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Chris Cornell Wife Says Drugs May Have Triggered Suicide

5/19/2017 5:57 AM PDT
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Chris Cornell's wife believes her husband's death was actually caused by an overdose of Ativan and that if he took his life he was not in his right mind.

Vicky Cornell confirms the story we broke Thursday ... that she spoke with Chris twice hours before his death and he was not suicidal ... not even depressed. Vicky says when she spoke with Chris before his Detroit concert they discussed vacation plans over Memorial Day.

She says after the show when they spoke, she noticed he was slurring his words, and that's when Chris told her he "may have taken an extra Ativan or two."

The family lawyer is not ready to concede Chris' death was suicide, and says the toxicology tests may provide the key. The lawyer notes Chris was a recovering addict and, "The family believes if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions." He adds Ativan can cause paranoid or suicidal thoughts.

Nick Carter's Father Ashes will be Spread with Late Daughter

5/19/2017 12:30 AM PDT

Nick Carter and his family will honor their father's dying wishes -- cremate him and spread his ashes, but the family's also decided to involve their late sister.

We're told Bob -- whom the families believe died from a heart attack -- requested cremation. He wanted his ashes spread in the Gulf of Mexico by the Florida Keys.

The family would like a ceremony which reunites Bob with his late daughter postmortem. Nick's sister Leslie died suddenly at 25 back in 2012 of an overdose. Sources say she was cremated and her husband has retained her ashes ever since. 

Now that Bob died, the family would like to spread both his and Leslie's ashes at the same time. We're told Leslie's husband is on board so it's all systems go.

The private ceremony will go down later this year.

Times Square Tragedy Cameras Capture Car Plowing Through Crowd

5/18/2017 3:37 PM PDT
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Surveillance cameras caught the moment Richard Rojas plowed down more than 20 people in Times Square Thursday ... and the scene is gruesome.

You can see Rojas coming at full speed in the wrong direction before he literally mows down a huge crowd of civilians. As we reported, Rojas was taken into custody by police after he jumped out of the vehicle and tried fleeing the scene.

22 people were injured and an 18-year-old woman was killed. 

Law enforcement sources tell us Rojas admitted smoking marijuana before driving, and when he was captured he told cops he wanted them to shoot him. 

Chris Cornell Music Soaring on Sales Charts

5/18/2017 1:34 PM PDT

Chris Cornell's music is spiking in sales on iTunes and Amazon.

The leap was, of course, expected after his death -- but it's interesting to see what fans are connecting with most. The 20th anniversary reissue of Soundgarden's "Superunknown" is the #1 album on iTunes -- and his other band, Audioslave, has the #2 spot.

His recordings are scattered all over Amazon's "Movers & Shakers" chart as well.

In an odd coincidence ... some rare Cornell recordings will be out Friday when a deluxe reissue of the "Singles" soundtrack is released. It will include previously unreleased songs Chris wrote for the film's score.

Chris Cornell Loved Detroit, Talked About Next Show ... Did NOT Sound Suicidal

5/18/2017 9:52 AM PDT

Chris Cornell was fully anticipating Soundgarden's next concert stop after Detroit ... and shared his feelings with the crowd Wednesday night. 

In the footage ... Chris and the band were about to start an encore, and he gushed about how awesome Detroit fans had been, saying, "I feel a little bit sorry for the next f***ing place we play."

They were set to play Friday in Columbus, Ohio and Chris joked he'll have to tell fans there, "You should have been at that Detroit show. That crowd was something."

The Fox Theatre crowd ate it up, but this clearly shows Chris was in great spirits, and already thinking beyond Wednesday night. TMZ broke the story ... Chris' wife, Vicky, said he showed no signs of depression or being suicidal in the hours before he was found dead.

Chris Cornell Wife Says No Signs of Suicidal Thoughts

5/18/2017 9:15 AM PDT

Chris Cornell was not depressed or in a suicidal state the evening he died ... this according to his wife.

Sources who spoke with Chris' wife Thursday morning tell TMZ, Vicky Cornell spoke with her husband during soundcheck before he took the stage in Detroit and after Wednesday night's show. According to our sources, Vicky says Chris was NOT in any way, shape or form in a suicidal state. She doubled down and said there were no signs he was at all depressed.

We're told Vicky tried reaching Chris in his hotel room early Thursday morning but he was not answering. She became concerned and asked someone to call hotel security. That's when Chris' body was discovered.

Vicky told people Thursday morning he was devoted to his kids -- ages 16, 12 and 11 -- and she didn't believe he would take his life.

That said, law enforcement says Chris' death is an apparent suicide, which raises the question about whether he'd fallen off the wagon.

Roger Ailes Dead at 77 After Suffering Fall

5/18/2017 5:51 AM PDT
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2:20 PM PT -- The coroner just release Ailes' cause of death, saying he died of complications from bleeding on the brain.Roger Ailes -- architect of FOX News -- has died, and TMZ learned his passing came days after a serious fall.

Sources tell TMZ Ailes fell at his Florida home 8 days ago and hit his head. We're told Ailes fell unconscious and his condition went downhill. Our sources say he was put into an induced coma and died Thursday morning.

Ailes was suffering from numerous and serious health problems, which we're told contributed to his death.

Elizabeth Ailes says, "I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning."

"Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise -- and to give back."

"During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life."

Ailes launched the careers of some of the biggest names in news including Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren.

Ailes was forced out of FOX News after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced. He resigned in July.

Alan Thicke's Widow We Were Going to Have a Kid ... Denies Robin's Gold Digger Claim

5/18/2017 1:00 AM PDT

Alan Thicke's widow says she was far from an opportunist out for Alan's riches, and says she loved him so deeply ... they were about to expand their family when he died.

Tanya Callau tells TMZ she and Alan were finally ready to take the next step in their 11-year marriage ... by getting pregnant in 2017. She says they'd frozen her eggs 3 years ago, and planned to put them to use once Alan's youngest, 19-year-old Carter, moved out.

She says they already had an architect visit their Santa Barbara ranch in early December to draw up plans for a nursery. Alan died suddenly of a massive heart attack on December 13.

Tanya's now facing a possible lawsuit from Brennan and Robin Thicke -- who claim their stepmother is greedy and overreaching for more of their dad's estate than what's laid out in his will. She's calling BS on that, and adds ... she never threatened to go to tabloids as the boys allege.

Chris Cornell Friends & Fans Share Memories

5/18/2017 6:29 AM PDT
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Chris Cornell was so respected and loved by other musicians, his friends, and millions of fans. They're all honoring the iconic singer as they get the sad news of his death.

Nick & Aaron Carter's Dad Died of Heart Attack ... Family Believes

5/17/2017 3:43 PM PDT

Nick and Aaron Carter's father complained of chest pains and had twitching in his arm before he went to bed and never woke up ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the family tell us ... all signs point to Bob Carter suffering a heart attack when he died Tuesday night. We're told he was working a lot around the house and was out in the hot Florida sun when the chest pains started.

Our sources say the family's grateful everyone was on good terms with Bob.

As we reported ... Nick and Aaron both shared messages about their father's death on Wednesday.

Nick & Aaron Carter Father Dead at 65

5/17/2017 10:42 AM PDT

11:52 AM PT -- Aaron just shared a message as well, saying, "My heart is broken, we are so hurt we lost you poppa way too soon. You were never human to me, you were always my real life super hero."

11:20 AM PT -- Nick just tweeted about his dad's death, saying, "I am heartbroken to share the news that our father, Robert, passed away last night."Nick and Aaron Carter's father has died ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the family tell us Bob Carter died Tuesday night in Florida. He was 65, and right now there are very few details about the cause of death. In a tweet he later deleted, Aaron said something about his father being found unconscious. 

Bob was on the family's reality show, "House of Carters" ... featuring the Backstreet Boys singer, Aaron and their 3 other siblings -- Leslie, Angel and Bobbie.

This is yet another tragedy for the Carters. You'll recall Leslie died at the age of 25 back in 2012.


Alan Thicke Sons Go to War with His Wife To Protect the Estate

5/16/2017 12:33 PM PDT
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Alan Thicke's sons -- Robin and Brennan -- believe their dad's third wife is making moves to get more of his estate than she deserves, and they're taking action to nip it in the bud.

The sons, with attorney Alex Weingarten, have filed legal docs in Alan's probate case, claiming his widow, Tanya Callau, is greedy and overreaching to get a bigger piece of the pie than their dad intended in his will. In the docs they say she threatened to go to tabloids if her demands are not met.

They don't mention a specific dollar amount she's allegedly trying to get.

According to the docs ... Alan got rich and famous long before meeting Callau, and they signed a prenup when they wed in 2005. The sons say she's threatening to challenge the prenup.

The sons say Tanya also wants more because she claims to have given up her own career to support Alan and help raise his youngest son, Carter.

According to docs ... the boys say their dad left Tanya 25 percent of his personal effects, 40 percent of his remaining estate, a $500k life insurance policy and said she could live at the ranch.

Robin and Brennan want a judge to enforce the will and the prenup.

Rosario Dawson Finds Cousin Dead at 26

5/16/2017 1:00 AM PDT

Rosario Dawson's cousin died after the actress found her unconscious last week ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us Rosario walked downstairs in her Venice home last Thursday and found 26-year-old Vaneza Ines Vasquez lying unresponsive. Paramedics rushed to the scene and transported Vaneza, but ultimately they could not resuscitate her.

We're told Vaneza -- who worked for Rosario -- had recently been suffering migraines and also had hypertension. We're told early autopsy results point to her dying from natural causes.

Toxicology results are still pending, but our sources tell us Vaneza had no history of substance abuse. 

We reached out to Rosario and the family of Vasquez who did not wish to release a statement at this time.

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