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Michael Clarke Duncan

Family Fight Over Unmarked Tomb

12/16/2013 5:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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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.

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Paul Walker

Small, Private Funeral

Held By Family and Friends

12/14/2013 2:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Paul Walker's family and friends gathered today for his funeral in Los Angeles -- exactly two weeks after his fatal car crash.

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.

Kate Barry

Daughter of Birkin Bag Lady Dead

After Fatal Apt. Fall

12/14/2013 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1214_jane-birkin_getty_bagThe 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
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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.

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Ryan O'Neal

I'm Desperate To Keep Farrah Painting

'Or I'll Die!'

12/13/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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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
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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.

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Paul Walker

Family Believes Road Bumps Sealed His Fate

12/11/2013 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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died after the speeding Porsche in which he was riding hydroplaned on reflective plastic markers in the street ... at least that's what his family and accident reconstruction experts believe.

Sources close to Paul's family tell TMZ ... the family has been in touch with stunt experts who have gone to the crash site and come back with what they believe is a solid theory -- a speeding car that hits the plastic markers -- called Botts' Dots -- will hydroplane, causing the driver to lose control.

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We've learned the experts have told the family ... a car going speeds approaching 90 MPH will lose traction after hitting a series of Botts' Dots.  It's akin to driving on ice -- and  control is further compromised by the fact that the Porsche was outfitted with special racing tires that have very little tread.

And there's this ... Porsche sent out a memo to dealers back in 2004, warning about control problems with the Carrera GT, saying, "This vehicle cannot drive over a Foster Beer can that is lying on its side.  It will crush the can and damage the carbon fiber under panels," adding, "You need to be aware of what type of road surface you are on (dips, pot holes, seam heights, etc.)."

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Law enforcement sources say they have not concluded the exact cause of the accident, but it appears they're looking at the Botts' Dots ... as a viable theory for triggering the fatal crash.

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Paul Walker

Small Family Funeral

'Fast & Furious' Crew Invited

12/10/2013 5:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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's funeral will be private ... for family only, and in Paul's world his movie's cast and crew is part of the brood.

Sources connected with Paul's family tell TMZ ... their biggest concern is Paul's 15-year-old daughter Meadow, who is understandably having a difficult time.  They don't want a bunch of strangers surrounding the girl, because she needs to feel comfortable to grieve.

So the funeral will be by invitation only, and Paul felt the folks on the "Fast & Furious" cast and crew were close relatives.  He was with them a lot and bonded with most of them.

The family is also aware ... the cast and crew are grieving just like them, and the funeral will help them cope.

It's unclear when the funeral will take place.  Family sources tell TMZ ... sometime after the funeral there will be a larger memorial, but still by invitation only.

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Paul Walker

Laughing & Smiling

Minutes Before Fatal Crash [PHOTOS]

12/10/2013 12:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1210_paul_walker_before_car_crash_launch_v2Paul Walker was in a great mood just moments before his fatal Porsche accident -- laughing and smiling in the passenger seat of the car that killed him.

The photos were shot as Paul and driver Roger Rodas were leaving the Santa Clarita charity car show that Walker had organized.

It's a jarring look into the final moments of the actor's life -- especially the juxtaposition of the gleaming red sports car ... and the fiery wreck it became just minutes later.

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Paul Walker

Family Claims Remains

from Coroner's Office

12/10/2013 7:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Paul Walker's remains were finally removed from the L.A. County Coroner's Office yesterday ... and transported to a local mortuary, TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us ... Paul's remains are now in the hands of Paul's family -- which will decide how and when the actor will be laid to rest.

Paul died on November 30 after the Porsche Carrera GT he was riding in crashed into a tree and a pole in Santa Clarita, CA and exploded into flames.

Paul was 40.

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Jay Z

Nelson Mandela Shout Out:

If Y'all Got a Dream, Chase That Muthaf***er Down

12/10/2013 7:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Jay Z performed a show-stopping tribute to Nelson Mandela in L.A. -- and if it sounds familiar ... that's because he laid down the same exact tribute to Trayvon Martin months ago.

During the intro to his hit, "Young Forever" ... Jay told the Staples Center crowd last night, "We wanna dedicate this song to Nelson Mandela."

The crowd sang along and put cell phones in the air -- but some critics are calling out Jigga because during his summer tour he frequently performed the song and dedicated it to Trayvon.

Look, it's not like the song is NOT appropriate for Mandela -- but is the sentiment cheapened if it's a rerun?

Linda Hogan

Paul Walker Wanted

To Help My Son Prevent Street Racing

12/10/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Paul Walker knew damn well how dangerous it is to race high-performance cars on the road  ... because he was about to join the fight to stop illegal street racing ... this according to Hulk Hogan's ex-wife.

Linda Hogan was in Thousand Oaks, CA last week when she told us Paul and her son, Nick Hogan, bonded over their love of race cars ... and says they had big plans.

After Nick's infamous street racing accident in 2007, he started a charity called "Keep it On the Track" -- and Linda says Paul was going to team up with Nick to spread the word about keeping high-performance race cars ON designated race tracks, and OFF streets.

Paul and Nick also had something fun in the works -- watch the clip, Linda says it was all about "their toys."

Paul Walker Death

Alleged Wreckage Thieves Charged with FELONY

12/9/2013 2:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1209_paul_walker_crash_tmz_splashThe law has come down hard on the guys who allegedly pillaged the Paul Walker crash scene ... they've been charged with 3 crimes.

18-year-old Jameson Witty was caught on video stealing the T-top roof of the Porsche right off the tow truck ... and, as if that wasn't enough of a smoking gun ... he then bragged about the heist by posting pics of the stolen wreckage on Instagram.

The L.A. County District Attorney has just charged Witty and his alleged accomplice, Anthony Janow, with felony grand theft, along with 2 misdemeanors -- destroying evidence and resisting, obstructing and delaying a peace officer.

If convicted, the 2 men face up to 4 years and 6 months behind bars.

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