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Mum dies after being ‘cooked alive’ in luxury mud wrap “sweating session” on spa day

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A mum-of-one died after she was ‘cooked alive’ in a luxury mud wrap while on a spa day, an inquest heard.

Chantal Lavigne attended a ‘sweating session’ where participants were required to be covered in mud, then wrapped in cellophane with boxes placed over their heads for nine hours.

The mud wrap was part of a detox seminar called “Dying in Consciousness”.

Ms Lavigne died hours after the session from hypothermia. She had a temperature of 40.5C according to CBC News.

A normal body temperature is between 36C and 37C.

A coroner said the process would have been similar to being “cooked alive”.

The organisers of the spa in Quebec, Canada, were found guilty of criminal negligence back in 2014.

Gabrielle Frechette was sentenced to three years in jail while her assistants Ginette Duclos and Gerald Fontaine were both handed a two year prison sentence.

The trio appealed their sentence but have today lost their appeal to overturn their convictions.

Justice Patrick Healy said of the appeal: “They [the sentences] are not only within an acceptable range; they are arguably lenient.”

Ms Lavigne took part in the treatment at a farmhouse in a session, which was led by a self-styled therapist.

Sgt Eloise Cossette of Quebec provisional police said at the time: “The treatments consisted of a process of sweating by being all wrapped in plastic and mud, and also with blankets.”

Ms Lavigne, along with another woman, were also encased in cardboard boxes.

The mum-of-two was one of eight people taking part in the exercise.

he group’s practises have been criticised by academics.

Dianne Casoni, a criminologist at the University of Montreal, said: “How is it possible that groups that have so much influence over people and sometimes put them at risk are not more closely watched?

“The problem with these groups is they’re not overseen by any institution or government department.”

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Tunisia: former President Ben Ali confirmed dead

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All time, former Tunisia’s President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has died in exile aged 83, his family says.

Ben Ali led the country for 30years and was credited with delivering stability and some economic prosperity.

But he received widespread criticism for suppressing political freedoms and for widespread corruption.

In 2011, he was forced from office following mass street protests. This triggered a wave of similar uprisings across the Arab world.

At least half a dozen countries in the region saw their president fall or conflicts break out in the wake of the former Tunisian leader’s downfall, in what became known as the Arab Spring.

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Gantz refuse’s Netanyahu offer on unity government

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After a vote tally showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival.

Israel’s weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw his offer on Thursday for a coalition with his strongest political rival,  Gantz, swiftly rebuffed after failing to secure a governing majority in a tight election.

Netanyahu’s surprise move was an abrupt change of strategy for the right-wing leader. Its rejection could spell weeks of wrangling after Tuesday’s election, which followed an inconclusive national ballot in April.

Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party emerged from the second round of voting this year slightly ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud, but also short of enough supporters in the 120-member parliament for a ruling bloc.

Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, said in a video clip in which he urged Gantz, the country’s former military chief, to meet him “as soon as today”, that he had pledged during the election campaign to form a right-wing, Likud-led government.

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