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'My world went silent,' says grieving father who lost 5 family members as they flew from Toronto to Nairobi

Paul Njoroge gently tucked five long-stemmed white roses in a mound of flowers near the crash site, one for each of his family lost in the Ethiopian Airlines crash last Sunday.

"Everyone's telling me to be strong," he said quietly, painfully eking out the words. "I can't be. How can I be strong? How can I even live on? My family is my life." 

Njoroge's wife, Caroline, 34; his children, Ryan, 7, Kerri, 4, and baby Rubi, nine months; and his mother-in-law, Ann Wangui Karanja, were en route from Toronto to Nairobi on Flight 302. He was to join them later, visiting family in Kenya.

"I booked their flights," he said, wincing at the memory. "I tracked the flight" until 1 a.m. ET, when they landed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to transfer on to a Nairobi-bound connection. Then he went to bed.

"When I woke up Sunday, the first thing I saw was a Bloomberg alert that Flight 302 had crashed. I knew that was the flight I had booked.

"It broke my heart. I lost all my strength. My world went silent."

Hundreds venture to crash site

On Friday, Njoroge travelled with other family and friends to the crash site to see where the airliner smashed into the ground, 65 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa. There were 157 passengers and crew on the flight, from more than 30 nations.

One week since the crash, hundreds of family and friends from dozens of countries are now coming to the Ethiopian capital to venture out to the crash site, which is quickly growing into a permanent memorial. Wreaths of flowers ring a large rose-covered archway where mourners kneel and pray, or wail, in wrenching sobs.

Ethiopian Airlines has organized convoys to the site, which is cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape. Officials guide families as they step over the tape, allowed to approach the exact place where the plane "was swallowed up by the earth," according to one eyewitness.

All lost. Mother Caroline Karanja, kids Ryan, Kerri and Rubi, and grandmother Ann Karanja flew together to Africa from Toronto last Sunday. They transferred in Addis Ababa to Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 which went down six minutes after takeoff. (Quindos Karanja via Canadian Press)

Eighteen Canadians were on the flight, but Canada's Embassy staff in Addis Ababa have been not only supporting the families of citizens lost but also an expanding circle of Canadians connected to ET Flight 302.

"As we're obtaining more information about each story, each individual, we're finding more and more connections to Canada," said Antoine Chevrier, Canada's ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti.

"This is important because we need to be supportive to a wider group than the original 18. Canada is very connected to the continent [Africa]," he told CBC while visiting the site Friday.

'They must have cried out to their daddy'

Paul Njoroge's family had Kenyan passports. His wife and children were living in Canada, applying for permanent residency while Paul finished up his work in Bermuda. His baby daughter, Rubi, was born in Canada and therefore listed as one of the 18 lost. She was the youngest casualty.

On Friday, Njoroge was physically supported by other family as he walked unsteadily to the ridge of a crater, caused when the plane plunged into the ground. Search teams have been clearing the site all week, mounding up plane parts, now covered by tarpaulins.

"When I think of that plane coming down…" he trails off, remembering his wife of 14 years, "what she thought about? She must have thought about me, and how I'm going to live, and the kids, you know. They must have called their mommy, they must have cried out to their daddy, so it breaks my heart. It will never leave me."

Njoroge's wife was an accountant, part of a growing generation of educated, outward-looking young people in Kenya. She grew up in rural Kenya, her parents scraping together enough funds to send her to university in Nairobi where Caroline met Paul. He was 19, she was 20.

"We've walked a long way," Paul said, reflecting on their life together.

'We had so many plans'

They married and moved to Bermuda, where Paul worked at Butterfield Bank. He was to resign from the bank next week to join his family in Canada. He and Caroline were house hunting in Hamilton.

"We had so many plans," he said, anguished. The kids were travelling to Kenya to visit with their grandparents on spring break.

John Karanja's son, brother-in-law of Paul Njoroge, sits at the crash site mourning the loss of his sister Caroline, and his mother Ann, both killed in the crash. (Susan Ormiston/CBC)

"When I'm with people, out here, it's easier. When I'm alone, my world is so silent.

"I want to hear my kids talk to me. I miss them telling me about school. I want to hear their cries. I want to hear their laughter. I want to hear my daughter Kerri singing to me. She would sing to me every day, 'Hold me close and never let me go.'"

'I would have sacrificed myself'

The loss is also acutely felt by his father-in-law, John Quindos Karanja, who also visited the site on Friday, from Kenya. Karanja was at the Nairobi airport Sunday, waiting for his wife, his daughter and his three grandchildren.

"My wife was a teacher. She is more than a wife or a mother; whatever we achieved it is through her," he said, tears welling up in his eyes.

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Meet the man who lost five family members in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, including some who had settled in Canada. 4:20

His wife retired in July and had gone to Canada to help their daughter with the kids. Caroline had sent her money for the plane ticket.

"I am a Christian," said Karanja, standing near the edge of the crash site. "I know I'll meet them in Heaven. We'll talk and I'll tell them what happened when they went," he said.

"But I wish to know of God, why he took them so soon, especially my grandchildren. I would have sacrificed myself for all of them."

Scooping up dirt from the crash site

Both fathers, Paul and John, carried small bags with them into the crash site. They scooped up handfuls of dirt, tying off the tops of the bags.

"This is soil from the area," Karanja explained, showing the bag. "So in case that even out of the DNA nothing will be gotten, I carry this to be a remembrance of the people I love."

From left: John Quindos Karanja, his son and another family member lay a wreath for their loved ones, as they question why so many in one family were taken. (Susan Ormiston/CBC)

Ethiopian Airlines is dealing with a growing sense of frustration amongst families who want to know how they can bring home their families' remains. Saturday, the airline began giving out sacks of earth, from the site, a kilo per family so that families have something to bury.

A mass memorial service is planned for today at the Kidist Selassie or Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa.

'We want to go home with them'

More Canadian families arrived over the weekend, but don't know how long they should stay or whether they can even retrieve any of their families' remains to bury.

"We do understand there is some tension and frustration related to a lack of information," said Ambassador Chevrier.

"This will be a long process. We are here to support families, even if they want to go home and travel back when there is more precision on identification and repatriation."

All week, villagers near the crash site have come and stood silently watching the investigation. Friday they broke their silence, mourning with a funerial dance for the lives lost in their field. (Susan Ormiston/CBC)

But for the time being, tragically, there is nothing families can do, except wait for more news from Ethiopian Airlines.

"I want them to get me the bodies of my mother-in-law, of my wife, of Ryan and Kelly and Rubi," pleaded Njoroge. "We want to go home with them. That's the only way we can have closure."

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'My child's health is paramount': Gabrielle Daleman's mother on her daughter's mental health battle

In my mind, Canadian figure skater Gabby Daleman is a tiger. I told Gabby's mother Rhonda that her daughter's fierceness as a competitor sets her apart. Rhonda chuckled at my comment.

"I call her a tiger too. She was born in the year of the tiger on the Chinese calendar," she said. "I always say to people that she is so fierce on the ice but that doesn't always translate off the ice."

Daleman has gone public with her mental health struggles. Her story is about discovery, diagnosis, acceptance and the pursuit of mental health. 

Rhonda Daleman, right, went to great lengths to help her daughter seek the right treatment. (Submitted by the Daleman family)

Turns out that although it's the backdrop, skating doesn't have as much to do with the story as one might think.

"Athletes who are attracted to figure skating are perfectionists, which is about being concerned with the achievement of perfection," said Rebekah Dixon, who holds a master's degree in developmental psychology and has taught psychology and human development at the college and university levels.

"This leads to being more focused on other people seeing you as perfect, which in itself is a problem, because you're focusing on something that is unattainable."

The family business

I sat down with Rhonda to talk about how Daleman stepped away from the rink months ago in an effort to regain her mental health.

Gabby Daleman is two-time national champion, world bronze medallist and Olympic gold medallist in the team event.  It's helpful to think about skating as the Daleman family business. Rhonda's coworkers call it 'her other job,' Gabby's father Michael is fully involved, and brother Zack, who is a Canadian national junior pairs skater, is also Daleman's best friend.

Daleman first went on the ice when she was just a few weeks shy of her fourth birthday. It was not love at first skate. She was sobbing and frightened. A kindly coach at the Aurora Skating Club scooped her up and carried her around the rink, her first two times. By her third trip to the rink, Daleman happily skated by herself.

Very early on, it was clear that she was a bit of a skating prodigy. She challenged her earliest instructors with, "I'm bored. Can we do something else now?"

The rink was a great place for Daleman. She experienced success and accomplishment — satisfactions that were far harder to come by at school. Daleman has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a learning disability. The challenges she faced in the classroom led to teasing and bullying by the other students. As a globe-trotting elite athlete, Gabby started receiving special accommodations from the school.

It wasn't fun for Daleman and especially heartbreaking for Rhonda.

'Something's wrong'

"For those who are born with a propensity towards depression, environmental factors can bring it out. Nature or nurture, it's hard to tell," says Dixon, who has a private practice catering to national and international elite figure skaters.

"A perfect storm is created when you have heredity factors and an environment filled with expectations."

That was the case with Daleman. The crisis came in fall of 2018, when she fell and hit her head during a training session before Salt Lake City's Figure Skating Classic. Not wanting to cause a fuss and believing that no real injury had been caused, Daleman kept the slip to herself.

While in Salt Lake City, and after a subpar performance, Rhonda sensed that something was wrong.

Left to right: Father Michael, Gabrielle, brother Zack and Rhonda are a close-knit unit. (Submitted by Daleman family)

"I honestly handled it badly. I got upset. I didn't understand why her excellent training didn't translate in performance. Gabby's dad Michael told me to go cool off, which I did, but Gabby saw all that," said Rhonda.

"I kept saying 'something's wrong.' My intuition was right but not about the right thing at the time."

Daleman was starting to crash. Training in Toronto resumed. One day, she broke down on the ice, sobbing and exhausted. She called her sports psychologist who told her to see her family doctor immediately; the doctor said she needed to see a psychiatrist.

"What happened next was the anxiety and depression were in crisis mode, and shortly thereafter, Gabby became physically ill with pneumonia and strep throat." Rhonda says. "After her course of antibiotics, Gabby wanted to skate. Once on the ice, she tells coach Lee Barkell that she can't see. Her vision is completely blurred, and Lee says 'get off the ice.'"

Rhonda says Gabby complained of a severe headache and not being able to see. Rhonda knew this was not just pneumonia.

At home in the kitchen that day, Daleman collapsed and lost consciousness for a few seconds. Her terrified parents took her to the emergency room. The attending physician, after lots of questions, concluded that the fall at home was the result of an earlier concussion, likely the fall pre-Salt Lake City. But there were still additional issues of depression and anxiety for Daleman.

"We came to find out that many of Gabby's symptoms, including the depression, anxiety, visual disturbances and fatigue are common in patients facing post-concussion syndrome," said Rhonda.

Wellness over winning

As a parent, you know when your child is struggling. Once upon a time, you might have worried that your child might not make it back to their former competitive glory.

Not this time.

"I realized that it didn't matter how great an athlete she was, she needed to regain her health," Rhonda said. "She has two national titles, three if you count her junior title, one world medal and an Olympic medal; what else can you hope for as a parent with an elite athlete child?  The reality was that if she couldn't, she couldn't. It doesn't matter. My child's health is paramount."

Rhonda took five weeks off work to help care for her daughter until she was well enough to slowly start to come back to skating.

Daleman competing around age six. (Submitted by Daleman family)

Theirs was a multi-pronged approach to Daleman's care. A strict diet to address stomach issues, a medication regimen, and appointments with psychologist, psychiatrist, sports psychologist, family doctor and ongoing support from coaches, friends and family.

The medication adds an extra layer of bureaucracy, requiring paperwork from the prescribing doctor and Skate Canada to apply for exemption status from World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines.

Daleman's progress has been encouraging, and she is returning to this week's Canadian figure skating championships in Saint John, N.B., to try for a third national title. Regardless of result, everyone concerned agrees it's wonderful to have Daleman back on the ice.

"This journey is so much harder than you think it's going to be," Rhonda said. "If you suspect or you feel that there is something out of the ordinary with your child, try and figure out what that might be. Never hesitate to get another opinion whether it is medical or from a friend, and then pay attention to what the professionals say and have patience with the process."

A profound question still hangs in the air: is figure skating part of the problem, or part of the solution to Daleman's battles with mental health?

"Both," says Rhonda  "The problem stems from the athlete's need for perfection and the pressure they feel to be perfect. The solution comes from the feeling that you skate because you love it. You can be a great skater, but it doesn't always have to be perfect for you to be successful."

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Tristan Thompson Calls Daughter True 'My Twin' and Khloe Kardashian Agrees

True Thompson is twinning with her dad!

The 8-month-old daughter of Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson looked beyond adorable in a snap that her mom shared to Instagram on Thursday. In the pic, little True is lounging in front of a lit-up Christmas tree while wearing a shorts-and-tank sweater set and a hat with a pom.

The tot’s legs are mostly exposed in the pic, with Khloe, 34, captioning the post, “Her thighs 😍😍😍😍”

Tristan, 27, couldn’t contain his love for his daughter, commenting, “My princess #MyTwin.” Khloe agreed with her beau’s assessment, responding “She is completely.”

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This isn’t the first time Tristan has used the “twin” moniker on one of his kids. Earlier this month, in a birthday post for his 2-year-old son, Prince — whom he shares with Jordan Craig — Tristan used the same hashtag.

“Happy birthday to my son Prince, so blessed the man upstairs chose me to be your pops,” he wrote. “You’re my motivation everyday. Daddy loves you so much!!! 👑❤️❤️❤️❤️ #MyTwin”

And given the obvious love that Tristan has for his kids, it’s no surprise that he and Khloe are already thinking about trying for baby number two. In fact, earlier this month, a source told ET that Khloe “doesn’t want to delay trying” to conceive.

“Now that she’s a mom, Khloe’s never been happier,” the source said. “She has wanted this baby more than anything and motherhood has proven to be even more incredible than she imagined.”

The source added that Khloe is “in such a good place now” with Tristan, following his alleged infidelity just before True was born.

“Her relationship with Tristan is so good,” the source said. “They made it through some really dark times, but she’s happy that she gave him a second chance because he’s stepped up and is not only an amazing father to True, but he’s been such a rock for Khloe. They’re really just so in love.”

“It was a difficult journey [for Khloe] to get pregnant the first time, so she’s aware it may take some time again,” the source added. “She doesn’t want to delay trying. That being said, she’s not putting any pressure on herself or overthinking it. It will happen when it happens. [She’s] not not trying.”

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'My life … is hell on Earth': Parkinson's patient battles barriers to assisted death

The bubbly is chilling. The lobster flown in from Nova Scotia is unpacked. The sound of jazz and laughter fill the room.

In a small apartment in Toronto, an intimate gathering of family and friends is ready to celebrate a life well lived. And a woman’s triumph in determining when, and on whose terms, her life would come to an end.

The guest of honour is 64-year old Nancy Vickers.

“I’m wearing a brassiere,” she announces to the gathering. “I haven’t worn one for such a long time.”

That’s Nancy, the “free spirit,” says her long-time friend and one-time lover, Dalil Kabbage. “Classic but wild,” he says, “a pure product of the 70s.”

But in recent years, that free spirit has been a prisoner to deteriorating health. Vickers was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005.

“Parkinson’s takes away your life. Chisels it away day by day, bit by bit,” she told CBC News.

Nancy Vickers

Vickers was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2005 and her quality of life had eroded significantly in recent months. (David Donnelly/CBC)

It’s the reason she summoned this small group to her home on a blustery November day. It’s a final goodbye.

Soon, with the help of a physician, she’ll slip away to her bedroom and get a medically assisted death.

It’s a victory for Vickers. Ending her life on her own terms was always her wish, and she said she was buoyed when assisted dying became law in Canada last year.

“I’ve had such a full life,” she said. “I’m so lucky that I’ve been able to travel and have wonderful friends all over the world. I don’t want to become the drooling vegetable mass that I do sometimes become already.”

Her cousin, Jane Watanabe, supported her decision. “I think she had people saying, ‘Oh Nancy, you don’t mean that. You don’t want to do that.’ But she does. She really, really wants to do it.”

Getting what she wanted, though, proved to be a challenge. There were unexpected roadblocks as she pursued her choice of a medically assisted death — an option more than 2,500 people in Canada have taken since it became legal across the country in June 2016. 

Reasonably foreseeable

Nancy Vickers

Vickers told CBC that she wanted a medically assisted death, because her disease was progressing. (David Donnelly/CBC)

With her condition worsening, Vickers needed to find a doctor who could help her die.

The obvious choice was her family physician, Dr. Paul Cramer.

“It was late winter. She called me, asked me what I thought about it,” Dr. Cramer says. “And I said I agree. And I would help her.”

But after consulting with the Canadian Medical Protective Association, a group that provides legal advice to doctors, Dr. Cramer was advised by a lawyer that Vickers’ illness didn’t fit the new law’s eligibility criteria. That is, that a death has to be reasonably foreseeable in order for the patient to quality for a physician-assisted death.

“It puts a degree of pressure on the doctor to have to predict when a patient is going to die,” Dr. Cramer says.

 “Each case is absolutely different,” counters the CMPA’s Dr. Todd Watkins.

Nancy Vickers

Vickers vowed to keep pushing for her right to medically assisted death, even as the effects of Parkinson’s worsened and made leaving her apartment all but impossible. (David Donnelly/CBC)

“We never tell  a physician that they can’t do something, or that they can go ahead and do something,” he adds.

“Our advice is, what is the risk? What’s our interpretation of the patient they have in front of them, that patient’s condition, how it fits within the eligibility criteria? And if we feel that they don’t meet the eligibility criteria based on a reasonably foreseeable (death), we’ll tell the physicians we have concerns in that area.”

Vickers’ family doctor was worried by the CMPA’s response about her case. 

“I would need some assurance that I would not be arrested or sent to jail,” he told CBC News.

Without that assurance, Dr. Cramer said, he couldn’t help Vickers. 

Inconsistent advice

Down but not defeated, Vickers and her cousin Watanabe struggled to navigate a bureaucratic provincial health care system, and a medical community unclear of what Canada’s law allows them to do.

“I will keep pushing until I get my own way,” Vickers told CBC News as it followed her case. “My life these days is hell on Earth and I don’t want to be here anymore.”

Nancy Vickers

Vickers approached her family doctor, but he was unable to help her because of confusion over interpretations of the law around assisted death. (David Donnelly/CBC)

Eventually, Vickers contacted the Ontario Ministry of Health directly. Earlier this year, it had set up a phone service that helps patients access information for people seeking medical assistance in dying.

But this led to more frustration for Vickers.

“There were phone numbers that were given to us that you had to be a medical professional to access,” says her cousin. “There’s supposed to be a register of medical professionals who are able to sign off on (medically assisted dying), and we couldn’t access that.”

It took several attempts to find the right information, but Vickers’ calls finally led her to a Toronto doctor.

“When I first met Nancy I saw someone who was frail, who could hardly walk to her own washroom, who was confined to the spaces of her own apartment,” said the doctor, who asked not to be identified because their family is deeply religious and does not know they are assisting people in death.

Nancy Vickers

Towards the end of her battle with Parkinson’s and the health care system, Vickers was barely strong enough to make her way through her apartment to use the bathroom. (David Donnelly/CBC)

The physician agreed to help her.

Why does one doctor say yes and another say no to the same patient? Vickers’ story highlights a dilemma playing out across the country, according to Dying with Dignity CEO Shanaaz Gokool.

“The eligibility criteria creates inconsistent access that’s based upon how a clinician interprets the legislation,” she says. “It’s a problem, because from one end of the country to another, from one hospital to another, there are different directives.”

​The doctor helping Vickers understands why some colleagues like Dr. Cramer are reluctant to be involved in helping someone die.

“I think Nancy’s family doctor had the best of intentions when he tried to find out if this is someone who qualified. We’re doctors, we’re not lawyers. We’re not trained to interpret the law, to know how to apply it when it’s vague.”

Nancy Vickers and her cat, Sasha.

Vickers, pictured here with her cat Sasha, vowed to ‘keep pushing until I get my own way,’ and finally found a Toronto doctor willing to help her. (David Donnelly/CBC)

Gokool points out that confusion interpreting the law is also putting a burden on patients, many of whom are already overwhelmed by the stress of coping with their medical conditions and may not be equipped to navigate the medical and legal systems.

“Nancy’s case illustrates a woman with a very clear conviction,” Gokool says. “She was very determined, (she) could advocate to some extent for herself.”

For its part, the CMPA says it is comfortable with the advice it offers doctors, given the complexity of the issue.

“We’re kind of blazing a trail in this country,” says the CMPA’s Dr. Watkins. “This is very progressive for us as a country. It’s all new. We’re moving ahead in a very measured way, which I think is the right thing to do. It’s not always straightforward and easy.”

Nancy’s choice

Several days before Vickers’ farewell party, her physician checked on her to review the paperwork and make sure everything was in order.

“You know, of course, you can change your mind at any time,” the doctor told her. “It doesn’t affect any of the medical care you get.”

Vickers took the doctor’s hand. “I’m just so happy that you’re going to be there,” she said.

On Nov. 9, after the farewell celebration at her apartment, Nancy Vickers — surrounded by her nephew Ben, cousin Jane and her two closest friends — was given four injections.

“She went just like she wanted to go,” her friend Dalil Kabbage says. “Easy. Peacefully.”

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'My son is not a statistic': Mothers send pictures of fentanyl victims to Justin Trudeau

When Irene Patterson’s son Roger Wong didn’t show up for a baseball game the two had planned to attend in June, she became worried.

He was battling addiction issues but was six-months sober at the time. Still, his absence still raised red flags for his mother.

She eventually went to the police station with Wong’s then-girlfriend, Evonne, and reported him missing.

“The policeman said ‘go sit down,’ and I said, ‘Oh, Evonne, this is good. They’ve got him,” Patterson told CBC Toronto. “But then they took us into a room and the man said, ‘I can tell you that your son is dead.'”

Wong was found dead from a fentanyl overdose in a downtown parking lot.

“That was the moment my life ended,” the Toronto mom recalled.

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Irene Patterson is one of approximately 500 mothers sending letters to the prime minister with pictures of the loved ones they’ve lost to fentanyl overdose. (Submited)

Now, his 61-year-old mother is joining a campaign called Moms Stop The Harm to raise awareness about Canada’s opioid crisis because “my son is not a statistic,” she wrote in an email.

The group sends pictures of the loved ones they’ve lost to the prime minister in an attempt to show the human side of the opioid crisis.

“Every day you see the statistics and all of that, but I just thought people should see what’s left behind: the devastation, friends, loved ones, people that loved him,” she said.

About 500 moms so far have sent in portraits asking the government to increase resources to fight fentanyl addiction.

‘Compassion instead of judgement’

Tara Gomes, a drug policy research scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, says this initiative by the mothers is an “important and brave” step in fighting overdoses.

The biggest hurdle to battling the crisis, she says, is stigma.

“A lot of people are not appreciating that everyone who dies from or are affected by overdoses are friends, family members. They have parents, they have children. It doesn’t just impact their lives, it affects all of our society,” Gomes told CBC Toronto.  

She believes there have been huge strides in the right direction from policy makers in the last year.

Irene Patterson

Irene Patterson with her sons Roger and Brandon. (Submitted)

“Governments are starting to understand that this is a mental issue and not some shortfall in a few people lives,” she said. “We need to make sure enough resources are going towards it to make sure we treat people with opioid addiction with compassion and respect instead of with judgement.” 

She wants resources to be directed towards supervised injection sites and controlled substance use to first curb the number of Canadians dying from opioid overdoses. Then, she says, the government and the health community can address the issue with a long-term lens.

For Patterson, it’s too late for her son but maybe not for someone else’s child.

“Roger’s gone. There is nothing I can do to bring him back, but I can help someone else. Together, we can help somebody else’s someone. Even just one,” she said.

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Fergie Releases 'Enchante' Music Video Starring Kendall Jenner, Does Acoustic Version of 'My Humps'

“Enchante” is one of the first music videos that Fergie has released since announcing her split from husband Josh Duhamel. 

“We’re great friends, Josh and I, there’s so much love that we have for each other,” Fergie told ET in an exclusive interview earlier this week. “We really like each other, we have fun with each other. We’re just not a romantic couple anymore.”

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'Deadpool 2' Actress Zazie Beetz Remembers Stunt Driver Joi 'JK' Harris: 'My Heart Is Breaking'

Zazie Beetz is paying tribute to Joi “SJ” Harris, the stuntwoman who died on Monday while performing a motorcycle stunt on set of Deadpool 2 in Vancouver, Canada.

It is thought that Harris was the stunt double for Beetz, who is portraying the mutant Domino in the action film. Earlier that day, Beetz was seen on a black Ducati motorcycle shooting scenes.

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“On Monday we tragically lost one of our own — Joi SJ Harris,” the actress wrote in a handwritten posted to Instagram on Wednesday night. “My heart has been breaking the past two days and I have been searching what to say or do.”

Beetz continued: “I know that what I feel is nothing compared to what her loved ones, friends + family, are feeling. My heart and my love goes out to her and them all. The cast and crew send peace, healing, and their deepest condolences.”

Deadpool 2 was Harris’ first job as a stunt driver. On her website, she promoted herself as “the first licensed African American women in U.S. history to actively compete in sanctioned motorcycle road racing events.”

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Eyewitnesses told the Vancouver Sun that around 8 a.m. on Monday, Harris was filming the stunt when she lost control of her bike, and jumped a curb and crashed into Shaw Tower, across from Canada Place. The outlet also reported that Harris was treated by ambulance personnel but died at the scene.

In addition to Beetz, Ryan Reynolds also paid tribute to Harris in a heartfelt post on Twitter. “Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool [2],” wrote Reynolds, who’s reprising his role as Wade in the superhero sequel. “We’re heartbroken, shocked and devastated… but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment.”

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“My heart pours out to them, along with each and every person she touched in this world,” the 40-year-old actor added.

Deadpool 2 resumed production on Wednesday, days after Harris’ death.

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