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'Miracle' Star Michael Mantenuto Commits Suicide at 35

4/27/2017 8:38 AM PDT
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Michael Mantenuto -- who played Jack O'Callahan in Disney's "Miracle" -- killed himself Monday in Washington State.

The actor, a former University of Maine hockey player, was found dead in his car by police in Des Moines. WA. The coroner tells TMZ ... Michael committed suicide by shooting himself. 

As a budding actor with hockey skills, Michael landed the role in the Disney flick about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. He only acted in 2 other movies, and went on to enlist in the army ... and joined the Special Forces.

Col. Guillaume Beaurpere, commander of Mantenuto's army unit, announced his death.

He was 35.

Aaron Hernandez's Lawyer Scoffs At Inmate Allegations

4/26/2017 10:30 AM PDT
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Aaron Hernandez's legal team says the inmate who claims to have had a special friendship with the NFL star behind bars is simply trying to get money from the media ... and they won't dignify his claims with an official comment.

The inmate, Kyle Kennedy, has hired a lawyer after reports surfaced Hernandez wrote a suicide letter to him before his death. Kennedy claims they became very close in prison and spent a "great deal of time together."

Hernandez's attorney, Jose Baez, has previously shot down reports Aaron left a note for a gay prison lover -- and tells TMZ Sports his team has more important things to do than address Kennedy's claims.

"Our team is doing serious legal work," Baez says ... "We don’t have the time to stop our efforts and respond to every convicted felon that has something to say about Aaron Hernandez."

He adds, "Quite frankly I’m surprised more inmates have not come forward to make money off the media."

Chris Soules Refused to Come Out of House After Fatal Crash

4/26/2017 7:46 AM PDT
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'Bachelor' Chris Soules walked away from the scene of the fatal crash, apparently called someone to pick him up and take him home, and when Sheriff's deputies got to his house he refused to come out.

We're told there were no eyewitnesses to the crash, but there were people present when Soules called 911 and they were the ones who ID'd him when he left the scene.

Law enforcement sources say 2 deputies went to Soules' family home and asked him to come out but he refused. It then took several hours for them to get a search warrant.

Our sources say when they searched Soules' pickup they found beer cans inside. We don't know if they were full or empty.

Deputies eventually arrested him and took Soules to the hospital where they drew blood to determine whether alcohol or drugs were in his system.

Our law enforcement sources say it will be virtually impossible to charge Soules with driving under the influence -- in Iowa it's called Operating While Intoxicated -- because they didn't test him until hours after the crash. The sources did say if there's an independent way of proving he was drinking just before the crash -- say in a bar -- the situation could change.

There's a buzz in the area where the accident occurred that the tractor may not have had its lights on. Someone told us the tractor didn't even have lights. Law enforcement, however, isn't sure the tractor needed lights because it was twilight at the time of the crash.

As for whether Chris could be charged with vehicular manslaughter ... law enforcement says it's way too early to tell. The investigation will take 2 weeks to a month to complete, and the results will then be forwarded to prosecutors who will make a decision.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Cops Called to Home By Man Claiming Burglary

4/25/2017 12:34 PM PDT
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy got a visit from cops at his house early Tuesday morning thanks to a guy who called claiming he lived there ... and suspected a break-in. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the police were called out to the home of Maksim and his wife, Peta Murgatroyd, around 2 AM after a man phoned in to report a possible burglary.

We're told the man claimed people were in HIS house. When cops arrived the man was outside and Maksim was inside. The 'DWTS' pro showed police proof he's renting the place -- but the man who called cops had no proof he owns it.

Sources tell us cops have gotten this same call before from the same guy. Officers warned him this time he'd be arrested for trespassing if he tried it again, and he left without incident. 

The situation shook up Maksim enough for him to miss an appearance after being eliminated from 'DWTS' Monday night.

Jesse Williams Getting Divorced

4/24/2017 11:49 AM PDT
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Jesse Williams is headed for splitsville -- he and his wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, are divorcing ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the couple tell us the "Grey's Anatomy" star and wife of almost 5 years filed for divorce last week ... it's unclear who filed, but we're told the split is amicable.

They have 2 young kids together -- son, Maceo and daughter, Sadie.

Jesse and Aryn got married on September 1, 2012.

Tyga Gets Justin Bieber's Seconds

4/21/2017 11:44 AM PDT
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If Tyga's new mystery girl looks familiar, it's not just because she's a Kylie look-alike -- she also used to date Justin Bieber.

Jordan Ozuna was banging the Biebs back in 2014 ... back when she was a Hooters waitress in Vegas. She also worked as a bottle girl there at a famous hotel and casino before moving to L.A. -- where she's apparently hooked up with Tyga.

We're told Jordan and the rapper have been talking and hanging out a lot for a few weeks ... but she's telling people they're just friends.

Wonder if she said the same thing about the Biebs?

Malia Obama Secret Service Agents Detain Man After Marriage Proposal

4/19/2017 1:15 PM PDT
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Malia Obama's day at the office was interrupted by a guy asking her to marry him ... and her Secret Service agents took him into custody because he has a sketchy history with the White House.

Law enforcement sources confirm 30-year-old Jair Nilton Cardoso was detained after he showed up on April 10 at the Weinstein Company offices in Manhattan where Malia is interning. We're told the man held a sign up against an office window that read, "Will you marry me?".

Agents kicked him out, but 2 days later he showed up again outside another building where Malia was working. This time agents recognized him as a guy who'd attempted to get into the White House multiple times.

We're told Malia never felt threatened because her agents were there and, as one source put it ... "she didn't want to make a stink" about the situation. Agents interviewed Cardoso, determined he needed psychiatric evaluation and took him to a hospital.

He was not charged with a crime, as the NY Daily News first reported.

Brooke Hogan I FOUND MY LOST DOG ... She's Safe!

4/19/2017 9:40 AM PDT
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Great news ... Brooke Hogan's missing dog, Molly, has been FOUND -- and she's alive and well and totally not eaten by coyotes!!!! 

As we previously reported, Molly -- an 11-year-old Pomeranian -- went MIA on Monday night while Brook's friend was dog sitting.

The big fear ... Molly was lost in the San Fernando Valley which has an issue with coyotes hunting small pets. Jessica Simpson's dog was snatched a few years ago.

But Molly SURVIVED!!!

Brooke tells us a Good Samaritan found Molly after a 24 hour search and posted her photo on a lost dog website. The person who found Molly was several miles away from where she went missing.

Brooke sent us a thank you message once she got Molly home safely.

J Lo & A-Rod Shack Up in Same Beach Community Where Marc Anthony Lives

4/18/2017 1:25 PM PDT
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Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod didn't pick just any luxury villa in the Dominican Republic to get cozy -- no, they picked one just down the road from Marc Anthony. Ballsy?

The couple's currently staying in an oceanside villa at Casa de Campo -- an exclusive gated community J Lo's ex-husband, Marc, also calls home. He owns a crib down there, but J Lo and Alex are just there ahead of her DR concert.

The 6 bedroom property sits on the beach with sweet Caribbean views, and the interior ain't too shabby either. We're told it normally goes for $10k/night, and it's easy to see why. They looked pretty chill on the covered patio over the weekend.

As we reported, J Lo and Marc rehearsed together while A-Rod watched, and everyone's so cool with the sitch ... we're told A-Rod's "very interested" in buying in the community.

Los lazos familiares! 

Carmelo Anthony Allegedly Knocked Up Dancer ... La La Pissed

4/18/2017 12:50 AM PDT
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Carmelo Anthony was messing around with a woman who now claims she's pregnant with his baby -- and as you can imagine, his wife, La La, is pissed ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Multiple sources tell us ... the other woman often works at a gentlemen's club in NYC, and we're told she's claiming to be 6 and a half months pregnant with Melo's child. 

We're also told she has made it clear to Melo she expects him to kick in for medical expenses and other baby related costs. 

Sources close to both Melo and La La are telling us the marriage has been rocky for a while -- and while the pregnancy wasn't the tipping point, it certainly didn't help.

So far, neither side has filed divorce papers but we're told there's virtually zero chance of a reconciliation. 

Chris Brown Allegedly Punches Photog in Nightclub Brawl

4/17/2017 10:34 AM PDT
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Chris Brown's nightclub appearance turned into an all-out brawl when he got into it with a photographer ... so claims the club owner.

Chris was at Aja Channelside early Monday morning in Tampa for a paid appearance. Management says their in-house photographer was snapping pics when Chris and his entourage arrived around 1:30 AM ... but Chris' team shut him down, saying no photos.

Later, while Chris was in the DJ booth, the photographer tells us he was taking crowd shots ... from behind Chris and when the singer noticed, all hell broke loose. The photog says Chris jumped over a couch and punched him in the face while he was cornered.

In the video, Chris is in red, his bodyguard is wearing yellow ... and you can clearly see punches thrown into the dark corner.

We're told police were called, but Chris had left by the time they arrived. The photog says his lip got split open and his jaw hurts. He's on his way to a hospital, and says he's pressing charges against Chris.

Tampa cops confirm they are investigating Chris for battery after the photog said he was "sucker punched." 

UFC's Tim Kennedy Re-Enlists With Green Berets ... Pumped for Trump!

4/17/2017 9:46 AM PDT
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Ex-UFC fighter Tim Kennedy says he's reenlisted in the U.S. Army Special Forces -- and he's FIRED UP about it ... thanks to President Donald Trump

37-year-old Kennedy has a 24-6 record as a pro MMA fighter -- with impressive wins over guys like Michael Bisping and Robbie Lawler

But he's also a U.S. Army soldier and tells TMZ Sports he decided to re-enlist with the Green Berets when Trump was elected to the White House back in November.

He's also a HUGE fan of Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster -- "I'm pumped to work for those guys."

Kennedy also gave us a quick tour of his home -- which is reinforced with bulletproof glass in case any bad guys try to mess with him.

Kennedy deploys within the next couple of weeks and, while he couldn't tell us the exact location -- he says it's a dangerous place and he'll be there to fight terrorists.

Post Malone It Ain't Coachella Until I Get My 10,000 Popeyes Biscuits!!

4/17/2017 8:42 AM PDT
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Nobody does Coachella like Post Malone ... who celebrated with some friends, some fans, and $8,000 worth of Popeyes ... which probably made him a lot more friends.

Post was at the music fest Sunday celebrating his "Stoney" album going platinum, when he decided to seriously turn up by ordering 10,000 Popeyes biscuits. Naturally, Post used Postmates to deliver the goods.

The delivery guy's car was nearly packed to the roof with the bread. Post showed his gratitude though with a temporary name change.