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Woman’s sassy self-written obituary goes viral

Published: Thursday, April 02, 2015 @ 6:04 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 02, 2015 @ 6:04 PM

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Not only will Emily Debrayda Phillips be remembered by her family, but she will also be remembered by people around the world who never met her, thanks to the witty obituary that Phillips penned for herself.

The 69-year-old woman from Florida maintained her sense of humor in spite of a grim pancreatic cancer diagnosis. She died on March 25, just 29 days after being diagnosed, the family told the “Today” show.

In her final days, Phillips wrote a lengthy obituary for herself that shared her love of life and family with the world, encouraging everyone to "make something amazing out of your life."

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Phillips begins her obituary with the observation, “It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away.” She laments, " Once again I didn't get things my way! That's been the story of my life all my life.”

Referring to her husband of 45 years as, “The man of my dreams,” Phillips goes on to say about her wedding day, “From that day on I was proud to be Mrs. Charlie Phillips, Grand Diva Of All Things Domestic.”

Phillips  writes about her daughter Bonnie and son Scott, “Seeing these two grow into who they were supposed to be brought a wonderful sense of meaning to our lives.”

When talking about her grandchildren, Phillips writes, “My five grand-angels stole not only my heart, but also spent most of my money.”

As she nears the end of the obituary, Phillips waxes philosophically, “So…I was born; I blinked; and it was over. No buildings named after me; no monuments erected in my honor. But I DID have the chance to know and love each and every friend as well as all my family members. How much more blessed can a person be? “

Phillips ends her obituary encouraging everyone not to cry, writing, “Today I am happy and I am dancing. Probably naked.”

 Read the entire obituary at

NBC's "Today" website and Buzzfeed are sharing Emily Phillips' life story this morning.

Posted by The Florida Times-Union on Thursday, April 2, 2015

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Trump confirms Cohen represented him in 'crazy Stormy Daniels deal'

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:17 PM

This combination photo shows, from left, President Donald Trump, attorney Michael Cohen and adult film actress Stormy Daniels. (AP Photo)
This combination photo shows, from left, President Donald Trump, attorney Michael Cohen and adult film actress Stormy Daniels. (AP Photo)(AP)

President Donald Trump on Thursday said attorney Michael Cohen represented him “with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal” weeks after he told reporters that he had no knowledge of a $130,000 payment paid to the adult film star by Cohen.

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During a phone interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said Cohen did “a percentage of my overall legal work -- a tiny, tiny fraction.”

“Michael would represent me … on some things,” Trump said. “He represents me — like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me.”

Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, called the admission “another gift from the heavens in this case” in an interview on MSNBC.

“It’s a hugely damaging admission by the president because according to what he said on Air Force One a few weeks ago, he didn’t know anything about the agreement, he didn’t know anything about the payment, Michael Cohen went off and did this on a lark and Mr. Trump knew nothing about it,” Avenatti said. “He tripped himself up.”

Cohen negotiated a $130,000 payment to Daniels in October 2016 in exchange for her signing a nondisclosure agreement barring her from talking about an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006, The Wall Street Journal reported in January.

Trump told reporters on Air Force One earlier this month that he was unaware of the payment or where the money had come from.

Avenatti told CNN Thursday that Trump’s most recent comments would only bolster his efforts to force Trump and Cohen to testify under oath about their knowledge of the payment to Daniels.

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“It’s going to add considerable momentum to our efforts to depose the president and put him under oath, because now we have two contrary statements in less than a month,” Avenatti said.

Daniels, who was born Stephanie Clifford, is suing to break the nondisclosure agreement, claiming the document is invalid because it was never signed by Trump.

Cohen filed notice Wednesday that he would not answer questions in the Daniels case, exercising his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

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Bill Cosby found guilty in sexual assault trial

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:44 PM

Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of Three Counts Of Aggravated Indecent Assault

A jury in Pennsylvania on Thursday found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

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Trump VA nominee Ronny Jackson withdraws name from consideration

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:59 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:59 AM

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Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn his name from consideration, multiple news outlets are reporting.

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DJ Avicii’s family issues statement on his death, thanks supporters

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 4:30 PM

Avicii Dead at 28

The family of Swedish dance music DJ Avicii has issued a statement days after his death.

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Variety reported that the family of Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, thanked fans and others for their support.

We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs. 

Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world. 

We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way. 

With love, 

The Tim Bergling Family

Bergling was found dead in Muscat, Oman, a city in the Middle East, April 20. The cause of death is not yet known, but authorities have ruled out foul play.

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