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They Call Him ‘Persian Hercules’


He’s called the “Persian Hercules” and has drawn comparisons to “The Incredible Hulk,” and now an Iranian weighhtlifter has his sights set on professional wrestling.

Sajad Gharibi, 24, who has a popular Instagram account, is nicknamed “Brick Wall the Destroyer” but his friends reportedly say he has a big heart and is a gentle person in real life.

The 335-pound behemoth has become a social media phenom after photos of him flexing, pumping iron and going about his daily affairs have gone viral. His Instagram account has more than 59,000 followers.

Gharibi participates in powerlifting and bodybuilding competitions representing his country.

If he were to become a professional wrestler, he would be following in the footsteps of at least one countryman. Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri had a decades-long career in the World Wrestling Federation, where he was known in the ring as “The Iron Sheik.”

The Tehran-born Vaziri was one of the WWF’s most infamous heels, squaring off against Hulk Hogan and others and appearing with tag-team partner Nikolai Volkoff at the height of anti-Iranian and Russian sentiment in the U.S.


Past Few Days ‘Difficult’ For Former Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt


Pat Summitt’s family said Sunday that the last few days have been difficult for the former Tennessee women’s basketball coach as her Alzheimer’s disease progresses.

Amid reports of Summitt’s failing health, her family issued a statement asking for prayers and saying that the 64-year-old Summitt is surrounded by the people who mean the most to her. It also asked for privacy.

The statement was posted on the Pat Summitt Foundation’s website and was issued by Erin Freeman, a spokeswoman for the Summitt family.

Former Tennessee player Tamika Catchings was flying to Knoxville to visit the coach instead of returning to Indiana with the WNBA’s Fever. Other former players were issuing support on Twitter through the “PrayForPat” hashtag. Phoenix Mercury center and Tennessee alum Isabelle Harrison said former Lady Volunteers players were keeping up with Summitt’s situation in a group text-message chain.

“There are like 30 of us in a group chat right now talking, and people are flying into Knoxville and trying to see her,” Harrison said Sunday after the Mercury’s victory over the New York Liberty. “You just didn’t expect any of this to happen. Everyone’s trying to fill each other in with any information they have.”


30 People Burned In Robbins’ Hot-Coals Walk


More than 30 people who attended an event with motivational speaker Tony Robbins have been treated for burns after Robbins encouraged them to walk on hot coals as a way of conquering their fears, Dallas fire officials said.

Five people were taken to a hospital Thursday night, while the rest were treated at the scene for burns to their feet and lower extremities, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said.

The hot coals were spread outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center as part of a four-day Robbins seminar called “Unleash the Power Within.”

Representatives for Robbins didn’t immediately return messages Friday, but in a statement provided to KTVT-TV organizers said about 7,000 people walked across the coals and only five “requested any examination beyond what was readily available on site.”

“Someone not familiar with the fire walk observed the event and called 911 erroneously reporting hundreds of people requiring medical attention for severe burns,” according to the statement.


‘Star Trek’ Actor Dead In Freak Accident


Anton Yelchin, best known for playing Chekov in the recent “Star Trek” movies, was found dead early Sunday morning after apparently being pinned between his car and a brick mailbox on his property, TMZ reported. He was 27.

Yelchin’s publicist, Jennifer Allen confirmed the actor’s death.

He was found around 1 a.m. by friends who had been alarmed when Yelchin did not show up for a rehearsal, TMZ reported. The car’s engine was running and the car was in neutral, law enforcement sources told TMZ. Yelchin’s driveway was on a steep incline.

Officials do not suspect foul play, TMZ reported.


‘The Waltons’ Actress Ronnie Claire Edwards Dies At 83


Ronnie Claire Edwards, best known for her portrayal of Corabeth Godsey in the 1971 series “The Waltons,” has died, according to a post on her Facebook page. She was 83.

Edwards made her debut in the third season of “The Waltons” as a mousy spinster who, after some persuasion from John (Ralph Waite) and Olivia (Michael Learned), hesitantly marries storekeeper Ike Godsey after his proposal following their first date. She appeared in over 100 episodes.

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Though “The Waltons” washer most recognizable role, the Oklahoma-born actress began her career in 1963, starring as Sally in “All the Way Home.” She appeared in multiple miniseries and TV movies afterwards including “The American Parade,” “Paper Moon” and “This the West that Was.”

Edwards’ acting career spanned several decades, also landing roles in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” In 1995, she reprised her role as Corabeth in “A Walton Wedding” and again in 1997’s “A Walton Easter.” She appeared in her last TV series, “12 Miles of Bad Road,” in 2007.

Edwards also wrote a play titled “Idols of the King” with Allen Crowe which dealt with the passionate fans of Elvis Presley.

She had been living in Dallas until her death.


Christina Grimmie Remembered At Vigil


Family, friends and fans gathered for a candlelight vigil in the New Jersey hometown Christina Grimmie, a singer who was shot dead as she signed autographs for fans following a Florida concert.

Hundreds paid tribute to 22-year-old Monday night in Evesham Township at the town’s Memorial Complex, where photos of her graced the field.

Authorities said Grimmie was gunned down by Kevin Loibl Friday night as she signed autographs after performing at a show in Orlando. A motive for the shooting has not been determined. Authorities said she had no personal connection to Loibl, who fatally shot himself after being tackled by her brother Marcus.

“She loved this town,” Marcus Grimmie told the crowd. “She loved this state. She loved singing. She loved the Lord and she loved me. She was my baby sister.”

Grimmie was a YouTube star who was widely known from her appearances on NBC’s “The Voice” two years ago.

VidCon, an annual conference in California for YouTube and other viral sensations, announced on Monday it will increase security following Grimmie’s murder.


MMA Fighter Kimbo Slice Dead At 42


Kimbo Slice, who rose from obscurity to become one of the biggest stars in mixed martial arts (MMA), died Monday at a Florida hospital. He was 42 years old.

The cause of Slice’s death was not immediately disclosed. Yahoo Sports reported that Slice had suffered a medical emergency at his home in Coral Springs, Fla. and was rushed to Northwest Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Coral Springs police spokeswoman Sgt. Carla Kmiotek said Slice’s death was not under investigation and no foul play was suspected. Kmiotek said officers were dispatched to his home with the expectation that a crowd would gather there.

“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family,” Scott Coker, the promoter’s president, said in a statement. “One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that trancended the sport.”


SiriusXM Suspends Glenn Beck


SiriusXM has suspended Glenn Beck after an interview he did last week with author Brad Thor about a “hypothetical” situation where Donald Trump was president and abusing his power.

Thor mused on the air since Congress will not be able to remove Trump from office should he be elected, “what patriot will step up and do that if, if, he oversteps his mandate as president?” Beck said he agreed with his guest’s comment.

Both Beck and Thor came under fire for their comments. Thor defended himself on Twitter saying, “What @glennbeck & I discussed was a hypothetical scenario in which a President Trump goes full dictator.”

However, SiriusXM indicated Beck and his guest went too far.

“SiriusXM encourages a diversity of discourse and opinion on our talk programs. However, comments recently made by a guest on the independently produced Glenn Beck Program, in our judgement, may be reasonably construed by some to have been advocating harm against an individual currently running for office, which we cannot and will not condone,” SiriusXM told FOX411 in a statement. “For that reason, we have suspended ‘The Glenn Beck Program’ from our Patriot channel for the coming week and are evaluating its place in our lineup going forward. SiriusXM is committed to a spirited, robust, yet responsible political conversation and believes this action reflects those values.”


Billboard Music Awards Winners


Top Artist: Adele

Top New Artist: Fetty Wap

Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber

Top Female Artist: Adele

Top Duo/Group: One Direction

Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Rihanna

Top Billboard 200 Artist: Adele

Top Hot 100 Artist: The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist: The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist: The Weeknd

Top Streaming Songs Artist: The Weeknd

Top Social Media Artist: Justin Bieber

Top Touring Artist: Taylor Swift

Top R&B Artist: The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist: Drake

Top Country Artist: Luke Bryan

Top Rock Artist: twenty one pilots

Top Latin Artist: Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist: David Guetta

Top Christian Artist: Hillsong United

Top Gospel Artist: Kirk Franklin

Top Billboard 200 Album: Adele, “25”

Top Soundtrack: Pitch Perfect 2

Top R&B Album: The Weeknd, “Beauty Behind The Madness”

Top Rap Album: Meek Mill, “Dreams Worth More Than Money”

Top Country Album: Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”

Top Rock Album: twenty one pilots, “Blurryface”

Top Latin Album: Juan Gabriel, “Los Duo”

Top Dance/Electronic Album: Zedd, “True Colors”

Top Christian Album: Lauren Daigle, “How Can It Be”

Top Gospel Album: Kirk Franklin, “Losing My Religion”

Top Hot 100 Song: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

Top Selling Song: Adele, “Hello”

Top Radio Song: Adele “Hello” Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance”

Top Streaming Song (Audio): The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Top Streaming Song (Video): Silento, “Watch Me”

Top R&B Song: The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Top Rap Song: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

Top Country Song: Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man”

Top Rock Song: Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance”

Top Latin Song: Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, “El Perdon”

Top Dance/Electronic Song: Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring MØ, “Lean On”

Top Christian Song: Hillsong UNITED, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”

Top Gospel Song: Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?”