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Singer Chilton dies suddenly Private school poison probe Russian lovers suffocate in car Two jailed for Dubai sex texts

American singer and guitarist Alex Chilton, known for his influential work with the Box Tops and Big Star bands, has died. He was 59.

Family friend John Fry said Chilton died on Wednesday at a hospital in New Orleans after experiencing what appeared to be heart problems.

Fry, the owner of Memphis-based Ardent Studios, said the death "was just a sudden and unexpected event".

Chilton had been scheduled to perform with Big Star on Saturday at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

The festival's creative director, Brent Grulke, said Chilton's gift for melody was second to none.

Chilton leaves a widow.

Private school poison probe

An investigation has begun at one of Britain's most prestigious private schools after a member of staff was arrested on suspicion of trying to poison the pupils' soup, police have said.

Detectives were called to Stowe School, whose former pupils include billionaire Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, after other members of staff raised the alarm about strange smells in the food last Friday.

Russian lovers suffocate in car

A Russian couple having sex in a car parked in a tiny garage have died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

"Most likely the lovers turned on the engine to get warm," said a source in the Moscow police force. During a moment of "intimate closeness," the pair, in southern Moscow, inhaled the gas and died, the source added.

Two jailed for Dubai sex texts

Two Emirates airline cabin crew have been sent to jail for three months in Dubai over sexually explicit text messages, the latest in a string of indecency cases against foreigners, it was reported.

The pair, an Indian flight attendant and her supervisor, were convicted of "coercion to commit sin" over the messages and initially sentenced to six months in jail, The National newspaper said on its website, citing court documents.