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Chyna Dead for Days ... No Signs of Suicide

4/21/2016 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0421-chyna-tmz-01There are no signs Chyna intended to die, based on what police found inside her apartment -- and she'd been deceased for at least a day ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us there was no suicide note left in her Redondo Beach, CA home. We're also told it appears the WWE legend had passed away a "day or two" prior to Wednesday evening ... when a friend found her body. The last known contact she had with anyone happened on Sunday evening.

As we first reported ... there were no illegal drugs, but officers did find legal prescription bottles. Our sources described the number of bottles as 3 or 4 ... "nothing out of the ordinary." Also, the bottles were not emptied. 

We're told several neighbors told investigators they suspected "overdose" as the cause of death since she'd seemed "under the influence" lately.

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Chyna's Death Wrestling Superstars React

4/21/2016 8:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Hulk Hogan 'Devastated Over Chyna' ... 'Beautiful Soul'

4/21/2016 6:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0421-hogan-chyna-tmz-instagram-02Hulk Hogan is mourning the death of his former co-worker Chyna ... saying he's "devastated" over her death.

Hulk tweeted, "Devastated over Chyna passing,she dated Brutus years before wrestling,such a beautiful soul and so kind to my children,rip Joanie love u."

Triple H also tweeted ... "Someone who wasn't afraid to blaze her own trail & create a path for those who would follow. A pioneer whose star shined bright. #RIPChyna"

Stephanie McMahon -- "I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna."

Mick Foley -- "Joanie, I'm so sorry. I will always treasure our friendship and will never forget your kindness to my children. RIP"

Diamond Dallas Page -- "Wow I just heard @ChynaJoanLaurer passed. Sad... My Prayers go out to you and your family Joanie. RIP my friend."

Kevin Nash -- "@ChynaJoanLaurer May the peace you were seeking put you at rest my friend. So sorry for not seeing the pain @Mania. We've shared so much"

The WWE also issued a statement saying the organization is "saddened to learn of reports that Joanie Laurer, best known for competing in WWE as Chyna, has passed away."

"A physically striking and wildly talented performer, Chyna was a true sports-entertainment pioneer. Not only did the Superstar dubbed “The Ninth Wonder of the World” help found the groundbreaking faction D-Generation X, but she also holds the distinction of being the first and only female to win the Intercontinental Championship."

"WWE extends its condolences to Laurer’s family, friends and fans."

Chyna WWE Legend Dead 'Possible Overdose'

4/20/2016 9:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0421_chyna_joanie_laurer_launchWWE legend Chyna -- real name Joanie Laurer -- has died ... and officials are investigating as a possible overdose, TMZ Sports has learned. 

We've learned she was in her apartment in Redondo Beach, CA ... south of L.A. -- and police got the call around 7:30 PM. Our law enforcement sources say she had not been seen or heard from for a few days. A friend went to check on her yesterday and found her unresponsive in the bedroom of her home and made the call to police.

0421-sub-chyna-tmz-01Officers were on the scene late Wednesday investigating the death as a possible overdose -- due mainly to her history with drugs. Prescription bottles were found in the home, but there were no illegal drugs ... according to our sources.

Cops say there are no signs of foul play. 

Chyna was 46 years old. 

A statement was posted to Chyna's official Twitter account confirming the death ... saying, "It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero."

"She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her."

Laurer's manager first confirmed the death to ProWrestlingSheet.com.

She posted a video to her YouTube page earlier this week -- she looked like she was struggling. 

Chyna was a game changer during her stint with the WWE -- famously teaming up with Triple H to become one of the original members of D-Generation X. She was also the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble. 

Chyna went on to pose for Playboy before transitioning to reality TV. She appeared on "The Surreal Life" in 2005. 

Later, Chyna got into porn ... releasing 6 films from 2004 to 2013. 

She later went to Japan to teach English. 

Chyna struggled with addiction for years -- and appeared on 'Celebrity Rehab' back in 2008. 

Doris Roberts Film Project in Jeopardy Cast Keeps Dying

4/19/2016 2:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0419_doris_roberts_gettyDoris Roberts' death is causing turmoil for a movie she was set to headline ... because she's the third big name attached to the flick who has died.

One of the last movie roles Doris signed on for was the female lead in "Old Soldiers" ... which is still securing its last bit of financing before it starts production.

Problem is ... 2 of the other major roles belonged to Mickey Rooney and James Best ... who died in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Producer Dave Rotan -- who is adamant on using actual WWII-era celebs for the road trip comedy -- tells us he's still optimistic about the film, but admits his "window of opportunity is quickly closing" on filling out a cast of elderly legends.

Rotan tells us he's not going to recast Doris' role yet -- for fear of jinxing anyone else -- and is still banking on Clifton James (94), Hugh O'Brian (91), and Rance Howard (87) to make it through filming.

Godspeed. 

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Doris Roberts Dead at 90

4/18/2016 3:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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41816-doris-roberts-gettyDoris Roberts, the beloved mom from "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Doris passed away Sunday at home in L.A.

She won 5 Emmy awards, 4 of them for 'Raymond.' She's also starred in tons of other TV shows and movies, like "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and "Grandma's Boy."

She's survived by her son, Michael Cannata Jr., who she had with her first husband. Doris' second husband, William Goyen, died in 1983.

Doris was 90 years old.

We last saw her about a month ago where we frequently got her -- going to the movies at the ArcLight in Hollywood. Doris said she wasn't feeling great, but she was as witty as ever.


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Tom Cruise Movie Death Untrained Pilot Killed My Husband ... Widow Sues

4/15/2016 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0415_tom_and_alan_purwin_instagramThe widow of a pilot killed on the set of Tom Cruise's Pablo Escobar movie says her husband only died because the filmmakers put his life in the hands of an incompetent flier.

Alan Purwin, a veteran Hollywood stunt pilot, was working closely with Cruise on "Mena" last year. He was a passenger onboard a small plane that went down in the Colombian jungle on the last day of filming.

Kathryn Purwin is suing Cross Creek Pictures, the film's producer, saying Carlos Berl -- the man at the stick when the plane went down -- didn't have the "necessary skills" and had no business flying the aircraft. Berl was also killed in the crash.

Kathryn wants damages and funeral expenses from Cross Creek. 

Conor McGregor I Was Ringside at Fatal MMA Fight ... 'Truly Heartbreaking'

4/13/2016 6:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0413-conor-mcgregor-tmz-01Conor McGregor says he was ringside at the MMA fight in Dublin -- in which a fighter was beaten so badly, he died from his injuries ... and calls the whole situation "truly heartbreaking."

Conor was at the fight to watch his teammate Charlie Ward take on Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho. Joao lost by TKO in the 3rd round ... and died a few days later from head injuries suffered in the fight. 

"Terrible news regarding Joao Carvalho," McGregor said in a statement.

"To see a young man doing what he loves, competing for a chance at a better life, and then to have it taken away is truly heartbreaking."

"We are just men and women doing something we love in the hope of a better life for ourselves and our families. Nobody involved in combat sports of any kind wants to see this. It is such a rare occurrence that I don't know how to take this."

"I was ringside supporting my teammate, and the fight was so back and forth, that I just can't understand it."

"My condolences go out to Joao's family and his team. Their man was a hell of a fighter and will be sorely missed by all."

McGregor continued ... "It is easy for those on the outside to criticise our way of living, but for the millions of people around the world who have had their lives, their health, their fitness and their mental strength all changed for the better through combat, this is truly a bitter pill to swallow. We have lost one of us."

Pierre Thomas I Watched Will Smith Die 'Over a F**king Fender Bender'

4/12/2016 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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041216-pierre-thomas-instagramNFL running back Pierre Thomas says he'll be forever scarred after watching his close friend, Will Smith, get shot to death in New Orleans ... saying, "These images that I have in my head will never leave me."

Thomas was at the scene when Smith got into it with Cardell Hayes -- and says the whole thing erupted after a "f**king fender bender" ... not a revenge plot as some speculated. 

Here's Pierre's post in its entirety:

"The last few days has been a whirlwind and I am still trying to wrap my head around this whole thing. I flew out of New Orleans last night and back to Chicago because I couldn't think straight... I witnessed a close friend, teammate and a man that I thought of as one of my big brothers in the NFL shot to death OVER A F**KING FENDER BENDER!!!!"

"Why!? I just don't get it... these images that I have in my head will never leave me and I understand that and will have to live with it."

"I want to thank each and everyone of you, my family, friends, fans and the entire Who Dat Nation for all of your thoughts and prayers.... But let's send them instead to Will's family- his wife and 3 kids who have to be strong during this difficult time."

"People!! When is this sh*t going to stop?"

"There is so much senseless killing going on in our world, and I'm not saying that I have the answers to fix it."

"But I am willing to do my part to help and find a solution. My heart is heavy and I wish I could turn back the hands of time, but what is done is done."

"Sadly my friend is gone but he will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Will."

NFL Players Association Offers Counseling To Will Smith's Ex-Teammates

4/12/2016 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0412-will-smith-getty-02The NFL Players Association has reached out to several of Will Smith's former NFL teammates to offer support and professional counseling to help with the grieving process. 

TMZ Sports spoke with NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis who says the Assoc. wants to do everything in its power to help players who may be taking the death especially hard. 

"We're here to support the players. We've been in contact with the players and their reps. Counseling is available."

Smith played 9 seasons in the NFL -- all of them with the Saints (he did spend some time with the Patriots but never played in a game for them). 

Francis says the NFLPA also plans on reaching out to Smith's family -- but doesn't want to bother them until they've had time to grieve. 

Tiffany Pollard 'David Is Dead' Shirts Pulled From Site

4/12/2016 9:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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041216-david-is-dead-tee-tiffanyTiffany "New York" Pollard is taking a step back on an attempt to capitalize on her notorious David Gest death fumble.

A rep for Pollard tells us they just removed a listing for the "David is Dead" shirts, which the reality star had been selling on her website. Gest was found dead in London earlier Tuesday.

Pollard's merchandise poked fun at her viral moment on UK's "Celebrity Big Brother" back in January. Pollard broke into hysterics after Angie Bowie told her "David is dead" -- Pollard mistook David Bowie's death for that of housemate David Gest.

Ohio State Football Honoring Will Smith Helmet Decal & Moment of Silence

4/12/2016 9:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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041216-will-smith-tribute-02The Ohio State football program is paying tribute to Will Smith at the annual Spring Game this weekend -- honoring the late Buckeye with a customized helmet decal. 

OSU's athletic director Gene Smith announced ... "Honoring Buckeye great Will Smith Saturday at our Spring Game. Tribute to include helmet decal & moment of silence."

Smith was a beast during his collegiate career -- helping the team win the BCS National Championship in 2002. He was named a 1st team All-American in 2003. 

David Gest Liza Minnelli's Ex Dies in London Hotel

4/12/2016 8:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0412_david_gest_remembering_launch_2David Gest, Liza Minnelli's ex-husband, has died in London.

Gest was found dead in the Four Seasons Hotel at the Canary Wharf ... according to police.

London cops said, "Police were called at 10:17 on Tuesday to the Four Seasons Hotel, to reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s. London ambulance service were called to the scene."

It's unclear what caused his death. Police say an autopsy has been scheduled, but they tell us at this point it appears to be "non suspicious."

Gest and Liza were married from 2002 to 2007. He famously accused Liza of physcial abuse during their relationship.

He was on UK's "Celebrity Big Brother" earlier this year, but left the house early for undislcosed medical reasons.

He was planning to do a tour later this year with several soul singers. The title of the tour? "David Gest Is Not Dead, But Alive with Soul."

Gest was 62.

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