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Bobbi Kristina Friend Who Found Her OD'd In Bathtub ... Dead from Overdose

8/17/2018 7:11 AM PDT
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Max Lomas -- the close friend of Bobbi Kristina who found her lifeless in a bathtub -- has died and suffered the same fate as her -- a drug overdose ... TMZ has learned.

A law enforcement source in Mississippi tells TMZ Max was at a friend's home Wednesday and went to use the restroom. We're told his friend became concerned after Lomas didn't come out for a while, and went to check on him.

Our source says Lomas was found unresponsive on the floor in the bathroom with a syringe near his body. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

As we reported, Lomas played an big part in the mystery surrounding Bobbi Kristina's death. Lomas was the person who found Whitney Houston's daughter on the brink of death in her bathtub, and spent a significant amount of time with Bobbi and her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, in the days leading up to her death.

Lomas was thought to be a drug dealer who got drugs for Bobbi Kristina and Gordon, something he denied. He was at Bobbi Kristina's home in the hours leading up to her death.

No charges have been filed in connection with Bobbi Kristina's 2015 death. The family won a civil suit against Nick Gordon for $36 million.

Stevie Wonder Gets Emotional Remembering Last Words to Aretha

8/17/2018 9:17 AM PDT

Stevie Wonder choked back tears during an interview in which he revealed his last words to Aretha Franklin before she died.

Stevie joined "CBS This Morning" Friday and almost immediately got emotional when asked about his last real conversation with the Queen of Soul, which was about 2 months ago. Stevie -- who said Aretha couldn't talk when he visited her Tuesday -- said he told her to "say hello to my sister."

Stevie's sister died earlier this year. Reports say her decomposed body was found in her home.

Stevie revealed there were plans to do some music together ... including a duet with Aretha for a song he'd written. Aretha and Stevie were incredibly close. She covered Stevie's 'Until You Come Back to Me' and they performed it together at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in 2005. 

Watch the video ... Stevie gives some insight on "Respect." As we reported ... Aretha died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Stormy Daniels Bails on 'Celebrity Big Brother' ... At Last Minute

8/17/2018 7:20 AM PDT
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Stormy Daniels is persona non grata in the UK ... 'cause she's getting torn to pieces after bailing on "Celebrity Big Brother" after allegedly demanding and not getting more dough, but her lawyer's calling BS.

Stormy was supposed to make her reality TV debut with Thursday night's launch, but she was a no-show. There's a report out in the UK saying Stormy wanted an additional $125k on top of the $950k she was reportedly scoring from the show. 'CBB' producers supposedly balked and Stormy walked.

President Trump's alleged mistress was supposed to appear on the UK's biggest midday talk show Friday but also never made it outta the green room. One of the show's panelists said Stormy told her there was a development in her custody battle with her estranged hubby, Glendon Crain.

Stormy's attorney, Michael Avenatti, tells TMZ ... the money dispute's a joke and insists the reason his client bailed is because producers wanted Stormy to stick to a script, but she was not gonna play that game. As for the custody development ... Avenatti says it did play a factor in Stormy pulling out.

TMZ broke the story ... Stormy and Glendon have joint custody of their 7-year-old daughter but he wants her to pay child support.

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

8/17 -- The celebration will be a 4-day event. Her body will lie in state for 2 days at the Charles H. Wright museum, and her funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple -- just for close friends and family.

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
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5:48 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us as they were leaving, a member of Thug's crew ran into a police cruiser, prompting the vehicle search which uncovered the weapons.

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 was serving as his 27th 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 ...

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Wesley Snipes Wanna Hear Me Sing Aretha Franklin?!?

8/17/2018 6:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Wesley Snipes took a crack at his favorite Aretha Franklin tune and it was ... super entertaining.

We got the action star Tuesday night leaving Hyde nightclub on the Sunset Strip ... where he paid tribute to the Queen of Soul. Wesley bowed down to her and then exercised his pipes.

Our photog asks Wesley to take us out with an Aretha song. He finds it "impossible" but quickly changes his tune with "Mary, Don't You Weep."

He ain't gettin' no Grammy, but gotta love him.

Elon Musk Breaks Down During Interview

8/17/2018 6:32 AM PDT

Elon Musk lost it during an interview as he talked about Ambien use, exhaustion and isolation.

Musk boomeranged from laughter to tears during an interview with the NY Times. He acknowledged using Ambien, saying, "It is often a choice of no sleep or Ambien." Members of the Tesla Board of Directors have worried Elon doesn't sleep after taking Ambien ... he tweets, and it has caused the company problems ... most recently when he tweeted he wanted to take the company private.

The Times went on to claim some board members believed Musk occasionally used recreational drugs.

He went on to say he's constantly exhausted because of his workload and it's compromised his health. He claims he works up to 120 hours a week and has not taken more than a week off in 17 years. The last time he was off the clock for more than a week ... 2001, when he had malaria.

Musk, who turned 47 in June, said he spent the entire day and night of his birthday at work ... "All night -- no friends, nothing."

And there was this ominous statement ... "The worst is over from a Tesla operational standpoint, but from a personal pain standpoint, the worst is yet to come."

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 Fallon" 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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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.

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