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Oscar ‘heroin’ statue appears in Hollywood

Oscar ‘heroin’ statue appears in Hollywood

FAKE OSCAR: L.A. artist Plastic Jesus is making a statement on the reality of Hollywood ahead of Sunday's Academy Awards. Photo: WENN

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STREET ART: This 8-foot Oscar statue replica appeared Friday on Hollywood Boulevard.

Notorious Los Angeles based street artist Plastic Jesus struck again on Friday with a controversial art installation on the corner of La Brea and Hollywood Boulevard.

An 8-foot replica Oscar award holding a syringe to its forearm appeared, just days ahead of the Academy Awards.

The plaque on the bottom of the statue reads “Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret”.

The art stunt follows the recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his New York apartment of a suspected drug overdose. Hoffman won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 for his role in “Capote”

Plastic Jesus hit the headlines in 2013 with his Best Buy Prank “Useless Plastic Box 1.2,” which saw the artist placing fake products, complete with price tags, on the shelves of six Best Buy stores in Los Angeles area. The fakes went unnoticed by staff for the several days.

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U.S. marshals, police wounded, fugitive dead in NYC gunfight

A New York Police Officer stands guard inside a cordoned area at the site of a shooting in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York on July 28, 2014.

Two U.S. marshals and a New York police detective were wounded and a fugitive wanted on sex abuse charges was killed in a shootout in Greenwich Village.

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Actor James Shigeta dies at 81

Miyoshi Umeki and James Shigeta star in Flower Drum Song in 1961.

"Die Hard," "Lost Horizon" and "Mulan" star, James Shigeta, dies at 81.

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U.S says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks

FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting.

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Civilians killed in eastern Ukraine amid fierce fighting

Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard on the suburbs of Shakhtarsk, Donetsk region on July 28, 2014.

Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine kills at least 19 civilians.

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Toy drone disrupts aircraft fighting California wildfire

Firefighters protect an evacuated home while the fast-moving wildfire called "Sand Fire" burns behind, near Plymouth, California on July 26, 2014.

Fire officials spotted a drone over the Sand Fire and immediately called police to have the toy grounded to avoid a possible mid-air collision.