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The Roots, Hammersmith Apollo, London

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On 10 February, we reported from a news agency source that Claudia Adusei, 20, from London, died after buttock enhancement treatment in Philadelphia.  The agency had been misinformed that the girl was Claudia Adusei, when it was, in fact, Claudia Aderotimi who died.  We apologise for any distress caused to the families concerned.

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A young British woman has died after undergoing a suspected back-street cosmetic treatment in Philadelphia.

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