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Sean Penn's brother found dead at home

LOS ANGELES, California

Actor Chris Penn, the beefy younger brother of Sean Penn who became known in his own right for films such as "Reservoir Dogs," "Mulholland Falls" and "Footloose," was found dead yesterday in his home in Santa Monica, police said.

The body of Penn was discovered after police received an emergency call from someone in the same dwelling block, Santa Monica Police Lieutenant Frank Fabrega said. He appeared to have died earlier the same day, Fabrega said.

The officer said that there were no indications of foul play in the death but said he did not know the circumstances of the call.

Sean Penn's publicist, Mara Buxbaum, issued a statement saying that the Penn family "would appreciate the media's respect of their privacy during this difficult time."

A coroner will make a final determination of the cause of death, Fabrega said.

Online biographies said Penn was 43. People magazine put his age at 40.

Man's dream

TOKYO, Japan

A middle-aged Tokyo man found to be living with 10 younger women said he attracted them by reciting an incantation that came to him in a dream.

The 57-year-old man's unusual living arrangements came to light when another woman complained to police that he had threatened her after she refused to join his harem, Kyodo news agency said yesterday.

"I had a dream that told me I would become attractive to women if I recited a particular incantation," it quoted the man as saying.

A rapid series of weddings and divorces left the man with a large group of ex-wives, mostly in their 20s and 30s, who shared his surname and continued to live with him.

Updated : 2021-07-26 14:03 GMT+08:00