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Ex-NHL Goalie Ray Emery Dead at 35 ... From Apparent Drowning

7/15/2018 2:25 PM PDT

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery died this weekend from an apparent drowning. 

Emery was reportedly swimming Sunday at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club in Ontario, where police say his body was discovered after an early morning swim near the docks. They say he failed to emerge after diving in with a friend ... and resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

The NHL Alumni Association tweeted about Emery's death shortly after the news broke, offering condolences to his friends and family. 

Emery played in the NHL from 2003 to 2015, serving as a goaltender for the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks. He brought the Senators to the Stanley Cup finals in '07 and eventually won the title with the Blackhawks in 2013. 

He was arrested last year for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend with a weapon in 2016. The alleged victim, BET host Keshia Chante, claimed he'd abused her several times that year. 

Emery was 35. 

Anthony Bourdain Gets 2 Emmy Nods

7/12/2018 10:28 AM PDT

Anthony Bourdain and his hit show, 'Parts Unknown,' will be in the spotlight at the Emmy Awards, because he's up for 2 statuettes and the show got 7 nominations.  

Bourdain got the nod for Outstanding Informational Series or Special as an executive producer. His show has swept that category for the last 4 years. He's also up for Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program ... for his episode on Southern Italy.

Bourdain had been filming an episode of 'Parts Unknown' in France when he died of a suicide on June 8.  

The show's other nominations are for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series (for the show's website), Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program.

UCLA's Billy Knight Allegedly Sexually Abused 9-Year-Old ... Before Death

7/11/2018 11:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-UCLA basketball star Billy Knight was arrested back in June after officials say he sexually abused a child ... and sources say the victim was only 9 years old. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... in the weeks before Knight apparently killed himself, the 39-year-old was arrested and charged with 6 felonies for sexual encounters involving a girl under the age of 15. 

Officials tell us ... Knight was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona on June 13. 

Prosecutors in Maricopa County charged Knight with multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor, sexual abuse and molestation of a child. 

In court docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, prosecutors say some of the abuse took place at the victim's home -- and on her mother's bed. 

Arizona is particularly tough when it comes to sex crimes involving minors -- and it appears he was facing more than 50 YEARS in prison if convicted on all charges. 

Knight posted his $100,000 bail and was released from custody in June -- but ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device. 

However, the victim's mother told cops Knight violated the terms of his release by contacting her several times and even appearing at her home. 

He was due back in court in the coming weeks. 

Knight was found dead in Phoenix in the early hours of July 8 -- after posting a disturbing goodbye video ... in which he admitted to living a life of "sin" and implied he was going to take his own life. 

XXXTentacion Murder Case Cops Arrest 2nd Suspect

7/11/2018 6:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cops have arrested a second suspect in XXXTentacion's murder case. 

According to cops, 22-year-old Michael Boatwright was arrested on a drug charge on July 5 ... and then served with an arrest warrant for first degree murder on July 10. 

Detectives are calling Boatwright a gunman in XXX's murder and say they're still looking for an additional gunman.

Boatwright has a lengthy criminal past with several drug charges as well as an arrest for battery. He's also had several mental competency hearings. According to the arrest report, when he was arrested on July 5, cops discovered there was a DNA warrant out for Boatwright.  

As we reported ... the Broward County Sheriff's Office also identified 22-year-old Robert Allen as a person of interest in connection with the killing of the 20-year-old rapper. Cops had said Allen was on surveillance video at the motorcycle shop in Pompano Beach where XXX was shopping before he was brutally gunned down. Allen is still wanted.

The arrest comes a few weeks after Dedrick D. Williams was arrested and booked for first-degree murder.

XXXTentacion XXX Marks the Spot ... On Tees, Jackets & Hats

7/11/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

XXXTentacion is gone, but his estate has every intention of keeping his name alive -- not just through his music, but with fashion too. 

The late rapper's camp has applied for a trademark to put his name on a bunch of streetwear, including jerseys, jackets, hats, t-shirts, sweats, collared shirts and hoodies.

The application -- obtained by TMZ -- was filed at the end of June, after XXXTentacion was fatally gunned down in his car in South Florida. Cops have made one arrest in the case, and have warrants out for two other suspects still on the loose.

Following his death, his album streams and sales went wayyy up ... and now his estate is looking to continue that lucrative trend with a slew of new merch.

Prince Bible, Suit and Copy of 'Purple Rain' Hitting Auction Block

7/11/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

What's cooler than your copy of "Purple Rain" on vinyl? Try owning one of Prince's personal copies on vinyl!!  

Some 27 items previously owned by Prince are hitting the auction block -- thanks to The Purple One's old bodyguard -- and the memorabilia is expected to fetch several thousand bucks. For instance, the starting bid for the record alone is $1,500. 

One of Prince's Jehovah's Witness Bibles is also in the lot, and is expected to fetch $7k. But the crown jewel of the collection has to be Prince's navy silk suit ... which has a starting bid of $10k!

The auction also includes some of his wedged shoes, cuff links, an ear cuff, a pair of sunglasses and a bunch of Prince's old backstage passes. 

Heritage Auctions is behind the online auction ... and bids close July 21.

Ex-UCLA Star Billy Knight Found Dead At 39 After 'Goodbye' Video

7/10/2018 1:50 PM PDT
Breaking News

Ex-UCLA star and renowned basketball trainer Billy Knight was found dead in Phoenix on Sunday after posting an apparent video suicide note ... cops confirm to TMZ Sports

The 39-year-old posted a YouTube video early Sunday morning saying it was "probably my last message on Earth" ... and noting, "My time is up."

In the video, an emotional Knight talks about depression and apologizes to friends and family. He also advises people suffering from mental illness to seek help, so they don't end up like him. 

Shortly after the video was posted, the Phoenix P.D. says officers found Knight's body in a roadway in downtown Phoenix. 

Officers say, "No evidence of foul play was detected," but the body has been sent to the Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death. 

Knight broke out at UCLA in 2001 -- when he started all 33 games and averaged 14 points on 46 percent shooting from the floor.

After going undrafted in 2002, he played in the NBA's D-league for a bit before heading overseas. 

The news of Knight's death has rocked the basketball community ... with ex-NBA star Matt Barnes saying, "Rest Easy My Brotha! Your summer time beach workouts had me in the best shape of my life to start every season!"

R.I.P.

If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Marilyn Manson Founding Guitarist Goth Rock History Up For Auction

7/8/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Several guitars once owned by Marilyn Manson's leading guitarist, Daisy Berkowitz, including the one he used to record "Dope Hat," are being auctioned off in the wake of his death.

Daisy Berkowitz was the alias of Scott Putesky, who co-founded Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids with Manson back in the '90s. Berkowitz died last October of stage 4 colon cancer and now several items, including his resignation letter from the band, will be available to fans ... for a price.

Goldin Auctions is handling the sale and, next to the instruments, the resignation letter's got one of the heftiest starting bids at $1,000. In it, Berkowitz lists his reasons for quitting the band, including "personal frustrations with band members," “lack of writing cooperation," and “lack of financial compensation for business, blah blah and blah…”

He left during the making of "Antichrist Superstar" and later sued Manson for royalties.

Here are some of the other items that are being auctioned off with their opening bids ...

-- Fender Lego Bass Guitar ... $2,500
-- Tenor Saxophone Used in Marilyn Manson "Get Your Gunn" Video ... $1,000
-- Original Sheet Music For "Thrift", "Lunchbox" & "Luci in the Sky With Demons" ... $1,500
-- 1993 Marilyn Manson Handwritten Contract Between Brian Warner & Scott Putesky ... $1,500
-- Daisy Berkowitz Personally Owned & Worn Scottish Kilt ... $500

Bidding starts Monday via Goldin.

Ex-UCLA Star Tyler Honeycutt Found Dead of Apparent Suicide After Shootout with Cops

7/7/2018 10:22 AM PDT
Breaking News

Tyler Honeycutt -- a former UCLA hoops standout and Sacramento King -- was found dead early Saturday morning after a police shootout and standoff at his L.A. area home ... TMZ Sports has confirmed.

According to LAPD ... it doesn't appear as if Honeycutt was struck by any gunfire in the shootout, but "appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound." We're told a gun was found on the scene.

LAPD tells us ... officers responded to a call of a man with a gun at Honeycutt's Sherman Oaks residence after 5 PM Friday, and upon arrival -- he fired a shot at them. We're told cops fired back, but no officers were injured.

After an hours-long standoff -- SWAT entered his home and found Honeycutt unresponsive. He was declared dead at the scene by the fire department.

Honeycutt's mother was reportedly the one who called police Friday, saying her son was acting erratically.

Honeycutt was a UCLA basketball star, earning All-Pac-10 first team honors in 2011 as a sophomore, before being drafted by the Kings in the second round. He played in parts of 2 seasons with them, before heading to Europe to play pro ball.

He was 27.

Spider-Man Co-Creator Steve Ditko Dead at 90

7/6/2018 4:41 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

The man who helped Stan Lee create 2 legendary Marvel superheroes -- Spider-Man and Doctor Strange -- has died at his home in New York ... TMZ has learned.

Steve Ditko was found unresponsive in his NYC apartment on June 29 when a social worker who hadn't heard from him in a while went to Steve's home to check on him ... according to law enforcement.

The chief medical examiner listed the cause of death as arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease -- basically, a heart attack brought on by clogged arteries.

Ditko was one of the most acclaimed comic book artists of all time, best known for creating Spider-Man with Lee in 1962, and Doctor Strange a year later. The stories they crafted together inspired the 2016 "Doctor Strange" film starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

While Stan became the face of Marvel and "The Godfather of Comic Books" to the public, Steve remained enigmatic over the years -- refusing to do interviews or make public appearances. He continued to work at a Manhattan studio, though, until at least 2012.

Steve was 90.

RIP

Colombia Soccer Team Hero's Welcome In Bogota ... After World Cup Loss

7/6/2018 9:25 AM PDT
Breaking News

The Colombia national soccer team got one helluva homecoming on Thursday -- with thousands of fans lining up in Bogota to show support -- just days after they were eliminated from the World Cup.

Star players like Falcao and Juan Cuadrado got giant ovations alongside teammates Abel Aguilar, David Ospina and Yerry Mina

Colombia made it to the Round of 16 -- but, they were ultimately eliminated by England on Tuesday after the match went to penalty kicks. 

Disappointing end for Colombia -- but, the team showed heart and resilience and the fans clearly appreciated it. 

Nice to see ... considering back in 1994, Colombia player Andres Escobar was murdered after accidentally scoring an own goal during the World Cup. 

David Cassidy Ashes Still in Storage ... But, For Good Reason

7/5/2018 10:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

David Cassidy's ex-gf has some misguided outrage about his family storing his ashes ... because it's not what it seems.

Sources close to Cassidy's family tell TMZ ... David's ashes have been tucked away in a cremation unit since his November. David's ex, Maura Rossi, is now nuclear, claiming something untoward is going down.

Rossi thinks David has already been forgotten by his entire family and thinks they are dishonoring his memory by letting his ashes sit in storage. She says she's so upset, she can't even sleep or eat.

But here's the deal. We're told the plan all along was to wait until this summer to spread David's ashes in a place that was near and dear to his heart ... Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs.

David was a horse racing nut, and wanted his ashes spread around the 154-year-old race track, which he frequented for more than 3 decades.

It's unclear when exactly the family's fulfilling David's final wish ... but, it's a good bet it'll come on August 18, when Saratoga hosts the "David Cassidy Memorial Race." Benches at Saratoga and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame already bare his name.

As we reported ... David died after his organs failed. He was 67.

Marlon Jackson Haters Gonna Hate ... I've Got Good Memories Of My Dad

7/4/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Marlon Jackson isn't paying attention to the negative things people have to say about his late father, Joe, because it's not how he remembers him.

We got Marlon Tuesday at LAX, a day after the Jackson clan gathered together and laid Joe to rest in a private funeral at Forest Lawn Memorial Park ... the same place where Marlon's brother, Michael, is entombed. 

Marlon says the family is doing as well as can be expected. As for criticism that Joe was too harsh on his kids ... Marlon doesn't want to hear it. He wants to hold on to the good memories, of which he says there are many.

Joe died last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 89.

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