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WorldStarHipHop Founder Was On Weight Loss Kick Before Death (UPDATE)

1/24/2017 2:53 PM PST
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0124-Lee-ODenat-tmzupdate_graphic_red_bar4:05 PM PT -- Q did die from a heart attack, according to the San Diego County Coroner. Autopsy results also list "obesity" as a contributing condition. He failed to respond to CPR, and was pronounced dead on the scene.

update_grey_gray_barWorldStarHipHop founder Lee O'Denat -- better known as "Q" -- had been on a fierce path to slim down in the weeks leading up to his death.

We're told Q, the face of WorldStar, had been going HAM in the gym and on the treadmill -- sometimes at 5 AM. People close to him say he was over 300 lbs. at his heaviest, but had been trying to shed weight to look his best for his new MTV reality show ... slated to premiere in the Spring.

The show revolved around 43-year-old Q, his website's crazy videos and celebrity guest appearances. We're told Q had been telling friends how insanely busy he'd been juggling the show and his new gym life.

TMZ broke the story, Q died in his sleep Monday night. An autopsy is set for Tuesday.

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WorldStarHipHop Founder Dead at 43

1/24/2017 11:27 AM PST
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0124-lee-q-odenat-remembering-launch-tmzWorldStarHipHop founder Lee O'Denat -- known as "Q" -- has died ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Q, the face and CEO of WorldStar, died in his sleep Monday night.

Q founded the premiere hip-hop website in 2005 when he started posting mixtapes, which gradually progressed into a mash-up of hip-hop videos, fight clips and other outrageous camera footage.

An autopsy is scheduled for later Tuesday ... although one source tells us Q died of a heart attack.

He was 43.

RIP

Yordano Ventura Crash Investigators Believe He Was Speeding

1/23/2017 12:43 PM PST
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0122-yordano-ventura-GETTY-01Transportation authorities in the Dominican Republic tell TMZ Sports they believe Yordano Ventura was speeding at the time of his fatal crash. 

The K.C. Royals pitcher was traveling on a mountainous highway around 4 AM on Sunday when he lost control and flipped his customized Jeep ... killing him in the process. 

We're told the speed limit in the area is 25 kph ... which is only about 15 mph ... and a local official tells us they believe there's evidence showing he was over the limit. 

Officials have previously said Ventura was driving through a foggy area and over-corrected when his tires went off the road. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was thrown from the vehicle. 

We're told there was no obvious signs of drugs or alcohol at the scene -- but toxicology tests are being done anyway. Results can take about 3 weeks. 

Yordano Ventura Tributes Pour In At KC Royals Stadium

1/23/2017 6:09 AM PST

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K.C. Royals fans flocked to Kauffman Stadium on Sunday to pay tribute to Yordano Ventura -- the 25-year-old pitcher who was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic over the weekend.

Flowers, notes, balloons, candles and more were placed around the stadium ... most tributes bearing his nickname, "Ace."

Ventura was a favorite among Royals fans -- not only did he have a blazing fastball, but he was a fiery competitor ... and the people loved it! 

Ventura was part of the Royals club that won the World Series in 2015 -- the same year he signed a 5-year deal reportedly worth more than $20 million.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the crash.

R.I.P. 

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Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Killed in Car Crash Same Day As Andy Marte

1/22/2017 8:57 AM PST
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0122-remembering-yordano-ventura-GETTY-01Kansas City Royals ace pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic ... the same day former MLB player Andy Marte also died in a separate crash in the same country.

Ventura was known for his electric fastball, but also for his short temper. He was suspended for 9 games last season for throwing a ball at an Orioles 3rd basemen.

His nickname was Ace Ventura, and he was on the team when the Royals won the World Series in 2015. Ventura finished 6th in the Rookie of the Year vote in 2014.

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At his last game, Ventura wore a hat honoring the late and fellow pitcher Jose Fernandez. The hat also paid tribute to the late St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who also died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic a few years ago.

The Royals confirmed Ventura's death Sunday, saying "Our prayers right now are with Yordano's family as we mourn this young man's passing."

As for Marte ... he was a third basemen in the MLB for 14 years, having played with the Braves, Red Sox, Indians, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ventura started in Marte's last professional game with the D-backs in 2014. 

Ventura was 25 years old, Marte was 33. 

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Marilyn Monroe Mausoleum Marker Up for Grabs

1/22/2017 12:10 AM PST
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0120-marilyn-monroe-grave-marker-getty-2Marilyn Monroe fans have a chance to score a pretty rare relic -- one of the markers on her final resting place ... but it won't be possible unless you've got a fortune. 

The bronze marker was removed in the '80s from Marilyn's mausoleum at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in L.A. and replaced with a new one ... which happens every so often because fans manhandle it and it gets worn.

This is the marker that ID'd her final resting place. Now, more than 30 years later, it's up for grabs.

Heritage Auctions tells us opening bid is $10k, but it's expected to haul in a lot more -- a marker from the '70s went for $212,500 in 2015.

Online bidding will begin in about a month and the live auction will be on March 18.

Miguel Ferrer 'NCIS' and 'Crossing Jordan' Star Dies of Cancer

1/19/2017 1:45 PM PST
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0119_miguel_ferrer_launchMiguel Ferrer, who co-starred in dozens of huge TV shows, died Thursday of cancer.

Miguel was best known for co-starring on "Crossing Jordan" for six years with Jill Hennessy and playing FBI agent Albert Rosenfield on "Twin Peaks."

More recently he's starred in "NCIS: Los Angeles" ... but Miguel's been THAT guy -- the character actor you always recognize -- since the '80s when he had roles on "Magnum, P.I.," "Cagney & Lacey" and "Miami Vice."

Miguel's cousin, George Clooney said ... "Miguel made the world brighter and funnier and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will."

Deadline first reported his death.

Miguel was 61.

A$AP Ferg Remembering Yams ... With 65 Carats

1/19/2017 11:54 AM PST
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A$AP Yams was immortalized this week in concert by the hip-hop community -- but he also lives on around the neck of A$AP Ferg ... diamond-studded and all.

Ferg was presented with a custom 14k white gold chain and piece featuring a new moniker for the late producer: Yamborghini. The piece is also laced with 65 carat diamonds ... meaning it'll burn your eyes out with its sparkle and shine.

The chain and piece was designed by jewelry company IF & Co., and took 1 month to design and make. We're told jeweler Ben Baller was personally responsible for overseeing its creation and transfer to Ferg for Wednesday night's Yams Day 2017 concert. 

Yams died 2 years ago on January 18 due to a drug overdose.

No doubt about it now -- Yams' legacy will never fade ... diamonds are forever, after all.

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World's Oldest Gorilla on Record Colo Dead at 60

1/17/2017 10:44 AM PST
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0117-colo-gorilla-launchLess than a year after Harambe's tragic death, another gorilla has died at an Ohio zoo, but this time of natural causes.

Colo, known as the queen of the Columbus Zoo, died in her sleep Tuesday. She was 60.

While she was less famous than Harambe she had a rather special call to fame as the oldest gorilla to be born into and live in captivity. She also lived a lot longer than most gorillas, whose usual lifespan is 40 years, and got a special shout-out from Betty White back in December when she turned the big 6-0.

The zoo is planning on cremating Colo and burying the ashes on their premises.

The primate is survived by 3 kids, 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandkids. #RIP.

Martin Luther King III My Meeting With Trump Went Well

1/16/2017 12:54 PM PST
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Martin Luther King III says he and Donald Trump were able to find some common ground on a day dedicated to his late father.

We got the famous civil rights leader's eldest living son Monday leaving Trump Tower, after he and the Prez-elect sat down for a heart-to-heart. He says they both agree ... the voting system in the country is broken.

He also touches on a big what-if about his dad ... one lots of folks are wondering about on MLK Day.

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WWE Legend Jimmy Snuka Dead at 73

1/15/2017 12:02 PM PST
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0115-jimmy-superfly-snuka-remembering-gallery-launch-WWE-01Jimmy Snuka, the WWE Hall of Famer, has died after losing his battle to stomach cancer.

Jimmy wrestled from the 1970s onward ... all the way through 2010. Jimmy came into the WWE as a heel, and became famous for his acrobatic wrestling style.  He eventually turned and became a good guy. He had a number of shots at the WWE championship -- both as a villain and hero -- but never won.

The Fijian wrestler, also known as Superfly Snuka, would often punish his opponents with his signature move -- the Superfly Splash ... which was an epic body slam.

Jimmy was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996, while continuing to wrestle. He was managed by the famed Captain Lou Albano.

0115-jimmy-superfly-snuka-INSTAGRAM-01Jimmy's daughter, Tamina, who's also a WWE superstar, just tweeted, "I LOVE YOU DAD." The Rock also said in Samoan, "Alofa atu i le aiga atoa" which means, "Family is forever." 

Snuka was charged with 3rd degree murder in 2015 in connection to the 1983 death of his then-girlfriend Nancy Argentino. The charges were dismissed just 12 days ago, after the judge determined he had dementia and terminal cancer ... and was about to die. 

He reportedly last wrestled in 2014 ... in a cage match. Jimmy died Sunday at the age of 73.

Some of pro wrestling's greatest are sending their love ... 

Mike Posner Performs At Father's Funeral After 'Conan' Cancer Reveal

1/15/2017 8:16 AM PST
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Mike Posner's father passed away last week, and his son honored him by performing at his funeral ... after revealing the man had cancer last year on TV. 

Mike's dad, Jon, died last Wednesday from his months-long battle with cancer at the age of 73 -- and Mike chose to remember him in song by covering a classic.

The singer performed Bright Eyes' "First Day Of My Life" in front of an audience Friday at the Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield, Michigan, where Jon was an attorney. 

Back in May, Mike had alluded to his father's illness while performing on "Conan," where he changed the lyrics to his hit song "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" to ... 

And my dad has cancer
I'm still wrapping my head 'round that
Sat by the hospital bed, nurses poked in their heads
And asked me to sign autographs
And my dad has cancer!
I shouldn't be here, I should be home
But in case you couldn't tell, I'm busy playing myself
In this little Mike Posner show

Nothing's cooler than that. 

Tupac Tyson Ticket From Night of Shooting Goes Up for Auction

1/14/2017 12:30 AM PST
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0113_tupac_shakur_ticket_getty-Goldin-AuctionsTupac Shakur's ticket stub to the Mike Tyson fight he attended the night he was shot has been in very few hands since then, but now it could be in yours ... if ya got a lot o' cash.

Tupac was at the Tyson-Bruce Seldon fight Sept. 7, 1996 at the MGM Grand in Vegas, and after a first round KO by Iron Mike, he allegedly handed his ticket stub to a man and said ... "Here you go boy, enjoy this."

The ticket stub was later bought by a guy who verified it was indeed the rapper's. Now he's looking to sell one of the last items 'Pac ever touched to the highest bidder. Shortly after Tyson's fight, he and Suge Knight famously brawled with rivals in a lobby, then drove off and got shot.

Goldin Auctions owner Ken Goldin thinks the ticket will fetch at least $25,000.

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