The last surviving original member of legendary punk rock group "The Ramones" is dead.
Tommy Ramone -- the group's drummer on the first 3 albums -- died Friday at his home in Queens, New York. He'd been in a hospice following bile duct cancer treatments ... according to Variety.
Tommy stopped drumming for the band in '84 -- he was replaced by Marky Ramone -- but still worked with the Ramones throughout the years. Tommy is credited for writing most of "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" and "Blitzkrieg Bop."
Lead singer Joey Ramone died in 2001 of lymphoma, a drug overdose killed guitar player Dee Dee Ramone in 2002 ... and Johnny Ramone passed away in 2004 from prostate cancer.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Stars and Scars
You be the Judge
7/12/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seems like Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are having a baby ... so what are the chances this kid won't end up beautiful? and Chris Brown and Drake are burying their feud for money. So we gotta ask ...
Sues Walmart Over Crash
You Overwork Your Drivers
7/12/2014 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tracy Morgan was severely injured because Walmart allowed one of its drivers to become so exhausted behind the wheel an accident was destined to happen ... so claims Morgan in a new lawsuit.
Morgan filed suit in New Jersey alleging the company should never have allowed truck driver Kevin Roper to drive for nearly 10 hours straight after being awake for more than 24 hours.
The suit -- reported in the NY Post -- claims Tracy sustained, "severe painful bodily injuries, including but not limited to multiple fractures which required multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment and will require significant physical rehabilitation.”
According to the lawsuit ... Roper had driven 700 miles from his home to the Walmart distribution center before beginning his fatal drive. One person died when Roper was tooling along in his tractor-trailer at 65 in a 45 MPH zone and slammed into the SUV.
Roper pled not guilty to charges of death by auto. Morgan was released from the hospital last month, but he's still at a physical rehabilitation center.
Tracy -- and 3 other plaintiffs -- are seeking unspecified damages.
Walmart tells us, "As we’ve said, we’re cooperating fully in the ongoing investigation. We know it will take some time to resolve all of the remaining issues as a result of the accident, but we’re committed to doing the right thing for all involved."
Chris Brown, Drake
Screw Rihanna and Friendship
Let's Make Money!!!
7/12/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The curious new friendship between Chris Brown and Drake has NOTHING to do with Rihanna or brotherly love ... we've learned it's a cold, business decision about making millions.
Chris and Drake -- whose posses literally destroyed W.i.P. nightclub in NYC in 2012 over a Rihanna beef -- have decided they can actually make more money together than separately ... this according to sources working closely with the 2 performers.
They're now in the studio ... laying tracks down for Chris' new album. We're told Drake will perform with Chris on some of the songs and he'll also be the producer.
There's a bonus for Chris -- by working with Drake he'll be able to continue being affiliated with Young Money and that keeps the door open to collaborations with Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. As a matter of fact, we know Tyga -- also part of Y.M. -- was in the studio with Drake and Chris on Thursday.
Two other reasons Chris and Drake think working together will sell more albums:
-- People will pick the lyrics apart, trying to figure out if they are talking about Rihanna ... the woman who they both slept with and the catalyst for the W.i.P. brawl.
-- Everyone wants to hear who sounds better -- Chris or Drake.
Jessica Alba Bikini Pics
Black & White Together, Forever!
7/12/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
I'm DONE With Binge Drinking
7/12/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short knows his life won't get better unless he stops getting wasted -- so he's vowing to cut out binge drinking ... but he DENIES he's an alcoholic.
Short met Wednesday with Ed Butowsky -- a well-known Dallas money manager -- who tells us Short realized he needs help after several high profile arrests.
Butowsky tells us ... they discussed Short's drinking at length. Butowsky says the ex-"Scandal" star doesn't think he has an alcohol problem and refuses to join a program -- but he did admit to getting drunk more than he should and vowed to aggressively cut back.
We're also told ... Short now knows he needs to stay out of bars ... and cut out all of the people who are bad influences in his life.
Butowsky says he urged Short work with charities to "make his soul feel good." He's also having Short look at rental houses in the Dallas area ... to get out of L.A. for a while.
We reached out to Short ... so far no comment.
Pervy Security Guard
Must Stay Clear of 'Pretty Little Liars' Star
7/12/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Pretty Little Liars" star Ashley Benson just got a measure of security from a judge ... who ordered a creepy security guard on what he called a sexual mission from God to stay clear of her.
49-year-old James Gorton Jr. -- who worked as a guard on the lot where PLL is filmed -- must stay 100 yards clear of her for 3 years.
We broke the story ... Gorton claimed he had sexual feelings for Benson and believed she was silently communicating with him ... saying God ordained him to be with her.
Gorton won't get closer to PLL than a TV set ... he's been fired from his security post.
Unloads 'Hangover' Crash Pad
7/12/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bartha will have to nurse any future hangovers somewhere else ... 'cause he just sold his Laurel Canyon crib, TMZ has learned.
Bartha bought the gated 1930s Spanish style home in 2007 for $1.25M ... and sold it this week for $1.385 -- slightly more than he was asking ... according to our real estate source's book of secrets.
Check it out ... the place is charming, but it's no palace -- just 1,416 sq ft with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.
Of course, it might just be a national treasure.
GOOD GENES OR
7/12/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Courtney Love's look is "mid-century."
Here's the then 31-year-old Kurt Cobain widow and "Hole" singer on stage in 1995 (left) and almost 20 years later -- the now 50-year-old mother of one at a theater in New York City earlier this year (right).
The question is...
For Sorta Fresh Prince of Ibiza
7/12/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bar Room KO Was Over $20 Bills to My Wife's Face
7/11/2014 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short is finally revealing exactly what drove him into such a rage that he delivered a knockout blow to a guy's face earlier this year -- and it might change your opinion of the hot-headed actor.
Short was on Atlanta's V-103 radio station when he was asked about the bar fight back in March, and he said ... "I had to defend my wife at a bar. This man was being highly, highly disrespectful ... slapping her in the face with $20 bills."
TMZ broke the story ... Columbus knocked out Felton Hyche III, and at the time all we knew was that Hyche had allegedly said or done something rude to Short's wife.
Columbus also explains that Hyche was the one who got physical first -- but if what he says about the money to his wife's face is true, we gotta ask ...
In other news...
Cameron Diaz has been spending a lot of her summer in bikinis like this one, and we're not complaining.
More, more, more!
Honey Boo Boo
Gnawing to Victory!
7/11/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Judge Revokes Parole ...
3-6 Months in Philly Lockup
7/11/2014 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Meek Mill crossed the line one time too many with the D.A., and now he's sitting in a Philadelphia jail ... where he'll remain for the next several months.
Meek was in court this afternoon to face the judge for multiple violations of his parole on a 2009 drug and gun conviction. Meek's been bad-mouthing the District Attorney's Office on Twitter. Prosecutors say he also repeatedly scheduled concerts without getting them pre-approved -- and changed his mobile phone number without telling them.
Today in court ... the judge told the rapper, "I didn't want to do this, but you made me do this" -- and then he was sentenced to 3 to 6 months in a city jail.
Sources in Meek's entourage tell us the rapper thinks the D.A. had a vendetta against him, and wanted to take him down because he has an album dropping in September.
Meek begged the judge for mercy, saying ... "This will be extremely damaging to my life."
Too little too late.