The first wife of Marlon Brandois turning over in her grave because her dying wish -- to be buried side-by-side with her son, Christian Brando -- was denied by Christian's first wife.
Anna Kashfi was laid to rest Wednesday in Kalama, WA after succumbing to breast and colon cancer. What friends planning her funeral didn't realize ... is that Mary Brando had snatched the prime real estate next to Christian's grave -- even though they'd divorced 21 years before his death.
Funeral organizers went to plan B, and instead buried Anna in the plot directly above Christian -- so they're now head-to-head.
Mary is still alive ... and Brando family sources tell us Anna's estate contacted her to try to buy back the prized plot, but she refused. That's more bad blood than a T. Swizzle video.
NBA legend Darryl Dawkins -- nicknamed "Chocolate Thunder" for his monster dunks -- has died at the age of 58 ... TMZ Sports has confirmed.
Officials tell us ... a family member called 911 to respond to a medical emergency this morning -- and Dawkins was transported to a nearby hospital.
Unfortunately, Dawkins was not able to recover and was pronounced dead at 11:19 AM. The nature of the medical emergency is unclear at this point.
We're told there was nothing suspicious about his death and no indication of foul play.
An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.
Dawkins was the first basketball player to be drafted to the NBA straight outta high school when he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975.
Dawkins played in the NBA until 1989 ... and also spent time playing with the Harlem Globetrotters.
The guy was a pioneer of the monster dunk -- and threw down with such force that he shattered TWO backboards in 1979.
Dawkins was always cool with us ... and just last year explained how Stevie Wonder gave him his famous nickname.
1:45 PM PT -- Darryl's family says he died from a heart attack today. In a statement they said, "More than anything Darryl accomplished in his basketball career ... he was most proud of his role and responsibility as a husband and father."
1:20 PM PT -- A rep for the Sixers tells us ... "We’ve lost a dear friend and an iconic figure, both on and off the court. We remember fondly not only his thunderous dunks, but more importantly his powerful presence and personality. Simply put, Darryl Dawkins was beloved—by his family, friends, former teammates and his fans all over the globe."
The rep added, "Chocolate Thunder will always have a special place in our hearts. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.”
Anna Kashfi, mother of Marlon Brando's first son, has died in Washington state.
Kashfi married Brando in 1957, not too long after meeting at the commissary at Paramount Studios. She gave birth to Christian Brando in 1958. The next year she and Marlon divorced -- they fought for custody of Christian ... with Marlon eventually winning.
Kashfi said she was born in India, and raised in Great Britain. In the early '50s, she starred in movies with Rock Hudson ("Battle Hymn") and Spencer Tracy ("The Mountain").
She wrote a tell-all book about her life with Marlon in 1979 called, "Brando for Breakfast."
Christian, you may recall, shot and killed his sister's boyfriend, pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and served 6 years in prison. He died in 2008, and was buried in Kalama, Washington ... the same town where Anna lived.
The LAPD detective who investigated the death of Biggie Smalls died of an apparent heart attack while interviewing an L.A. County Sheriff's captain about Biggie's murder ... TMZ has learned.
Russell Poole was at the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau Wednesday interviewing the captain for a book he was writing about the case. Poole believed LAPD officers who worked off duty for Suge Knight had a hand in Biggie's killing ... as retaliation for Tupac's murder.
We're told Poole was interviewing the captain when he clutched his chest, said "I think I'm having a heart attack," and then keeled over.
Law enforcement sources tell us Poole -- who was 58 -- made it known he believed the LAPD wanted him dead. There's no evidence of foul play, and in fact we're told Poole suffered from chronic high blood pressure.
We're told the L.A. County Coroner's Office has conducted an autopsy but did not establish cause of death yet ... they're waiting for toxicology results.
51-year-old Lenny B. Robinson, better known as The Route 29 Batman, was fatally struck by a car Sunday night around 10:30 pm.
Robinson was on his way home from a car show in West Virginia after his 'Batmobile' -- a black Lamborghini -- broke down on the I-70 near Hagerstown, MD.
Robinson became the President for “Superheroes for Kids, Inc.” after he sold his commercial cleaning business ... he would regularly visit sick children in hospitals. His site says his mission was to "entertain ill and terminally ill children by appearing to them as Batman."
He gained fame when video of a 2012 traffic stop went viral after he was pulled over in his Batmobile.
5:10 AM PT -- According to police, the suspect -- Hines' boyfriend, Lamar Davenport -- was screaming about religion during the alleged stabbing. Davenport is currently hospitalized and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Davenport was charged Monday with second-degree murder.
Morgan Freeman's 33-year-old step-granddaughter was murdered outside of her New York City home early Sunday morning.
Law enforcement tells TMZ E'Dena Hines was found lying on the street and had suffered multiple stab wounds to her torso. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
A 30-year-old man was taken into custody at the scene and transported to a hospital nearby.
In a statement to People, Morgan said, "Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace."
The PGA Championship was hit by tragedy -- a Sheriff's K-9 overheated in a patrol car and died in the line of duty.
The Brown County Sheriff's Office says the dog, named Wix died when he was left in a patrol car assigned to golf tournament being held in Kohler, Wisconsin. The Sheriff says the engine was running while Wix was in the car ... but the AC unit failed. Wix's partner Deputy Lemberger eventually found him unresponsive.
The AC wasn't the only problem -- according to the Sheriff the car's K-9 heat alarm also failed. We're told the system is supposed to put the windows down and sound an alarm when the car temp gets too high. An investigation has been launched.
Wix was a 3-year-old male Malinois who'd been with the department since April 2014.
Uggie, the famous Jack Russell Terrier from "The Artist" ... has gone to the big doghouse in the sky -- after bravely battling a prostate tumor.
TMZ has learned the 13-year-old star who played "The Dog" in the 2012 Oscar winning film was put down Friday in Los Angeles. His owner, Omar Von Mueller, tells us it was a difficult decision, but Uggie had been suffering with the tumor, and the last few weeks were especially difficult.
Sarah Clifford worked with Uggie on his big star turn, and tells us he was "a perfect little terrier" with boundless energy.
His "Artist" work earned him several accolades, including a Golden Collar Award ... and the Palm Dog Award at Cannes. He also famously nipped at Harvey Levin during a visit to TMZ Live.
Uggie was able to cash in on all that success too -- becoming Nintendo's first ever spokesdog.
Clifford added ... "I will forever hold him dearly in my heart and never forget his infinite love for chicken and hotdogs."
"Deadliest Catch" star Tony Lara didn't suffer when he died ... authorities believe he suffered a heart attack in his sleep.
Meade County Sheriff, Ron Merwin, tells TMZ ... the pathologist who performed the autopsy observed scar tissue on Lara's heart, which is consistent with the effects of a heart attack.
Merwin says they'll know for sure when the toxicology report comes back, but there were no signs drugs or alcohol played a role. We're told Lara's body is being transferred back to his hometown in Alaska.
He was found dead Saturday morning at a home in Sturgis, South Dakota where he was attending the famous motorcycle rally.