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Joe Cocker

Dies From Lung Cancer

12/22/2014 10:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1222-joe-cocker-getty-01Joe Cocker -- the gravely-voiced singer known for his version of "With a Little Help From My Friends" -- died today after battling a lung cancer ... according to his agent.

Cocker was reportedly on his ranch in Colorado with his wife when he passed away. 

Cocker's cover of the Beatles 'Help From My Friends' made him an international superstar in 1968. He went on to have several other huge hits, like "You are So Beautiful" in 1975 -- and his duet with Jennifer Warnes ... "Up Where We Belong." That song earned him a Grammy in 1983.

Joe's Woodstock performance was legendary. He was 70 years old. 

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Casey Kasem

Buried in Norway

... FINALLY

12/22/2014 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1222-casey-kasem-getty-01Casey Kasem was finally laid to rest ... 6 months after he died.

It's the end of what turned into an international power struggle between Casey's wife, Jean, and his children.  

We've learned the famed DJ was buried last Tuesday at the Vestre Gravlund, one of the largest cemeteries in Norway. We're told there was a small ceremony ... we don't know if Jean was there but we're told his kids were not. Casey's children didn't know he was even buried until Monday. 

The burial is legally significant. The LAPD has been conducting an elder abuse investigation after Casey's kids filed a police report claiming Jean caused Casey to get a fatal infection during a wild, multi-state car ride.

The body has been rotting away for months -- for a long period of time it wasn't even embalmed. The decay and now the burial in a foreign land will make it virtually impossible for L.A. authorities to make a solid determination on whether the bed sores contributed to Casey's death.

RIP Casey ... finally.

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Iggy Azalea

Afraid To Face Ex ...

Fears Violence In Texas

12/22/2014 9:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Iggy Azalea Afraid Ex Boyfriend

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 is pleading with a judge to block her ex-BF's attempt to force her back to Texas ... because she says he's violent and she fears for her safety.

Iggy is embroiled in a bitter lawsuit with Hefe Wine -- she sued him for surreptitiously downloading her personal computer and trying to hawk her music.

Wine is asking the judge to move the case from L.A. to Houston, where he lives, but Iggy is panicked. She says that's his turf and he's "vindictive and violent." It seems she's saying Wine has more access to her if she comes to him.

There's another reason why she feels safer in L.A. -- boyfriend/Lakers' guard/6'7" Nick Young.

The Lakers may suck this year, but a big guy is a big guy.

Chris Brown

Roaring to the Finish

In Probation Case

12/22/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1220-chris-brown-tmz-01Chris Brown has made community service his full-time job for the last 6 weeks ... and his goal is to get it all done within weeks.

We've learned, since November 13, Chris has been doing physical labor 6 hours a day, 5 days a week to complete his 1,000 hours by the next court hearing in mid-January. There have been a few weeks where work has gotten in the way, but the drill is 6/5.

Chris' community service in the Rihanna case requires hard labor, and we're told he's working at a facility approved by the Probation Dept., painting, cleaning, trash removal, moving furniture ... stuff like that.

Last Friday Chris put his 6 hours in and then jumped on a plane to Jacksonville, FL where he performed that night at the Memorial Arena. He then flew to Columbia, South Carolina for a Saturday show, then on to Birmingham, AL for a Sunday performance. He took a private jet back to L.A. for hard labor Monday.

And we're told ... he hasn't complained or acted up.

Our sources say he's on track to tell the judge during the next court appearance ... mission accomplished.

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System of a Down

Sony Wasn't Completely Wrong

To Pull 'The Interview'

12/22/2014 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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122214_system_of_a_down_launchMost of Hollywood is ripping Sony Pictures for its decision to pull "The Interview" from theaters -- but 2 guys from System of a Down understand why it had to be done.

Our photog spotted drummer John Dolmayan and bassist Shavo Odadjian in Santa Monica Saturday night -- and the guys stood up for Sony. 

System is signed to Columbia Records -- which is owned by Sony -- and while John and Shavo aren't in total agreement with their company's decision ... they think the haters are forgetting one very important factor.

Watch their explanation ... might change your mind about Sony.

Matt Barnes

I'm With the Boss

Parties with Rick Ross

12/22/2014 7:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Matt Barnes rebounded from a crappy night on the court by hanging with Rick Ross and a bunch of other hip hop stars at a huge Hollywood after party.

Barnes was in the VIP at Supper Club for Rick's performance Saturday night in Hollywood. The Clippers star chilled with Rick, Wiz KhalifaMally Mall, and Ty Dolla Sign. Famous booty model Rosa Acosta, "Love and Hip Hop" star Sincere, and singer Anjali World (daughter of Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé) were also there.  

Earlier that night ... Matt put up a goose egg in 26 minutes on the floor in the Clippers game against the Bucks, but still won ... 106-102. 

Ricky Rozay makes everything better.

Tyga

Blac Chyna's a Bad Mom

I Want Custody!

12/22/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tyga thinks Blac Chyna is unfit to properly care for their child because she twerks and parties too much ... seriously.

Tyga is alarmed that Blac Chyna seems more interested in hitting the clubs than parenting their 2-year-old son King Cairo, so we've learned he will file legal docs asking for primary custody.

The rapper thinks his baby mama has lost her focus on caring for the little boy ... she's more interested in making a spectacle of herself ... twerking day and night when there's a camera in sight.

He lost it when he saw the double twerk featuring Blac Chyna and Amber Rose. And when she went out later that same night and partied at a club, he decided he was going to take her to court. He says he does not want his son raised by nannies.

The former couple does not have a custody order, but currently she has the kid more than him. He wants to change that.

We reached out to Blac Chyna ... so far no word back.

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Nicki Minaj's Ex

Break-ups Are Hard

When Your Ex Is Everywhere!

12/22/2014 6:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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122214_safaree_samuels_launchSafaree Samuels is having a hard time dealing with his break-up with Nicki Minaj -- and it doesn't help that everywhere he turns ... there she is.

Samuels told our photog Sunday night ... his little Twitter fight with Minaj over the weekend was no big deal and that he will always have love for her.

But Samuels said the break-up has been particularly hard on him since Nicki is so famous ... saying he can't turn on the TV or the radio without hearing her voice.

Now might be a good time to get into "Serial" -- she wasn't on that and it was amazing.

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Rick Ross

Mine's Bigger Than Wiz Khalifa's

12/21/2014 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1221-rick-ross-wiz-khalifa-huge-joint-SPLASH-01Rick Ross pulled out his bone inside a room full of people and shamed all the other dudes standing nearby -- including Wiz Khalifa -- and it wasn't even close.

Ross performed Saturday night at Supper Club in L.A. -- where Sincere Show from "Love and Hip Hop Hollywood" was hosting the event. Wiz came by to show some love and support Ricky Rozay.  

Support aside, Rick just needed help inhaling that massive joint.

There's a reason they call him the boss.

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LL Cool J

Squashes Legendary Rap Feud With Canibus

12/20/2014 10:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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launchLL Cool J and Canibus' rap feud is FINALLY OVER ...  and we got video evidence to prove their on stage bro-down was totally legit.

Ladies Love told the crowd at the Barclays Center Friday night he's had a lot of beefs in his life ... but sometimes you've gotta be the bigger man -- and then brought Canibus on stage to a loud ovation.

For those of you who aren't hip hop heads ... the war started in the late '90s -- after Canibus threw an underhanded jab at LL while recording their duet "4, 3, 2, 1" ... the same track they performed last night during the reunion.

Sources tell us LL reached out to his former foe a few weeks ago to gauge the rappers interest ... and Canibus jumped at the chance to end their 17 year battle.

The two rappers hugged it out on stage afterward ... then the "NCIS: Los Angeles" star complimented Canibus' career -- even though it sounded a little backhanded.

Progress?

Floyd Mayweather

Footing the Bill

for Murderer's Funeral

12/20/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Floyd Mayweather Paying Earl Hayes Funeral
Floyd Mayweather is putting aside some brutal facts and paying for the funeral of the rapper who gunned down his wife in the bathtub and then shot himself.

We're told Floyd thinks Earl Hayes' family deserves a proper funeral, despite the horrific thing he did.

TMZ broke the story ... Floyd was FaceTiming with Hayes earlier this month when the rapper snapped as they discussed how his wife, "Hit the Floor" star Stephanie Moseley was cheating on him. He went in the bathroom and pumped 10-12 shots as she lay in the tub. He then killed himself.

We don't know if Floyd foot the bill for Stephanie's funeral Friday in Canada. Floyd was urging Hayes to dump her just before he lost it.

Hayes' funeral is set for today.

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Nicki Minaj

Says She's Crushed Over Break-Up

In New Music Video

12/19/2014 7:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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is releasing a new music video in which she explains why she dumped longtime BF Safaree Samuels.

TMZ got hold of the video, in which Nicki appears to accuse Safaree of cheating. She also says he broke her heart.

In a weird turn, she also seems to say in the song -- "Love Triangle" -- she is deeply missing him.

As we reported ...  Safaree is so despondent over the breakup, he's talking to his friends about suicide.

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Wes Scantlin

My Name is Mudd

In the Home Ownership Dept.

12/20/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1219_wes-scantlin_tmzWes Scantlin has gone after a neighbor with a buzz saw, and a cop was injured while responding to a flood at his home ... now the home of bad luck is going on the auction block.

The Puddle of Mudd singer -- whose group sold more than 7 million albums -- is behind on his mortgage and the bank is tired of sending him notices. So the bank foreclosed on the house and it plans on recovering the mortgage balance -- more than $375,000 when the property is sold.

Scantlin bought the house for $1.7 mil back in 2005.

The auction is set for next month.

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