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Chyna Mixed Pill Bottles Throw Wrench In Death Investigation

4/30/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0429-chyna-tmz-02Detectives in Chyna's death are dealing with a curve ball -- the ex WWE superstar had a knack for mixing up prescription pills, and it's making it hard to figure out what she took before she died.  

Sources close to the investigation tell TMZ detectives discovered several full prescription pill bottles near Chyna's body ... many of which contained multiple meds. We're told there were at least 4 different types of pills, plus she also mixed vitamins in the bottles.

As TMZ reported, Chyna's manager worried she had a problem with Ambien and Valium, but it appears she was taking more than just that.

Our sources say the mixing means investigators will have to wait until the toxicology report is complete to figure out what she ingested.

Prince Cops Search Singer's Pharmacy for Clues

4/29/2016 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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428-prince-gettyAuthorities descended on a Walgreens near Paisley Park and served a search warrant on the pharmacy, TMZ has learned, looking for a prescription paper trail that could unravel the cause of Prince's death.

It's the same drug store chain where Prince made 4 Rx runs in the week leading up to his death.

We're told investigators made their move Thursday. Once inside, they beelined it for the pharmacy and spent several hours combing through records.

As we reported, authorities are especially interested in Percocet ... the drug that triggered a near-fatal OD 6 days before Prince's death. They're also looking for other prescriptions in Prince's name or identifiable aliases.

We're told investigators are also targeting other pharmacies and doctors who may have helped Prince procure meds.

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Prince Long-Standing Percocet Addiction

4/27/2016 4:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42616-prince-getty-05Prince was addicted to Percocet for years before his death ... TMZ has learned.

Multiple sources connected with the singer's family tell us, doctors prescribed the powerful painkiller in 2009 when he was suffering from hip problems. We're told he had corrective surgery sometime around 2010, but by then he was hooked on the drug.

Our sources say Prince developed a sometimes debilitating dependence on Percocet in the years that followed.

TMZ broke the story, Prince almost died from a Percocet OD 6 days before he was found dead in an elevator.

427-prince-walgreensAnd as we reported, Prince made at least 4 trips to a Walgreens pharmacy near his home in the week leading up to his death.

We're told the feds are now investigating who prescribed the drug, who filled the prescriptions and under what circumstances.

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Prince Mad Scramble to Cash In On Famous Image

4/28/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0427-sub-prince-rip-shirts-tmz-ebay-01A free-for-all has erupted over the right to sell merchandise with Prince's mug.  

We did some checking, and turns out there's no particular law in Minnesota that protects a person's image after he or she dies. Translation ... when Prince passed away last week, there's nothing in the law specifically prohibiting any Tom, Dick, or Harry from plastering Prince's face on t-shirts, socks, posters, key chains and all things cheesy.

It's way different from places like California and Tennessee, where courts and legislatures have given the estates of dead celebs the right to go after people who try and make a quick buck off famous images. 

Fact is ... Minnesota hasn't been home to that many deceased international celebs, so it looks like the courts have never had to deal with protection of images after death.  

As a result, there are a bunch of fly-by-night companies that are hawking R.I.P. Prince gear.

We're told Prince's siblings are aware people are profiting off Prince's image, and they're considering filing a test case. It's unclear how the Minnesota courts will rule, but for now it's the Wild Wild West in the Midwest.

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Ozzie Silna Legendary Basketball Owner Dies Made $800 MIL Off NBA

4/27/2016 12:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0427_Ozzie-Silna_gettyLegendary basketball owner Ozzie Silna -- who along with his brother made the GREATEST deal in the history of sports -- has died ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The 83-year-old titan and his brother Dan became sports business gods -- reportedly making $800 MILLION from the 1976 sale of their ABA team, the Spirits of St. Louis. 

The long story short ... Ozzie and Dan -- who had previously made a fortune in the textile industry -- played hardball with the NBA during the ABA-NBA merger negotiations. 

Instead of taking a $3 million lump sum deal to fold their team, the Silnas negotiated for a portion of the NBA's TV rights ... which they owned in PERPETUITY. 

The Silnas had made $300 MILLION from the deal over the years ... but reportedly agreed to sell their rights back in the NBA in 2014 -- for an ADDITIONAL $500 MILLION!!! 

We spoke with Dan Silna ... who told us Ozzie passed after a "short illness." 

He told us, "Ozzie Silna was one of the most honest and moral people you'll ever meet. He was one of the most straightest shooters you'll ever meet. The world has lost a great guy."

Prince Judge Confirms No Will ... Brother Surfaces

4/27/2016 11:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42616-prince-getty-03It's now official ... a judge has determined Prince died without a will and the bank the singer trusted has officially been appointed to manage his assets. 

TMZ has obtained legal docs from a hearing that was held Wednesday morning in Minnesota. We broke the story, Prince's sister, Tyka, filed papers to start probate proceedings, stating as far as she knew her brother did not write a will.

The judge agrees, and has ruled Prince's assets will be distributed to his heirs ... in this case, his brothers and sisters.

The judge also appointed Bremer Trust to serve as the administrator of Prince's estate, which we're told is worth somewhere south of $150 million. Tyka says Prince trusted the bank and did business there for years. The judge is only making the trust the administrator for up to 6 months, until a personal representative can be appointed. That could end up being a sticky situation if his relatives all vie for the position.

BTW, Prince's half brother, Omarr Baker, appeared at the hearing. 

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Prince No Will to Make a Will Finances in Chaos

4/27/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42616-prince-getty-04Prince was a disaster when it came to finances and his business affairs, and many of the people who worked with him say ignoring their advice to make a will is just a small piece of a chaotic puzzle. 

We're told in the 5 years leading up to Prince's death, it was virtually impossible to get his signature on any legal document. Sources who worked with Prince tell us, he felt "screwed over" by people who had him sign deals in his younger years, and that made him "paranoid" to sign anything.   

Prince was so distrusting ... he jumped from lawyer to lawyer almost every year, and sometimes more often. One professional who worked with the singer tells us, Prince called him out of the blue one day and said he wanted to hire him. The professional asked Prince for his business files, and the answer was, "I don't know, they're out there somewhere." The professional never got the files. 

We're told although Prince hired and fired a slew of professionals, his most trusted advisers were "beautiful, 20-something women, all models with no experience in anything." It caused chaos in his life ... especially in the financial department. 

We broke the story, Prince's sister, Tyka, filed legal docs Tuesday stating there was no evidence of a will.

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Prince Cops Interview Family Attorney Claims Percocet, Cocaine Use

4/26/2016 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42616-prince-gettyPolice in the Prince death investigation have interviewed a lawyer who repped 2 of the singer's siblings who claimed Prince abused Percocet and cocaine and they feared he'd "die young." 

Mike Padden is an attorney who repped Prince's half sister Lorna and stepbrother Duane in the early 2000s. Padden tells TMZ both Lorna and Duane separately told him Prince regularly abused the drugs. BTW, Duane was very close to Prince and even worked as his bodyguard.  

We're told the lawyer contacted the cops and they called him back over the weekend for an interview and he relayed the information about the drugs.

Duane died in 2011 and Lorna passed in 2006, so Padden's information is not up to date. Another very close family member -- who was in touch with Prince 'til the end -- also tells TMZ Prince had used those drugs for many years.

There's another point of view ... we've spoken with several people who were around Prince in the last few years of his life who say they saw no evidence of drug use ... saying Prince was a "health nut."

As we reported, Prince OD'd on Percocet 6 days before he died.

The investigation into his death is ongoing.

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Adam Sandler Sings George Harrison Classic For Shandling Memorial

4/26/2016 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Adam Sandler surprised some huge comedians with an emotional performance at Garry Shandling's memorial service.

Sandler hit the stage to sing George Harrison's "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" during Sunday's event in L.A. ... which was hosted by Judd Apatow.

We're told the memorial was equal parts somber and hysterical -- no surprise, considering who was in the room. What's a memorial service without a penis joke or two, right? 

Some of the celebs there included Billy Crystal, Sarah Silverman, Linda DoucettConan O'Brien, Kevin Nealon, Ray Romano, Jon Favreau, Tim Allen, Vince Vaughn, Cheryl Hines and many more.

Shandling died in March of a massive heart attack.

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Kid Rock 911 Call ... 'I Need a F****** Ambulance!'

4/26/2016 11:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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An emotional Kid Rock called 911 after finding the body of his assistant who died in an ATV wreck.

You can hear Rock's frustration with the 911 operator as he demands an ambulance come to his house.

At one point, the rocker is so upset, he hands the phone to a friend to finish the call.

Kid Rock's Assistant Severe Blow to Head in ATV Death

4/26/2016 9:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kid Rock's assistant, Michael Sacha, suffered horrific head injuries in the fatal ATV accident at the singer's Nashville home ... according to emergency responders.

TMZ obtained the audio of the fire department dispatch ... as paramedics raced to the scene on Monday morning. The dispatch operator describes Sacha's injuries and says the 911 caller "thinks [Michael]'s beyond any help."

As we reported ... Kid Rock and a friend called 911 when they found Sacha face down in an embankment off Kid's driveway.

Prince Sister Files Legal Docs Saying There's No Will

4/26/2016 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42116-prince-getty-03Prince's sister Tyka has filed legal docs to open a probate case ... and she says as far as she can tell he left no will.

TMZ has obtained probate documents filed in Minnesota, in which Tyka asks the judge to appoint a "special administrator." Under Minnesota law, a special administrator is someone who is appointed when there is no executor named in a will.  

Tyka says in her docs, "I do not know of the existence of a will and have no reason to believe that the decedent executed testamentary documents in any form." 

If Prince did indeed die without a will, the estate is divided equally among his siblings.  

Tyka lists the people who are potential beneficiaries ... all of whom are half brothers and sisters. They are John, Norrine, Sharon, Alfred and Omarr. They are all living siblings of Prince. She also says she's an heir entitled to her cut.  

It's interesting ... Tyka names Lorna as a deceased half sister who left no kids. Under Minnesota law Lorna's out of the game when it comes to getting assets. But Tyka never even mentions Duane, reportedly Prince's half brother, who is also deceased.

There's also a line in the docs in which Tyka says, "The decedent has heirs whose identities and addresses need to be determined."

Tyka then names Bremer Trust, National Association, which she wants to serve as the official administrator of Prince's estate. Tyka says she wants Bremer Bank because they have provided financial services to Prince for years, and they are well versed in his affairs and best suited to protect his assets.

Master P Hypocrisy Over Prince's Death

4/26/2016 7:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Master P is incredulous a lot of Prince's posthumous fans are now singing his praises when in life they mocked him.

We got the rapper Monday in Bev Hills, and he thinks there's a parallel between the way so-called fans treated Michael Jackson and the way they treated Prince.

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