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News in 5: Mac Miller's cause of death made public; Death of Angry Anderson's son a 'double tragedy'; Spice Girls reunion is official.

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1. Mac Miller’s cause of death has been made public.


A coroner has ruled US rapper Malcolm James McCormick, better known as Mac Miller, died from an accidental overdose due to a combination of drugs and alcohol.

A Los Angeles County coroner’s report released on Monday has named the 26-year-old Miller’s cause of death as “mixed toxicity”, saying cocaine, alcohol and the powerful opioid fentanyl were found in his system.

Paramedics found Miller unresponsive in his Los Angeles home on September 7 and declared him dead soon after.

An autopsy was performed on September 10.

The Pittsburgh native was in a two-year relationship with Ariana Grande that ended earlier in May this year.

Grande name-dropped Miller in her latest song Thank U, Next, singing: “Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm, cause he was an angel.”

Miller’s music, which often examined his depression and drug use, won him fans among some of the biggest names in hip-hop.

Performers at a tribute concert for him last week included Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott and John Mayer. Proceeds from the event went to The Mac Miller Circles Find, a charity established by Miller’s family to “provide programming, resources and opportunities to youth from underserved communities, helping them recognize their full potential through exploration in the arts and community building.”

2. Death of Angry Anderson’s son a ‘double tragedy’.

The accused killer of Angry Anderson’s son has spent the night behind bars after he allegedly stomped his best friend to death in northern Sydney.

Mathew Flame, 20, did not apply for bail and it was formally refused when he faced Manly Local Court on Monday, a day after Liam Anderson, 26, was killed in Queenscliff.

Early on Sunday Flame, under the influence of MDMA, marijuana and alcohol, is alleged to have punched and stomped Mr Anderson to death.

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Court documents state the pair met up the previous evening with a group of friends at the Brookvale Hotel for drinks before attending an Awful Things hip hop concert at Surry Hills.

Flame and Mr Anderson, an aspiring rapper, allegedly took MDMA and kept drinking until the early hours of Sunday.

About 3am the group travelled back to the northern beaches, where Flame allegedly took more MDMA and smoked marijuana, the papers state, but the final dose of the party drug gave him heart palpitations.

At the intersection of Pavilion Street and Bridge Road in Queenscliff, just before 6am, a fight broke out between the long-time mates, where Flame allegedly struck Mr Anderson in the body and head multiple times with his fists and bare feet.

Flame was arrested and handcuffed as police arrived on the scene, and later pepper sprayed when he stood up to watch officers attempt to save the life of his best friend who died at the scene.

Police say Flame, who has been charged with murder, made full admissions to the attack and participated in forensic procedures.

Barrister for Flame, Charles Waterstreet, told Manly Daily outside Manly Local Court, “lightning has struck twice on two individuals and their families”.

“It’s a double tragedy for two very very good families and two very very good boys,” he said.

The court has ordered a mental health assessment on Flame.

He is due to reappear at the same court on January 29.

3.  Black box reveals what caused Lion Air plane crash.

The head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee, Soerjanto Tjahjono, says the “black box” data recorder from the crashed Lion Air jet shows its last four flights all had an airspeed indicator problem.

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Tjahjono and investigator Nurcahyo Utomo told a news conference on Monday that the problem was similar on each of the four flights, including the fatal flight on October 29 that killed all 189 people on board.

The stunning revelation on Monday comes after angry relatives confronted the airline’s co-founder at a meeting organised by Indonesian officials.

At the meeting, Tjahjono said information downloaded from the flight data recorder is consistent with reports the plane’s speed and altitude were erratic. Searchers are still trying to locate the cockpit voice recorder.

4. The Spice Girls are reuniting for a tour – without Posh.

Four of the five Spice Girls have announced plans to reunite for a concert tour, but Posh Spice – now better known as Victoria Beckham – will not rejoin the 1990s icons.

The British quartet has released a light-hearted video of themselves discussing their comeback in a mock news program, announcing six concerts in June in stadiums in Britain.

“Girls, do you think I’m too old for bunches?” asks radio host Emma Bunton, or Baby Spice, 42, in the video released on Monday, before tying up her hair in the style she sported in the 1990s.

Singer-songwriter Jess Glynne said she was planning to join the Spice World tour along with Bunton and her band mates Ginger Spice (Geri Horner, 46), Scary Spice (Melanie Brown, 43) and Sporty Spice (Melanie Chisholm, 44).

Beckham, 44, did not feature in the video amid reports that she has chosen to focus on her fashion business rather than joining the Spice Girls tour.

The Spice Girls shot to fame in 1996 with the single Wannabe and went on to have a series of global hits and a film, Spice World.

They split up in 2000, reuniting for a tour of Europe and the United States in 2008 and last performed together at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

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5. Work-related insomnia said to affect 1 in 5 people.

Work-related insomnia affects one in five workers, which paves the way for mental health struggles, a new survey has revealed.

One-in-five workers experience a mental health condition, with 45 per cent of them facing stigma in the workplace, according to a July survey of 5047 Australian workers.

The figures, released on Tuesday by mental health organisation SuperFriend, show younger workers, aged between 18 and 24, experienced the most stigma at work over their mental health conditions.

“People at work don’t disclose when there isn’t a culture of trust, or a good working relationship with their manager,” SuperFriend CEO Margo Lydon says.

Those struggling with work-related insomnia, one of the initial signs of mental illness, said work affected the hours they slept, and quality, with difficulties switching off their mobiles and waking up in the night going over to-do-lists, Ms Lydon said.

The annual report, Indicators of a Thriving Workplace Survey, revealed an increase in the proportion of workers with mental health issues, up from one-in-six in last year’s survey.

The increase could mean more people with mental health conditions have found employment, but Ms Lydon said the more likely reason was more people were experiencing work-related stress, especially as questions around job security become more common.

Poor job design, including reduced autonomy and unreasonable workload, was another big barrier to establishing a healthy environment, Ms Lydon said.

“If they’re not well designed, it doesn’t matter who you put into that role, they may typically experience poor mental health,” she told AAP.

In Australia, poor mental health has been estimated to cost the economy more than $12 billion each year, including over $200 million worth of worker’s compensation claims, according to the Black Dog Institute.

Ms Lydon said the majority of survey respondents (64 per cent) believed investment in workplace mental health and wellbeing would improve productivity, with 55 per cent of Australian workers saying it would also reduce sickness and absences.

One survey respondent said: “I think most employers are just not equipped or educated to deal with mental health issues and therefore most of the time would not even think to relate a productivity issue or absenteeism issue to a potential mental health issue.”

Organisations need to understand their current state, as the first step to change, Ms Lydon said.

Improvements don’t need to be costly, as workplaces can heavily promote any existing initiatives such as employee assistance programs and ask employees directly for ideas to improve culture.

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