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Dave Mirra Struggled in Vain for New Passion Post-BMX Career

2/8/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0205-dave-mirra-getty-01Dave Mirra had a rough time finding purpose when his BMX career ended ... he tried filling the void by helping kids ... but it wasn't enough. 

Friends of Dave tell us ... in the months before his suicide, he spent his time introducing kids in the Greenville, North Carolina area to extreme sports, such as speed cycling and biking. 

Problem was ... the 41-year-old couldn't find anything in his life to even approximate the adrenaline rush he got from BMX. He knew working with kids was important, but the passion he felt while he competed just wasn't there, and it became a significant factor in his deep depression

We're told Dave tried to convince himself working with kids could be as satisfying as BMX, and from time to time his outlook would brighten. In fact, we're told just hours before he fatally shot himself, he saw someone at lunch and talked about plans to bring a speed cycling track to Greenville.

The friend with whom we spoke said the recurring theme from Dave was that he felt lost.  

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Nicole Brown Simpson Murder Home Swarmed by Looky-Loos After 'People v. O.J. Simpson' Premiere

2/8/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0205_nicole-simpson-house-1994-apTurns out not everyone's a fan of the new FX series 'The People v. O.J. Simpson.'

Brentwood residents tell us the show has reignited interest in the Bundy site where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered.  

One neighbor -- who lives next door -- told us there's been a significant increase in foot and vehicle traffic on Bundy and in the alley behind the condo where the murderer made his escape.

We're told the 4 bedroom condo hasn't been significantly renovated since the murders -- the biggest change -- the address. It's no longer 875.

The property was empty for 2 years after Nicole's death. It sold in 1997 for $595,000 and again in 2006 for $1.7 million.

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'Dance Moms' Star Maddie Ziegler I'm a Movie Star Now!

2/8/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0205-maddie-ziegler-TMZ-01"Dance Moms" star Maddie Ziegler is leaving the Lifetime reality show and heading for the big leagues to star in a huge new movie.  

The 13-year-old will hit the big screen banking at least $20,000 in a film called, "The Book of Henry."

The cast includes Naomi Watts, Sarah Silverman, Bobby Moynihan and child actor Jacob Tremblay who starred in Golden Globe nominated "Room." 

Go Maddie! 

'Too Close' Singer Raphael Brown Fears Child Stealing Wins Custody

2/8/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0128-raphael-brown-instagram-01"Too Close" singer Raphael Brown, from the R&B group Next, got sole custody of his kids -- at least for now -- and may have saved them from being snatched and moved to Minnesota. 

According to legal docs, Brown said his ex-wife, Juliette, abused their 12-year-old son and recently forcibly removed him from school.   

He says the first time the son was taken out of school, the boy ran scared and screaming from his mom's car. Brown says 2 days later his ex tried again, but the cops intervened and sent him home to his dad. 

Brown says he's scared his ex might also be abusing their daughter.

We spoke with Juliette and she thinks Raphael's a "difficult person" and this is merely a ploy to escape paying child support. She claims to be an exceptional mother who has never abused her kids, and has only doled out occasional spankings ... which she calls perfectly legal. 

The couple has had their share of troubles, and prior to getting sole custody ... Brown was concerned his ex would take the kids to Minnesota where her family lives.   

Rev In 'REMEMBER THE TITANS' 'MEMBA HIM?!

2/8/2016 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0205_memba_rev_titans_launchCraig Kirkwood is best known for playing Titans' quarterback Jerry 'Rev' Harris -- opposite Denzel Washington -- in the 2000 drama "Remember the Titans." Guess what he looks like now!

Bill Romanowski Sorry for Calling Cam Newton 'Boy'

2/7/2016 8:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Ex-NFL star Bill Romanowski is in full backpeddle mode after referring to Cam Newton as "boy" -- while scolding the QB for walking out of a post-Super Bowl news conference. 

After Cam walked out (a move he's been taking heat for) ... Bill went to Twitter and wrote, "You will never last in the NFL with that attitude. The world doesn't revolve around you, boy! #CamNewton."

The backlash was instant -- with all sorts of people ripping into Bill.

Minutes later, Bill issued the apology -- saying, "I apologize for that remark 'boy'. It was not intentional or even trying to disrespect others. Peace everyone."

Peyton Manning 1st Super Bowl Victory Kiss ... From Papa John!

2/7/2016 8:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

020716-manning-papa-johns-cbsPeyton Manning and the Papa John's guy really are tight ... 'cause the pizza mogul swooped in an gave Peyton a victory kiss ... before Peyton's wife! 

As the Broncos sealed their victory Sunday night, Papa John ran over to his most famous pitchman with a special delivery ... a kiss on the QB's cheek.

Saucy! 

 

Lamar Odom Hits the Trails with Kim and Khloe

2/7/2016 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0207-khloe-kim-lamar-hike-KIM-KARDASHIAN-WEST-04Lamar Odom just completed his first hike -- with Khloe and Kim by his side... a huge milestone in his recovery.

The sisters live-streamed the hike near their Calabasas homes. They didn't completely reveal Lamar on camera... however, they made it clear that he was part of the group.

Sources tell us it's the first time Lamar has gone outside for exercise. We're told he was extremely impressive and made it the whole way without any issues. 

TMZ broke the story... Khloe moved Lamar into a home near hers so she would be able to help him with his rehabilitation.

Looks like she's doing a great job.

Broncos Bus Crash CHP Cop Back to Work ... No Tickets to Game

2/7/2016 2:47 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0201-broncos-bus-accident-twitter-02The California Highway Patrol officer whose motorcycle was hit by the Broncos team bus last week is officially back on the job ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

A rep for the CHP tells us ... "The officer who was injured is back on the bike and working with the Denver escort team again."

As we previously reported, the CHP officer's bike was clipped by a Broncos team bus on the 101 Freeway on February 1st near the stadium ... while the cop was part of the escort team. 

We asked if the guy got Super Bowl tix for his troubles ... unfortunately, no dice for CHP. 

Glad the guy is okay ... now enjoy the game! 

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Justin Bieber A Little Duck Duck Goose, Anyone?

2/7/2016 11:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber was just another dude in the park Saturday afternoon in SF, yucking it up over a game of duck duck goose.

Bieber, Hailey Baldwin and some pals hit up Fort Mason Park ... listening to music, smoking, drinking and just having a good time.

Biebs and Hailey partied later that night, first at the Maxim Super Bowl bash when he took the stage during A$AP Rocky's performance.  Later, they went to the Battery Super Bowl party.

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Ariana Grande Debuts DRAMATIC New Look -- Is It TOO Big?!

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Amber Rose & Wiz Khalifa We're Not Banging, We're BFFs Again!

2/7/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

020416-amber-wiz-tmzAmber Rose and Wiz Khalifa are back in the saddle -- but as besties, not bangers.

It's hard to believe they haven't rekindled a romance after posting that Snapchat tongue video. We're told they knew exactly what people would think ... which is why they posted it!  

But our sources who are extremely close to both Wiz and Amber tell us the 2 have buried the hatchet and get along as friends for the first time in a long time ... but that's it.

They're a little offended that Kanye's taking credit for bringing them together ... the whole "common enemy" thing. They say the truce has nothing to do with him. They just realized their son would suffer if they continued their war over him.

It seems the Kanye/Wiz/Amber war cemented their new bond, so maybe Kanye is a little responsible.


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Julianne Moore: PREGNANT At 55?!

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Mark Cuban Super Bowl Party A Little Chili Pepper, Anyone?

2/7/2016 6:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Cuban promised a ridiculously awesome Superbowl kickoff party Saturday night ... and he did not disappoint.

The party featured Run D.M.C., Snoop, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Tim Tebow, Adriana Lima, Derek and Julianne Hough and Hailee Steinfeld were all just part of the massive crowd.

Forget chips ... this shindig was catered by STK and featured Old Bay poached shrimp, candied bacon cones, tuna tartare in soy honey emulsion and sweet corn pudding cups. 

SB 50 is gonna have a hard time following Mark's act.

Bieber to French Montana Nice Workin' With You Here's a $150k Thank You

2/7/2016 10:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Justin Bieber knows how to show gratitude ... he bought French Montana a $150,000 chain after working with him on a song.

Justin presented the chain to French back in November for his birthday, but it would seem their bond in the recording studio upped the ante for the gift.   Justin and French recorded the song in July, along with Mariah Carey and T.I.

Apparently the chain wasn't tricked out enough for French, because he just got it iced out with diamonds for an additional $90k.

Just a token of appreciation.

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