Entertainment John Mann of Spirit of the West dead at 57

03:35  21 november  2019
03:35  21 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Woman dead, man airlifted to Winnipeg after house explosion in Brandon, Man.

  Woman dead, man airlifted to Winnipeg after house explosion in Brandon, Man. A woman is dead and a man was airlifted to a hospital in Winnipeg on Tuesday evening after a house exploded in the east end of Brandon, Man., police said in a news release. The front of the home on Queens Avenue East was torn open and a mattress and other household items were strewn across the front lawn and onto neighbouring properties. Police were called to the single-storey house around 8 p.m. Tuesday.They found a 63-year-old woman dead in the house and a 63-year-old man in critical condition. He was airlifted to Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre. Brandon is about 215 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

John Mann et al. looking at the camera © Global News

John Mann, lead singer of Vancouver-based Spirit of the West, has died after a years-long battle with Alzheimer's disease, the band said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Surrounded by friends and loving family until the end, all were reminded of John’s rich legacy," the band said in a message posted to its Facebook page.

READ MORE: Spirit of the West’s John Mann lends his voice to Alzheimer’s Society music project

"He was a potent force in music, acting — onstage, in movies and on television, and was world renowned as a songwriter. As well, he was a foresightful activist and charitable figure for several worthwhile organizations.

"His work will resound long after his untimely passing.

Mann suffered from early onset Alzheimer's. He went public with his diagnosis in 2014, when he was 51.

He leaves behind a wife, Jill Daum, and two children, Harlan and Hatti.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Ontario's police watchdog investigating after incident in west end .
Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is investigating after an "interaction" between a Toronto police officer and a member of the public in the west end early Sunday, police say. The incident occurred west of Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue. Toronto police were dispatched at about 1:20 a.m., according to Const. Alex Li, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service."What I can confirm at this point in time is that a member of our service had an interaction with a member of the public, and as a result, the SIU has invoked their mandate," Li said.

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