Fidel Castro "Mascot of the Revolution" too ill to attend his own Party:
"It's my party and I'll DIE if I want to"
HAVANA (Reuters) - Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Tuesday that he was not well enough to attend the opening of several days of events celebrating his 80th birthday.
"I'm not in medical condition to be there," Castro said in a statement read by a presenter to thousands of supporters from dozens of countries at the start of a gala in Havana's Karl Marx theater that was to mark the opening of the celebrations. His birthday was August 13 but he postponed celebrations after undergoing emergency surgery that forced him to hand over power temporarily to his brother Raul in late July.
In Other Sad Entertainment News:
The hugely popular children's group The Wiggles is expected this week to announce the departure of its lead singer because of a serious illness, media reports said Wednesday.
The Australian supergroup has reportedly scheduled a press conference for thursday in the western city of Perth to make a "major announcement relating to members of the group," according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian associated Press and the online edition of Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper.
The reports said the group was likely to announce the departure of the "Yellow Wiggle," Greg Page, who has been frequently absent from touring since undergoing a double hernia operation in December.
The 34-year-old known for his bright yellow T-shirt has been undergoing medical treatment since June after experiencing fainting spells and lethargy, the reports said. calls to the group's publicist were not immediately returned Wednesday.