Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Taylor Swift surprises Missourian, 96, with song

At age 96, Cyrus Porter is a devoted Taylor Swift fan. He has traveled from his rural Missouri home to St. Louis and Memphis, Tenn., to see her in concert. On Monday, in the midst of a thunderstorm, the concert came to the World War II combat veteran, a surprise visit from the singer and her parents.

He had hosted 72 people for a family Christmas a day earlier. Many of his relatives were still there when a van pulled into the driveway of his home in New Madrid, about 130 miles south of St. Louis.

"My daughter opened the door and said, 'It's Taylor Swift!'" Porter said Tuesday. "I couldn't believe it. It's not a miracle, but I'd say it's pretty close."

Swift spent about an hour talking with Porter and family. Then, on the enclosed back porch, she sang her 2014 No. 1 hit, "Shake It Off," with dozens of Porter's relatives joining in.

It wasn't clear how Swift came to find out about Porter's fandom, but he said that he was "proud of her to take the time out to do something like that for an old country boy."

Porter was cherishing one souvenir: "I got lipstick on my face!"

Clot killed Shandling * Garry Shandling died from a blood clot in his heart, coroner's officials said Tuesday more than seven months after the comedian's unexpected death.

A report by Los Angeles' coroner's officials released Tuesday states the fatal clot occurred after the comedian developed blood clots in his legs. The comedian, 66, had not been feeling well during a trip to Hawaii, the report stated. Shandling died March 24 after calling paramedics to his home.

Los Angeles coroner's officials had delayed issuing their determination of what killed Shandling until after a review of his medical records and toxicology tests were completed. The toxicology results found only a therapeutic amount of Xanax and some cold medication in his system.

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