The car shop owned by Paul Walker and Roger Rodas is shutting its doors for good ... after both men were killed in a violent car crash last month, TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Rodas tell TMZ, Always Evolving -- the performance and racing shop in Valencia, CA -- is expected to close for business in the next few weeks.
We're told the people who helped run the shop have already left and are looking for new jobs.
The shop itself is being cleaned out, and we're told the cars in-house will be auctioned off.
We're also told there's a core group of people who want to keep the shop open, but without Rodas and Walker's leadership and financial support ... it's impossible.
After Winning Australian Trip On TV Show
12/18/2013 5:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A Marine died in a parachute accident last weekend -- during a trip his wife won on the "Ellen" show.
Cherilyn McGraw won a trip to Australia on "Ellen" last January. Cherilyn and her husband, Gunnery Sgt. Brandon McGraw, took the trip last week. On Saturday, the two of them went skydiving in the same plane. Cherilyn made a tandem jump, but Brandon was experienced and followed by jumping solo.
An employee from the skydiving school tells TMZ ... approximately 300 feet from the ground, Brandon's parachute suddenly caused him to turn radically right and left and he crashed to the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cherilyn posted a message on Facebook with photos inside the plane before the jump, saying, "My hero. My angel. These are truly such symbolic photos. He was happy and doing what he loved."
Katherine Jackson to AEG
You're Charging Me for Parking!!!
12/18/2013 12:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Jackson is irate that AEG is asking her to pay more than $1.2 million in costs associated with the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial ... claiming many of the so-called "expenses" are bogus.
AEG -- which won the case -- is asking the judge to sock Katherine with court costs. But according to new docs, obtained by TMZ, Katherine is blanching at a bunch of them, including:
-- $540,000 in models and blow-up court exhibits
-- $20,000 for 1,000 pages of jury instruction paper and other stuff
-- $53,000 for process servers
-- $118,000 unnecessary depositions
Katherine is even grousing about the $9 parking fees tacked on for court reporters to show up for the trial.
A judge hasn't decided what, if anything, Katherine will have to shell out.
Paul Walker Crash
Cops Summon Porsche Experts from Germany
12/18/2013 9:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Paul Walker death investigation has taken a new turn -- mechanical experts who work at Porsche in Germany are flying out to L.A. in an attempt to get to the bottom of what caused the fatal crash ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... they want a full analysis of the Carrera GT, including brakes, engine and body. They also want the experts to help determine speed at the time of impact. Our sources say they're also interested in the tires, and at least one is available for analysis because it was not completely destroyed in the fire.
TMZ broke the story, the L.A. County Coroner determined Walker died from a combination of impact and flames.
The Porsche experts will be working with Sheriff investigators to make an attempt to determine a clear cause of the crash.
Traumatic & Thermal Injuries
12/16/2013 5:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker died from "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries"... this according to the death certificate obtained by TMZ.
The official cause of death is significant ... it means Walker wasn't killed from the impact alone. He also burned to death after the crash.
The L.A. County Coroner released Paul's cause of death earlier this month. The man who was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, Roger Rodas, also died from "multiple traumatic injuries," but the Coroner did NOT list burns as a factor in his death.
Both death certificates reveal the men died quickly ... according to the doc, the time interval between the impact and their deaths was "rapid."
Both Walker and Rodas were killed in the November 30th crash in Santa Clarita, CA. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but as we reported, officials suspect plastic bumps in the road may have caused Rodas to lose control.
12/16/2013 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker's family -- and Tyrese -- said their final goodbye to the actor on a Santa Barbara beach.
Paul's dad, his 15-year-old daughter Meadow, Paul's brother and others were there celebrating Paul's life by enjoying a beautiful SoCal day -- playing football on the sand and hanging out.
Tyrese -- who co-starred with Walker in the "Fast & Furious" franchise -- was also present.
A bunch of people wore Viking hats -- not sure of the significance.
Santa Barbara was an appropriate place for the memorial. Paul made Santa Barbara home -- he wasn't really a Hollywood guy.
Brian Griffin Returns From the Dead
12/16/2013 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jesus Christ ain't got nothing on Brian the dog ... as "Family Guy" brought him back from the dead on last night's episode -- 3 weeks after he was left for roadkill.
Here's how Brian Griffin was resurrected -- Stewie cries to a mall Santa that he wants his best friend back -- and then through a wrinkle in the time-space continuum ... steals his broken time machine from another version of himself ... but before it was broken.
Yeah ... time travel is confusing.
Blah, blah, blah ... Stewie goes back in time, and pushes Brian out of the way of the car that ran him over.
After the episode ... Seth MacFarlane tweeted: "And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash."
Whatever. All we know is Brian's back ... all is right again.
Michael Clarke Duncan
Family Fight Over Unmarked Tomb
12/16/2013 5:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Clarke Duncan's body lies in an unmarked cemetery tomb -- more than a year after his death -- because of a ridiculous squabble between his family and former fiancee, Omarosa Manigault ... TMZ has learned.
We're told the fight is over a bronze plaque for Duncan's vault at Forest Lawn Cemetery in L.A.
As of now there's no plaque at all -- it hasn't even been ordered -- even though it's already been paid for (it was included in MCD's funeral bill).
Sources close to Omarosa tell TMZ ... she had planned to order a plaque inscribed with MCD's name and the date of his birth and death ... but was blocked by his family because they wanted to handle it.
But friends of Duncan's family tell us the opposite is true ... Omarosa is the problem. They claim she identified herself as MCD's "wife" on the cemetery paperwork and promised to order the inscription ... but never did.
And neither side wants to talk to the other to work it out.
One family friend tells us the whole thing is outrageous and shameful ... especially since Michael's mother is 95 years old and in poor health ... and would like her son to finally rest in peace.
Small, Private Funeral
Held By Family and Friends
12/14/2013 2:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Walker's ashes were interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills Saturday morning ... and we're told the ceremony was brief.
As we previously reported ... the family is planning to hold another memorial in the near future ... this time for more people that were close to Paul.
Gene Autry, Don Cornelius, and Liberace were also laid to rest at Forest Lawn.
Daughter of Birkin Bag Lady Dead
After Fatal Apt. Fall
12/14/2013 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The daughter of the woman who was the inspiration for the famous Birkin bag is dead, after plunging from her Paris apartment building.
Kate Barry, the daughter of Jane Birkin, fell 4 floors to her death Wednesday night. The circumstances of the fall are unclear.
Jane Birkin is an English actress who had a scandalous affair in the 60s with a French singing dude, but her big claim to fame is the ridiculously expensive purse -- ranging in price from $7K to 150K.
Kate Barry was somewhat famous in her own right ... she was a photographer who was published in Vogue, Elle and other mags.
Kate's dad, John Barry, is a famous composer of numerous movie sound tracks, including 11 James Bond flicks.
Barry struggled with depression. Antidepressants were found in her apartment.
Howard Stern Contest Winner
Won Date With Prostitutes
Died Minutes Before Getting Laid
12/13/2013 9:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The elderly grandpa who won a date with 2 prostitutes on the Howard Stern Show choked and died last night ... just before he was going to have sex for the first time in years ... TMZ has learned.
We've confirmed 86-year-old Johnny Orris died in a Lake Tahoe hospital last night ... after choking on his steak at a local restaurant.
Orris appeared on the Stern show back in October with his grandson ... who had entered him in a contest called "I Want To Get My Grandpa Laid." Orris said his wife had died more than a decade ago ... and he hadn't had sex since. He said he fantasized about big-breasted black women.
On the show, Orris won a date with two prostitutes from the famed Bunny Ranch in Nevada ... and flew to Lake Tahoe to claim his prize.
Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof tells us Orris came to the ranch last night and chose 2 gorgeous working girls he wanted to have sex with -- Caressa Kisses and Vanity. But before consummating the date ... Orris went out for a nice dinner with his grandson, Ed.
We're told Orris ordered the steak at Sage Room Steakhouse at Harvey's Lake Tahoe ... and began to choke on it. Ed and the maitre d' immediately began CPR ... and Johnny was transported by ambulance to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Hof tells us, "He just wanted a steak before having sex with Caressa Kisses and Vanity. The bunnies loved him."
And this is hilarious ... Ed tells us, he felt bad leaving the Ranch without sampling the goods -- especially after traveling so far -- so he banged one of the hookers after his grandpa died. Not Caressa or Vanity, though. That would have been weird.
The best part ... Hof let Ed use his grandpa's coupon for one free roll in the hay.
I'm Desperate To Keep Farrah Painting
'Or I'll Die!'
12/13/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ryan O'Neal is a desperate man ... telling TMZ if he's forced to give up a famous Warhol painting of Farrah Fawcett ... it will kill him.
O'Neal may have been overly dramatic when we saw him Wednesday night outside Palmeri ... but he was clearly anxious about the outcome of his court case involving the portrait.
The University of Texas has sued O'Neal ... claiming it rightfully owns the Warhol ... since Farrah left her entire art collection to the university in her will.
O'Neal -- who was with Farrah for years -- claims the artist gave the painting to him personally ... so he's fighting in court to hang onto it.
He tells us, "I gotta win ... or I'll die."
Paul Walker Death
Family Hunts For Burial Plot
12/11/2013 2:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker's family is making plans for a proper funeral ... touring the grounds of a famous L.A. cemetery looking for a suitable burial plot.
Walker was killed 11 days ago when a Porsche Carrera GT driven by buddy Roger Rodas slammed into a pole and exploded in flames.
Walker's dad, Paul Sr., and other family members went to Forest Lawn Cemetery today to finalize plans and choose a final resting place.
We're told the Walkers are planning a small funeral -- mostly family -- but it will also include cast and crew from the "Fast & Furious" movies.
No word on when the funeral will be held.