Former South African President Nelson Mandela -- famous for his fight to end the racist policy of apartheid -- died today at the age of 95.
Mandela's health had been in steep decline over the past few months -- he was hospitalized on June 8 for kidney and liver problems and had been on life support. Doctors also said he had a recurring lung infection.
The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, had said Mandela was "well looked after" and "comfortable" during his final days.
Mandela became an international figure during his 27 years in prison for conspiring to overthrow South Africa's government. He was released in 1990, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in '93.
In 1994 Mandela helped orchestrate South Africa's first multi-racial election -- and became the country's first Black president.
Over the years, Mandela's been portrayed by several major actors including Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover and Idris Elba.
He also made a cameo as a teacher in Spike Lee's 1992 flick "Malcolm X."
Hotel to Mayor:
Screw You, We're Keeping Bieb's Art
12/5/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Australian hotel tagged by Justin Bieber is going to war against the city's mayor ... defying hizzoner's order to remove it, and going so far as to PROTECT it from being cleaned up.
TMZ broke the story ... Justin covered a wall at the QT Gold Coast with some colorful graffiti monsters -- angering Mayor Tom Tate, who then sent a videotaped message to the "pop princess" demanding he clean it up.
Justin hasn't responded to the mayor, but now hotel officials have -- telling us they're so proud of the Bieb's handiwork ... they're covering it with a black tarp so no one can remove it.
Officially, we're told the cover-up is there to shield the graffiti from rain and sun ... but clearly it also sends a message to roving do-gooders: HANDS OFF BIEBER'S MASTERPIECE.
THREATENED BY AUSTRALIAN MAYOR
Clean Up Your Graffiti, OR ELSE!
12/4/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber picked the wrong city to spray tag, 'cause the mayor of Gold Coast, Australia just issued an ultimatum to the "pop princess" -- clean up your mess ... OR SING FOR ME!!!!!
Mayor Tom Tate just issued a video message to Bieber after the singer went graffiti crazy all over a hotel wall during a visit to the city last week.
"I've got a message for pop princess Justin Beaver," Tate said ... "We love your music but we hate your graffiti and your vandalism here in our city."
He continued ... "Mate, you've got two choices -- come back and clean up your mess or come back and sing at the [Mayor's Christmas Carols event] on the 7th of December."
It's unclear what will happen if Bieber ignores both requests ... but here's our advice for Mayor Tate: Don't hold your breath.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Huge with Porn
Stars & Directors
11/26/2013 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Coming In A Sex Tape Near You
11/26/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Crack-smokin' Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may not look like a sex god ... but at least two adult film companies want to turn the mayor into a porno superstud ... sources in the XXX biz tell TMZ.
We've learned Vivid Radio is making an offer to Ford to star in his very own sex video. Vivid star Brandy Aniston says she came up with the idea ... and wants to co-star in the flick because she thinks "He's kinda cute, in a big, teddy bear kind of way."
Brandy better hurry up, because spoof porns are already being shot.
Adult website woodrocket.com ... has already produced a porn parody of the mayor's binge drinkin', crackalackin' life. It stars a Ford lookalike-- whose porn name is Peter O'Toole -- and porn actress Gaia ... who's starred in such classics as "Slurpy Throatsluts" and "Happy Tugs 4."
If the idea of a big, sweaty Ford lookalike having sex isn't a turn-on ... don't worry, we're told they actually used a stunt c**k during his sex scenes.
Excess Lady Parts for Sale!
11/26/2013 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Anthony Weiner's Sexting Partner
I'm Selling My Vagina Skin
11/23/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Anthony Weiner's sexting partner Sydney Leathers is living up to her last name ... in the most disgusting way possible -- TMZ has learned she's slicing off a portion of her hoo-ha ... and auctioning it to the highest bidder.
Sources tell us, Leathers' recent foray into the porn biz made her self-conscious about what she calls "excess skin" down there -- so she's decided to undergo a labiaplasty ... to remove a portion of her outer genitalia for a "cleaner" look.
We're told Sydney's getting trimmed next week in Santa Barbara with a doctor named Neal Handel, and it's gonna cost her $8,400. Those porno profits (yeah, she had some) will come in handy.
The really gross part ... we're told Leathers plans to SELL the surgically-removed skin on an auction website.
As for a minimum bid? None listed ... so, the auction's wide open. Sydney ... not so much.
Wishes Joe Biden Happy B-day
... As Obama
11/20/2013 5:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jordan Peele -- of "Key & Peele" -- has a special message for the veep on his birthday … and he's delivering it perfectly (to our TMZ photog) in his famous Obama impression.
We caught up with Peele at LAX today… and when we informed him that Joe Biden is celebrating the big 71 today ... he immediately channeled the Commander In Chief to offer up some hilarious birthday advice.
Check out the video ... Peele sounds exactly like the prez ... and even drops some 411 on his upcoming movie with Key.
President of Mexico
CALLS OUT JUSTIN BIEBER
Sorry, I Never Met You
11/19/2013 8:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The President of Mexico just laid el smack down on Justin Bieber -- calling BS on the pop star after JB claimed the two had met before his concert this week, but Justin claims it was all an honest mistake.
The drama began when Bieber went to Twitter on Monday and wrote, "just met some amazing mexican beliebers and the presidente of mexico and his familia."
Problem is, he didn't meet El Commander in Chief Enrique Pena Nieto ... and Nieto's office went right back to Twitter to clear his name ... denying the meeting ever took place.
Sources close to Justin tell TMZ ... it was an honest mistake ... because Justin was told that he had a meeting arranged with the "President's family."
When Bieber met the group, which was surrounded by security and arrived in an official-looking motorcade, he was under the impression he was meeting the numero uno family.
Story developing ...
My Problem Isn't Drugs & Booze
... It's Food!
11/19/2013 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Toronto's crack smokin' Mayor Rob Ford says he doesn't need help with booze and drugs ... Ford instead says he really needs to come to terms with his enormous appetite.
Ford was on the 'Today' show and told Matt Lauer he's not in any kind of treatment program for alcohol or for drugs ... but claims he's training every day to drop some lbs.
Ford -- who just got stripped of most of his mayoral duties -- admitted he smoked crack cocaine ... "probably in one of my drunken stupors" ... after video leaked showing him smoking.
But you gotta hear Ford explain why citizens of Toronto have nothing to fear when he's on a binge ... because GOOD FORTUNE is on his side.
Feelin' lucky, Canada?
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Putting the Fun Back in Crack
11/18/2013 4:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dear Mr. President ...
Keep My Name & Kim's Outta Your Mouth
11/18/2013 10:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West is slapping a ban on President Obama ... or at least all conversations about him as retaliation for the Prez calling Yeezy a "jackass."
Kanye's latest rant aired this morning on 107.9 FM in Philly. The hosts asked him about Obama's infamous comment ... and Kanye angrily responded, "I don't care if your're the president. I bring joy to people."
Kanye goes on to explain why he won't be talking about that guy in the White House anymore. Watch the tirade .. It's definitely arrogant, but also a little funny.
Kanye added that Obama better not talk about Kim Kardashian either, saying ... he "shouldn't mention my baby mama name, 'cause we both from Chicago."
Mr. President, you've been warned.
Crack Mayor Rob Ford
I Saw the 'SNL' Skit About Me
... IT WAS CRAZY, MAN!
11/18/2013 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Cracky Mayor Rob Ford -- the Tyrone Biggums of politics -- says he's well aware he was mocked on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend ... but he didn't seem too upset about it.
Ford was in Toronto on his way to watch a Canadian Football league playoff game -- when he stopped to sign autographs like a rockstar.
During the quick signing session, Ford was asked about the "SNL" skit -- in which Bobby Moynihan spoofs the mayor as a fat, cracked out idiot.
"It was crazy," Ford said of the sketch.
Ford then proceeded to the football game ... despite a suggestion from the CFL commissioner that Rob stay the hell away.
Ford plays by his own rules ... especially when those rules involve crack.