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'Clerks' Star Lisa Spoonauer Dead at 44

5/24/2017 6:59 AM PDT
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Lisa Spoonauer, who played Caitlin Bree in "Clerks," has died ... according to her family.

Lisa died Saturday at her home in New Jersey. Her family did not say what caused her death. According to law enforcement, cops responded to a 911 call to her house at 11:05 PM, but she was not breathing when officers and EMTs arrived. She was 44.

The iconic role in the cult classic film was the only one Lisa ever played -- she went on to become a restaurant manager and event planner -- but she made a major impact on "Clerks" writer and director Kevin Smith.

He posted a tribute to her, remembering the night he discovered her in a community college acting class -- "I approached Lisa cold in the parking lot after the class and said 'This is gonna sound creepy but... Do you wanna be in a movie?' Fearlessly, she replied 'Not if it's porn.'"

Smith added, "Thank you for dreaming my dream with me. You changed my life, Lisa." 

Shaun Alexander Cortez Kennedy Mentored Me

5/23/2017 4:18 PM PDT
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Cortez Kennedy took a young Shaun Alexander under his wing ... schooling him on life skills that he used during his All-Pro career ... the star running back tells TMZ Sports.

We talked to Alexander about the passing of his former teammate and friend ... a guy Alexander says was instrumental in his career.

Shaun reminisces about a day back in 1990 when Kennedy and Ricky Watters invited S.A. to chill and watch the Miami vs. Notre Dame football game.

There were nachos ... and a lot of life advice ... from how to spend money, to getting married.

Dennis Erickson -- who coached Tez at the U and in the pros at Seattle -- echoed Shaun's praise of the HOF'er ... saying Kennedy was just as great off the field as on it.

Manchester Bombing Social Media Tribute Flag Was Jacked But Artist Is Honored

5/23/2017 1:37 PM PDT
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The Manchester tribute flag you're seeing all over the Internet was created by an artist who never signed off on his work being used by millions of people ... for free, mind you -- and yet he's not pissed.

Mark E. Tisdale, who's American, tells TMZ he created the original art back in 2013. He was surprised to see it become such a uniting symbol for the Manchester tragedy ... posted by tons of people, including David Beckham.

Mark says, obviously, he didn't design the flag years ago with tragedy in mind. However, in light of the bombing ... he's glad it's being used to help bring people together on social media.

And while his art's mostly being spread without crediting him ... he says he has gotten a lot more traffic on his website where he sells his digital art.

Mark's planning to donate any dough he makes off the Manchester flag to relief efforts.

Cortez Kennedy 911 Dispatch Audio 'Patient Is Cold'

5/23/2017 1:16 PM PDT
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Cortez Kennedy was unconscious and "cold" when EMTs responded to his house Tuesday morning. 

In the emergency dispatch audio, obtained by TMZ Sports, you hear the dispatcher say they were responding to an "unconscious patient" with "no vitals." They said the patient was a 49-year-old male, although Kennedy was 48.

Cops say the call came in around 10:20 AM to his house in Orlando. It's unclear who called 911.

No cause of death has been released.

Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy Dead At 48

5/23/2017 9:44 AM PDT
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NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy is dead at the age of 48 ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Kennedy played 11 seasons for the Seattle Seahawks ... and was an 8x Pro Bowler. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

We spoke to Orlando PD who confirmed Kennedy's passing ... but they added "there is nothing suspicious" about his death.

We've spoken to family members who say they're currently traveling to Orlando.

Cause of death is still unclear.

Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker said, "The entire Hall of Fame family is stunned and deeply saddened to learn the news of Cortez Kennedey's passing."

"Cortez will be remembered not only for all his great achievements on the football field but how he handled himself off the field. He epitomized the many great values this game teaches which serves as inspiration to millions of fans."

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Jane Seymour Honors Roger ... 'He Was My Bond'

5/23/2017 9:57 AM PDT

Jane Seymour remembers Roger Moore less as a kick-ass 007, and more as the funny, thoughtful guy who helped her through her first leading role, as a Bond girl.

Hours after the iconic James Bond died ... Seymour said, "Roger taught me what a movie star really was and should be." Jane played Solitaire in 1973's "Live and Let Die," which was also Roger's first Bond movie.

Although a handful of other actors ordered martinis shaken, not stirred ... Jane said of Roger in her moving Instagram post, "He was my Bond."

Moore was 89.

Terrorist Concert Blast Photo Shows Gruesome Aftermath

5/23/2017 7:00 AM PDT

The scope of the tragedy in Manchester is apparent from this picture.

Bodies were strewn in the rotunda outside the seating area where Ariana Grande had just finished her performance at the Manchester Arena.

As we reported, at least 22 people were killed ... the victims as young as 8. 59 people were injured from the nail bomb that exploded in a backpack.

There was initial confusion ... some thought the sound was not an explosion and the fatalities occurred from a stampede that followed, but the pictures make it immediately apparent ... the blast was real.

Manchester United Moment of Silence During Practice For Attack Victims

5/23/2017 7:45 AM PDT
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Manchester United held a moment of silence for the victims of the arena attack during practice Tuesday ... and have vowed to help emergency services "in any way that may be required."

Wayne Rooney, Paul Pogba and the rest of the club paused for a minute to honor the families and victims of the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert Monday night.

At least 22 people have been killed and 59 others were injured by the nail bomb attack.

Rooney's current and former teammates voiced their reactions on Twitter this morning.

Rooney: "Devastating news this morning. Thoughts and prayers are with all those affected."

Pogba: "My condolences to all families of the victims in Manchester and to all families who are losing loved ones in so many countries due to acts of violence."

Danny Higginbotham: "I'm a proud Manchester lad. What happened last night was truly horrific but won't break the great city. Thoughts with all affected"

Ashley Young: "Absolutely shocked to hear the news this morning. Thoughts with all that lost loved ones & prayers for those being treated in hospitals"

Daley Blind: "Can't believe what happened last night, My thoughts go out to all those affected. #PrayForManchester"

Man. United plays in the Europa League final against AFC Ajax on Wednesday, but UEFA says "there is currently no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the UEFA Europa League final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks."

"UEFA has been closely working with local authorities and the Swedish FA for many months and the terrorist risk had been taken into account since the very beginning of the project."

Ariana Grande Concert Faces of the Victims and Missing In Manchester Arena Explosion

5/23/2017 6:48 AM PDT

Here are the faces of the dead and missing in the explosion that killed at least 22 people at the Ariana Grande concert.

One of the victims was 8-year-old Saffie Roussos.

It appears the body count remains at 22, but most have not been identified.

Police say at least 59 were injured after a man detonated a "nail bomb" in the rotunda area. Of the 59 injured, at least a dozen were taken to the hospital and all were under 16 years old.

The man who detonated the bomb died at the scene and police arrested a second suspect Tuesday. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

It's the deadliest terrorist attack in the UK since the London bombings of July 2005.

Roger Moore Dead at 89

5/23/2017 6:34 AM PDT
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Sir Roger Moore, one of the most popular actors to play James Bond, died Tuesday in Switzerland.

Moore had battled cancer briefly ... according to his 3 children who released a statement saying they were all by this side in his final days.

Moore took over the Bond character in 1973's "Live and Let Die." His final one was "A View to a Kill" in 1985. All told, he played the character 7 times ... more than any other actor.

Roger also famously played Simon Templar in the popular British TV series, "The Saint" -- and served as a UNICEF ambassador for many years.

His children say there will be a private funeral held in Monaco.

Ariana Grande Suspends World Tour In Wake of Bombing

5/22/2017 7:48 PM PDT
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Ariana Grande has indefinitely suspended her world tour in the wake of the terrorist bombing in England ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to Ariana tell TMZ, she will not perform Thursday in London and has decided for now to put the entire European tour on hold. She was scheduled to perform in England, Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.

Ariana just tweeted, "broken.  from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry.  i don't have words."

As we reported, Ariana is inconsolable ... "in hysterics" after the bombing. As one source said, she's incapable of performing for anyone. She and her team, we're told, are also deeply concerned about security.

Ariana's manager, Scooter Braun, said, "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act," adding, "We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers."

Our sources say Ariana is not concerned with her shows now ... she and her team will re-evaluate the touring schedule when she's emotionally ready.

Ariana Grande Concert Nail Bomb Treated as Terrorism ... 19 Dead

5/22/2017 5:18 PM PDT
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5:45 PM PT -- The suspected 2nd device turned out to be abandoned clothing. Police blew it up, anyway ... just to be safe.

5:35 PM PT -- Police found what they believed to be a second explosive device and are about to detonate it. They've warned people not to be alarmed by the explosion.The explosion after the Ariana Grande concert Monday night is now being treated as a terroristic act and at least 19 people are confirmed dead.

As we reported an explosion tore apart a portion of the rotunda outside the seating area at the Manchester Arena. There are reports the explosive device was a nail bomb in a backpack and it might have been a suicide mission.

It appears the bomber was waiting around the exit area as people were streaming out of the building.

Police say, in addition to the 19 dead, 50 people were injured. Body parts were apparently strewn throughout the blast site.

Ariana had just finished performing and had left the stage. She was not hurt.

The explosion triggered a stampede in the arena, injuring a number of people.

Motorcycle Racer Nicky Hayden Dead At 35 After Being Hit By Car

5/22/2017 9:52 AM PDT
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Motorcycle racing champ Nicky Hayden is dead at 35 years old ... days after being struck by a car in Italy while riding a bicycle.

Hayden was cycling along the Rimini coast in Italy last Wednesday when he was hit by a vehicle ... sustaining multiple traumatic injuries, including a serious head injury.

N.H. was in the intensive care unit of an Italian hospital ... before succumbing to his injuries.

Hayden -- the 2006 MotoGP champion -- was one of the best motorcycle racers in the world. He rode for the Honda Red Bull team, and was in Italy for a race.

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