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Tupac Shakur Hall of Fame Induction Locks In Snoop Dogg, Likely Dr. Dre

3/26/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0324_tupac_snoop_dogg_dr_dre_tmz_getty2Tupac Shakur's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame next month will be a mini Death Row Records reunion because Snoop Dogg's leading the tribute, and Dr. Dre's in talks to join him.

We're told Snoop jumped at the chance to lead a group of West Coast rappers in paying tribute to Pac. We're told Dr. Dre's been asked to join the ceremony as well ... and he's close to signing on.

Our sources say the performance will feature a mix of at least 3 songs performed by Snoop, Dre and company ... and "California Love" is definitely on the setlist.

This year's ceremony takes place April 7 at the Barclays Center. 

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Auntie Fee 911 Call Alert Before Ambulance Rushed Her to Hospital

3/26/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Auntie Fee -- the viral video sensation also known as Chef Sista Girl -- was apparently alert before getting rushed to the hospital where she died after suffering a massive heart attack.

In the emergency call -- obtained by TMZ -- the dispatcher asks the 911 caller if Fee is the person he hears in the background before she screams "Oh my god!"

We broke the story ... Fee was rushed to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center last week after complaining of chest pains. She suffered the heart attack at the hospital and died a week later.

Auntie Fee -- real name Felicia O'Dell -- was 59.

Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds Public Memorial Draws Hundreds To Forest Lawn

3/25/2017 2:56 PM PDT

0325-debbie-carrie-public-memorial-primary-tmz-1Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' public memorial just wrapped ... and included plenty of singing, dancing and memories.

The memorial was held at Forest Lawn Saturday inside a 1,200 seat theater, which was almost at capacity. Debbie's son, Todd, led the ceremony, which featured a video tribute, performances from Debbie's dance studio and closing words from Dan Aykroyd.

You'll remember, Fisher died in December days after suffering a massive heart attack on a flight into L.A. Her mother, Debbie passed away the following day after a stroke.

The two are buried together at Forest Lawn.

Chuck Berry 911 Call 'He's Barely Breathing'

3/23/2017 9:26 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chuck Berry was barely breathing when he was found unresponsive in his home Saturday and the 911 caller began immediate efforts to save his life ... but it was too late.

In the emergency call -- obtained by TMZ -- a man is heard telling dispatchers right away it's Berry who is down. He explains Berry's lifeless and barely breathing and the dispatcher gives CPR instructions.

The 90-year-old rock legend died shortly after the call. 

As we reported ... cops responded to a cardiac arrest call, but Chuck's cause of death will be listed as natural causes.


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Boston Drummer Sib Hashian Collapses, Dies on Rock Cruise Ship

3/23/2017 8:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0323-boston-band-member-sib-GETTY-01Sib Hashian -- the drummer for the rock group Boston -- died after collapsing onstage Wednesday night ... TMZ has learned.

Sib's son, Adam, tells us the drummer was on the Legends of Rock Cruise and was midset when he suddenly collapsed. A witness says CPR was performed and a defibrillator was used but to no avail.

The L.O.R. Cruise began on March 18 in Florida and had stops in several places including Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. We're told the cruise will continue and other musicians are performing tributes to Sib on the boat Thursday.

The drummer -- who donned an EPIC afro in the early days of his stellar career -- was famously part of Boston's self-titled album, which featured the mega-hit "More Than a Feeling."

Sib's daughter, Lauren, has a daughter with Dwayne Johnson.

He was 67.

#RIP

'Big Rig Bounty Hunters' Star Vince Jones Dead at 46

3/22/2017 9:41 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322_Vince-Jones_big_rig-historyVince Jones -- who stars on History Channel's "Big Rig Bounty Hunters" -- died at his home in Delaware, OH on Wednesday  ... TMZ has learned.

Vince's mother, Cathy Smith, tells us ... Vince's wife woke up at 4 AM and heard him making strange noises, and he was barely breathing. She says the wife performed CPR and his 14-year-old son tried to help as well ... but they couldn't revive him.

The family believes it was a heart attack.

We're told Vince was diagnosed with sleep apnea last year and wasn't wearing his mask Tuesday night ... which they believe deprived him of oxygen and triggered the heart attack.

Vince's daughter just got married last Saturday, and we're told he was fine at the wedding.

Vince leaves behind his wife and 6 children. He was 46.

Chuck Barris 'Gong Show' and 'Dating Game' Creator Dead at 87

3/21/2017 11:11 PM PDT
Breaking News

0322_remembering_chuck_barris_launchGame show legend Chuck Barris -- creator and host of "The Gong Show" -- died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Palisades, NY ... according to his publicist.

In addition to starting 'Gong Show' in 1976 ... Barris had also created "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" in the '60s. He claimed to have been a CIA assassin on the side, as chronicled in his autobiography, 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.'

The book became a movie in 2002, starring Sam Rockwell as Chuck, and was George Clooney's directorial debut.

And because TV and CIA work wasn't enough, Barris was also a songwriter! His biggest hit was 1962's "Palisades Park" ... sung by Freddy Cannon.

Chuck was 87.

He and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine (who died 2 years ago) are somewhere doing their thing again ... we hope.

#RIP

Michael Jordan Offers 'Heartfelt Condolences' to Jerry Krause's Family

3/21/2017 12:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0321-jordan-krause-tmz-getty-03Michael Jordan is mourning the death of his former Chicago Bulls General Manager, Jerry Krause ... offering his "heartfelt condolences" to Jerry's family and friends.

Jordan won all 6 of his NBA titles while playing under Krause -- and, while they butted heads at times, MJ is honoring his memory now.

Jordan issued a statement to TMZ Sports through his rep saying, "Jerry was a key figure in the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s and meant so much to the Bulls, the White Sox and the entire city of Chicago."

"My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Thelma, his family and friends."

Jerry was 77.

Ex-Bulls GM Jerry Krause Dead at 77

3/21/2017 11:45 AM PDT
Breaking News

0321-remembering-jerry-krause-photos-launchEx-Chicago Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause -- who built the Bulls dynasty of the '90s -- has died, a family member confirmed. He was 77. 

The Chicago Tribune says Krause passed away Tuesday afternoon.

Krause was the 2-time NBA Executive of the Year and signed two pretty decent rookie prospects, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant

But it wasn't all roses for Krause ... he famously locked horns with Pippen, Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson during his time in Chicago. 

In fact the beef between Jordan and Krause was so real that MJ even took some parting shots at Krause during his now legendary Hall of Fame induction speech.

"Jerry is not here. I don't know who invited him, I didn't. He said organizations win championships, I said I didn't see organizations playing with the flu in Utah, I didn't see him playing with the bad ankle."

Story developing ... 

'RHONJ' Star Kim DePaola Murderers Should 'Rot in Hell' Over Double Execution

3/20/2017 2:08 PM PDT

'RHONJ' star Kim DePaola is almost at a loss for words over the murders of her son's 2 friends.

As we reported, Kim owned a car she allowed her son to drive. Her son had a friend take him to the airport last Wednesday in the car and the friend then drove it around New Jersey. On Friday, the friend and another male passenger were shot in the head execution style and the car was set on fire.

Kim says the killers are savages, and it's so horrific the victims can't be buried because authorities can't positively identify them.

Kim says she and her son are devastated.

Chuck Berry's Death Cops Responded to Cardiac Arrest Call

3/20/2017 12:56 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cops rushed to Chuck Berry's house after getting a 911 call for someone having a heart attack.  

St. Charles County Police responded to find the rock 'n' roll legend unconscious and barely breathing at his home Saturday around 12:40 PM. Chuck was pronounced dead around 1:26 PM.

As we reported, his cause of death will be listed as natural causes

You can hear the dispatcher refer to Berry's pad as the "new big looking house" on the block. Fitting for one of rock's founding fathers. 

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Chuck Berry Died of 'Natural Causes' No Autopsy

3/20/2017 7:46 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0321-chuck-berry-getty-2Chuck Berry died from natural causes ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Berry's personal doctor will sign off on the death certificate that the cause of death was natural, and there will be no autopsy. By the way, various diseases would still classify the cause of death as "natural."

Police responded to a medical emergency Saturday at Berry's home 45 miles from St. Louis. Attempts to resuscitate the 90-year-old legend were unsuccessful.

Chuck was a pioneer for rock 'n' roll in both style and sound. He had a string of hits through his long, decorated career including "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Maybellene" and tons more.

RIP

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Tupac 'Dear Mama' Lyrics Up for Sale

3/20/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0317-tupac-dear-mama-lyrics-launch-01Tupac used 3 sheets of notebook paper to write out the lyrics of "Dear Mama" ... that's $25k per sheet for whoever wants to be the proud new owner.

The handwritten lyrics of the 1995 hit song are up for sale at MomentsInTime.com for $75,000. We're told the sheets came from the studio where Tupac recorded the track -- the site acquired them from a private collector in Poland.

The lyrics are what you'd expect if you know the song, except for a couple notes 'Pac jotted down on the side -- the names of rappers he may have been thinking about featuring ... and a much more graphic note on the last page.


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