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Peaches Geldof

Coroner: Death Was 'Likely' From Heroin Overdose

4/30/2014 3:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar6:18 A.M. PDT -- The inquest into Geldof's death just ended in Kent. Coroner Roger Hatch says the post mortem shows Geldof used heroin shortly before she died ... and that the drug is "likely to have played a role in her death."  Hatch also said Peaches' body was found on her bed by her husband.
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died as the result of a heroin overdose ... according to a London newspaper that says the cause of death will be officially revealed tomorrow at an inquest.

Geldof -- daughter of rocker Bob Geldof -- was found dead in her Kent home April 7. Authorities called it a "non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death" ... but an autopsy proved inconclusive because the coroner didn't have the results of the toxicology tests.

The Times of London reports the tox report will show she died from an overdose of heroin.  Geldof's mother, Paula Yates, died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000.

The Times' report angered a Kent city official ... who told TMZ the toxicology results were supposed to be confidential until tomorrow's inquest, saying "if I find out who leaked it I will cut their balls off."

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Bob Hoskins

Dead at 71

4/30/2014 5:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0429-bob-hoskins-01Bob Hoskins -- perhaps best known for his role opposite a bunch of cartoons in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" -- died on Wednesday. He was 71. 

His agent told the BBC he passed away following a bout with pneumonia. Hoskins retired from acting in 2012 after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Hoskins' breakout role was in "The Long Good Friday" and he was nominated for an Oscar for "Mona Lisa." He also appeared in "Mermaids," "Hook," "Nixon" and many other films. His final role was in "Snow White and the Huntsman."



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'Swamp People' Star

Dead at 13

From Heart Failure

4/28/2014 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0428-swamp-people-bruce-tyler-01All dogs go to Heaven ... and now one more rambunctious canine has checked into the big puppy bowl in the sky -- Tyler the Swamp dog.

Tyler's owner Janet Mitchell -- "Swamp People" star Bruce Mitchell's wife -- says the dog's heart gave out around 1 am Monday morning after a 3-year battle with congestive heart failure.

Bruce buried the swamp dog in his yard not long after ... alongside other deceased pets.

Hug your loved ones for Tyler and eat a zebra cake.



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DJ E-Z Rock

'It Takes Two' Rapper

Dead at 46

4/28/2014 7:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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DJ E-Z Rock, who partnered with Rob Base to form one of the most popular rap duos of the 1980s, died over the weekend, Rob Base's rep told TMZ.

E-Z Rock, real name Rodney Bryce, was 46-years-old. No other details were available.

"It Takes Two" was the duo's biggest hit, becoming a hip-hop classic and a requisite song at every Bar Mitzvah that took place in the late 80s and early 90s. Both the song, and the album it came from, hit platinum. 

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock grew up together in Harlem and were friends since the fourth grade.

Peaches Geldof

Celebs Gather For Funeral

4/21/2014 8:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Peaches Geldof FuneralFamily and friends gathered at a small church in Kent, England today to pay their final respects at the funeral of Peaches Geldof.

The 25-year-old socialite was found dead at her home two weeks ago. Police have found no evidence of foul play and consider it a "non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death."

Among the celebrities in attendance today at St. Mary Magdalene and St. Lawrence Church were the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Bill Wyman, Jo Wood and Pete Briquette (a bandmate of Peaches' father, Bob Geldof).

Her casket was painted sky blue and appeared to have drawings of Geldof's family on the outside.

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Roger Rodas

$1 MIL Life Insurance Policy for Kids

4/17/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Roger Rodas -- who died with Paul Walker in a fiery car crash -- left his children lots of financial security ... in the form of a $1 million life insurance policy.

Rodas' kids are 10 and 12.  Their mom, Kristine Rodas, has petitioned for a guardianship ... presumably so she can manage the money on behalf of her children.

There are tinges of sadness in the legal docs.  Kristine says she's the children's closest adult relative and their relationship is "loving."

The good news ... Roger provided well for them.

Miley Cyrus

Death of Dog Triggered Illness

... Which Triggered Hospitalization

4/16/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0415_miley_cyrus_gettyMiley Cyrus may have been rushed to the hospital because of a bad reaction to antibiotics, but we're told the reason she was on the meds was because she wore herself down by hard partying and an emotional meltdown over the death of her dog.

Sources connected to Miley tell TMZ ... she has been "an emotional mess" since her dog Floyd died earlier this month.  We're told she had crying fits and has been unable to sleep.

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Our sources say Miley's escape has been partying ... as one person said, "She's been off the rails since this happened."  We're told she's been drinking a lot and drugs are also involved.

We're told Miley was on meds because she got sick from being extremely worn down.

Everything's connected to everything.

We reached out to Miley's rep ... so far no word back.

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Miley Cyrus

Cancels Another Concert

... So Sorry, St. Louis!

4/16/2014 12:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0415_miley_cyrus_getty_2Miley Cyrus is canceling yet another concert following her hospitalization Tuesday after a severe allergic reaction to medicine.

Miley took to Twitter early Wednesday morning to announce the cancellation herself, saying, "the hospital is sayin i wont b released today therefore Im not going 2 make it 2 St Louis. Im so sorry but somethings are outta my control."

As TMZ first reported, part of the reason for Miley's hospitalization was the fact she has been "off the rails" since the death of her beloved dog Floyd earlier this month.

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Miley Cyrus

Hospitalized For Severe Allergic Reaction

4/15/2014 3:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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is in the hospital ... after a sudden and apparently severe allergic reaction to medicine.

Miley was in Kansas City for a concert Tuesday night on her Bangerz tour.  It appears Miley was at the arena -- the Sprint Center -- when she fell ill.  We're told she had a bad reaction to antibiotics.

Doctors ordered her on bed rest immediately.

Here's what's interesting ... A TMZ employee happens to be in Kansas City and just texted us an hour ago telling us Miley was out shopping with her mom ... so it seems whatever reaction she had was sudden.

The concert has been cancelled.  She also cancelled her concert last Monday in Charlotte due to the flu.

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Ultimate Warrior

Suffered Fatal Heart Attack

... Autopsy Shows

4/14/2014 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ultimate Warrior Cause of DeathThe Ultimate Warrior died from a massive heart attack ... this according to the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy, TMZ has learned. 

Officials tell TMZ ... the official cause of death for Warrior -- real name James Hellwig -- was determined to be "Atherosclerotic/Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease" ... aka heart disease. 

Officials classified Warrior's death as "natural" -- meaning neither drugs nor alcohol were directly involved.

As we previously reported, Warrior clutched his chest outside of an Arizona hotel on April 8 while walking with his wife. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but never regained consciousness. 

Warrior was 54 years old.

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'Lord of the Rings'

Gandalf's Steed Shadowfax

Euthanized

4/12/2014 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0412-Horse-LOTR-New-Line-Cinema-01Gandalf's glorious steed Shadowfax from the "Lord of the Rings" flicks just took a permanent trip to the big glue shire in the sky -- after the horse got too sick and had to be put down.

Shadowfax's owner Cynthia says the horse -- real name Blanco -- suddenly fell ill at home and was rushed to a horse hospital ... but after a few days, things took a turn for the worst.

The veterinarian asked Cynthia if she wanted to put the horse to sleep ... so she asked Shadowfax for approval -- and the owner says the horse gave her a look that meant yes.

Cynthia gave vets the OK -- and they put her down.

R.I.P.

Ed Lauter's Widow

CBS, NBC and Ford

Killed My Husband with Asbestos

4/11/2014 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The family of Ed Lauter -- the famed actor who died last October -- is suing CBS, Ford, GE and others claiming they exposed him to asbestos which killed him.

Ed's widow Mia Lauter claims in her lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Ed contracted malignant Mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos and blames the various companies.  Mia's suing CBS and GE (which owned NBC) because she says their facilities contained asbestos and Ed shot various shows at the networks for more than 2 decades.

As for Ford ... Mia says some of the components of the cars it sold -- including brakes, clutch facings, compressors and other items contained the deadly material.

Ed  starred in numerous TV shows like "The Office," "ER," "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Rockford Files."  He was also in various movies, including "The Longest Yard," "The Artist," and "Trouble with the Curve."

Mickey Rooney

Estranged Wife Crumbles

in Burial War

4/11/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0411-mickey-rooney-cemetary-getty-01Mickey Rooney can finally rest in peace -- his estranged wife has agreed to give up her fight to have the actor buried in a small family plot 30 miles West of Hollywood ... so he can be buried with movie legends instead.

Jan Rooney -- who separated from Mickey two years ago -- just filed legal docs, agreeing to let Rooney be buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, alongside film legends like Cecil B. DeMille, and Rudolph Valentino.

Jan wrote, "Despite my strong desires to be buried with my husband, I feel that I owe it to Mickey's fans to allow Mickey to be buried alongside other members of Hollywood royalty."

Jan claims Mickey had long wanted to be buried with his mother at a nearby family plot, but Mickey's lawyers have said the actor changed his tune in the wake of the couple's split ... wanting to be buried somewhere with a connection to Hollywood film stars instead.

It's unclear when the burial will take place.

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11:30AM PT -- A judge just ruled that Mickey's stepson and his wife cannot attend the services, per the new burial agreement.
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