Michael Barrymore is dead – or so says Michael Barrymore: Shamed comic kills off stage persona and admits he came close to suicide

Michael Barrymore is dead – or so says Michael Barrymore: Shamed comic kills off stage persona… and admits he came close to suicide Former TV star says he has 'killed' stage persona after decade of tormentRecovering alcoholic said he now wishes to be known as Michael ParkerClaims he was 'framed for murder' after man found dead in his pool | UPDATED: 01:33 GMT, 30 December 2012 Torment: Michael Barrymore says his TV personality is dead after years of being harangued by the press and he now wishes to be known as Michael Parker Disgraced television entertainer Michael Barrymore has ‘killed’ his stage persona – after suffering a decade of torment since a man was found dead in his swimming pool.

Your love is lifting me higher: World"s tallest teen girl towers over boyfriend as they enjoy romantic walk on Brazilian beach

Your love is lifting me higher: World's tallest teen girl towers over boyfriend as they take trip to Brazilian beach The world's tallest teenage girl walks hands in hands with her boyfriend, the picture of young love despite a staggering 1ft 4in height difference. Elisany da Cruz Silva, 17, measures an unbelievable 6ft 8in tall and has to bend down to plant a kiss on her 4ft 4in lover Francinaldo da Silva Carvalho, 22. The youngster, from Salinopolis in Brazil, has a form of gigantism because of a tumour on her pituitary gland, which regulates growth

Bradley Wiggins wins Sports Personality of the Year after historic victory in Tour de France and Olympic gold

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins crowned Sports Personality of the Year after historic victory in Tour de France and stunning Olympic gold Wiggins presented award by Duchess of Cambridge in her first public appearance since falling ill Heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis in second, tennis star Andy Murray thirdLondon 2012 chairman Lord Sebastian Coe wins Lifetime Achievement award Swimmer Josef Craig, 15, crowned Young Sports Personality of the YearWon London 2012 gold after smashing world record in 400m freestyle S7Martine Wright wins Helen Rollason Award for 'achievement in adversity'Lost both legs in 7/7 bombings, but went on to compete in sitting volleyball | UPDATED: 07:33 GMT, 17 December 2012 Bradley Wiggins' dream year came to a perfect conclusion tonight as he was named winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in the city where he cruised to Olympic glory this summer. Having clinched gold in the time trial at London 2012 just 10 days after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France, Wiggins was always the strong favourite to win the prestigious award at London's ExCeL Arena. And the cyclist duly took home the gong tonight after receiving a 30.25 per cent share of the 1,626,718 votes cast.

Adam Lanza: How Newtown gunman went from fresh-faced schoolboy to home-schooled loner

Changing face of a killer: How gunman went from fresh-faced schoolboy to home-schooled loner who liked to burn himself with a lighterThe shooter, Adam Lanza, 20, described as a ‘ticking time bomb’ who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and was painfully shy and awkwardMother Nancy Lanza believed he'd begun to burn himself so he could 'feel something'Peers remember him as a quiet and extremely intelligent student who kept to himself and carried black briefcase to classGrew up around guns with his mother's guidance on how to shoot Brother Ryan, 24, an accountant at Ernst and Young, said Adam had personality disorder Gunman killed his mother at home they shared in Newtown, then stole her guns and carried out massacreReporters broke the news of the massacre to Adam's father, Peter, who is divorced from the mother and lives in Stamford, Connecticut with new wife | UPDATED: 10:34 GMT, 17 December 2012 After perpetrating one of the worst mass shootings in American history Adam Lanza has become a household name, but details on the man behind the monstrous act remain maddeningly scarce. But from what we now know about Lanza from former classmates and those few who spoke with the deeply disturbed young man alternately described as shy, intelligent, and a masochist, it seems Lanza went from meek fresh-faced schoolboy to a home-schooled loner who hurt himself so that he could 'feel something.' At his most innocent, Lanza is described as a mild-mannered student in high school, making the honor roll, and living with his mother, Nancy Lanza, who in turn loved playing dice games and decorating their upscale home for the holidays. Innocent once: Gunman Adam Lanza was just another fresh-faced student once, described by peers as shy but intelligent Killer: Adam Lanza would sometimes burn himself as if he was trying to find a way to feel, his mother said Weird: Students said Lanza while quiet was developing into a kid who hung out with the 'freaks' Nancy Lanza's home in Newtown, Connecticut, where she was found shot dead from a gunshot wound to the face He also suffered from Asperger's syndrome and was painfully shy and awkward, former classmates said.

Changing face of a killer: How gunman went from fresh-faced schoolboy to home-schooled loner who liked to burn himself with a lighter

Changing face of a killer: How gunman went from fresh-faced schoolboy to home-schooled loner who liked to burn himself with a lighterThe shooter, Adam Lanza, 20, described as a ‘ticking time bomb’ who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and was painfully shy and awkwardMother Nancy Lanza believed he'd begun to burn himself so he could 'feel something'Peers remember him as a quiet and extremely intelligent student who kept to himself and carried black briefcase to classGrew up around guns with his mother's guidance on how to shoot Brother Ryan, 24, an accountant at Ernst and Young, said Adam had personality disorder Gunman killed his mother at home they shared in Newtown, then stole her guns and carried out massacreReporters broke the news of the massacre to Adam's father, Peter, who is divorced from the mother and lives in Stamford, Connecticut with new wife | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 17 December 2012 After perpetrating one of the worst mass shootings in American history Adam Lanza has become a household name, but details on the man behind the monstrous act remain maddeningly scarce. But from what we now know about Lanza from former classmates and those few who spoke with the deeply disturbed young man alternately described as shy, intelligent, and a masochist, it seems Lanza went from meek fresh-faced schoolboy to a home-schooled loner who hurt himself so that he could 'feel something.' At his most innocent, Lanza is described as a mild-mannered student in high school, making the honor roll, and living with his mother, Nancy Lanza, who in turn loved playing dice games and decorating their upscale home for the holidays. Innocent once: Gunman Adam Lanza was just another fresh-faced student once, described by peers as shy but intelligent Killer: Adam Lanza would sometimes burn himself as if he was trying to find a way to feel, his mother said Weird: Students said Lanza while quiet was developing into a kid who hung out with the 'freaks' Nancy Lanza's home in Newtown, Connecticut, where she was found shot dead from a gunshot wound to the face He also suffered from Asperger's syndrome and was painfully shy and awkward, former classmates said

Adam Lanza: How classmates remember the "genius" who turned heartless killer

How 'ticking time bomb' Adam Lanza went from 'genius' tech geek who grew up in a $1.6million home to heartless killer The shooter, Adam Lanza, 20, described as a ‘ticking time bomb’ who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and was painfully shy and awkwardPeers remember him as a quiet and extremely intelligent student who kept to himself and carried black briefcase to class Brother Ryan, 24, an accountant at Ernst and Young, said Adam had personality disorder Gunman killed his mother at home they shared in Newtown, then stole her guns and carried out massacreReporters broke the news of the massacre to Adam's father, Peter, who is divorced from the mother and lives in Stamford, Connecticut with new wife Moved to tears, President Obama says 'our hearts are broken today'Flags around America being flown at half staff | UPDATED: 10:41 GMT, 16 December 2012 Crazed killer Adam Lanza was a ‘ticking time bomb’ who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and was painfully shy and awkward, former classmates said yesterday. Last night, a troubling portrait began to emerge of the ‘Goth’ loner, who dressed all in black and was obsessed with video games. Others say Lanza used to be a mild-mannered student in high school, making the honor roll, and living with his mother, Nancy Lanza, who in turn loved playing dice games and decorating their upscale home for the holidays.

British scientist jailed in Argentina after being "duped" into drug smuggling by honeytrap sting protests his innocence

British scientist jailed in Argentina after being 'duped' into drug smuggling by honey trap sting protests his innocence Physics professor from Kidderminster says he has barely slept since conviction in Buenos Aires Admits sending series of messages implying he was a cocaine smuggler, but says they were an 'ill-choice of joke'Psychological reports say Paul Frampton, 69, suffers from Asperger's and Narcissistic Personality Disorder | UPDATED: 22:03 GMT, 8 December 2012 Each day begins the same as the last for Professor Paul Frampton. His alarm rings at 7.30am, he showers, eats cornflakes and, when he is meeting lawyers, dresses in a jaunty orange Herms tie and navy pinstripe suit that hangs off him after losing 20lb on his prison diet

Pensioner, 94, hanged herself at care home over fears she would be moved to dementia ward

Pensioner, 94, hanged herself at care home over fears she would be moved to dementia ward Emily Davis, 94, was found dead at her care home in Bacup, Lancashire | UPDATED: 14:30 GMT, 30 November 2012 A 94-year-old became so paranoid about the staff at her care home that she hanged herself, a coroner has heard. Emily Davis, believed that she was going to be moved to a dementia ward in the Olive House home for the elderly in Bacup, Lancashire, or kicked out of the home altogether despite reassurances from her son, Trevor. Mrs David was found dead in her room at the home in July this year, four years after a previous apparent suicide attempt in 2008.