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Celine Dion 'Price is Right' Drove Rene to Tears

2/4/2016 7:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Celine Dion rhapsodized about how her late husband would be driven to tears by watching "The Price is Right."

Celine told a packed crowd at the Vegas memorial for Rene Angelil how he would get emotional when someone won the Showcase Showdown.

It's an amazing commercial for the game show ... maybe. 

Celine Dion Tearful Memorial I Still Feel Rene's Strength

2/4/2016 7:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Celine Dion tearfully recalled moments in her life with late husband Rene Angelil at his Vegas memorial.

Celine told the crowd in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace that she can "still feel his strength and his warmth."

She talked about how Rene kept her grounded, and how he hated no one. 

Very emotional.


Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck Voice Actor Dead

2/3/2016 8:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

020316-joe-alaskey-composite-gettyJoe Alaskey, who voiced legendary cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and Sylvester the Cat has died.

Alaskey's family members announced the news of the NY native's death Wednesday night.

Alaskey voiced other Looney Tunes characters as well, including Marvin the Martian and Foghorn Leghorn

Joe -- who was a successor of voice actor Mel Blanc at Warner Brothers -- voiced many of his famous characters from 1990-1995. Alaskey did some non-Warner Bros' work too, he voiced Grandpa Pickles on Rugrats and was most recently featured on Investigation Discovery's "Murder Comes To Town."

Joe was 63. RIP ... Doc.

Celine Dion I'm Ready To Take The Stage Again

2/1/2016 2:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0201-celine-dion-Rene-Angelil-TMZ-GETTY-01Celine Dion is about to take center stage for the first time since husband Rene Angelil died, but not to sing.

We're told Celine's back in Vegas where she'll honor her late husband Wednesday with a celebration of life service. The venue is the Caesars Palace Colosseum ... the site of her Vegas residency.

Celine will speak at the event ... but we're told there's no plan for her to sing.

Rene was laid to rest in Montreal at an elaborate funeral in the Notre-Dame Basilica. A day later, Celine buried her brother ... so it's been a rough start to 2016.

As we previously reported ... she's canceled her Vegas shows until February 23.


'Crackhead Bob' Hospitalized and Feeling 'Weak' ... Days Before Death

2/1/2016 1:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0201-crackhead-bob-HOWARD_STERN_SHOW-01Howard Stern Wack Packer "Crackhead Bob" was hospitalized 2 days before his father found him dead ... TMZ has learned.

Bob -- real name George Harvey -- had been "feeling weak" according to his father ... who told cops his son had long suffered with high blood pressure and seizures. He also said Bob had previous strokes and a heart attack ... all symptoms consistent with someone recovering from crack abuse.

He was admitted to a hospital on January 18, and was supposed to have a follow-up doctor's visit on January 20. His father told cops ... when Bob didn't show up at the doc's office, that's when he went to his apartment.

At this point, authorities are saying he died of natural causes ... and no autopsy has been ordered.  

Scott Weiland Ex-Wife Tries to Take Guitar ... Cops Called

2/1/2016 11:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0201-scott-weiland-getty-02Scott Weiland's ex-wife needed cops to keep the peace after going nuclear when she was barred from taking some of his instruments.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... officers were called to a recording studio in Burbank, CA last week -- where Scott's ex, Mary Forsberg, was causing a scene while trying to make off with a keepsake.

Mary showed up with her and Scott's teenage son -- we're told he wanted one of his dad's guitars -- but an employee of the recording studio refused to give them access.

An argument ensued ... and cops were called to calm everyone down.

Mary was told it was a civil issue ... and would need her lawyer to work out any division of property.

The tension's been building -- as we first reported, Mary filed docs stating Scott wanted her, not widow, Jamie Weiland, to be executor of his will

Start the countdown to a lawsuit.


'Crackhead Bob' Dead at 56

2/1/2016 6:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0201-crackhead-bob-howard-stern"Crackhead Bob" ... one of Howard Stern's Wack Packers, is dead ... the latest in a bizarre string of deaths for the show.

Howard announced the death Monday morning ... saying Bob's father had found him in his apartment in Texas. The cause of death is still unclear at this point.

Bob, whose real name was George Harvey, was a regular on the Stern Show from 1995 to 2001. He'd admitted that smoking crack messed up his speech and left him partially paralyzed.

He made a surprise return to the show in October 2005 with improved speech. 'Crackhead' was 56. 

In the last 18 months ... Eric the Actor, Riley Martin and Johnny Fratto have also died.

Keep your head low, Beetlejuice.

USC Frat Sued In Death of Cal Soccer Player

1/28/2016 6:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0127-eloi-vasquez-uscThe family of a 19 year old UC Berkeley soccer player who died in March claims he was illegally served booze at a USC frat party hours before his death ... this according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports

The freshman soccer player, Eloi Vasquez, was killed as he tried to run across the 10 freeway sometime after 2 in the morning on March 28th ... and now his family is pointing the finger at the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. 

In the lawsuit, Vasquez's family says he was allowed into a party at the TKE house even though he had no I.D. -- but the people at the door knew he was likely under 21. 

Still, the family claims he was not only served a ton of booze -- but the frat and other party organizers failed to take care of Vasquez when it was obvious he was hammered and unable to care for himself. 

Vasquez reportedly left the party around 1:30 AM and somehow got to the 10 freeway -- where he was struck by a car and killed. 

The family is suing the entire student executive board of TKE -- from the president to the social chair and even the treasurer -- along with USC and others they believe had a role in the party.  

We reached out to TKE -- both national and the USC chapter for comment -- along with USC's fraternity council ... so far, no word back. 

Paris Hilton Woman In Black For Uncle Monty's Funeral

1/27/2016 2:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Paris Hilton arrived at LAX Wednesday dressed to pay her last respects to her uncle Monty Brinson.

Paris flew in from Switzerland especially for the funeral of Brinson, who used to be married to her aunt Kim Richards. Monty died Sunday after a long battle with cancer ... and the loss is obviously hitting Paris hard.

She posted a picture collage with Monty calling him an "incredible man with such a huge heart." 



Def Leppard Cruise from Hell ... Host Announces Famous Rocker's Death

1/27/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Here's video of the moment Def Leppard had to think their cruise was cursed -- when the host broke the news one of the rockers on board had died.

The deceased was Jimmy Bain, the famed bassist for classic metal groups Dio and Rainbow. He was on the cruise to perform with his new group, Last in Line ... but they never took the stage.

Bain's rumored to have died from pneumonia, but his official cause of death has not been determined.

The whole cruise was filled with mishaps -- including Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott losing his voice! We got Brian Forsythe from the band Kix, also on the cruise, and he explained how the rock show turned into a memorial at sea.  

Future I'm No Help In Ex-Bodyguard's Murder Case

1/26/2016 2:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0126-future-tmz-01Future is a total dead-end for cops looking for a lead on who gunned down his former bodyguard, Michael Phillips.

Sources close to Future tell us he's devastated by Big Mike's sudden death but hasn't worked with him since 2012.

We're told Future has no information about what went down in the moments leading up to Mike's death. But at the same time we're told he refuses to talk to cops ... even to say he knows nothing. 

As we previously reported, the police have several leads but no suspects. They're opening up the Rolodex, hoping Big Mike's contacts might provide some clues.

Abe Vigoda Dies at 94 (Not a Hoax)

1/26/2016 11:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0126-abe-vigoda-getty-01Legendary actor Abe Vigoda -- who starred in "The Godfather" -- died under hospice care at the age of 94 ... TMZ has learned.

Abe's death had been falsely reported countless times, dating all the way back to 1982.

Abe played Tessio in "The Godfather" and also "The Godfather Part II." In fact, he was still doing the voice for Tessio in 'Godfather' video games as late as 2007. 

His most famous role on TV was as Detective Phil Fish on the '80s sitcom "Barney Miller" ... which once worked the infamous hoax reports of Abe's death into a storyline. 

He was also the grandfather in "Look Who's Talking." 

Abe is survived by his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs. He was married to Beatrice Schy from 1968 until 1992 ... when she passed away.


Future Cops Need His Help ... In Ex-Bodyguard's Slaying

1/26/2016 10:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0126-future-tmzPolice in Georgia want to talk to Future to see if he can help them find whoever killed his former bodyguard.

Michael Phillips was shot and killed Monday at his home in Jonesboro, Georgia ... outside Atlanta. Cops say they don't have any suspects in custody yet, but they have several leads. They're interested in talking to all of Phillips' friends, including Future, to see if they have info that could narrow the search for the gunman.

Investigators tell us they don't think it was gang-related, and Phillips wasn't shot in a high crime area. 

Freebandz paid his respects on Twitter, after the news broke: 

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