in for a broken nose and we came back finding out he had two masses on his brain. He has one at the back which is benign while the larger one at the front is cancerous.

‘It was horrible especially as he is so young. We had planned our whole future together.’


Astrocytomas are the most common type of primary brain tumour within the group of brain tumours called gliomas. 

Gliomas are brain tumours starting in the glial cells, which are the supporting cells in the nervous system.

There are three types of gliomas;  astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma and ependymoma.

The most common glioma are astrocytomas, which are found in the cells of the brain that support the nerve cells.

Gliomas can be low grade (slow growing) or high grade (fast growing), and doctors use these grades to determine what kind of treatment is needed.

Source: Cancer Research and The Brain Tumour Charity

In the two weeks that followed, Aidan had 80 per cent of the cancerous tumour removed in a bid to prolong his life.

Having opted against radiotherapy or chemotherapy, he is using natural treatments such as juicing and cannabis oil to make the most of the little time he has left.

Kaya said: ‘Aidan’s tumour spreads and grows into the brain – it is meshed into one.

‘They removed as much of it as they could without affecting Aidan but it will always grow back.

‘Doctors said they cannot determine exactly when it will happen but when it starts, it is really aggressive and it happens very quickly.

‘His mobility will be affected first and he will be having more frequent seizures.

‘We are taking every day as it comes.’

The newlyweds will set off on their honeymoon next month and spend a week in Devon with children Marley and Nova.

Kaya added: ‘I’ve booked us a little caravan and we’re really looking forward to it.

‘We went last year and Aidan said it was one of his favourite holidays ever.’


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Bachelor Nation Reacts to Christian Estrada and Jordan Kimball's Fight

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Punches were thrown and shirts were ripped on Bachelor in Paradise.

Picking up where things left off last week, Christian Estrada and Jordan Kimball got into a heated fight during Monday night’s episode. In the midst of their brawl, the rest of the contestants watched in shock.

“Come here, bitch,” Estrada taunted Kimball as the show’s crew held back both men. “Cheers to you being a bitch,” Jordan responded.

But Christian was ready for round two. He broke away from the crew, grabbed Jordan and threw him to the ground. Eventually, both reality TV personalities were separated and sent home. “We have a zero-tolerance policy,” host Chris Harrison told the remaining contestants.

However, Nicole Lopez-Alvar was still shaken by the whole ordeal. “I’m freaking out,” she told Onyeka Ehie. “I’m literally in shock. I’m shaking right now.”

Fans of the ABC dating series might recall last week’s episode when Christian was very territorial over Nicole, whom he had just met. He was also aggressive towards Clay Harbor, who has had his heart set on Nicole. It appeared Christian’s behavior rubbed Jordan the wrong way, so he posted up.

Of the insane brawl between Estrada and Kimball, several Bachelor in Paradise stars exclusively spoke to E! News at the iHeartRadio’s Real Street Festival about how they felt in that moment.

“I thought the fight was fake at first. I thought it was like staged—oh, this is kind of funny,” Tayshia Adams said. “But it was so intense and so scary. Watching it unfold is mind blowing. Honestly, we were standing at the bar and then I hear screaming and I was taken completely by surprise. Somebody was falling down the stairs. The next person was running after the other. And then I see security.”


Mike Johnson also shared his thoughts on the whole ordeal.

“I think that Jordan and Christian, their ego probably got the best of them,” he told us. “And I was watching. I was standing beside the biggest guy there, Clay. And I was sitting back sipping on my tequila, and I had a good time watching. I didn’t want to interrupt the two of them, they’re fighting. I wanted to make sure that they got out what they needed to get out. And I know that the Bachelor producers would make sure that we [were] safe and good to go.”

He continued, “That was the first time I had ever seen anything remotely close to that, but that s—t was wild to be quite honest.”


Wills Reid also weighed in and told E! News the fight was “surreal.”

“It definitely seemed surreal… and it was a bit frightening. A lot of the girls on the beach were terrified and it kind of threw everyone for a loop and gave everyone an adrenaline rush. It was just wild to see.”

All three contestants told us they felt the producers made the right call in sending both men home.

Additionally, other Bachelor Nation stars couldn’t help but react to the crazy episode on Monday night.

Tia Booth wrote, “I totally think @jordan__kimball was just trying to be funny, but he messed with a feisty little firecracker!! #bachelorinparadise.” Derek Peth responded, “The correct answer was…he poked the wrong bear this time.”

Even Jordan commented on the brawl, saying, “I’ve been wrestling alligators since the age of 3.”

However, Luke Stone called out Bachelor in Paradise‘s hypocritical stance on their “zero tolerance” policy. “Interesting policy on violence, bodyslamming not included I guess,” he tweeted, which was in reference to Luke Parker allegedly body slamming him on Hannah Brown‘s season of The Bachelorette.

But leave it to Evan Bass to say what we were all thinking: “Ok this Jordan and Christian thing was bad but I’m being personally attacked by Deans shirt/stache combo tonight.”

Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Alex Rodriguez Just Let Everyone Know How He Secretly Follows His Daughters on Social Media

Even though he's engaged to Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez is still a dad, which means that just about everything he does — though, presumably not anything Lopez-related — embarrasses his daughters, 14-year-old Natasha and 11-year-old Ella. Like any cool kids, they don't want their pops anywhere near their social media accounts, but Rodriguez managed to find a way around it.

Entertainment Tonight reports that Rodriguez paid a visit to Barstool Sports's podcast, Chicks in the Office, and admitted to having secret burner accounts so that he could keep tabs on his girls.

Alex Rodriguez Visits  Mornings With Maria

"My daughters don't let me follow them on social media," he said, before adding, "Oh yeah, I have a burner account."

Although he has to sneak his way into his daughter's feeds, he explained that they have free reign when it comes to his online presence. He said that they're in charge of his accounts, so whatever they say goes. While that seems extreme, it makes sense to have certified cool teens in charge of his platforms. Rodriguez added that it's not easy to get content approved, because most of the time, they're looking out for themselves when it comes to the things that dad posts.

"Oh my gosh, they are like the COO and the CEO of my social media craziness or whatever I do," he dished. "They're so good. You know, every time I post something — usually like five out of 10 — both of them would DM me and say, 'Dad, are you serious?' 'Dad, you know I'm going into high school next year?' 'Dad, this is how bullying starts.' And, I'm like, 'OK, I'll erase it.'"

Rodriguez has even gone so far as to draw up contracts with his daughters, though we'd like to see proof of those documents if they're actually out there.

"I have contracts with both of them that if I post something, now they have to approve everything," Rodriguez continued. "I'm like, 'OK, I got it, I'm sorry.'"

He went on to say that social media is important to him and Lopez, which is why they share their lives online instead of keeping everything private. He and Lopez know that their kids are going to take part, so they want to go along for the ride and make sure everything's on the up and up. It also offers a connection to fans that he thinks is paramount. There's no other way for him to reach so many people.

"We have children and we're documenting in real-time some of the things that we're doing both personally and professionally and with four kids," he explained. "I think the world is hungry for connection. I think they want more content and they want what's real. They want what's genuine and a lot of the stuff we put up is not our best self. And those actually end up doing the very best."

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What happens as we die?

We’re born, we live, we die. Few things are so concrete. And yet, while we swap countless stories about the start of life, the end is a subject we're less inclined to talk about.

Conversations about death – what it is, what it looks like – are scarce until we suddenly face it head on, often for the first time with the loss of a loved one.

“We hold a lot of anxiety about what death means and I think that’s just part of the human experience,” says Associate Professor Mark Boughey, director of palliative medicine at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital. “Some people just really push it away and don’t think about it until it’s immediately in front of them.”

But it doesn’t need to be this way, he says.

“The more people engage and understand death and know where it’s heading … the better prepared the person is to be able to let go to the process, and the better prepared the family is to reconcile with it, for a more peaceful death.”

Of course, not everyone ends up in palliative care or even in a hospital. For some people, death can be shockingly sudden, as in an accident or from a cardiac arrest or massive stroke. Death can follow a brief decline, as with some cancers; or a prolonged one, as with frailty; or it can come after a series of serious episodes, such as heart failure. And different illnesses, such as dementia and cancer, can also cause particular symptoms prior to death.

But some physical processes are commonly experienced by many people as they die – whether from “old age”, or indeed from cancer, or even following a major physical trauma.

What is the process of dying? How can you prepare for it? And how should you be with someone who is nearing the end of their life?

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What are the earliest signs a person is going to die?

The point of no return, when a person begins deteriorating towards their final breath, can start weeks or months before someone dies.

Professor Boughey says refractory symptoms – stubborn and irreversible despite medical treatment – offer the earliest signs that the dying process is beginning: breathlessness, severe appetite and weight loss, fluid retention, fatigue, drowsiness, delirium, jaundice and nausea, and an overall drop in physical function.

Simple actions, such as going from a bed to a chair, can become exhausting. A dying person often starts to withdraw from the news, some activities and other people, to talk less or have trouble with conversation, and to sleep more.

This all ties in with a drop in energy levels caused by a deterioration in the body’s brain function and metabolic processes.

Predicting exactly when a person will die is, of course, nearly impossible and depends on factors ranging from the health issues they have to whether they are choosing to accept more medical interventions.

“The journey for everyone towards dying is so variable,” Professor Boughey says.

Credit:Illustration: Dionne Gain

What happens in someone’s final days?

As the body continues to wind down, various other reflexes and functions will also slow. A dying person will become progressively more fatigued, their sleep-wake patterns more random, their coughing and swallowing reflexes slower. They will start to respond less to verbal commands and gentle touch.

Reduced blood flow to the brain or chemical imbalances can also cause a dying person to become disoriented, confused or detached from reality and time. Visions or hallucinations often come into play.

“A lot of people have hallucinations or dreams where they see loved ones,” Professor Boughey says. “It’s a real signal that, even if we can’t see they’re dying, they might be.”

But Professor Boughey says the hallucinations often help a person die more peacefully so it’s best not to “correct” them. “Visions, especially of long-gone loved ones, can be comforting.”

People become no longer interested in eating … they physically don’t want to.

Instead of simply sleeping more, the person's consciousness may begin to fluctuate, making them nearly impossible to wake at times, even when there is a lot of stimulation around them.

With the slowing in blood circulation, body temperature can begin to seesaw, so a person can be cool to the touch at one point and then hot later on.

Their senses of taste and smell diminish.“People become no longer interested in eating … they physically don’t want to,” Professor Boughey says.

This means urine and bowel movements become less frequent, and urine will be much darker than usual due to lower fluid intake. Some people might start to experience incontinence as muscles deteriorate but absorbent pads and sheets help minimise discomfort.

Credit:Illustration: Dionne Gain

What happens when death is just hours or minutes away?

As death nears, it’s very common for a person’s breathing to change, sometimes slowing, other times speeding up or becoming noisy and shallow. The changes are triggered by reduction in blood flow, and they're not painful.

Some people will experience a gurgle-like “death rattle”. “It’s really some secretions sitting in the back of the throat, and the body can no longer shift them,” Professor Boughey says.

An irregular breathing pattern known as Cheyne-Stokes is also often seen in people approaching death: taking one or several breaths followed by a long pause with no breathing at all, then another breath.

“It doesn’t happen to everybody, but it happens in the last hours of life and indicates dying is really front and centre. It usually happens when someone is profoundly unconscious,” Professor Boughey says.

Restlessness affects nearly half of all people who are dying. “The confusion [experienced earlier] can cause restlessness right at the end of life,” Professor Boughey says. “It’s just the natural physiology, the brain is trying to keep functioning.”

Circulation changes also mean a person’s heartbeat becomes fainter while their skin can become mottled or pale grey-blue, particularly on the knees, feet and hands.

Professor Boughey says more perspiration or clamminess may be present, and a person’s eyes can begin to tear or appear glazed over.

Gradually, the person drifts in and out or slips into complete unconsciousness.

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How long does dying take? Is it painful?

UNSW Professor of Intensive Care Ken Hillman says when he is treating someone who is going to die, one of the first questions he is inevitably asked is how long the person has to live.

“That is such a difficult question to answer with accuracy. I always put a rider at the end saying it’s unpredictable,” he says.

“Even when we stop treatment, the body can draw on reserves we didn’t know it had. They might live another day, or two days, or two weeks. All we know is, in long-term speaking, they certainly are going to die very soon.”

But he stresses that most expected deaths are not painful. “You gradually become confused, you lose your level of consciousness, and you fade away.”

Should there be any pain, it is relieved with medications such as morphine, which do not interfere with natural dying processes.

“If there is any sign of pain or discomfort, we would always reassure relatives and carers that they will die with dignity, that we don’t stop caring, that we know how to treat it and we continue treatment.”

There can be a real sense of readiness, like they’re in this safe cocoon, in the last day or two of life.

Professor Boughey agrees, saying the pain instead tends to sit with the loved ones.

“For a dying person there can be a real sense of readiness, like they’re in this safe cocoon, in the last day or two of life.”

Professor Boughey believes there is an element of “letting go” to death.

“We see situations where people seem to hang on for certain things to occur, or to see somebody significant, which then allows them to let go,” he says.

“I’ve seen someone talk to a sibling overseas and then they put the phone down and die.”

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How can you “prepare” for death?

Firstly, there is your frame of mind. In thinking about death, it helps to compare it to birth, Professor Boughey says.

“The time of dying is like birth, it can happen over a day or two, but it’s actually the time leading up to it that is the most critical part of the equation,” he says.

With birth, what happens in the nine months leading to the day a baby is born – from the doctor’s appointments to the birth classes – can make a huge difference. And Professor Boughey says it’s “absolutely similar” when someone is facing the end of life.

To Professor Hillman, better understanding the dying process can help us stop treating death as a medical problem to be fixed, and instead as an inevitability that should be as comfortable and peaceful as possible.

People are not being asked enough where they want to be cared for and where they want to die.

Then there are some practicalities to discuss. Seventy per cent of Australians would prefer to die at home but, according to a 2018 Productivity Commission report, less than 10 per cent do. Instead, about half die in hospitals, ending up there because of an illness triggered by disease or age-related frailty (a small percentage die in accident and emergency departments). Another third die in residential aged care, according to data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Professor Hillman believes death is over-medicalised, particularly in old age, and he urges families to acknowledge when a loved one is dying and to discuss their wishes: where they want to die, whether they want medical interventions, what they don’t want to happen.

“[Discussing this] can empower people to make their own decisions about how they die,” says Professor Hillman.

Palliative Care Nurses Australia president Jane Phillips says someone’s end-of-life preferences should be understood early but also revisited throughout the dying process as things can change. With the right support systems in place, dying at home can be an option.

“People are not being asked enough where they want to be cared for and where they want to die,” Professor Phillips says. “One of the most important things for families and patients is to have conversations about what their care preferences are.”

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How can you help a loved one in their final hours?

Studies show that hearing is the last sense to fade, so people are urged to keep talking calmly and reassuringly to a dying person as it can bring great comfort even if they do not appear to be responding.

“Many people will be unconscious, not able to be roused – but be mindful they can still hear,” Professor Phillips says.

“As a nurse caring for the person, I let them know when I’m there, when I’m about to touch them, I keep talking to them. And I would advise the same to the family as well.”

On his ICU ward, Professor Hillman encourages relatives to “not be afraid of the person on all these machines”.

“Sit next to them, hold their hands, stroke their forehead, talk to them about their garden and pets and assume they are listening,” he says.

Hearing is the last sense to fade so people are urged to keep talking calmly and reassuringly to a dying person.

Remember that while the physical or mental changes can be distressing to observe, they're not generally troubling for the person dying. Once families accept this, they can focus on being with their dying loved one.

Professor Boughey says people should think about how the person would habitually like them to act.

“What would you normally do when you’re caring for your loved one? If you like to hold and touch and communicate, do what you would normally do,” he says.

Other things that can comfort a dying person are playing their favourite music, sharing memories, moistening their mouth if it becomes dry, covering them with light blankets if they get cold or damp cloths if they feel hot, keeping the room air fresh, repositioning pillows if they get uncomfortable and gently massaging them. These gestures are simple but their significance should not be underestimated.

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What is the moment of death?

In Australia, the moment of death is defined as when either blood circulation or brain function irreversibly cease in a person. Both will eventually happen when someone dies, it’s just a matter of what happens first.

Brain death is less common, and occurs after the brain has been so badly damaged that it swells, cutting off blood flow, and permanently stops, for example following a head injury or a stroke.

The more widespread type of death is circulatory death, where the heart comes to a standstill.

After circulation ceases, the brain then becomes deprived of oxygenated blood and stops functioning.

The precise time it takes for this to happen depends on an individual’s prior condition, says intensive care specialist Dr Matthew Anstey, a clinical senior lecturer at University of Western Australia.

“Let’s say you start slowly getting worse and worse, where your blood pressure is gradually falling before it stops, in that situation your brain is vulnerable already [from reduced blood flow], so it won’t take much to stop the brain,” Dr Anstey says.

The brain remains momentarily active after a circulatory death.

“But if it’s a sudden cardiac arrest, the brain could go on a bit longer. It can take a minute or two minutes for brain cells to die when they have no blood flow.”

This means, on some level, the brain remains momentarily active after a circulatory death. And while research in this space is ongoing, Dr Anstey does not believe people would be conscious at this point.

“There is a difference between consciousness and some degree of cellular function,” he says. “I think consciousness is a very complicated higher-order function.”

Cells in other organs – such as the liver and kidneys – are comparatively more resilient and can survive longer without oxygen, Dr Anstey says. This is essential for organ donation, as the organs can remain viable hours after death.

In a palliative care setting, Professor Boughey says the brain usually becomes inactive around the same time as the heart.

But he says that, ultimately, it is the brain’s gradual switching off of various processes – including breathing and circulation – that leads to most deaths.

“Your whole metabolic system is run out of the brain… [It is] directing everything.”

He says it’s why sometimes, just before death, a person can snap into a moment of clarity where they say something to their family. “It can be very profound … it’s like the brain trying one more time.”

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What does a dead person look like?

“There is a perceptible change between the living and dying,” Professor Boughey says.

“Often people are watching the breathing and don’t see it. But there is this change where the body no longer is in the presence of the living. It’s still, its colour changes. Things just stop. And it’s usually very, very gentle. It’s not dramatic. I reassure families of that beforehand.”

It’s important not to feel guilty if you’re not present at the moment of death. What’s more important is being present during the lead-up.

A typical sign that death has just happened, apart from an absence of breathing and heartbeat, is fixed pupils, which indicate no brain activity. A person's eyelids may also be half-open, their skin may be pale and waxy-looking, and their mouth may fall open as the jaw relaxes.

Professor Boughey says that only very occasionally will there be an unpleasant occurrence, such as a person vomiting or releasing their bowels but, in most cases, death is peaceful.

And while most loved ones want to be present when death occurs, Professor Boughey says it’s important not to feel guilty if you’re not because it can sometimes happen very suddenly. What’s more important is being present during the lead-up.

What happens next?

Once a person dies, a medical professional must verify the death and sign a certificate confirming it.

“It’s absolutely critical for the family to see … because it signals very clearly the person has died,” says Professor Boughey. “The family may not have started grieving until that point.”

In some cases, organ and tissue donation occurs, but only if the person is eligible and wished to do so. The complexity of the process means it usually only happens out of an intensive care ward.

You might feel despair, you might feel numb, you might feel relief. There is no right or wrong way to feel.

Professor Boughey stresses that an expected death is not an emergency – police and paramedics don’t need to be called.

After the doctor’s certificate is issued, a funeral company takes the dead person into their care and collects the information needed to register the death. They can also help with newspaper notices or flowers.

But all of this does not need to happen right away, Professor Boughey says. Do what feels right. The moments after death can be tranquil, and you may just want to sit with the person. Or you might want to call others to come, or fulfil cultural wishes.

“There is no reason to take the body away suddenly,” Professor Boughey says.

You might feel despair, you might feel numb, you might feel relief. There is no right or wrong way to feel. As loved ones move through the grieving process, they are reminded support is available – be it from friends, family or health professionals.

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Christopher Meloni Raves Over ‘SVU’s Milestone 21st Season: It’s ‘Something Very Special’

Christopher Meloni may have left ‘Law & Order: SVU’ back in 2011 but he still has so much love for the show. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the actor about ‘SVU’ reaching the history-making season 21.

Law & Order: SVU will return for its 21st season Sept. 26 on NBC. This season is unlike any other season. Law & Order: SVU is making history with season 21. The series is now the longest-running primetime live-action series ever. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with former star Christopher Meloni, who played Detective Elliot Stabler, about SVU’s legacy and reaching this incredible milestone.

“It’s amazing and I am happy with everyone connected with the show past and present,” Christopher told HollywoodLife while talking about his partnership with Hill’s Pet Nutrition. “You know, it really is something very special and you can’t ask for a nicer set of people who are more dedicated. I did it for 12 years so I know what it is like and it is a grind. It’s a difficult show that requires a lot of the cast and crew so it is really a landmark.”

Christopher played Detective Stabler alongside Mariska Hargitay’s Detective Olivia Benson up until season 12. Since leaving the show in 2011, Christopher has had notable roles on The Handmaid’s Tale, Underground, and Happy!

The actor is currently teaming up Hill’s Pet Nutrition to help spread the word about NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ fifth annual Clear The Shelters nationwide pet adoption campaign. Christopher has two rescue dogs of his own, Boots and Scotty. Since 2002, the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love Program has provided over $290 million worth of Hill’s brand pet foods to over 1,000 animal shelters. The program has also helped over 10 million pets find new homes and counting. Hill’s is a returning sponsor of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters.

“Hill’s is one of the biggest sponsors of the event and it is one of the biggest events focusing attention on getting these animals into homes and out of these shelters,” Christopher said about the partnership. “Getting them into the places in where people want them and they are going to love them and the part that Hill’s plays regardless of this event, these people are close to giving away close to a billion dollars worth of food to these shelters so I am really happy that Hill’s really walks the walk.”

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Brit toddler ‘fighting for his life’ after plunging from window on holiday

A young British boy is fighting for his life after he plunged from a holiday villa window in what appears to be a freak accident.

The two-year-old, who has not been named, was staying in the Tuscan home with his parents and five-year-old sister when the accident happened.

It is thought he woke up, walked into his sister's room and climbed onto her bed.

The boy then fell through the bedroom window, plummeting 18 foot to the terrace below.

His sister began to cry, alerting the parents to the shocking incident.

They immediately called the emergency services, who scrambled a helicopter to the house in Montespertoli near Florence.

The boy was rushed to Meyer hospital where he remained over night in a critical condition.

Anna, the villa's owner, told The Mirror: "The child went to bed with his sister. They were playing, he and his sister.

"We think that he got close to the window, leaned out and fell down. The parents were in another room, the sister started to cry and saying he had fallen down.

"He was not unconscious but he was not crying. They ran out very quickly."

The villa owner said the boy's condition had improved since he was taken to hospital yesterday, although this had not been confirmed by the Italian authorities.

"He was a bit better this afternoon," she continued.

"He woke up and talked with his mother.

"Let's see what happens with his head. He is very lucky I think."

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I’ve had six boyfriends but what I really want is to be with a woman – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: I’VE had six boyfriends since the age of 16 but after being with my only serious one for the past 15 years, I realise I’m into women. I dream about women and being with one.

I’m 32 and my boyfriend is 34. We have two girls, aged 12 and ten.

My boyfriend has never been able to give me an orgasm and I think now I want to be with a woman.

I have always liked women but thought nothing more about it until now.

I haven’t said anything to my boyfriend but it is starting to get to me, as I am not attracted to him any more.

DEIDRE SAYS: Before you break up your family, see if you can revive your relationship with your kids’ father.

My e-leaflet Orgasm For Women can help you work out what does the trick for you.

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Kim Kardashian Acknowledges That Paris Hilton Give Her A Career

Kim Kardashian has paid public homage to Paris Hilton.

In a preview for a new episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim gave an interview regarding her participation in Paris’s “Best Friend’s Ass” music video. The song, which serves as an obvious reference to Kim’s famed derriére, includes lyrics like “But all I see is fuckboys everywhere tryna make a pass/But I can't stop lookin' at my best friend's ass.”

Kim said that she “really would want to do anything” for Hilton.

“She literally gave me a career,” she added. “I totally acknowledge that.”

Sister Khloé Kardashian complimented Kim for taking the time to film the video, saying that Kim could have brushed off the project and said “Ha ha bitch, look who’s popping now.”

“You’re so sweet and kind,” Khloé said. “And your schedule is crazy.”

Kim responded that she would drop any commitments in favor of helping out Paris, “because that’s important to me to be loyal.”

Kim has known the famous heiress since childhood. She worked as Paris’s assistant and closet organizer during the height of her The Simple Life fame, and initially garnered exposure through her association with the famous heiress and entrepreneur. "We'd go anywhere and everywhere just to be seen,” Kim told Rolling Stone. “We knew exactly where to go, where to be seen, how to have something written about you. All you had to do is go to this restaurant, or this party, talk about whatever you want to talk about, and it would be in the paper the next day."

Fun fact: Kim’s husband Kanye West first saw her in a paparazzi photo with Paris. “I remember I saw a picture of her and Paris Hilton,” West said in an interview with Ryan Seacrest. “And I remember telling my boy, 'Have you seen that girl Kim Kar-dijon?'"

Kim and Paris eventually had a falling out that lasted several years, but have recently rekindled their close friendship. They’ve celebrated birthdays and holidays together, and Paris even dressed as Kim in the viral Yeezy season 6 campaign.

It’s always nice to see Kim acknowledge Paris, who invented the Kardashian mode of fame before the family was known at all. “Nowadays, I feel like it’s so easy becoming famous,” she told W in 2017. “Anybody with a phone can do it.”

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My best mate gets handsy with my boyfriend whenever she drinks – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: MY best mate is too touchy-feely with my boyfriend.
I trust him totally. He is 24 and I am 22, like my friend.

I know he would never do anything bad but, whenever we have a night out, she won’t leave him alone.

She went too far last weekend. I only realised how far when she put a video on Snapchat of her rubbing herself all over him and touching him intimately.

She has been my best friend for years and is only like this when she drinks.

It puts my boyfriend in such an awkward position.

DEIDRE SAYS: She is out of order acting like this, even if she has been drinking.

You and your boyfriend need to tackle her together when she is sober and say firmly she must stop.

My e-leaflet on Standing Up For Yourself will help. If she doesn’t stop, she is not the kind of friend you need and you should stay away from her when there is any chance of her boozing.

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