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Andrew Getty

J. Paul Getty Grandson Dead from Trauma

Ex-Girlfriend Detained

3/31/2015 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0330_Andrew-Getty_FACEBOOKThe grandson of J. Paul Getty was found dead Tuesday and TMZ has learned his ex-girlfriend is currently being detained as a possible witness/suspect. Cops tell us they are handling this as a death "under suspicious circumstances."

We're told he suffered a traumatic injury to the rectal area and paramedics found significant bleeding.

Andrew Getty was found in the bathroom of his L.A. home at around 2 PM. Law enforcement sources tell us the ex-GF called 911 to report cardiac arrest. 

Our sources say Andrew and his ex-girlfriend have a storied history with the LAPD. Cops have been to his residence 31 times, mostly for domestic disturbances. Our sources say they have both frequently been under the influence of drugs during the police visits. 

We're told the drugs cops found in the past were prescriptions.  

As for their relationship, we're told he has a restraining order against her and she has been placed under a 5150 psychiatric hold in the past, after injuring cops when they responded to the house. We're also told she's allegedly broken into Andrew's house on numerous occasions. 

Andrew's dad, Gordon Getty, is one of the richest men in the U.S. Forbes put Gordon's wealth at $2.1 billion ... the family was listed as the 54th richest ... worth an estimated $5 billion.


Her Murder as Big as

JFK Assassination

3/31/2015 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Selena's murder 20 years ago today was every bit as big as the death of John Lennon, Elvis Presley and the assassination of John F. Kennedy ... so claims the estate of the former Tejano music queen.

Selena's estate claims in new legal docs her record label is hoarding huge amounts of money that should go to Selena's loved ones. In fact, the estate claims Selena actually became way more popular in death than life. 

With 60 million albums sold, the estate is livid that UMG is not honoring the deal -- that the estate gets 50% of net profits for things like ringtones, downloads and other stuff.

Selena was gunned down by the former president of her fan club on March 31, 1995. 

'Gypsy Sisters' Star

Stepson Stabbed to Death

3/31/2015 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0331-rocky-stanley-facebookRocky Stanley -- the stepson of "Gypsy Sisters" star Nettie Stanley -- was stabbed to death Monday night after an altercation in the parking lot of a YMCA. 

According to Kingsport PD in Tennessee, 22-year-old Rocky (whose real name is Huey) was involved in a fight over a basketball game. He was rushed to the hospital with multiple stab wounds and died a short time later.

Police recovered the murder weapon and were able to ID a suspect, Zachary Morris Gardner ... who turned himself in to police Tuesday morning. He was arrested for first degree murder.  

Rocky never appeared on "Gypsy Sisters" -- but Nettie and his father star on the TLC reality show.

TLC tells us, "Our thoughts are with the Stanley family after this unthinkable tragedy," adding that they will work with the family and production company for support during this difficult time.


'Jerry Springer' Producer

Cops Believe Sister's Death Wasn't Suicide

It Was Murder

3/31/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"Jerry Springer" producer Jill Blackstone did not carry out her sister's wish to end her life -- she murdered her ... at least that's what law enforcement now believes.

Our law enforcement sources say Wendy Blackstone -- who was deaf and partially blind -- did not want to end her life. During the initial stage of the investigation we're told cops thought this might have been a double suicide plan where Jill backed out at the last minute, but now they believe it's simple murder.

TMZ broke the story ... Wendy was found dead in their garage and Jill had severe carbon monoxide poisoning from a lit barbecue in their closed garage. We're now told in addition to the coals under the grill, there was a metal trash can filled with charcoal which had also burned.

Cops determined early on ... the suicide note found in Wendy's hand was not written by her ... they believe Jill wrote it.

Blackstone was arrested for murder earlier this month but the D.A. felt there wasn't enough evidence to make a case, so prosecutors sent it back to the LAPD for further investigation. In the meantime, Jill remains free.

But now we're told ... after more probing, the cops firmly believe it was murder.

Robin Williams

Judge Tells Widow & Kids

Squash Property Beef Out of Court

3/30/2015 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Williams' children and his widow have 11 days to settle their war over his personal items ... before a judge weighs in on the dispute.

During a hearing in San Francisco today ... the judge urged both parties to meet outside court -- possibly with a mediator -- to figure out who gets what.

In December, Susan Williams filed docs ... claiming a bunch of Robin's possessions -- including the tuxedo he wore at their wedding -- had been removed from their home. Robin's kids countered that Susan was trying to rob them of items like awards, watches, and photos that Robin wanted them to have. 

The judge gave them an April 10 deadline.

The attorney for the Williams estate tells TMZ ... Robin was intensely private and would not want this playing out in public -- but now it has to, since Susan took legal action. He added ... no one has removed a single item from Robin and Susan's home. 


Bill Goldberg

Wrestling Death Was A Freak Accident

... The Sport Is Totally Safe

3/24/2015 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former pro wrestling star Bill Goldberg says the accident that took the life of a Mexican wrestling star this past weekend was a freak occurrence ... telling TMZ Sports pro wrestling is as safe ever.

Goldberg was out in L.A. when we asked him about the tragic death of 35-year-old Mexican wrestling star El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo who passed away after his spine was snapped during a match last weekend.

Aquayo lay motionless on the ropes for nearly two minutes after the injury, with the other wrestlers apparently thinking it was all part of the show.

Goldberg, a former WCW champion, says despite the horrific nature of the injury wrestling is totally safe, noting that it's VERY rare that these types of accidents happen.

"Name the amount of people who've died in the ring over the past 50 years."

We also asked Bill if he thought the WWE should do any sort of tribute to the fallen star at this weekend's Wrestlemania, and Goldberg thought it was definitely the way to go.

"There's no doubt, there needs to be a silent bell or a moment of silence for him ... there's no doubt."

Chris Johnson

Confronted at Funeral

... Family Divided

3/23/2015 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0323-chris-johnson-funeral-outside-TMZSPORTS-01Battle lines were drawn at the funeral of the man killed in the Chris Johnson drive-by shooting -- when the NFL star was asked to LEAVE the ceremony ... before the victim's mother stopped him and demanded that he come back inside.  

Multiple sources tell us ... Johnson arrived late to the ceremony for Dreekius "Rollie" Johnson on Saturday ... but once inside, he was confronted by an angry family member who feels CJ is partly to blame for Rollie's death.

And why? We're told it all stems from CJ's friendship with a man named Kenny Turner -- who was hanging out with Chris and Rollie the night of the shooting. 

Turner is a convicted criminal who spent 5 years in prison for aggravated battery stemming from a 2002 shooting incident. He's currently back behind bars for violating his probation. 

Multiple sources tell us ... CJ's close friends have felt that Kenny was a bad egg -- and wanted Chris to cut him out of his life for years before something terrible happened. 

We're told several family members and friends believe CJ's relationship with Kenny was a factor in the shooting -- which led to the confrontation at the funeral. 

Sources tell us ... Chris began to leave the ceremony because he didn't want to be a distraction and was halfway to his car -- when the victim's mother approached him and demanded he come back inside. 

We're told she doesn't blame Chris -- and told the running back in front of a group of people that she firmly believed the situation was out of his hands. 

Multiple people tell us ... Chris never talked back to anyone -- he was completely respectful -- and ultimately obeyed Rollie's mother's wishes. One source tells us, "He just seemed sad."

So far, no official comment from Johnson. 

Mexican Wrestling Star

Dies in the Ring

3/21/2015 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A popular Mexican wrestling star was killed during a live show in Tijuana last night when a fighting stunt went terribly wrong in the center of the ring.

El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo was taking on former WWE star Rey Mysterio Jr. when he was performing a stunt and apparently snapped his neck or spine.

0321-SUB-el-hijo-del-perro-aguayo-lucha-libre-aaa-02The wrestlers didn't seem to realize the extent of the injury at first -- but soon realized something was wrong. Once everyone realized how serious it was -- Aguayo was put on a stretcher and rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to reports, Aguayo was only 35-years-old

TV Producer Jill Blackstone

Cops Think Sister's Death was Suicide Pact

3/21/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0320-jill-blackstone_coleman-rayner_split_dateJill Blackstone, the "Jerry Springer" and "Sally Jessy Raphael" producer who was arrested for allegedly killing her sister, engineered a suicide pact but got cold feet at the last minute ... that's the operating theory of law enforcement.

Our law enforcement sources tell us, they believe Blackstone and her sister Wendy -- who was deaf and partially blind -- made the suicide decision and Jill executed the plan by putting a lit BBQ in their closed garage, which was supposed to fill the air with deadly carbon monoxide gas.

TMZ broke the story, Jill called a friend who called 911, and when paramedics arrived they found Wendy dead and Jill with severe carbon monoxide poisoning. They believe Jill was trying to kill herself along with Wendy but had a change of heart at the very last moment.

And cops believe the 2 dogs that died were part of the plan ... they would all pass together.

As we reported, police arrested Jill for murder but the D.A. sent the case back to the LAPD for further investigation and Jill was released. 


Twisted Sister Drummer

Dead at 55 ...

Found Unresponsive on Tour Bus

3/20/2015 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0320-aj-pero-GETTY-01A.J. Pero -- drummer for the legendary rock band Twisted Sister -- died Friday morning after he was found unresponsive on a tour bus in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was 55.

Jay Jay French, a fellow member of Twisted Sister, tells TMZ ... Pero was touring with the band Adrenaline Mob when he was found on the bus, but would not wake up. The band called 911 and paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital ... but he didn't make it.

French tells TMZ, "A.J. Pero was a force, the likes of which I doubt I will ever have the chance to play in front of again. His drumming was legendary, but his heart, as a human being, was even greater."

He continued, "In our hearts he will always be the engine that drove the train. I loved him and today my heart has been ripped out. RIP."

'Real World' Star Ryan Knight

Death Ruled Accidental OD

3/18/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Real World" star Ryan Knight's death was caused by a deadly mix of multiple drugs and alcohol according to the final autopsy report.

The Kenosha County medical examiner concluded Knight had various drugs in his system, including methadone (a heroin substitute), tramadol (a painkiller), cocaine and Xanax -- mixed with a high level of alcohol.

The medical examiner ruled the death an accidental overdose.

TMZ broke the story ... Knight was found dead and covered in his own vomit in November, after partying hard in Kenosha, WI.

Knight was 29 years old.


Toto's Mike Porcaro

Dies From ALS at 59

3/15/2015 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0315-mike-porcaro-getty-01Toto bassist Mike Porcaro died early this morning after a long battle with ALS ... TMZ has learned.

Porcaro's brother and band mate Steve posted on Facebook that Mike was surrounded by family at home and passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 AM.

Mike joined the band Toto in 1983 alongside his  brothers Steve and Jeff, but retired in 2007 due to ALS. Mike played bass on some of the bands biggest hits, including ... "Rosanna," "Africa," and "I Won't Hold You Back." 

Porcaro was 59. 


Wayne Static's Death

Overdosed on Oxy and Booze

3/14/2015 2:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0314-wayne-static-facebookWayne Static, frontman for the metal group Static X, OD'd on a mixture of alcohol and a bunch of drugs ... including Oxycodone.

Wayne was found dead in his bed last November ... his wife was in bed with him at the time. The San Bernardino County Coroner's Office says toxicology results showed a fatal combo of prescription meds -- Oxycodone (generic Oxycontin), Hydromorphone, and Alprazolam (generic Xanax) -- along with alcohol.

Right after Wayne's death ... his wife had denied he was abusing any drugs at the time, but admitted he might have been drinking heavily.

The Coroner also said years of chronic drug and booze abuse played a factor.

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