We’re on Day 17 of our coronavirus coverage, bringing you the latest news on how COVID-19 is impacting the worlds of royalty and entertainment. You can find out what you missed by reading yesterday’s report, or keep reading to get the latest news for Friday. Keep checking back throughout the day for live updates.
The first royal dies of Coronavirus. Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma become the latest victim of COVID-19.The princess died in Paris at the age of 86.
Starbucks is giving back to the biggest heroes of the pandemic — healthcare workers. The coffee company announced they would give a free tall brewed coffee —hot or iced —to front-line responders who are fighting to save lives. The offer, which ends on May 3, will be offered to doctors, nurses, hospital, police officers and more.
Bruno Mars is the latest celebrity to donate for coronavirus relief. The singer donates $1 million to help MGM employees during the pandemic. “We consider Bruno Mars as part of the MGM family and appreciate what he is doing to help our employees and their families during these uncertain times,” said Bill Hornbuckle, Acting CEO and President of MGM Resorts International. Check out how your favorite celebs are also giving back to those impacted by the virus.
The Biggest Loser coach Erica Lugo told us that she has had to cancel her wedding – but she’s creating something positive out of the heartbreak.
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After struggling to find a way to deliver medical supplies, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have gotten some logistical help from another of Spain’s major names – retailer Zara’s parent company Inditex. Thanks to the assistance, the A-list couple has been able to buy and deliver 100,000 pairs of gloves and 20,000 masks to Madrid’s La Paz hospital, one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus. “There are still enormous difficulties to obtain and get these fundamental medical supplies to their destinations,” Penelope wrote on social media, “but we hope that in a short time we’ll be able to donate other materials that are so necessary during the crisis. Thank you to all of the anonymous heroes that are putting their own health at risk to help cure and maintain the health of all of us.”
You actor Mark Blum, who also appeared on HBO series Succession, has lost his life to coronavirus at 69. The actor's Desperately Seeking Susan co-stars Madonna and Rosanna Arquette are among those who have paid tribute. The pop icon said, “This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones,” while actress Rosanna remembered him as “really very kind, was always supportive and funny, a gentleman and a great actor who loved the work... This is a tragedy on so many levels.”
Law and Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay is among those mourning Josh Wallwork, 45, a costumer on the crew, who has died from COVID-19. “I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face,” Mariska wrote on social media. “He brought love and kindness everywhere he went. Always ready with the joke. The SVU Corredor will never be the same. We will miss you Josh. #ForeverInOurHearts.”
Royal watch: Queen Letizia of Spain has been spotted for the first time since her country went on lockdown two weeks ago.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19. The day afterPrince William and Duchess Kate's kids appeared in a new video applauding medical staff as the pandemic hits the UK, the country's leader announced via video on Twitter that he has tested positive. Mr Johnson highlighted the importance of staying home: “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives."
UNIQLO is the latest fashion brand to get involved in helping with the coronavirus crisis. The shop’s parent company Fast Retailing is getting help from its manufacturing partner in China to provide 10 million masks that will be donated to beleaguered medical facilities around the globe.