(AP) – Rihanna is paying tribute to one of her fans who died of cancer. She shared a photo of herself and a woman named Monia on Instagram, and wrote that she passed away on Christmas. She said the photo was taken a few months ago, on the day that the woman told her that her cancer was back.
She also shared a video of the two of them hugging, and wrote that she misses her already. Monia just shared a photo of a comment Rihanna left on her Instagram pager earlier this month. In it, Rihanna said she was praying for her, and that her strength was inspiring.
(St. Louis, MO) – A jury is ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay over four-billion dollars in a Missouri asbestos cancer case. The jury awarded the money to 22 women who claimed they developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s baby powder, which they say contains asbestos.
Johnson & Johnson denies that their products cause cancer and also denies that they contain asbestos. The company, which is currently battling about nine-thousand talc cases, said they’re disappointed in the jury’s decision.
(Los Angeles, CA) – A California jury is ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay nearly 26-million dollars to a woman who claimed she developed cancer from using the company’s baby powder. The total award includes both punitive and compensatory damages for Joanne Anderson and her husband. Lawyers for the 68-year-old woman argued that her mesothelioma was caused by asbestos in the company’s baby powder.
Johnson & Johnson denied that its talc products contain asbestos. Today’s decision in Los Angeles Superior Court is the second trial loss for the company over similar allegations.
(Liverpool) – A 23-year-old toddler at the center of a U.K. legal battle over life support is dead. 23-month-old Alfie Evans died Saturday, almost a week after being taken off a ventilator and more than a year of living in a semi-vegetative state.He was diagnosed with a form of cancer that attacks the nervous system and his parents brought legal challenges to keep their son on life support, at one point trying to get the boy moved to a hospital in Italy for more treatment.They lost every challenge. Pope Francis, who had been following the case, tweeted that he was deeply moved by Alfie’s death. “Today I pray especially for his parents,” the Pontiff wrote, “as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace.”