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Bethenny Frankel Boyfriend's Last Words Help Explain Trump Tower Death

8/17/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bethenny Frankel's late boyfriend, Dennis Shields, was able to utter a few words to EMTs and police before he died -- and they paint a clearer picture of how he passed.

Sources say Dennis told the responding EMTs and cops he'd taken some of his prescribed oxycodone as well as Vicodin and a sleeping pill ... all to ease the pain from a back injury.  

Doctors warn that opioids should never be taken with sleeping pills or other sedatives. Opioids slow respiratory function and sleeping pills do the same. The two combined can have a dangerous, synergistic effect that could result in death.

As we reported, Dennis' assistant had administered 2 doses of Narcan before authorities arrived. They administered an additional dose of Narcan, but Dennis could not be saved.

Our law enforcement sources say police also found numerous prescription bottles scattered throughout his apartment ... although no illicit drugs nor drug paraphernalia were uncovered.

Rest In Peace my sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love. #nowandforever

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Bethenny attended Dennis' funeral service earlier this week and dissolved in tears. She paid tribute to both Dennis and her deceased dog, Cookie, on IG. 

An autopsy report and official cause of death have yet to be released.

Aretha Franklin Open Casket Public Viewing At Detroit Museum

8/16/2018 6:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

8:39 PM PT -- Family sources tell us the viewing will be an open casket.  And, there will be singing ... lots of singing.Aretha Franklin's family knows a massive turnout's expected to honor the legendary singer -- and a church just won't cut it -- so they'll hold her public viewing at a much larger venue ... TMZ has learned. 

Sources close to the family tell us ... the memorial for the Queen of Soul will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. We're told the location was chosen to accommodate the thousands expected to show up. Aretha was also a frequent visitor.

As of now, no date's been set ... and it's unclear if it will be open casket. 

Our sources say Aretha's family determined a traditional church service for her viewing just wasn't an option because of the projected turnout.

The museum was also the site of Rosa Parks' viewing in 2005.

As we reported ... Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit surrounded by friends and family after a long battle with cancer.

She was 76.

Young Thug Arrested After Album Release Party ... For Felony Gun Charge

8/17/2018 5:32 AM PDT
Breaking News

Young Thug was busted by cops after they allegedly found the rapper and members of his crew in possession of multiple weapons.

Thug held a party at Dave & Buster's Hollywood Thursday for the release of his new album, "Slime Language," that also served as his birthday party. In a video shot outside the venue, officers can be seen escorting the rapper in handcuffs to a waiting police cruiser.

YT was booked just after 3 AM for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle ... a felony.

He's currently being held on a $35,000 bond.

Story developing ...

Ariana Grande Breaks Down on 'Tonight Show' After Singing 'Natural Woman'

8/16/2018 4:59 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ariana Grande did something she did not want to do today, but powered through in honor of Aretha Franklin and then broke down in tears.

Production sources tell us Ariana was scheduled to appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Falon" Thursday ... but she was only going to do a comedy skit. She was not going to sing.

When she arrived on set, producers asked her if she would perform an Aretha song in honor of the late singer. Ariana told them she couldn't do it ... she was just too emotional in the wake of her death. She said Aretha was one of her heroes.

We're told Questlove then approached Ariana and convinced her it would be awesome for her to perform an Aretha song with the Roots. 

Ariana changed her mind and opened the show with 'Natural Woman.' It's the first thing you'll see if you watch the show. Ariana brought the house down and got a standing O.

We're told when Ariana left the stage she broke down in tears.

'Star Trek' Star Nichelle Nichols Her Son's the Problem, Not Dementia ... Claims Alleged Friend

8/17/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nichelle Nichols is spry and lucid, and doesn't need to be controlled by a bunch of people who don't have her best interests at heart -- including her son-- so says a woman claiming to be her close friend.

According to new legal docs filed by Angelique Fawcette ... the 'Star Trek' icon's son, Kyle Johnson, doesn't really care about Nichols' well-being ... she says he's trying to use her health issues as an excuse to gain possession of her riches.

Fawcette claims Nichelle even wrote a note to her son in March 2017, letting him know she wants to amend her will because he allegedly told her ... "I can't wait to get rid of this sh*t and sell [your] house and property."

As for Nichols' recent dementia diagnosis ... Fawcette says it's not credible because the doctor who diagnosed is not a psychiatrist and lacks necessary qualifications. And, Fawcette says she's consistently observed Nichelle performing daily activities with no issues ... she just needs occasional reminders to pay her bills.

We broke the story ... Johnson claimed his mother needed court-ordered protection because people were taking advantage of her. A judge signed off on a conservatorship.

Fawcette claims it's all a ruse set up by Nichols' son, so he can get his hands on her money. She says Nichelle's doing just fine and wants to keep living her life and handling her own business ... and her 2013 video interview with Nichols is more proof.

Martin Luther King III Thanks, Aretha ... For Your Social Activism

8/17/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Aretha Franklin taught us all the meaning of "Respect" ... and the iconic singer truly lived by those words ...  so says the son of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King III says Aretha was committed to the cause as a friend and supporter of his dad.

In fact, Aretha's father, C.L. Franklin, marched alongside MLK during the civil rights movement. They were both Baptist ministers.

Aretha was heavily influenced by her father, and she spent her remarkable career supporting the fight for equality.

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Dana White I Woulda Kicked Tito Ortiz's Ass ... But, He Backed Out

8/17/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Dana White once hated Tito Ortiz's guts so much that the two men almost had a real-deal boxing match in 2007 ... a match White says he's 100% certain he would've won, but Tito was too chicken.

It's no secret that White and Ortiz clashed -- but things got so bad back in the day that Dana says the guys were gonna duke it out FOR REAL in a boxing match until, at the 11th hour, Ortiz got cold feet.

White tells Harvey Levin the story about how he brought in a boxing coach and a team to prep for the fight and it'll all be featured on "OBJECTified," which airs Sunday on FOX News Channel.

What's really interesting ... White is CONVINCED he would've won the fight over the UFC Hall of Famer, telling Harvey he had real boxing experience back in the day and felt he is a superior striker. 

"I absolutely would've won that boxing match."

Guess Who This Hair-larious Kid Turned Into!

8/17/2018 12:01 AM PDT

Before this cute kid with funny follicles grew into a pretty little actress, she was just a happy baby in need of a comb-over growing up in Mississauga, Canada. Can you guess who she is?

Kourtney Kardashian's Ex My Luxury Ride's Over

8/16/2018 5:45 PM PDT

Younes Bendjima's flying solo now, and because of that ... it appears his mode of transportation's a lot more basic than what it used to be.

Kourtney Kardashian's ex-bf was spotted out by himself in WeHo Thursday in very casual attire, before hopping in a ride worth hundreds of thousands less than Kourt's convertible Bentley he was seen gassing up in Calabasas last month ... a regular ol' Ford Explorer.

The 25-year-old model has been getting back to a normal way of living since Kourtney dumped him a few weeks ago ... possibly because he cheated on her.

'Vanderpump Rules' star Jax Taylor pointed it out to the world when he spotted Bendjima slumming it at the regular gym Monday night just like him ... with some regular water.

No more Fiji ... no more Bentley. Poor Younes.

Aretha Franklin Motor City Becomes Soul City Tributes All Over Detroit

8/16/2018 3:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Aretha Franklin has spread across Detroit, with memorials on display on some of the most famous buildings in the place the Queen of Soul called home.

The Fox Theatre, Comerica Park and Little Caesars Arena have all put up tributes to Aretha with the message "Forever Our Queen" ... while fans have added balloons and gifts to Aretha Franklin Way.

The Fillmore Detroit and the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts have also posted messages of love for Franklin on their marquees. A memorial has popped up in front of New Bethel Baptist Church, which was founded by Aretha's father.

Aretha passed away Thursday in her Detroit home, and has received an outpouring of heartfelt and emotional shout-outs from countless celebs ... including Barack and Michelle Obama.

She was 76.

RIP

Aretha Franklin Hearse Arrives at Detroit Home ... For Funeral Prep

8/16/2018 3:03 PM PDT

Aretha Franklin's body has been removed from her home and is en route to a funeral home.

A hearse was spotted at the Queen of Soul's Detroit condo building Thursday, several hours after she passed away

Family sources tell TMZ they have struggled this week, as news broke Aretha was in her final days of life. The family wanted privacy as they said goodbye and grieved, but also understood their relative was a national treasure and felt the grief must be shared.

The family has not announced plans for a funeral or a memorial, but there are already plans for multiple memorials in various forms in Aretha's hometown. In addition, a tribute concert will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in November.

The Obamas, Paul McCartney, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Diana Ross and Hugh Jackman were among dozens of celebs to pay their respects.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Reunited ... With Lost 1969 Mr. Universe Trophy!

8/16/2018 2:56 PM PDT
Breaking News

Almost 50 YEARS after Arnold Schwarzenegger won the 1969 Mr. Universe competition -- he has finally been reunited with his 1st place trophy ... after it went missing decades ago!!

The story is wild ... Arnold won the contest in London back when he was around 22 years old -- during his second year as a pro bodybuilder. 

But, he gave the hardware to his mother ... who ended up giving it away to a fan without telling her son and it went missing for years! 

Arnold got a tip about the trophy during a visit to a local gym in Budapest -- when the owner put him in touch with a bench press champion named Lorand Berke ... the fan who visited Arnold's mom! 

Berke brought the trophy back to Arnold -- who verified it was authentic! 

Now, Arnold says he's "pumped up" to get it back and promises to get Lorand a replacement trophy as a reward. 

Pretty cool, right? 

Omarosa Explains Why She Supported Trump in 2016 ... Despite Believing He Used N-Word

8/16/2018 1:34 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Omarosa had some trouble explaining why she was a fierce supporter of Donald Trump given that she says very clearly in a secret conversation she recorded in 2016 that she knew he had used the n-word.

We talked to the ex-White House staffer on "TMZ Live" about the barrage of secret recordings she's revealed to promote her new book, 'Unhinged,' including the latest in which Donald Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara, tried bribing her with hush money after she got fired.

We also asked about the 2016 conversation she had with Trump campaign staffers to figure out a spin in case Trump had used the n-word. A staffer said she had talked to Trump who denied ever using the word, to which Omarosa said, "That's not true."

Omarosa's publicist was not amused.

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