" Bonington replied that Newcastle was the nearest, but it was 60 miles away. According to an unauthorised biography by the Norwegian journalist Mona Levin, Naess was born Arne Raab in Germany on December 8 1937, the son of a German ski-jumping coach and Kikki Naess, a physiotherapist and a member of one of Norway's most prominent families.His uncle, Arne Naess, after whom he was named, is the famous mountaineer, ecologist and philosopher who, in 1950, led the expedition that made the first ascent of Tirich Mir in Pakistan."He's looking for something better or a bigger mountain to climb."Naess died on Tuesday while abseiling down a mountain outside the wine-producing town of Franschoek, about 50 miles north of Cape Town in South Africa.He is survived by seven children: two with his current companion, Camilla Astrup; the two sons of his marriage to Diana Ross; and, by his first marriage to the Swedish designer Filippa Kumlin D'Orey, a son and two daughters, one of whom is the pop singer Leona Naess.
Diana Ross claimed that the first she knew of it was when her publicist called to tell her, although it appears that she was not greatly surprised.He’s the younger brother of R&B superstar Akon – a confessed polygamist with three wives.“Diana is livid that Tracee is getting so serious with Bu,” a source close to the Motown legend told The ENQUIRER.According to the same article, Tracee does believe, however, that if she did decide to marry Bu, he would forsake all others.In other words, that man is chopping it down so good she’s become delusional. In his book Chris Bonington's Everest (2002), the British climber recalled how, in 1982, Naess telephoned to ask whether he would agree to a meeting; Naess wanted advice on an expedition to Everest which he was planning. I'll be with you at two o'clock on Monday."Bonington was impressed, but he was just recovering from the disaster of his previous attempt on Everest, in which two of his companions lost their lives; and he had promised his wife that he would never go back.The Norwegian asked: "Have you got an airport near you? Although he agreed to be Naess's equipment and planning adviser, he told the Norwegian that he would not join the expedition: "In the following year he played me like a fly-fisherman would a salmon, teasing me with questions about Sherpas or equipment and then mentioning that I could always change my mind."Bonington eventually succumbed, and was one of the 17 members of Naess's party who reached the summit, from the South Col South-East ridge, in a record time of 10 days.In 1985 he would accompany his nephew's expedition to base camp at 20,000 feet.As a child, the younger Arne Naess was said to have been picked on at school because he spoke German in a nation still bitter about the Nazi occupation.As he grew older, however, he won the admiration of his peers for his dare-devil exploits.It was said that Arne celebrated his last day at school, in 1956, by climbing the National Theatre building in Oslo, leaving his cap on the building's spire.