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05/23/2002 11:18AM

DONE: As thousands of fans watched in person, and ABC broadcast the stunt on a live special called "David Blaine's Vertigo," magician Blaine, 35, concluded his latest feat in a New York park Wednesday night by leaping off an 80-foot pillar after having stood on top of it for nearly 35 hours. He appeared wobbly afterward but managed to say "God bless us all" to the crowd before being whisked away by ambulance to be examined by medical technicians . . . LOST: Elizabeth Hurley's former flame - and, she alleges, the father of her newborn -- real-estate scion and movie producer Steve Bing, 37, lost a legal case in London Thursday when the Press Complaints Commission ruled that the Daily Mirror did not violate his privacy when it printed his phone number and urged readers to call and insult him for his treatment of Hurley, reports Reuters. The commission said it "regretted any distress" suffered by Bing (who lives in L.A.), but ruled that the tabloid had not broken the newspaper industry's code of conduct . . . DIED: Veteran radio, movie and TV character actor JACK KRUSCHEN, 80, perhaps best known to '80s audiences as Papa Papadapolis in the series "Webster" -- though his most lauded role was as the helpful doctor who lived next door to Jack Lemmon in 1960's "The Apartment" -- died on April 2 while traveling, The New York Times reported Thursday. He had been ill for some time. His role in Billy Wilder's "The Apartment," which was named Best Picture of its year, also earned Kruschen an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor. And veteran "Our Gang" child actor JOE COBB, 85, who played the chubby little rascal Joe in vintage '20s featurettes, died Tuesday, says the AP. The cause was not reported. After he left the Gang in the 1940s, Cobb worked on the assembly line in an aviation plant.

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