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Verne Troyer Dead at 49

4/21/2018 1:09 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Verne Troyer -- best known for playing Mini-Me in the 'Austin Powers' comedies, and for being one of the shortest men in the world -- has died.

Verne died Saturday, according to a statement from his family. We'd been told he was on some form of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month after cops got a report he was drunk and suicidal, and was treated for possible alcohol poisoning.

Verne's family says during the recent adversity, "he was baptized while surrounded by his family."

He also struggled with alcoholism for years and had been to rehab many times.

Troyer was born with the genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism, but said growing up on a farm in Michigan he was never treated differently by his parents than his average-sized siblings.

Verne began his Hollywood career in 1994 as a stunt double for Baby Bink in the film "Baby's Day Out." He then landed small roles in "Men in Black" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" ... before making it big as Mini-Me in 1999's "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."

He continued to land bit roles in comedies and appeared on many popular reality shows over the years ... like "Celebrity Juice," "Celebrity Wife Swap," and "The Surreal Life."

Verne was 49.

RIP 

Lindsey Vonn Women Will Compete vs. Men ... 'No One Likes Change'

4/22/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lindsey Vonn says women competing against men in sports like skiing is a matter of WHEN, not if ... and it would've happened already if people weren't so opposed to change. 

Lindsey -- arguably the GOAT female skier -- has been pushing to race with the bros for years ... but the International Ski Federation still hasn't signed off. 

The Olympic gold medalist admits it may not happen during her career ... but says she's hopeful the old heads will eventually get it right.

"No one likes change, you know?" Vonn told TMZ Sports. "It’ll eventually happen -- it’s just, how long will it take?"

Don't worry -- we didn't forget to ask Lindsey about her, shall we say, unique dress at the ACM Awards ... and you could tell she ain't sweatin' the haters even a little. 

Travis Barker Breastfeeding Area at My Music Fest ... So Punk Rock!

4/22/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Travis Barker doesn't think there should be an age limit for rocking out, so he's throwing what could possibly be the most kid-friendly music festival ever, complete with a breastfeeding area for new moms.

Barker's Back to the Beach Fest is going down next weekend in Huntington State Beach in Southern California. Headliners include 311, Sublime With Rome, as well as the original Fishbone lineup, Barker playing with Goldfinger and loads more.

Kids under 10 get in free, which isn't unusual for music festivals, but BTTB doesn't want to exclude anyone, so they're setting up a special quiet zone for nursing moms.

That's not all ... there will also be a Lil Punk Zone where kids can rock out safely. We're told Barker got the inspiration from taking his own kids on the road everywhere and wanted other families to see what it's like to rock out with their little ones. All those diapers should also keep the porta potty lines down, too.

'The Four' Star Zhavia I Lost The Show ... But, I'll Still Make Millions!!

4/22/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Zhavia Ward is going to be the next big thing -- at least that's what her new record company is banking -- cuz they just signed her to a potentially multi-million dollar deal.

The 17-year-old fan favorite of 'The Four' didn't win FOX's singing competition, but it's all good ... Sony's Columbia Records scooped her up instead.

According to her contract -- obtained by TMZ -- Zhavia gets a $700k advance on her first album ... along with 18% royalties. If the record's a hit as expected, she'll get another $750k for album #2 ... and haul in up to $1.875 mil with royalties.

Zhavia's 3rd and 4th albums guarantee her another $100k raise each ... with the potential to make well over $2 million per album with royalties.

Not too shabby for a teenager who didn't win -- or even finish as the runner-up -- on 'The Four.'

Nev Schulman I'm Going Hollywood ... Thanks To Tyler Perry

4/22/2018 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nev Schulman's life is already becoming a movie thanks to Tyler Perry, who's putting Nev and his entire 'Catfish' crew in his next flick alongside Tiffany Haddish.

We got Nev at LAX on his way back from filming in Atlanta, where he told us he didn't have to work too hard with the way Perry wrote him and his crew into the script.

It's pretty cool ... Haddish plays a woman who calls the 'Catfish' guys up because she thinks her sister is getting duped, so it's like an episode of Nev's show playing out in the flick.

And while the film sounds hilarious, Nev says what went on with Haddish when the cameras weren't rolling was even better since they all got into bed together. So Hollywood.

Nile Rodgers Good Genes or Good Docs?

4/22/2018 12:00 AM PDT

Nile Rodgers' good looks did not get lost in the music!

Here's a 27-year-old version of the 'Chic' star performing in New York City back in 1979 (left) and 38 years later ... the now 65-year-old musical man onstage during his 2018 Coachella Weekend 1 performance in Indio, CA (right). 

Freak out!

The question is ...

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

4/21/2018 12:45 AM PDT

Beyonce killed it at Coachella, but now people are beefing, asking who is the top entertainer of all time? And the jury is still out on Khloe and Tristan. So, we gotta ask ... 

Avicii No Criminal Suspicion in Death

4/21/2018 12:53 PM PDT
Breaking News

Avicii's death was not the result of any criminal activity or foul play ... according to cops in Oman.

Autopsies were performed on the DJ both Friday and Saturday, and led to the conclusion that "there is no criminal suspicion in the death" ... according to a law enforcement source for the Agence France-Presse.

No further details were released on the official cause of death.

Avicii was found dead in Oman Friday morning. As we reported ... he was seen hanging out on a yacht with friends looking happy and healthy the day before.

We broke the story ... his brother is currently in Oman searching for answers on how Avicii died.

Rapper Belly Wailed On by Coachella Guards ... Crazy Vid During The Weeknd's Set!!

4/21/2018 11:09 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Belly was the recipient of several flying fists from security guards during The Weeknd's performance at Coachella ... even though the rapper performed at the fest earlier in the night.

Belly -- who actually has a hit song with The Weeknd -- was in a line of people walking from the sound booth to the VIP area near the main stage while The Weeknd was singing "The Hills" ... according to witnesses.

For whatever reason, about 10 men who appear to be Coachella security staff start PUMMELING Belly ... and don't let up for several seconds. The video's wild.

Belly isn't letting it get him down, though. He just tweeted, "No negative bulls**t can steal my joy" and added earlier ... "I'm great y'all. I love you." He also got a shot in at the guards who went after him, saying ... "20 of you p***ies couldn't take me off my feet."

We're told police were not involved in the incident -- by the time they showed up everyone had dispersed and no report was taken.

We reached out to Belly and Coachella organizers about the fracas ... so far no word back.

Avicii Chilling on Yacht with Drink in Hand Day Before Death

4/21/2018 10:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Avicii was hanging on a yacht and sipping a drink the day before his death ... and appeared to be happy and healthy.

In the photo -- obtained by TMZ -- the world-famous DJ is chilling with a couple guys on a boat while flashing a peace sign. We're told it was taken Thursday in Muscat, Oman ... where he was staying nearby at the Muscat Hills Resort.

Avicii has a drink in his hand, but it's unclear if it's alcoholic or not. Avicii said in a 2013 interview he stopped drinking due to pancreatitis and was living a sober lifestyle.

As we reported ... Avicii was found dead Friday morning in Muscat. The resort confirmed he was a guest and said he was extremely kind during his stay and "definitely did seem to be in good spirits while enjoying his time." Photos taken with other guests at the resort seem to back that up.

Avicii's brother is currently in Oman leading the charge to find out what killed him.

Barbara Bush Family, Friends, Clintons & Obamas Attend Former First Lady's Funeral

4/21/2018 9:29 AM PDT

Barbara Bush is being laid to rest, and hundreds have gathered to pay their respects and celebrate the life of a woman who was wife of a president and mother of another.

The former First Lady's funeral is being held in Houston at St Martin's Episcopal Church Saturday, and those in attendance include her husband George H. W. Bush, sons George W. and Jeb Bush and their wives and kids, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, and First Lady Melania Trump.

President Trump chose not to attend to avoid added security complications and out of respect for the Bush family.

As we reported ... Barbara died Tuesday surrounded by her loved ones. She had suffered from congestive heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

She will be buried at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, next to her daughter Robin, who died from leukemia as a child.

Bush served as First Lady of the U.S. from 1989 to 1993, and was known for working to make advancements in universal literacy and founding the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Barbara was 92.

RIP

Lamar Odom I'm Here to Help People ... With My Weed

4/21/2018 1:40 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lamar Odom's new lease on life since coming out of a coma has made him want to improve other people's lives too ... enter his cannabis company.

We got the former NBA Champion at Five Star Juice in Torrance, CA Friday and talked to him about the release of his brand of marijuana products, called Rich Soil, which he believes can help people with their ailments ... like it's helped him.

Odom says his goal to get people "healthy high," saying ... "I want to get people better, bro. If I can get 'em high, I can get 'em better."

He tells us he's been working on the cannabis idea for a year, and doesn't give a damn about haters who think he shouldn't be in this business ... because he believes he's living proof the stuff works.

Lamar also touches on making a basketball comeback, which he told us about a couple days ago too.

Unclear how snacking on Starburst fits into his plan.

Kandi Burruss Who Cares Kim's Done with 'RHOA' ... She Hasn't Held a Peach in Years!!!

4/21/2018 8:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kandi Burruss doesn't think it's a big deal Kim Zolciak's done with "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" ... because she says her presence was hardly felt anyway.

We got Kandi at LAX Friday night and asked her about Kim telling us she's leaving 'RHOA' for good because it's too stressful. Kandi agrees it's demanding, but for a non-peach holder like Kim ... she's not offering any sympathy.

Kandi also tells us Kim wasn't getting along with any of the Housewives -- except maybe one -- so the ladies are fine with her farewell and more than ready to move on.

As for Kim and Kandi's Bravo spin-off ratings beef -- Burruss sets the record straight ... about how she was simply setting the record straight.

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