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Demian Bichir Do NOT Spend Chapo's Loot on the Wall!! Here's a Better Idea ...

4/26/2017 3:05 PM PDT

Demian Bichir says Senator Ted Cruz is outta his damn mind to propose El Chapo's billions fund President Trump's wall.

When we got the Mexican-born actor at LAX Wednesday, we asked him about the senator's proposed bill -- dubbed the El Chapo Act -- which would use his reported $14 billion to pay for the wall.

First off, the former "Weeds" star is clearly NOT a fan of the wall. At all.

He is, however, all about jacking the drug lord's money. Demian's concept of what to do with it though is way more Robin Hood than Cruz has in mind.

Report: Aaron Hernandez Autopsy Shows Synthetic Marijuana ... Prison Raid Ensues

4/26/2017 11:23 AM PDT
Breaking News

Aaron Hernandez's autopsy shows the ex-NFL player had traces of synthetic marijuana in his system at the time of his death, this according to reports ... but the medical examiner is calling it a "rumor."

Newsweek is reporting Hernandez's body tested positive for K2 during a kidney fluid screen conducted during the autopsy. 

The outlet says a full-scale search and raid of the prison was carried out in the wake of the discovery -- with law enforcement officials on the hunt for contraband and clues to how the K2 drug got into the prison in the first place. 

It sounds like a scene out of "Orange is the New Black" -- only not as fun.

Some officials believe K2 can be smuggled into prison through the mail -- since you can dip corners of paper into the liquid for the drug user to consume at a later time.

But we reached out to the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's office and we were told, "The toxicology is not yet complete so I am guessing this is a rumor."

The rep told us there is no timeline for when the results will be in. 

DMX Cancels Dates for Medical Emergency ... Friends Fear Relapse

4/26/2017 9:36 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DMX is pulling the plug on several tour dates, and his people say it's because of an unspecified medical issue.

X was supposed to do a show Tuesday night in Santa Ana, CA ... but the venue informed ticket holders the show had been canceled due to a "medical emergency."

According to our sources, his Wednesday show in Los Angeles, as well as a Thursday gig in San Diego will also be postponed. We're told several people in DMX's inner circle have been concerned about his health this week.

Many fans thought he was a little off the rails during his Brooklyn show last weekend, where the Ruff Ryders reunited. We're told X was indeed drinking heavily that night.

He's battled substance abuse in the past, and friends fear a relapse.


Ted Cruz El Chapo Should Pay For the Wall Let's Make it a Law!

4/25/2017 5:14 PM PDT

Ted Cruz has the perfect solution on how to pay for Donald Trump's border wall ... pass a law to use El Chapo's billions and loot from other lords to underwrite construction.

The Texas senator introduced a new bill Tuesday called the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act -- aka the EL CHAPO Act ... which does just that.

The bill would allow the U.S. to use all cash forfeited by drug lords to pay for the wall and border security.

According to Ted ... the U.S. is already gunning for more than $14 billion in drug money and other profits that the Mexican drug lords collected, and Cruz says that will go a long way toward the estimated $20 plus billion in construction costs.

The government is on the verge of shutting down this week, in part because of funding for the border wall project. Looks like Ted's trying to get creative with a solution.

Ex-UFC Champ Frank Mir Screw Doping Ban ... I'll Fight In Japan

4/25/2017 2:42 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir tells TMZ Sports he will probably NOT fight the 2 year ban he just got from the USADA for a banned substance ... and will likely look to fight in another country instead. 

The United States Anti-Doping Agency says Mir failed a drug test following his UFC Fight Night 85 bout with Mark Hunt and hit him with a retroactive 2 year ban that will end in about 11 months. 

But 37-year-old Mir tells TMZ Sports he doesn't wanna wait around -- "I'll keep looking for ways to fight."

Mir says he hasn't entered discussions with another fight company yet but gave a strong hint about where he'll end up -- "I always wanted to fight in Japan."

Scott Baio on Erin Moran I Wouldn't Have Raised Drug Issues If I Knew About the Cancer

4/25/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Scott Baio feels terrible for ripping his co-star, Erin Moran, for her drug use and says he never would have done it if he'd known she was battling cancer.

Scott tells TMZ he was wrong to insinuate Erin -- his "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi" co-star -- had died from drug-related problems. He went pretty hard on her during a radio interview Monday morning.

He tells us he went to bed Sunday reading reports she'd possibly died of a heroin overdose, and went into the interview with that in mind. He was upset he'd lost Erin to drugs after she wrestled with substance abuse for years.

However, hours after he went off the air ... officials in Indiana announced Erin had likely died from complications of stage 4 cancer. Scott says if he had known, he would've kept his mouth shut.

He tells us Erin never disclosed her diagnosis to him -- even after his wife, Renee, spoke to her just last month. He adds ... Renee has battled cancer herself several times, so losing Erin this way hits close to home.

Killer Mike 4/20 for My 42nd? Now THAT's Lit!

4/22/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Hard to tell which birthday gift Killer Mike enjoyed more ... the new gold chain around his neck or the $10k worth of weed he scored. We'll go with the weed.

Mike's one of the lucky guys whose bday falls on 4/20 -- appropriate for so many reasons -- plus, this year he turned 42. Hence, his massive marijuana-themed bash in Atlanta.

Guests included OutKast's Big Boi, Sleepy Brown, Big K.R.I.T. and Pastor Troy, who all got to snack on a wide range of edibles. Mike also got a car as a gift, but again -- he definitely seemed to be enjoying the huge joints more than anything else.

Warning: Photo gallery may result in a contact high.

Snoop Dogg Honors Tupac and Ganja. Naturally Best 4/20 Party Ever!

4/21/2017 12:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Snoop Dogg's not done paying tribute to Tupac Shakur ... just check out this video we got of him vibin' to Pac's "So Many Tears" after his 4/20 concert.

Snoop's Mount Kushmore Wellness Retreat Tour rolled through L.A. Thursday night. The name and featured artists -- Wiz KhalifaCypress Hill, Method Man, Redman, and Lil Uzi Vert -- are dead giveaways ... there's a lotta weed, especially backstage.

Snoop inducted Tupac into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a couple weeks ago, and the tribute continued on 4/20.

No bud left behind. 

'Hell's Kitchen' Star Died from Accidental Drug Overdose

4/21/2017 10:42 AM PDT
Breaking News

Paulie Giganti -- a star on "Hell's Kitchen" who was found dead in his home Thursday -- accidentally OD'd ... TMZ has confirmed.

The Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office tells us Giganti's body tested positive for drugs from a standard urine drug screen. The office wouldn't say which drug or drugs were found in the chef's body.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops got a call Thursday from a neighbor for a foul odor. When cops showed up, they found the door wide open and his body sprawled on the floor of his bedroom.

Giganti -- who famously feuded with Gordon Ramsay in season 16 -- was 36.

Wiz Khalifa Spark My Kush While You Can!!

4/20/2017 4:30 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Wiz Khalifa's got perfect timing -- his Khalifa Kush is back just in time to salute his favorite holiday.

The rapper's indica-dominant hybrid strain is available only at RiverRock Cannabis in Denver, CO ... and the joint's director of operations, Rich Miller, tells us the store stocked up with 6 pounds of the rapper's popular kush.

A bunch of stoners lined up when the store opened Thursday morning to get their weed. It's expected to sell out FAST ... not just because it's 4/20 but because Wiz is scheduled for a concert at nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre this weekend.

Getting Wiz kinda high will cost ya -- about $55 for an 1/8th, but you get a $10 discount if you're buying it for medicinal purposes.

Happy 4/20!!

Cuba Gooding Sr. Dead at 72 ... Possible Overdose

4/20/2017 3:57 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cuba Gooding Sr., a popular soul singer and father to the Oscar winner, was found dead Thursday in the San Fernando Valley ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us Cuba Gooding Jr.'s dad was slumped over in his silver Jaguar, parked on Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills, CA. We're told the fire department responded to the scene at 12:58 PM PT and attempted CPR, but could not resuscitate him.

We're told police found empty booze containers in the car, and suspect he died from an overdose.

Cuba Sr. was the lead singer of the '70s soul group The Main Ingredient, which had a huge hit in 1972 with "Everybody Plays the Fool."

He and his wife, Shirley, had 4 children together -- including actors Cuba and Omar. They split up in 1974, but remarried in 1995.

Cuba was 72.

#RIP

Snoop Dogg 'Grow House' Crew Smokes Up Hotel ... Sets Off Fire Alarm!

4/19/2017 11:06 AM PDT

The cast of the upcoming Snoop Dogg movie, "Grow House," made themselves a little too much at home at the W Hotel in L.A. ... and got the fire dept. called on them.

Snoop's co-stars Xzibit, Lil Duval, and the writer/director, DJ Pooh, were doing interviews with Civilized at the hotel Monday when they decided to do what they do -- get high! Problem is ... smoke detectors are pretty good in hotels.

The W's staff looked pissed -- having to evacuate everybody and all. Everyone else though ... looked totally chill. Wonder why? Also not shocking ... "Grow House" comes out 4/20.

Tampa Bay WR Josh Huff Cuts Deal In Gun Case ... Avoids Jail

4/18/2017 3:28 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Good news for Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Josh Huff -- he just struck a deal with prosecutors in his gun case and will stay out of jail .... if he keeps his nose clean.

As we previously reported, the 25-year-old ex-Oregon star was pulled over in NJ back in Nov. for speeding -- but during the stop, cops say they found an unloaded gun, hollow point bullets and weed. 

He was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and was facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

But TMZ Sports has learned Huff accepted a conditional plea -- in which he essentially gets 6 months probation and, if he stays out of trouble, the charge will be wiped from his record.

If he screws up, Huff agrees to plead guilty and could face the maximum punishment.

Huff still has 2 charges pending -- DUI and tinted windows -- but his lawyer, Andrew Smith, tells us he's hopeful those will be dismissed.