US suicide rates spiked in the months after Robin Williams killed himself in 2014, according to researchers.
In the five months after the actor’s death there were 10% more suicides than might be expected, or 1,841 extra cases, PLOS One journal reports.
The potential risk of copycat incidents after celebrity cases is known to public health bodies.
It cannot be known for certain if his death led to the spike but it appeared to be connected, the new study said.
Experts say “irresponsible” media coverage of suicides can play a big part in copycat cases.
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Six of the BBC’s leading male presenters have agreed to take pay cuts after revelations over equal salaries.
The BBC said Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Vine had all accepted reduced wages.
The move follows Carrie Gracie’s resignation as BBC China editor in protest at unequal pay between male and female international editors.
Vine said: “It needs to be sorted out and I support my female colleagues.”
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A man whose body was found buried in a garden was allegedly killed by his daughter several years ago, the BBC understands.
Greater Manchester Police said a woman made a confession at Cheadle Heath police station on Sunday.
On Tuesday, remains believed to be of Kenneth Coombes, were found in a garden in Matlock Road, Reddish, near Stockport.
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Jo Whiley is to co-present a new, extended drivetime show with Simon Mayo, as Radio 2 overhauls its schedule.
Whiley will be the first female DJ on the station’s weekday daytime schedule for 20 years.
Debbie Thrower was the last, presenting Radio 2’s afternoon show between 1995 and 1998.
At a time when pay equality is under scrutiny at the BBC, Radio 2 confirmed Mayo and Whiley will earn the same.
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Social media users have expressed their anger at a new series produced by the BBC and Netflix in which Greek mythological figures such as Achilles, Patroclus and Zeus are being played by black actors.
In the Troy: Fall of a City, an eight-part series that chronicles the Greek siege of the city of Troy, Achilles is played by Interstellar, Cloud Atlas and Man in an Orange Shirt star David Gyasi.
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A search has been mounted for British explorer Benedict Allen, whose family say has gone missing during an expedition to Papua New Guinea.
The 57-year-old was travelling on his own to try to find the reclusive Yaifo tribe, whom he first met 30 years ago.
His sister says she was expecting to hear from him by Monday – and he hasn’t taken planned flights home.
A helicopter pilot, who dropped Mr Allen off several weeks ago, is trying to find him, the BBC has learned.
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One of Malta’s most prominent investigative journalists – the reporter who uncovered the country’s Prime Minister’s ties to the offshore business scandal revealed by the Panama Papers leak, was killed on Monday in a horrific car bomb attack.
Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, had just left her home in Bidnija, near Mosta, when a powerful blast broke her rental car into pieces that flew into a nearby field. One of her three sons heard the explosion and rushed outside. He was too late to save his mother.
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