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Sheila E. I Want to Protect Prince's Legacy NO Interest in His Money

4/28/2016 9:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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428-prince-sheila-tyka-02Sheila E. is doing everything she can to make sure no one exploits Prince's music or his money ... but she's NOT warring with his family over her friend's estate.

Sheila has deep concerns that vultures are looking for opportunities to profit off Prince's death -- so she's offered her support to his family and Paisley Park reps ... according to Sheila's rep.

The rep says there's no truth to reports Sheila is fighting with Tyka, Prince's sister, over the estate. She adds, Sheila "has received no compensation nor will accept compensation" ... and she's already turned down multiple offers to get paid for "tribute" concerts.

Additionally, Sheila thinks all memorial shows should be authorized by the estate and all revenues should go to Prince's favorite charities. 

Don Cheadle & GF Our Remodeled Eco-Friendly Crib ... Yours For $2.45M!

4/28/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0427_don_cheadle_house_launchDon Cheadle's longtime girlfriend got her hands dirty with the couple's home and the result is a modern beach pad they're hawking for $2.45 million.

Bridgid Coulter -- an actress-turned-designer -- did more than a simple flip on their bungalow in Venice, CA. For starters, she raised the ceilings, and added a second level. The crib has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 360-degree views from its rooftop deck.

If the environment is your thing -- it has hydronic radiant heating under the floors, and remote venting clerestory windows (really fancy skylights). Plus, the yards are filled with local, drought-tolerant plants.

#NoThirstTrap

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NFL Draft Top Prospect Drops $41k ... On Pre-Draft Jewelry Run

4/28/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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He's about to become a millionaire overnight -- so top NFL prospect Artie Burns decided to celebrate early ... by dropping $41k on some sick jewelry, TMZ Sports has learned. 

The former University of Miami star is projected to go in the 1st or 2nd round ... and earlier this week, he swung over to Joe Avianne's at Avianne and Co. in NYC to ice up. 

"Artie came through and picked up a 2-tone Rolex ($19k), a diamond cross ($3k) and a diamond tennis chain ($19k)," Avianne tells us. 

So what's Artie's next purchase? Hopefully a safe. 

'Gigolos' Star He's Got Million Dollar Junk! With Papers to Prove It

4/28/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0427_nick_hawk_underwear_tmz_wm-2"Gigolos" star Nick Hawk's gotta be feeling real cocky after insuring his money making man parts for a cool $1 million.

We're told Nick got the policy through Geldin Insurance. We're also told the eye-opening day at the office for his insurance broker was taped, and will be featured on the reality show. 

As we reported ... Mariah Carey recently had her legs and vocal cords insured for $70 million -- so, in the insurance world, at least ... Nick's package is still kinda small potatoes.

All evidence to the contrary. 

Nick Young Sued He Stiffed Me for $700 Large!

4/27/2016 5:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0427_nick-young-tmzNick Young forgot all about his former high school basketball coach when he made it big in the NBA ... at least that's what the guy's saying in a new lawsuit.

Andre Chevalier filed a $700,000 breach of contract suit against the Lakers star. Chevalier says he signed on to be Nick's business manager and consultant as he was entering the NBA draft in 2007.

Chevalier says his compensation would be 2% of Nick's endorsement dough and his NBA salary. He wasn't totally getting stiffed ... he admits he's been getting a cut of the money Nick pays his agent -- but says in 2015, he realized the 2% from Nick was missing.

Unclear why it took him 8 years to realize that, but now he's suing to get his due. We've reached out to Nick but no word back. 

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Ozzie Silna Legendary Basketball Owner Dies Made $800 MIL Off NBA

4/27/2016 12:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0427_Ozzie-Silna_gettyLegendary basketball owner Ozzie Silna -- who along with his brother made the GREATEST deal in the history of sports -- has died ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The 83-year-old titan and his brother Dan became sports business gods -- reportedly making $800 MILLION from the 1976 sale of their ABA team, the Spirits of St. Louis. 

The long story short ... Ozzie and Dan -- who had previously made a fortune in the textile industry -- played hardball with the NBA during the ABA-NBA merger negotiations. 

Instead of taking a $3 million lump sum deal to fold their team, the Silnas negotiated for a portion of the NBA's TV rights ... which they owned in PERPETUITY. 

The Silnas had made $300 MILLION from the deal over the years ... but reportedly agreed to sell their rights back in the NBA in 2014 -- for an ADDITIONAL $500 MILLION!!! 

We spoke with Dan Silna ... who told us Ozzie passed after a "short illness." 

He told us, "Ozzie Silna was one of the most honest and moral people you'll ever meet. He was one of the most straightest shooters you'll ever meet. The world has lost a great guy."

Kobe Bryant Hardwood From Final Game ... Hits Auction Block

4/27/2016 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

42716-kobe-8-gettyWanna own a piece of the actual Staples Center hardwood from Kobe Bryant's legendary final game? Well, now you can ... if you've got A TON of cash to spend. 

The Lakers have announced ... the 3 panels that made up the custom #8 that was on the court when Kobe dropped 60 are going up for auction as a single item -- starting bid is $10,000.

And check this out ... proceeds from the sale will benefit the Lakers Youth Foundation -- which helps underprivileged kids. 

As for the #24 that was also on the court that day -- the Lakers say that will be displayed as artwork in the new Lakers practice facility. 

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Prince Judge Confirms No Will ... Brother Surfaces

4/27/2016 11:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42616-prince-getty-03It's now official ... a judge has determined Prince died without a will and the bank the singer trusted has officially been appointed to manage his assets. 

TMZ has obtained legal docs from a hearing that was held Wednesday morning in Minnesota. We broke the story, Prince's sister, Tyka, filed papers to start probate proceedings, stating as far as she knew her brother did not write a will.

The judge agrees, and has ruled Prince's assets will be distributed to his heirs ... in this case, his brothers and sisters.

The judge also appointed Bremer Trust to serve as the administrator of Prince's estate, which we're told is worth somewhere south of $150 million. Tyka says Prince trusted the bank and did business there for years. The judge is only making the trust the administrator for up to 6 months, until a personal representative can be appointed. That could end up being a sticky situation if his relatives all vie for the position.

BTW, Prince's half brother, Omarr Baker, appeared at the hearing. 

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'Million Dollar Listing' Star Wanna Pay a Mil For My Bungalow?

4/26/2016 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0426_james_harris_million_dollar_listing_home_launchOne of the stars of 'Million Dollar Listing L.A.' is true to the title ... he's selling his own home for almost exactly that amount.

James Harris just listed his 3-bedroom Studio City pad for $1,099,000 with listing agent David Parnes. Sounds like a lot to the average Joe but most homes Harris sells on the Bravo show go for north of $15 mil.

It's your basic L.A. bungalow ... hardwood floors, a remodeled kitchen, guesthouse and yard.

In Kansas ... you could buy a block of these.

Prince No Will to Make a Will Finances in Chaos

4/27/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42616-prince-getty-04Prince was a disaster when it came to finances and his business affairs, and many of the people who worked with him say ignoring their advice to make a will is just a small piece of a chaotic puzzle. 

We're told in the 5 years leading up to Prince's death, it was virtually impossible to get his signature on any legal document. Sources who worked with Prince tell us, he felt "screwed over" by people who had him sign deals in his younger years, and that made him "paranoid" to sign anything.   

Prince was so distrusting ... he jumped from lawyer to lawyer almost every year, and sometimes more often. One professional who worked with the singer tells us, Prince called him out of the blue one day and said he wanted to hire him. The professional asked Prince for his business files, and the answer was, "I don't know, they're out there somewhere." The professional never got the files. 

We're told although Prince hired and fired a slew of professionals, his most trusted advisers were "beautiful, 20-something women, all models with no experience in anything." It caused chaos in his life ... especially in the financial department. 

We broke the story, Prince's sister, Tyka, filed legal docs Tuesday stating there was no evidence of a will.

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Master P Cut Me a Break, Judge ... My Ex Wants to Be a Stripper

4/27/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0419-master-p-tmz-01Master P's got his own set of 99 problems and wants the judge to know about ALL of them -- including his sick attorney, his freeloading ex and her plans to start stripping. 

P's divorce war with Sonya Miller is still dragging on, and he recently filed a laundry list of excuses for missing a recent hearing. In the docs, Master P includes an email from his attorney's office informing him his lawyer was laid up in a hospital with an unspecified "medical emergency."  

He's also dealing with his wife's landlord, who says Sonya jacked some furniture when she bolted out of the house. Master P's stuck in the middle because he's footing the bill, but he agrees with the landlord that Sonya's "actions are irresponsible, disrespectful and unacceptable." 

And then there's Sonya's potential new job. In the handwritten docs Master P says, "My ex needs help, she told the kids she want to be a stripper."

It's unclear if the judge bought any of this, but it's more entertaining than the dog eating his homework.

Ex-U.S. Olympian Paralyzed In Training Incident Lolo Jones Leads Fundraising Campaign

4/26/2016 12:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0426-jamie-nieto-GETTY-02A former U.S. Olympic star was partially paralyzed in a training incident over the weekend ... and now his friend Lolo Jones is spearheading a fundraising campaign to help pay for his medical bills. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... Jamie Nieto -- a high jumper who finished 4th at the 2004 Games and 6th in 2012 -- was injured during a backflip training exercise while working with Olympic hopefuls at Azusa Pacific University in California on April 23rd. 

Nieto's manager, Paul Doyle, tells us the 39-year-old landed on his head -- and the injury was so bad, a helicopter was called to the scene to transport him to USC Medical Center. 

"We were very close to losing him at one stage," Doyle says ... "but thankfully, the MRI came back with no broken neck and the spinal cord remained intact."

"He’s slowly getting better. He’s starting to get feeling in his hands and legs ... doctors are optimistic."

But Nieto has another huge problem -- Doyle says Nieto had financial issues before the incident and had cancelled his health insurance to save money. Bottom line ... he's in trouble. 

Enter Lolo Jones ... who trained with Nieto for years and became close with the track star. Now she wants to help raise funds to cover some of the medical costs. 

In fact, Jones launched a fundraising page and made a video saying Nieto "has always been a light for me even when I've had some of my toughest moments."

"I just beg of you to please help donate to him now so that we can help him get back on his feet and he can soar to great heights once again."

So far, Jones has raised about $9,000 and counting. 

Prince Sister Files Legal Docs Saying There's No Will

4/26/2016 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42116-prince-getty-03Prince's sister Tyka has filed legal docs to open a probate case ... and she says as far as she can tell he left no will.

TMZ has obtained probate documents filed in Minnesota, in which Tyka asks the judge to appoint a "special administrator." Under Minnesota law, a special administrator is someone who is appointed when there is no executor named in a will.  

Tyka says in her docs, "I do not know of the existence of a will and have no reason to believe that the decedent executed testamentary documents in any form." 

If Prince did indeed die without a will, the estate is divided equally among his siblings.  

Tyka lists the people who are potential beneficiaries ... all of whom are half brothers and sisters. They are John, Norrine, Sharon, Alfred and Omarr. They are all living siblings of Prince. She also says she's an heir entitled to her cut.  

It's interesting ... Tyka names Lorna as a deceased half sister who left no kids. Under Minnesota law Lorna's out of the game when it comes to getting assets. But Tyka never even mentions Duane, reportedly Prince's half brother, who is also deceased.

There's also a line in the docs in which Tyka says, "The decedent has heirs whose identities and addresses need to be determined."

Tyka then names Bremer Trust, National Association, which she wants to serve as the official administrator of Prince's estate. Tyka says she wants Bremer Bank because they have provided financial services to Prince for years, and they are well versed in his affairs and best suited to protect his assets.

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