Daredevil Alex Harvill dies while practicing for a world record motorcycle jump

Daredevil Alex Harvill died Thursday while practicing for a world record motorcycle ramp jump, officials in Washington state said. He was 28 years old.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to Alex’s family, friends and loved ones,” Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison said in a written statement Thursday.

Harvill, who lived in Ephrata, Washington, was hoping to break the record of a 351-foot jump, according to the Moses Lake Airshow, where his attempt was scheduled on Thursday.

Video of the practice jump at the Grant County International Airport posted to social media showed Harvill’s motorcycle running directly into the top edge of the large dirt berm being used as his landing ramp, with Harvill thrown from the bike.

He was trying to break the record set by Australia’s Robbie Maddison on March 29, 2008, according to Guinness World Records.

Harvill already owned a Guinness World Record of his own, with a 297-foot dirt-to-dirt jump in 2013.

Japan’s top COVID-19 adviser says holding the Olympics without spectators ‘desirable’

Japan’s top coronavirus adviser said Friday that staging the Tokyo Olympics without spectators is “desirable” as it would be the lowest risk option amid the pandemic.

Shigeru Omi, an infectious disease expert who leads the government subcommittee on coronavirus, and other specialists urged the cap on spectator numbers at the Games to be stricter than the upper limit in place currently for large-scale events in Japan after submitting a report containing a set of proposals to the Olympic organizing committee.

The submission came a day after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga decided to end the COVID-19 state of emergency in Tokyo and eight other prefectures on June 20.

Foo Fighters’ Bee Gees tribute band releasing music in honor of Record Store Day

How deep is your love for Bee Gees music? It’s probably not deeper than the Foo Fighters, who have announced that their Bee Gees tribute band will be releasing music in honor of Record Store Day.

The announcement of the LP, “Hail Satin,” was made Thursday on the Foo Fighters’ verified Instagram account.

“Introducing...the Dee Gees!!!” the caption read. “HAIL SATIN — coming to a local record store & dance party near you July 17th!!! recordstoreday.com.”

In February, the band’s frontman Dave Grohl tackled the falsetto when the Foo Fighters covered the Bee Gees’ 1976 classic “You Should Be Dancing” on Jo Whiley’s Sofa Session on BBC Radio 2.

— From wire reports

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