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Grandpa Ball LaVar Learned Everything From Me!

6/23/2017 1:24 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Here he is ... the man who REALLY created the Big Baller empire -- Grandpa Ball -- and he's spilling some family secrets to TMZ Sports

LaVar's dad was at LAX after returning from the NBA Draft -- and says LaVar treated the entire Ball family to one of the best meals of their lives after Lonzo Ball got picked #2 by the Lakers. 

"I had the best of everything!" 

Grandpa says he couldn't be more proud of his son and grandson -- but revealed some interesting differences about his parenting style. 

He also revealed his nickname for his son -- and why he doesn't call him "LaVar" like everyone else. 

It's great video ... and he even dishes out some words of wisdom for Lonzo when it comes to money. 

Lonzo Ball Goes Full Kardashian ... After NBA Draft

6/23/2017 6:26 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Look out, Kim and Kris ... Lonzo and LaVar Ball have officially begun their march on Hollywood. 

Moments after Lonzo got drafted by the Lakers, the cameras were rolling on the Big Baller Brand family -- who were flanked by cops, security and a swagged-out BBB entourage as they got the VIP treatment on the way out of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

A professional camera crew was recording the whole thing -- unclear if it was ESPN or a BBB documentary/reality show ... which we already confirmed was in the works.

One thing's for sure ... LaVar was LOVING the attention Thursday night and it's not going away anytime soon.

Steph Curry I'm the Champ of Beach Brews ... Who Needs a Fresh One?

6/22/2017 1:13 PM PDT

Steph Curry's dishing beers and stogies in the off-season, the same way he dished the rock in the NBA Finals ... but now it's his family scoring instead of Kevin Durant.

The Curry fam -- Steph, Ayesha, their kids, his parents and more -- are all celebrating his 2nd NBA title over in Hawaii with what looks like the most awesome beach picnic.

The Golden State Warriors superstar's drinking beers, smoking cigars and showing off his ripped bod.

Steph parties responsibly though -- plenty of SPF for everyone!

Drew Barrymore My Fam's Down with the Zombie Life

6/22/2017 10:29 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Drew Barrymore looked very much the opposite of undead in L.A. with her estranged hubby, Will Kopelman, and one of their daughters -- but they'd still have her back if she opted for the zombie lifestyle.

Drew's got a new show on Netflix called "Santa Clarita Diet" about a mother who turns into a zombie and is forced to eat people. We're guessing Will digs the show based on his response to our zombie hypothetical.

The bigger point here ... this looks like another case of Hollywood exes getting along. Nice trend.

Drew also talked to us about her perfect cameo in the SZA video for the song, "Drew Barrymore." Great casting on someone's part.

Harry Styles Stepfather Dead After Cancer Battle

6/22/2017 6:24 AM PDT

Harry Styles' stepfather has passed away after battling cancer.

Robin Twist died earlier this week from cancer, according to Harry's reps. He married Harry's mother, Anne Cox, in 2013 where Harry served as best man.

Robin helped raise Harry and his sister, Gemma, through their teenage years, including through Harry's time on "The X Factor" ... which launched his and the rest of One Direction's career.

Robin leaves behind Harry's family as well as 2 other kids from another marriage.

He was 57. RIP. 

'Ghostbusters II' Baby Oscar Actor Commits Suicide

6/21/2017 10:29 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

11:40 AM PT -- According to the medical examiner ... Henry committed suicide by hanging himself. He was discovered by his brother in his apartment, who cut him down and called 911, but it was too late.One of the twins who played Baby Oscar in "Ghostbusters II" has committed suicide ... TMZ has learned.

Henry 'Hank' Deutschendorf -- who played the role of the baby along with his twin brother, William -- killed himself at his home in Escondido, CA last week ... according to law enforcement sources. 

William says Hank died after a long battle with schizoaffective disorder -- a combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He experienced hallucinations, delusions, depression, and mania and "fought for his life every day."

Hank and William ran a martial arts school in the San Diego area. Hank was named after his uncle, John Denver, whose real name was Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.

Hank also appeared as himself in the 2017 documentary, "Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters."

Henry was 29.  

RIP

Philando Castile Fiancee's Daughter in Tears Don't Get Shooted, Mom!

6/21/2017 9:08 AM PDT

Moments after Philando Castile was shot dead by Officer Jeronimo Yanez ... his fiancee and her daughter were in the back of a police car, and the just-released video of them is absolutely heartbreaking.

You'll recall, Diamond Reynolds broadcast the aftermath of the July 2016 police shooting on Facebook Live. Her then 4-year-old daughter was sitting in the back seat of the car during the shooting, and afterward police put them both in custody.

In this video authorities just released ... Reynolds is still screaming in anger in the back of the police cruiser -- and the little girl cries, "Mom, please don't scream 'cause I don't want you to get shooted!"

She sobbed and continued begging her mother to calm down.

The video was just released because Yanez's trial ended last week. He was found not guilty of manslaughter.

Kim and Kanye Hire Surrogate for 3rd Kid

6/21/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have made a deal with a surrogate to have another child ... TMZ has learned.

As we reported, Kim has a condition -- placenta accreta -- which makes another pregnancy life-threatening. So Kim and Kanye have found a surrogate through an agency and agreed to pay the following:

-- $45,000 in 10, $4,500 monthly installments

-- If there are multiples, the surrogate gets $5k for each additional kid

-- If the surrogate loses reproductive organs, she gets $4,000

Kim and Kanye are also required to deposit $68,850 with the agency.

The surrogate is required to refrain from smoking, drinking and drugs during the pregnancy. She also agrees to restrict sexual activities in the weeks leading up to the pregnancy, including foregoing sexual intercourse for 3 weeks following embryo implantation.

The surrogate cannot go in hot tubs or saunas, cannot handle or change cat litter, apply hair dye, drink more than one caffeinated beverage per day or eat raw fish.

The agreement provides that Kim and Kanye "assume the legal and parental responsibilities for any child ... that may possess any congenital or other abnormalities or defects."

Blac Chyna & Rob K. Back with a Bang

6/20/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are back on again ... or at the very least getting it on again.

Rob showed up at Chyna's doorstep last week and hasn't left.  

We showed you how they spent Father's Day ... at Disneyland with 7-month-old Dream. As we said, it didn't make a whole lot of sense for them to take an infant to a theme park she can't appreciate, so it seems liked it was more for them than the kid.

Now we've found out Rob's been there every day and every night ... going on a week. They've been socializing with friends and family with BBQ's and a pool party, and they've taken hikes together.

Chyna dropped a ton of cash on gifts for Father's Day, including a Louis Vuitton bag, a customized Dodgers hat, sneakers and white and blue roses emblazoned with an "R."

We're told this has nothing to do with a TV show or business ... they're back into each other, at least for now.

'Wife Swap' Double Murder Suspect 20-Gauge Shotgun to the Head Killed Mom & Brother

6/20/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Wife Swap" double murder suspect Jacob Stockdale used a shotgun to kill his mother and brother, both of whom were shot in the head ... according to cops.

Law enforcement sources tell us Jacob fired twice at his mom, Kathryn with the 20-gauge shotgun and left her body in an upstairs bathroom in their Ohio home.

Jacob allegedly shot his younger brother, James, once in the head near the front door ... then unloaded on himself about 10 feet from James' body. Jacob shot himself in the face with the shotgun ... and miraculously survived.

Sources close to the case tell us Jacob was trying to communicate with officers when they arrived, but they couldn't understand him. He was last listed in critical condition after being choppered to a hospital.

One last thing ... we're told Jacob's father was not home at the time of the shooting, and was stopped less than a mile from the home on his way back from work when cops broke the news.

Kim Kardashian New Pups Look Like Micro Poms, BUT ...

6/19/2017 2:00 PM PDT

Kim Kardashian seemed to go all micro when she bought 2 Pomeranians for her daughter and niece, but turns out she took a much safer route.

Kim posted this pup pic, showing off the pooches she got North and Penelope. Micro Poms -- which are sometimes under 3 pounds -- carry with them serious health issues, including underdeveloped organs, diabetes, as well as thyroid and breathing problems.

We checked around and even though the Poms look super tiny, we're told they're not micro, based on facial features and their coats. The dogs are teacup Poms.

Life expectancy for teacup Poms are 7 to 14 years, so North and Penelope could enjoy their pups well into their teens.

Bobbi Kristina Headstone Placed on Grave In Family Plot

6/19/2017 10:04 AM PDT

Bobbi Kristina Brown's grave now has her headstone in place ... between her mother and grandfather.

The headstone is inscribed, "Resting Peacefully" and also has a musical note along the border. Bobbi Kristina was laid to rest in a family plot, right next to Whitney Houston.

It appears loved ones have visited the New Jersey cemetery recently -- flowers and an angel-like figurine have been placed on the marker.

Bobbi Kristina's headstone was installed as the investigation into her death continues. As we reported ... authorities in Georgia spoke to Nick Gordon's current girlfriend after he was arrested for assaulting her.

Gordon remains a person of interest in Bobbi Kristina's death.

'Wife Swap' Family Murders Other Mom Thinks Strict Home Life Made Son Snap

6/19/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Stockdales, the "Wife Swap" family now at the center of a double murder investigation, were headed for trouble years ago due to their parenting style ... according to the woman who swapped with them.

Laurie Tonkovic recalled a specific incident with Jacob Stockdale, the son suspected of murdering his brother and mother before attempting to kill himself last week. Laurie swapped with Kathryn Stockdale in 2008, and says when she allowed Jacob and his 3 brothers to have more freedom ... Jacob freaked out.

She says he was terrified his religious parents would be mad and he would "burn in hell." Laurie believes he'd finally had enough of the strict environment, and snapped on his family.

As we reported ... cops say he shot and killed Kathryn and 21-year-old James. He shot himself, but survived. He's in critical condition.

Wife Swap: Stockdale from Andrew Suhl on Vimeo.

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