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XXXTentacion Suspect Arrested for Murder

6/21/2018 5:28 AM PDT
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9:24 AM PT -- According to police docs -- obtained by TMZ -- cops pulled Williams over Wednesday night for driving without a license. The docs say he was then placed into custody for an active felony warrant ... seemingly for the murder. The warrant was signed Tuesday night, just a day after the murder.

7:39 AM PT -- Interestingly enough, Williams followed XXX on Instagram.

6:00 AM PT -- Williams has previous arrests for cocaine possession, weapons possession, domestic violence and aggravated assault with a firearm. We previously reported he was also arrested for grand theft auto.

During an incident in 2014, Williams allegedly held a gun to his girlfriend's head. According to arrest records, he has at least 11 felonies.

XXXTentacion's alleged murderer is in custody ... TMZ has confirmed.

The suspect's name is Dedrick D. Williams, and Broward County Sheriff's Dept. took the 22-year-old into custody Wednesday evening and booked him for first-degree murder.

During a vigil Wednesday night in South Florida ... X's mother told family and friends she'd just gotten notice from police that they'd made the arrest.

Someone at the gathering mentioned there was a chase on the nearby highway I-95 ... which may have ended with cops nabbing Williams for the murder of X.

Williams was also hit with a probation violation for a previous grand theft auto charge. We're told he is being held without bail.

TMZ broke the story .... the 20-year-old rapper was gunned down Monday afternoon as he sat in his car outside a motorcycle dealer. The murder happened in broad daylight, and there were several witnesses -- some of whom reported seeing 2 masked men flee the scene.

As we told you, police also had surveillance videos to go on during the investigation.

Actor Jackson Odell Dead at 20

6/10/2018 7:50 AM PDT
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12:06 PM PT -- Jackson's family released a statement on the young actor's death, saying in part ... "The Odell family has lost our beloved son and brother, Jackson Odell.  He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving and talented soul. He had so much more to share. Our family will always carry that truth forward. Our wish is that the rest of the world does as well. We are now going to try to make sense of our immeasurable loss privately." Jackson Odell, a songwriter and former teen actor, has died ... TMZ has learned.

Jackson was best known for roles on "The Goldbergs" and the teen movie "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer," and according to law enforcement he died Friday in the San Fernando Valley.

We're told he was found unresponsive in a sober living home, and there were no signs of foul play.

Jackson had been acting since he was 12, scoring guest roles on several hit TV shows, like "iCarly," "Modern Family" and "Arrested Development." He was also a successful singer/songwriter.

Most recently wrote several songs for the soundtrack of the 2018 movie "Forever Your Girl" -- including the Lauren Alaina hit, "Wings of an Angel."

Jackson was just 20 years old.

RIP

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Anthony Bourdain Used Bath Robe Belt in Hanging ... No Signs of Foul Play

6/9/2018 6:21 AM PDT
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Anthony Bourdain died in the bathroom of his hotel, and used the belt from his bath robe in the hanging.

Prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny revealed new details Saturday about Bourdain's death, adding there were no indications anyone had entered his room at the luxury Le Chambard Hotel ... nor was there any other sign of foul play. 

The French official also told the Associate Press, toxicology testing will be conducted on the beloved "Parts Unknown" host to determine if he had taken any medications, drugs or alcohol at the time of his death.

As we've reported ... Bourdain's friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert found his body Friday morning in the hotel room. They had been shooting in the area for an episode of Anthony's show.

Wolfgang Puck Praises Bourdain's Legacy ... 'Thankful for Him for the Rest of My Life'

6/9/2018 7:43 AM PDT
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Wolfgang Puck won't soon forget the impact Anthony Bourdain had on his life, the culinary community or the rest of the world ... calling the late food and travel expert an inspiration to many.

We spoke to Puck Friday outside Spago -- his famed Bev Hills restaurant -- and he offered immense praise for Bourdain. Puck says the most tragic part about his sudden death is that he believes Anthony had just hit the peak of his success.

As for the fate of Bourdain's "Parts Unknown"? Wolfgang has some ideas for what CNN should do with that, too.

'Wizard of Oz' Actress Jerry Wasn't the Last One We Munchkins Are Still Alive!!!

6/8/2018 12:30 AM PDT
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The last of the Lollipop Guild might have fallen this week with the death of 'Wizard of Oz' star Jerry Maren -- but there are still living Munchkins out there ... 'cause we talked to one.

Joan Kenmore was cast as one of the Munchkins in the 1939 film, but didn't have a speaking role in the "We Wish to Welcome You to Munchkin Land" scene ... when Dorothy met Jerry and all the other Munchkins.

She says she heard about Jerry's failing health last year from author Stephen Cox, who chronicled the little actors' on-set memories in his book, 'The Munchkins Remember.'

Technically Joan wan't a member of the Lollipop Guild -- she's not a little person, she was just a little 6-year-old during filming. She's a spry 86 now, and says her kids still get a kick out of watching her brief appearance in the timeless classic.

TMZ broke the story ... Jerry passed away over a week ago at a San Diego nursing facility. He was the last living dwarf actor from the movie.

Bobby Kennedy's Daughter Changes Tune on Kardashians ... Offers Political Guidance

6/5/2018 5:32 PM PDT
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Kim Kardashian has a chance to use her influence for the good of the nation, just like Robert F. Kennedy did ... that is, if she heeds the advice of one of RFK's daughters. 

We got Kerry Kennedy, Bobby's 7th child, on Capitol Hill Tuesday -- the eve of the 50th anniversary of her dad's assassination -- and asked what she thinks of the Kardashian sisters wading into politics.

It's a great question for Kerry, in particular, because she let out a hearty laugh when we raised this topic in 2013. Kerry was highly amused by our comparison of the Kardashians and the Kennedys back then. 

However, on the heels of Kim's White House visit lobbying Prez Trump to commute Alice Johnson's prison sentence ... Kerry's no longer laughing. In fact, she offered the K fam guidance on how best to conduct themselves in the political arena.  

You'll recall, Kourtney was also in D.C. recently working toward environmentally-friendly cosmetics.

No, they're not the Kennedys -- but even RFK's daughter acknowledges the Kardashians seem to have their hearts in the right place, and thanked them for getting involved.

Actor Hugh Dane Hank from 'The Office' Dead at 75

6/4/2018 6:49 PM PDT

Dunder Mifflin fans have lost a member of their TV family -- Hugh Dane, who famously played Hank the security guard on "The Office," has died. 

One of Hugh's costars on the sitcom, Rainn Wilson, tweeted out the news Monday with a link to a nonprofit Hugh was involved with. The org., The Inner City Cultural Center in L.A., posted about Hugh's death late last month ... they say he died in mid-May.

It's unclear what Hugh might've died from -- the ICCC didn't provide any details about the circumstances surrounding his death. They did mention, however, he'll be honored through a memorial this weekend.

Hugh had a long acting career dating back to the 1990s. Besides his recurring role as Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch enforcer ... he's also appeared on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Martin," "Boy Meets World," "Everybody Hates Chris," "The West Wing," "Friends," "Sister, Sister," "The Steve Harvey Show," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "New Girl" and lots of other shows and films. 

He was 75. Here's to Hank, and his blues ... RIP.

'Chicago Fire' DuShon Monique Brown Died of a Blood Infection

5/31/2018 12:50 PM PDT
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DuShon Monique Brown -- who played Connie on "Chicago Fire" -- died of a blood infection, but it's unclear how her system became contaminated ... TMZ has learned.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office tells us Brown's cause of death was sepsis, with an unknown origin. Sepsis typically occurs when harmful bacteria infiltrates the blood, often from an untreated wound.

We're told other contributing factors to her death include high blood pressure and obesity.

 As we reported ... DuShon died back in March after falling ill while she was at home in Chicago. She'd just been released from a hospital a few days prior ... after she'd received treatment for chest pains. 

She starred on "Chicago Fire" ever since the show debuted in 2012 -- and also had a role on the FOX show "Prison Break" from 2005 to 2007.

She is survived by a daughter. DuShon was 49.

RIP

'Steve Harvey Morning Show' Junior Spates' Assistant Found Dead in Atlanta Hotel

5/30/2018 12:50 AM PDT
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An employee on Steve Harvey's radio morning show died this weekend after being found unresponsive in his hotel room by one of Steve's famous co-hosts ... TMZ has learned.

According to an incident report, obtained by TMZ, cops were called to the W Hotel in Atlanta early Sunday afternoon, where the body of Kier "Junior" Spates' assistant, Bryan Cooke, had been discovered in his room ... with blood and vomit coming from his nose and mouth.

Spates asked hotel staff to check on Cooke after he didn't respond to him -- the two 'Steve Harvey' employees were supposed to catch a flight to L.A. later that day. When no one answered, staff went in to find Cooke lying face down on his bed, and cold to the touch.

Cops say Spates told them he and Cooke had hit the town the night before, but that Cooke appeared fine upon returning to the hotel. They even smoked cigars together before going to their separate rooms, and Spates said they did not partake in any drugs.

Police note prescription pills were found in Cooke's room -- but do not disclose the medication. It's unclear if any pills had been taken or played any role in his death. They also say housekeeping came by to clean Cooke's room, but thought he was sleeping. He was 39.

Spates is a well-known radio personality on Harvey's show. He referred to Cooke as his "best friend" to authorities. 

3 Doors Down Matt Roberts' Doctor Acquitted In Overdose Death

5/22/2018 1:51 PM PDT

The doctor who prescribed drugs to 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts -- before his apparent overdose -- is not guilty in his death.  

The jury returned the verdict on Dr. Richard Snellgrove, who'd been indicted back in 2016. Prosecutors claimed he improperly prescribed controlled substances to Matt leading up to his death in August 2016

Snellgrove's attorney presented text messages that showed Matt had been dabbling in street drugs in addition to his Rx meds, and argued his death couldn't be pinned strictly to Snellgrove. Prosecutors claimed Snellgrove had been prescribing meds under multiple aliases ... even though he knew they were for Roberts. 

The jury bought the defense's version ... Snellgrove's off the hook, criminally. He is still fighting the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Matt's estate.

Prince Woman Thinks She's His Daughter ... Makes Claim to Estate

5/21/2018 11:51 AM PDT

Prince might've had a biological daughter who was never looped in on what would happen with the late singer's estate ... so claims a woman in new legal docs.

The woman in question, Snowe Melinda Saxman, filed paperwork in a Minnesota court -- obtained by TMZ -- in which she says she believes she's Prince's birth daughter ... but her evidence is pretty thin.

Saxman says she was adopted, and never knew her real parents -- but, based on her "substantial physical, temperamental and aspirational similarities to Prince" ... she has reason to believe she's his actual kid. She also claims she looks like Prince, and has musical prowess like her father. As she puts it ... she's "very artsy" and a "natural-born star."

There's more ... Saxman goes on to say she recently did a background check of herself through a company called Family Tree DNA, which she claims shows she's matched up genetics-wise with numerous people in Prince's family tree, including John Lewis Nelson, Mattie Della Baker, and others. She says she didn't match with Prince directly 'cause his DNA's not in the system.

She says she was never notified about any proceedings in Prince's probate case, which some of his heirs claim is burning cash like crazy managing the singer's posthumous affairs. Sounds like she wants to get in on the Estate ... and stake a claim to what's left behind.

Blac Chyna House Manager Dies from Stroke ... Taken Off Life Support

5/17/2018 9:27 AM PDT
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Blac Chyna's house manager died Thursday morning after her family made the decision to take her off life support ... TMZ has learned.

We broke the story ... Patty, who also helped run Chyna's clothing line, suffered a stroke in July 2017 but continued to work afterward. She fell into a coma in December due to bleeding on her brain.

Sources close to her family tell us Patty recently suffered a third brain bleed and was declared brain-dead ... so the difficult decision was made to take her off life support. Patty's husband says her organs will be donated.

As we reported ... both Rob Kardashian and Tyga donated a lot of money to Patty's GoFundMe page to help cover her medical expenses while she was in a coma.

She was 34.

RIP

Margot Kidder 'Superman' Star Dead at 69

5/14/2018 9:24 AM PDT
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Margot Kidder, the actress who played Lois Lane in "Superman," died Sunday in Montana ... TMZ has learned.

Margot was at her home when she passed away, according to the spokesperson at Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston, MT. The cause of death is unknown at this point.

Bruce Becker, the Park County Attorney, tells TMZ ... an unknown person called police to report Margot was unconscious and not breathing. Police responded and found her dead. The Livingston Police Chief says foul play is not considered a factor, but her death is now under investigation.  

Margot starred opposite Christopher Reeve in 1978's "Superman," and also in the 3 sequels. She continued acting right up until this year, taking small roles in TV shows and movies -- but also had stage roles ... including "The Vagina Monologues" on Broadway. She reportedly had 2 more roles yet to be released.

Margot had a very public battle with bipolar disorder for years. During her struggle she was briefly homeless in 1996. Margot became an advocate for mental health after that incident.

She'd been married 3 times, although she'd been single since the '80s.

Margot is survived by a daughter.

RIP

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