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Linkin Park Cancels Tour ... After Chester's Suicide

7/21/2017 2:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Linkin Park has officially canceled its North American tour ... TMZ has learned.

The cancellation comes just a day after frontman Chester Bennington committed suicide at his Palos Verdes Estates home. The band's rep told us immediately following the news, the group was so devastated they couldn't think about the tour's future, which was set to kick off next week.

But now it's official -- the tour's a no-go ... and Live Nation tells us refunds will be available to fans.

Chester was 41.

Beyonce 'Whitewashed' Wax Figure Now in a Much Different Light

7/21/2017 1:27 PM PDT

Beyonce's controversial wax figure got a little makeover ... and maybe a little sun too.

Bey's wax figure at Madame Tussauds in NYC was briefly removed from the museum amid criticism it looks like a white woman, but was back on full display Friday ... with some slight modifications.

Tussauds reportedly updated its wax Beyonce by adjusting the styling and lighting of her figure. Take a look at the side-by-side pics ... definitely some changes to the hairstyle and complexion.

Still not a dead ringer, but look at this video -- the closer ya get, the more Bey-ish it gets.


Snoop's UFC Protege I LOVE WEEEEEEEED ... Makes Me Better Fighter

7/21/2017 11:26 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Snoop Dogg's new favorite UFC fighter has A LOT in common with the rapper -- telling TMZ Sports he's all about that Kush ... and pulled out a fat ass joint to prove it.

22-year-old Sean O'Malley made one helluva first impression on Snoop during his big victory on "Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series" this week ... earning a UFC contract in the process.

Snoop is one of the announcers on that show -- and was so impressed with Sean, he smoked the dude out after the fight.

 

Now, Sean tells us he's grateful for Snoop for "medicating me after my fight."

In fact, O'Malley says he looooves the weed -- and thinks the sticky icky is a great thing for all athletes. 

It's at that point, he busts out one of the biggest joints we've ever seen -- while wearing a marijuana bathrobe -- and self-medicates.

Nate Diaz would be proud

Linkin Park Tour in Limbo ... After Chester's Suicide

7/21/2017 9:53 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Linkin Park's impending tour has obviously hit a wall -- and we're told the band has not yet made a decision on whether to pull the plug in the wake of Chester Bennington's suicide.

The "One More Light" world tour is set to kick off next week in Mansfield, Massachusetts. A rep for the band tells us the guys are so devastated they can't think clearly enough to make a decision.

The Xfinity Center in Mansfield is fielding hundreds of calls from ticketholders, who are being told to "standby."

Fans might not have to wait long ... we're told the decision will likely come today.

Stay tuned ...

Chester Bennington Hanging Almost Identical To Chris Cornell Suicide

7/21/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chester Bennington may have mimicked the suicide of his close friend, Chris Cornell, because they died in virtually identical ways.

Law enforcement sources tell us, the Linkin Park singer was found hanging from a door separating his bedroom from his closet. TMZ broke the story, Chris Cornell died hanging from a hotel door separating the bedroom from the bathroom.

We're also told Chester was found with a belt around his neck. Chris was found with an exercise band around his neck.

Our sources say there was a partially empty bottle of alcohol in the room where Chester died, but no evidence of drugs.

And we're told Chester did not leave a suicide note in the room. Neither did Chris. 

TMZ broke the story ... Chester killed himself on Thursday, which would have been Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday. 

Meek Mill Done with Drake ... Takes Shot at Nicki On New Track

7/21/2017 7:06 AM PDT

Meek Mill dropped Nicki Minaj like a fly and buzzed off, not the other way around ... at least that's how his latest lyrics make it sound.

Meek dropped his "Wins & Losses" album Friday, and on the track "1942 Flows," he makes Nicki out to be an emotional ex who would do anything to have him back: "Cut her off, act like she's dead and it's killing her."

There's also a line where Meek warns bloggers not to ask him about his relationship with her.

Nicki and Meek dated for almost 2 years, but ended things around December -- and it wasn't pretty since there were cheating allegations

Your move, Nicki.

Justin Bieber Banned from China For Being a Baaaaad Boy ...

7/21/2017 6:38 AM PDT

Justin Bieber found out it IS too late to say he's sorry -- China just banned his ass for bad behavior.

Beijing's Culture Bureau responded Friday to a fan's request asking why the Biebs' Purpose tour has scheduled dates in Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong but NOT China.

According to the bureau, Justin pissed off the People's Republic and they said, "Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign idol. As far as we are concerned, he has engaged in a series of bad behaviors, both in his social life and during a previous performance in China."

The bureau didn't dive into specifics but you'll recall Justin, back in 2013, got carried onto the Great Wall of China ... emperor-style, no less.

L.A. Dodgers Organist Honors Chester Bennington ... Linkin Park Tribute

7/21/2017 6:40 AM PDT
Breaking News

Even the guy who plays "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Dodgers Stadium was affected by the death of Chester Bennington ... and honored the Linkin Park singer with a musical tribute on the stadium organ.

Just before the Dodgers took the field against the Braves, team organist Dieter Ruehle played his own version of "Numb" over the loudspeakers.

That's not all ... during the game Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy used LP's "Figure.09" as his walkout music when he took the field.

While Chester was from Arizona, the band was especially big in L.A. -- where the founding members are from. 

R. Kelly Allegations He Targeted Underage Girls For 'Slavery'

7/21/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

R. Kelly turned underage women into slaves ... so claims the family of one of the young women who is living with the rapper.

Joycelyn Savage's father, Timothy, tells us Kelly started some of these relationships when the girl was 17, and in his book that's a crime. Timothy goes on to claim the singer's relationship with these women turned physically abusive.  

But Timothy isn't done with his accusations. He compares the "relationships" to slavery, saying there was no free will on the part of the young women.

Timothy also vehemently denies Joycelyn's allegations he set her up with R. Kelly ... even suggesting the singer forced her to say that.

He also insists the FBI is in the throes of an investigation, especially targeting Florida. 

Chester Bennington Bandmate Joe Hahn Arrives ... Fans Leave Flowers at Home

7/20/2017 5:46 PM PDT

Joe Hahn -- the DJ for Linkin Park -- just showed up at Chester Bennington's home, and fans are beginning to flock there too.

Several friends and family member were arriving at the house Thursday afternoon in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. Some fans have left flowers at the end of the driveway.

As we reported ... Bennington's suicide was a shock to his bandmates, because the group had a photo shoot planned just hours after he was found dead in his home from hanging himself.

Linkin Park coincidentally released a music video the morning of Chester's suicide.

Chester Bennington Had Plans Hours After Suicide

7/20/2017 1:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chester Bennington's suicide was a shock to bandmates, because the group had plans for a photo shoot in Hollywood just hours after the Linkin Park singer was found hanging at his home.

Multiple sources tell us ... Chester hanged himself in his bedroom. His body was discovered shortly before 9 AM PT Thursday by a housekeeper.

We're told Chester arrived back in L.A. Wednesday from Arizona, where he and his wife were spending time. She stayed in AZ, but his return suggests the singer took his life Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Our sources say one of his bandmates showed up at Chester's Palos Verdes Estates home shortly after police arrived. He said he was driving Chester to the photo shoot and was "absolutely shocked."

The band also has plans to tour in 1 week, which made the suicide all the more shocking.

TMZ broke the story of Chester's suicide, and that he was profoundly affected by the suicide by hanging of his close friend, Chris Cornell. By the way, today would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

Nicki Minaj & Blac Chyna Working Together for Music Vid!

7/20/2017 2:16 PM PDT

Blac Chyna might not be on Nicki Minaj's level, but she came close Wednesday night on the set of a new music video.

They were both in Miami to shoot cameos in Yo Gotti's "Rake It Up" vid, and they looked like they were cut from the same cloth -- and by cloth, we mean latex.

If ya don't know ... Chyna got her start in Hollywood stepping in as Nicki's body double on Kanye West's "Monster" video -- so this was kind of a reunion, but now she's getting face time too ... and she got a shout-out in Gotti's lyrics.

The times, they are a changin' ...

Linkin Park Singer Commits Suicide By Hanging

7/20/2017 11:01 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

12:32 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Bennington was home alone at the time of the suicide. We're told his family was out of town and he was found upstairs by an employee.

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.

Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.

The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.

Chester was very close with Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Today would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday. Chester wrote an open letter to Chris on the day of Chris' suicide.

Cornell's wife, Vicky, tweeted out a message following the news of Chester's death, saying, "Just when I thought my heart couldn't break any more ... I love you T."

The band has had a string of hits over the years, including "Faint," "In the End" and "Crawling." Linkin Park crossed music genres, collaborating with Jay-Z.

The band's album, "Meteora," was one of the biggest alternative albums in music history.

Bennington was 41.

RIP

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