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'Can't Buy Me Love' Star

Cause of Death

Massive Overdose

9/2/2015 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902-amanda-peterson-GETTY-01Amanda Peterson -- who starred in "Can't Buy Me Love" died from an accidental overdose of a deadly combination of drugs.

The 43-year-old disappeared just before the 4th of July and her body was found on July 5th.

According to the Weld County Coroner in Colorado, Peterson had a variety of prescription drugs in her system, including benzodizepines (anti-anxiety meds), opiates and phenothiazines (an anti-psychotic medication).  She also had marijuana in her system. 

One of the drugs in her system -- Gabapentin -- was prescribed for pain and the medical examiner said she had 6 times the normal level in her system. 

The report says Peterson was "naive to opiates." 

The toxicology report says a week before her death she told someone she ingested  morphine medication she got from friends. The reports says she was self-medicating to control pain.

As for why she died, the report says it was because of a "morphine effect" ... which causes respiratory failure.

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'Dance Moms'

Man Arrested for Sending Child Porn

To Underage Cast Member

9/2/2015 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902-dancemoms-art-LIFETIME-01Cops nabbed the guy who allegedly sent creepy packages to a "Dance Moms" star who is a minor -- and they believe some of the items he sent were pornographic.

TMZ has learned the suspect is named Phoenix Sundown ... and San Diego PD arrested him Tuesday afternoon. As we reported earlier ... the packages arrived at a Pennsylvania post office on Tuesday, and the bomb squad was called in to destroy them.

36-year-old Sundown was booked for sending explicit or obscene matter to a minor -- specifically images of a minor engaged in sexual conduct. He's being held on $25,000 bail.

We've spoken to reps for the "Dance Moms" student to whom Sundown sent the package. We're not revealing her name because of her age -- but the rep tells us Sundown started harassing the child 2 months ago.

The rep says Sundown would post pics of Elizabeth Smart, tag the the "Dance Moms" star ... and included the hashtag, "#futuregoals." They immediately reported the activity to police. 

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'Straight Outta Compton' Star

Wins Most Fiscally Responsible Actor Award

9/2/2015 2:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Aldis Hodge isn't letting his "Straight Outta Compton" success get outta control ... he still drives a Prius and puts money in the bank.

Hodge, who played MC Ren in the film, is like a walking 401k billboard.

Move over, Warren Buffett ... 

'16 and Pregnant'

Whitney Purvis Busted

... For Brooming Ex-BF

9/2/2015 3:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0902-Whitne-Purvis-FACEBOOK-01Former "16 and Pregnant" mom Whitney Purvis tried to clean up -- allegedly attacking her ex with a broom -- and still got herself arrested. Again. 

Purvis was busted in Rome, GA on Wednesday afternoon after police say she broke into Weston Gosa's home by throwing a wheel through 2 windows -- and then whacked Gosa with a metal broom handle. 

She allegedly hit Gosa in the leg and side. 23-year-old Purvis was booked for felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor trespassing. 

Purvis and Gosa are familiar with jail -- they've been arrested multiple times for everything from DUIs to stealing a pregnancy test.  

Kris Jenner

Here's My Proof

A Spider Made My Lip Fat

9/2/2015 1:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902_kris_jenner_lip_tmz_wmKris Jenner just schooled us and anyone else who thought her "fat lip" excuse for cancelling a TV appearance was fake ... she says it was real, and serious.

We got this pic of Kris taken Monday morning, around the time she called producers of "Bachelor In Paradise: After Paradise" and cancelled her scheduled appearance, saying her lip blew up and she was not camera ready.

Kris says the culprit was most likely a spider so she had her room sprayed by an exterminator. The swelling was serious enough for a doctor to prescribe 4 different meds.  

As for showing up Tuesday night at Nobu and looking just fine, Kris made it clear to friends and family it took 18 hours for the swelling to go down.

It's not the first time Kris' lips blew up  ... she had an allergic reaction to food in the Dominican Republic a few years back.

  

Dwight Howard

Brings Loaded Gun to Airport

... Doesn't Get Arrested

9/2/2015 12:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902-dwight-howard-TMZ-01Everyone knows you NEVER BRING A LOADED GUN TO AN AIRPORT ... everyone, except Dwight Howard apparently.  

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Avril Lavigne & Chad Kroeger

Call It Quits

After 2 Years Of Marriage

9/2/2015 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0902-avril-lavigne-chad-kroeger-separation-TMZ-GETTY-01Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger just killed any chances they had at becoming Canada's favorite celeb couple -- they're separating after being married for two years.

Lavigne posted a wedding day pic and said, "It is with a heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today ... we are still, and forever will be, the best of friends."

0902-avril-lavigne-separation-INSTAGRAM-01Even though she didn't use the big 'D' word, that statement makes it pretty clear ...  the marriage is over. This was Lavigne's second marriage and Chad's first.

This is now officially the 2nd worst thing to happen to Kroger. Nickelback ... anyone?

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Rosie O'Donnell

I'm NOT Dating

Tatum O'Neal

9/2/2015 11:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0902-rosie-odonnell-tatum-oneal-TMZ-GETTY-01Rosie O'Donnell and Tatum O'Neal are NOT a couple ... so says Rosie.

A report Wednesday claimed the two had been dating for weeks, but that's just not the case. 

Rosie's rep tells TMZ ... Rosie and Tatum have been friends for several years and met in Chicago when they both were working on shows for OWN.

Rosie split with Michelle Rounds last November and Tatum recently said she was "dating mostly women."

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Lupita Nyong'o

Now With Hair!

9/2/2015 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0902-lupita-splashLupita Nyong'o showed up Wednesday for her new play "Eclipsed" in New York City ... sporting a white tank top, a black pair of pants and ... HAIR.

So we have to ask ...

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Miranda Lambert

Happily Singing Divorce Blues

9/2/2015 11:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Miranda Lambert fired off another shot at ex-hubby Blake Shelton during a tribute to country legend Loretta Lynn.

It went down Tuesday night at the ACM Honors in Nashville, TN. A post-breakup hot Lambert belted out Lynn's "Rated X," the controversial 1973 track about divorce. Sample lyrics: "Well if you've been a married woman and things didn't seem to work out/Divorce is the key to bein' loose and free so you're gonna be talked about ..."

It's unclear if Lambert picked the song herself, but she does admit it is perfect for her ... right now.

Bad news for Miranda though ... the song is about women empowerment and getting a divorce ... but Blake is the one that filed.

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'Dance Moms'

Bomb Squad Destroys Packages

Sent to Cast Member

9/2/2015 10:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0902-bomb-post-office-dance-moms-WTAE-TV-PITTSBURGH-01One of the kids on "Dance Moms" got a bunch of suspicious packages in the mail -- and the bomb squad was called in to destroy them.

According to a report, the packages -- sent to a P.O. Box in Allegheny, PA -- contained an Elvis blanket, a tribal-style blanket, a coffee maker, a scrapbook and handwritten letters. Authorities aren't revealing the intended recipient ... since he or she is a minor.

After intercepting the packages Tuesday at the post office, cops said there didn't appear to be any explosives -- but just to be safe, the bomb squad destroyed them with a water cannon.

The alleged sender has been identified, and postal inspectors are handling the investigation.

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Taylor Swift:

Concert Brawl!

9/1/2015 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

HERE'S THE RUNDOWN
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Harry Styles

Red Bulled in the Head During Concert

9/2/2015 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Harry Styles just can't catch a break. This time nailed on the side of the head with a Red Bull can fully loaded.

It happened during a concert in Philly, and it's the latest in a string of mishaps onstage.  

Good thing 1D is going on hiatus ... he wouldn't be long for the world otherwise. 

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