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AJ McLean on Mac Miller He Died Too Young ... Now, Here's How I'll Help Addicts

9/9/2018 11:18 AM PDT
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AJ McLean says Mac Miller's death was premature and tragic -- and he hopes more deaths can be prevented with a potentially life-saving measure he'll be rolling out soon.

We got the Backstreet Boys member in Bev Hills where he was participating in the Ante Up! for a Cancer Free Generation poker tournament -- which raises money for cancer research -- and he gave us his thoughts on Mac dying Friday from an apparent overdose.

While he's never met Mac himself, it's clear AJ's shaken up over his passing -- explaining people need to realize how big an issue drug addiction really is ... and how to overcome it.

He then tells us about a new detox kit he's working on that he says will help people kick drugs safely ... particularly, opioids. AJ says his kit includes non-narcotic medication -- unlike other drugs often used in opioid treatment, like methadone -- that won't get 'em hooked.

It's unclear at this time if Mac's death is drug-related, although cops firmly believe it is. An autopsy and toxicology tests are pending to determine the official cause of death.

Miss Universe 1995 Dead at 45

9/9/2018 7:15 AM PDT
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Chelsi Smith -- who took the crown of Miss USA in 1995 -- and went on to win Miss Universe has died. 

Shanna Moakler -- who was runner up to Smith in the 1995 Miss USA Pageant -- shared a tribute to the beauty queen after learning of her death, "I am heartbroken. Godspeed beautiful. You were my friend and a light. I love and will miss you more then you will ever know. The epitome of a Queen." 

Reports say Smith fought a battle with liver cancer before passing away.

Smith competed in her first pageant -- Miss Texas in 1994 -- and became the first biracial woman to win the pageant. 

In 1995, Smith traveled to Namibia to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant where she won the crown, becoming the first woman from the United States to do so in 15 years.

Smith was 45.

RIP

Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Mac Miller ... No Words Necessary

9/8/2018 2:58 PM PDT
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Ariana Grande just responded to the tragic death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, by sharing a photo of the late rapper looking up at the person taking it ... which appears to be her.

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Ariana's been silent since TMZ first broke the news Friday -- Miller died at his San Fernando Valley home from an apparent overdose. While Grande still hasn't spoken, she's clearly paying tribute to her ex in the photo ... which appears to include her feet in the shot.

Ariana and Mac were friends for years and went public they were in a relationship in 2016. He was with her during the tragic event in Manchester, England when a terrorist killed 22 people with a bomb at her concert.

The 2 split in May, and it was revealed he was battling substance abuse issues. He was arrested for a DUI and hit and run shortly after their breakup, and Ariana tweeted "Pls take care of yourself."

Though Grande shared the photo on Instagram, she still has comments disabled ... reportedly due to the fact she was being harassed my commenters blaming her for Mac's death.

Mac Miller Sources Claim ... Mac Miller's Home Cleaned After Drug OD

9/8/2018 1:00 AM PDT
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Mac Miller's house did not look like the backdrop for a drug binge ... but that's exactly what cops think went down.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, they only found a tiny amount of white powder when they searched the home for clues as to how Mac died. They also believe, based on conversations with witnesses and other evidence ... the house was almost swept clean, so there was no evidence of drug use.

Cops believe Mac OD'd on drugs, and our law enforcement sources say it makes no sense to them that someone who consumed a fatal dose would have the foresight to scrub the house of pill bottles, illegal drugs as well as drug paraphernalia on the off chance they might die.

What's more ... people were at Mac's house both Thursday night and Friday ... around the time someone called 911.  

Cops say no one has said they saw Mac alive after Thursday night. 

And, our sources are well aware the 26-year-old had struggled with substance abuse. TMZ broke the story ... Mac was arrested for DUI and hit and run last May. Ironically, police found Mac at his home -- the same home where he died -- and the rapper confessed to drunk driving. He tested twice the legal limit.

TMZ broke the story ... Mac was pronounced dead at his home Friday at around noon.

The official cause of death will be determined by the L.A. County Coroner after toxicology tests are performed.

Post Malone Gets Emotional About Mac Miller ... He was 'Such a Sweet Dude'

9/7/2018 6:10 PM PDT
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Post Malone's understandably devastated over the shocking death of his friend and fellow rapper, Mac Miller ... because like he says -- it really f***ing sucks.

We talked to Post in Beverly Hills Friday shortly after the tragic news of Miller's death broke ... he tells us he's really going to miss him, and that he was nothing but a beautiful, sweet and loving guy.

The rapper says he listened to Mac's music growing up and was greatly inspired by him ... and the 2 even had plans to make an album together. Post fights back tears telling us about some of his favorite memories ... like kicking ass with Miller at beer pong.

We broke the story ... Miller was found dead in a bedroom at his San Fernando Valley home from an apparent overdose.

His family released a statement saying, Mac "was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers."

RIP

Mac Miller Dead at 26 ... Apparent Overdose

9/7/2018 3:45 PM PDT
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Mac Miller died Friday of an apparent overdose ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Mac was found Friday around noon in a bedroom at his San Fernando Valley home, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

We're told authorities were alerted by a male friend who placed a 911 call from Mac's home. The emergency dispatch audio reveals first responders were called for a patient in cardiac arrest.

And there's this ... in a doc made a few years ago, Mac said, "I'd rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess who can't even get out of his house. Overdosing is just not cool. You don't go down in history because you overdose. You just die."

Miller has battled substance abuse issues for years ... something that came up again in the wake of his breakup with Ariana Grande. The rapper wrecked his G-Wagon by wrapping it around a utility pole back in May and was arrested for DUI and hit and run. He fled the scene but cops say he later confessed at his home. He blew 2 times the legal limit.

After his arrest Ariana tweeted, "Pls take care of yourself" and was clearly concerned about substance abuse.

After their breakup, Ariana made it clear ... his substance abuse had been a deal breaker in their 2-year relationship.

Some people blamed Ariana for Mac's DUI, and she responded, "I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be. I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years." She added, "Of course I didn't share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was."

Sources close to Mac tell TMZ, friends of his warned people not to bring up the subject of his relationship with Ariana because it was "too touchy."

His 2014 mixtape, "Faces," was almost autobiographical on the subject of drug use. There were also references to premature death. 

A profile of Mac was just published Thursday by Vulture -- among other things, Mac said he had enormous pressure growing up in the public eye ... "A lot of times in my life I've put this pressure to hold myself to the standard of whatever I thought I was supposed to be, or how I was supposed to be perceived. And it creates pressure."

Thursday night Mac posted video of a record player and you hear his song, "So it Goes," which includes lyrics, "Nine lives, never, die, f*** a heaven, I'm still gettin' high."

Mac was supposed to start a tour next month.

Story developing ... 

3:52 PM PT -- Mac's family has just released a statement on his death, saying, "Malcolm McCormick known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26. He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. thank you for your prayers."

3:41 PM PT -- Mac's close friend and NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns just showed up at Mac's home. Towns had tweeted, "Not only were you my favorite artist, you was one of my closest friends. The love we had was genuine and the moments we shared were filled with nothing but positivity and laughter."

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Mac Miller Athletes Pay Tribute

9/7/2018 2:29 PM PDT
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4:07 PM PT -- Karl-Anthony Towns -- Mac's close friend -- just showed up at Miller's home. He stayed for a few minutes before leaving.

Towns -- who said he broke down when he heard the news -- tweeted ... "Not only were you my favorite artist, you was one of my closest friends. The love we had was genuine and the moments we shared were filled with nothing but positivity and laughter. I love you man and I’m sure as hell gonna miss you."

The death of Mac Miller has hit the sports world hard -- with several notable athletes who were fans of his music paying tribute to the rapper Friday.

Steelers superstar Le'Veon Bell -- who had a strong connection with the Pittsburgh native -- tweeted, "NOOO! I do not wanna believe my brother is dead! I cannot take this anymore, life is too short...I just know you’re now in a better place now than this place we call Earth @MacMiller ...I love you bro, and will miss youu 😭"

Another Pennsylvania product -- legendary corner Darrelle Revis -- shared a heartfelt message underneath an old photo of the two, saying, "My heart just dropped when I heard the news about my brother Mac Miller. Our last conversation we had I told you I would come to one of your shows but I never mentioned which one because it was going to be a surprise."

"9 years ago I saw a young man with a gift that would change the world with his voice. I saw a young man who was talented as anybody in the rap game and he was 17 years of age at the time. I remember rushing back home in the off-season to spend time in the studio to be around a creative genius."

"You inspired so many people across the world as an MC from the 412 and one thing I can say is I was here to watch you become a Legend from the very start of your career. To the rap game and to PITTSBURGH we lost a real one but his music will live on forever!!! #kids #longlivemacmiller"

NBA stud Jabari Parker also reflected on how Mac Miller impacted his life with an old photo of the two in L.A., saying, "DAMN MAC. I’m hurt. And the crazy thing is, I don’t even take pictures with my hero’s because the memory is more important than the canvas."

"But this particular day I had to. This day I wasn’t even suppose to be there. But as soon as my boy told me your whereabouts, I rushed over to holla at you. 'Huge fan MAC'. Always will be your fan. RIP brother, one of the greatest to do it!"

Cardinals rookie Christian Kirk gave his thoughts on Twitter, writing, "another talent gone way too soon" and Cowboys WR Cole Beasley -- who also raps -- said, "Mac Miller being gone is hurtin me right now."

Even UFC boss Dana White paid tribute to the musician, posting a photo of Mac Miller and writing, "WOW!!!! Very sad..... RIP."

Mac Miller was found dead at his San Fernando Valley home. He was 26.

Mac Miller Celebs React to Shocking Death

9/7/2018 2:03 PM PDT
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The tragic news of rapper Mac Miller's fatal OD on Friday afternoon has shocked the world, and celebrities' tweets of grief and prayers have been pouring in. See some of the their reactions below.

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Damn bro! This shocked the shit out of me REST IN PEACE MAC! 💔

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Burt Reynolds 'Smokey' Sales Jump 300,000% on Amazon

9/7/2018 2:51 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Burt Reynolds' fans have a huge case of #FlashbackFriday -- not to mention #ThrowbackThursday -- when it comes to the legend's classic flicks, because Amazon's numbers are astonishing.

The Oscar nominee -- who died of a heart attack Thursday -- has the number 2 movie on Amazon's Movers & Shakers list as of Friday afternoon with "Smokey and the Bandit." It was previously at No. 5,910. The jump is a whopping 295,400% increase!

There was also a dramatic spike for "Hooper," which now sits at #3 ... while "Deliverance" is #6. 

Even Burt's book is burning up the charts ... his memoir, "But Enough About Me: A Memoir," is No. 1 on the books list. That's an 80,537% increase.

As we reported ... Burt died Thursday morning at a hospital in Florida. He was cast in Quentin Tarantino's Charles Manson film, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," but a source told us Burt hadn't shot his scenes yet. He was 82.

Burt Reynolds Begged The Boz To Run Him Over ... Says Bill Romanowski

9/7/2018 2:20 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

You knew Burt Reynolds was a badass ... but did you know he once lit up Brian Bosworth for NOT hitting him hard enough?!?!

It's true ... Bill Romanowski tells TMZ Sports the late Burt once got so mad that The Boz wasn't going all out for a movie scene -- HE CHUCKED A FOOTBALL AT HIS HEAD!!

It all went down on the set of "The Longest Yard" (the 2005 one) ... where Romo tells us the then 69-year-old Reynolds had to beg one of the best linebackers in college football history to run him over for the movie's crucial scene.

"He's got to go in the game, pick up a fumble, run around the left side of the offense and jump into the endzone," Romanowski says of Burt.

"And, guess who has to tackle him? Brian Bosworth!" 

You gotta hear Romo tell the tale from here ... so watch the video now.

As for the end result?? It came out great -- like everything Burt Reynolds did.

RIP.

Florida State Honoring Burt Reynolds ... With Helmet Decals!

9/7/2018 10:10 AM PDT
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The Florida State University football team will pay tribute to one of their own -- Burt Reynolds -- by wearing special helmet decals this weekend honoring the late actor. 

Reynolds played halfback at FSU back in the '50s -- and was a proud supporter of the Seminoles football team over the years. 

The 82-year-old actor died Thursday after suffering a heart attack -- and when FSU takes the field on Saturday against the Samford Bulldogs in Tallahassee ... they'll all be sporting some sort of BW-inspired decal near the legendary arrowhead. 

Reynolds was a scholarship athlete at FSU -- and in his 1st season with the Noles, ran for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns on 16 carries.

He was supposed to blow up his next season -- but a couple of knee injuries (along with a bad car accident) slowed him down.

Don't feel too bad ... he found acting and that worked out. 

Cuba Gooding Jr. Burt Reynolds' 'Stache ... Magical!!

9/7/2018 8:22 AM PDT
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Cuba Gooding Jr. doesn't know what Burt Reynolds' mustache would've said if it could talked ... but he knows it had some sweet moves.

We got Cuba Thursday night at the NYC Italian joint Bice Cucina ... where the actor remembered his former costar. They were in the 2006 flick "End Game" together. Cuba tells us how he found out Burt had died ... comparing it to getting sucker punched. Ditto.

Cuba paid tribute to Burt as the OG international star who was an awesome storyteller. Then, there's the mustache. Cuba goes into storytelling mode himself to describe one of the all-time great 'staches.

As we reported, Burt died of a heart attack Thursday morning at a hospital in Florida.

RIP to the legends ... Burt and that 'stache.

Burt Reynolds Lived Out Last Days on Famed Estate ... Thanks to Loving Landlord

9/7/2018 12:40 AM PDT
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Burt Reynolds was able to live out his final years at his longtime Florida estate thanks to a loving landlord who helped him out of a financial crisis.

Here's the backstory -- Burt sold his home in 2015 to his friend and neighbor Charles Modica after years of money woes and a decade-long struggle to unload it, but Charles allowed him to stay there for the rest of his life ... similar to Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion.

Modica tells TMZ ... he bought Burt's pad with the intention of letting the legendary actor continue living there, because moving would have been traumatic. Modica says he always respected Reynolds for all the good he did in Florida, so he charged him relatives pennies in rent. In fact, Modica says he doesn't even recall the exact amount -- his accountant handles it -- but it was a super small sum.

As for the waterfront property ... Charles has no plans to sell. Fact is, it's a good investment.

Burt bought the estate back in 1980 for $700k, and later lived there with his then-wife, Loni Anderson. He put it on the market in 2005, and it was priced all over the place -- as high as $15 million -- before he sold it in 2015 to Modica for $3.3 mil. Modica says it's now worth somewhere between $4 and $5 mil.

The 3.4-acre estate has a 12,000 sq. ft. main house and a 2-bed guesthouse, a movie theater, a pool decorated with the FSU logo, a dock on the water and a helicopter landing pad.

As we reported ... Reynolds died of a heart attack Thursday in Florida. He was 82. 

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