Argentine ‘superhero’ unmasked

Updated 27 January 2013
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Argentine ‘superhero’ unmasked

BUENOS AIRES: He was a self-styled superhero, prowling the gritty outskirts of Buenos Aires wearing a mask and cartoonish outfit and armed only with a flashlight, compass and pepper spray as he took on bad guys.
But now his cover is blown, thanks to an alleged shootout with muggers, and the superhero is charged with carrying an unlicensed gun, police said Wednesday.
The man who called himself Menganno — Spanish for Joe Blow — and became famous in Argentine media is actually one Oscar Lefosse, 43, a former cop who served from 1986 to 1996. It turns out his gun license expired a year ago.
On Monday, Lefosse told police that three petty criminals opened fire on his car as he drove with his wife. He returned fire with his Glock pistol. On his Facebook page, “Menganno” — 33,000 followers — posted a photo of what he said was his bullet ridden car.
But a policeman quoted by the news agency Telam said the shots all came from inside the car.
“He could have killed somebody, an innocent bystander. He is irresponsible,” the official said.
In an interview with AFP in 2010, Menganno described himself as “a real, flesh and blood superhero. My goal is for all of us to be better and show more solidarity. Injustice makes me sick.”
He said then that he only defended himself with a flashlight, pepper spray and a compass, and had a company in the security sector. He did not elaborate.
“I do not walk around the street armed. I keep my gun at home,” he said Wednesday on Argentine TV.
Lefosse used to hide his identity behind a mask that was a mix of dark and baby blue and coordinated nicely color-wise with a Superman style suit he wore, with a symbol on his chest to boot.


‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Updated 23 April 2018
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‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

LOS ANGELES: Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” movies, died Saturday. He was 49.

While no cause of death was given, a statement on the actor’s social media accounts said he had gone through a “recent time of adversity” and alluded to suicide and depression as “serious issues.”

“Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much,” it added.

Troyer, who lived in Los Angeles, was taken to hospital early this month for unspecified treatment. The actor spoke about his alcohol addiction during another hospital stay a year ago.

One of the world’s shortest men at just two feet eight inches (81 centimeters) due to achondroplasia dwarfism, according to reports, Troyer was born in 1969 in Sturgis, Michigan.