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Prince Top Secret Memorial ... If You Make the Cut

5/11/2016 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0510-prince-memorial-getty-tmzA celebration for Prince is going down in Beverly Hills Wednesday night, but almost no one's heard about it ... unless you were a legit member of his inner circle.

A source who was VERY close to the singer tells TMZ they received an invitation that only mentioned the time, date, and city for the "Celebration of Life." The source was told to pass the word, but ONLY to the most important people his Purpleness would have wanted to attend.

One of Prince's family members says they didn't hear about it, so it appears this is exclusively for close friends and people in the biz. We're told the exact location is only being revealed to invitees who get vetted after RSVP'ing by email.

Bottom line: There are about to be some disappointed people who thought they were tight with Prince.

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Paul Stanley Shut Up, Gene Simmons ... You Don't Know How Prince Died!!

5/11/2016 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0511-stanley-prince-simmons-tmz-getty-01Prince is tearing KISS apart ... because lead singer Paul Stanley is embarrassed over his partner Gene Simmons saying Prince's death was "pathetic."

Stanley went so far as to apologize for his bass player ripping Prince for using drugs. Simmons told Newsweek, "How pathetic that he killed himself. Don’t kid yourself, that’s what he did. Slowly, I’ll grant you... but that’s what drugs and alcohol is: a slow death.”

Seems Paul was blindsided by the interview. He tweeted, "Embarrassed by cold clueless statements re Prince's death. Without all the facts better to say nothing. My apologies."

After Gene's interview came out, there was a backlash from many KISS fans who felt he was insensitive -- so Paul appears to be doing damage control.

Gene himself sort of backed down, saying he grew up viewing drug addicts "as losers," and it's hard for him to see it differently now. The apology seemed a little forced, since he admitted ... "I just got s*** from my family for my big mouth again." 

Chyna Busted Drunk and Sleeping Outside ... Months Before Death

5/7/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0506_chyna-tmzChyna was seriously struggling before she died -- so much so, police found her wasted and passed out on the ground outside her apartment building ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement tells us they got a call in November for a woman lying unconscious at 7 AM in Redondo Beach, CA -- and when they arrived, officers found Chyna. We're told she was slurring her speech, had bloodshot eyes and reeked of booze.  

Cops say Chyna admitted drinking wine the night before and said she decided to sleep outside because she was struggling with her keys. She was also carrying nearly $20k in cash she says she made at an autograph session.

Paramedics on scene determined she was too drunk to take care of herself, and cops booked her for public intoxication. 

Chyna was found dead on April 20. Her cause of death is still under investigation. 

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Doris Roberts Died of a Stroke

5/6/2016 3:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0506-doris-launch-02Doris Roberts died from a massive stroke ... according to her death certificate.

TMZ obtained a copy of the doc, filed in L.A. County Court -- and it reveals the "Everybody Loves Raymond" star had been suffering from hypertension for years.

The immediate cause of death though ... was a "large hemorrhagic cerebrovascular accident" ... the medical term for a stroke.

Doris died at home last month. She was 90 years old.

Prince Bracing for 'Family' to Surface ... DNA Testing Approved

5/6/2016 1:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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502-prince-getty-06Prince's blood will be under a microscope soon at the request of the special administrator of his estate.

A judge in Carver County authorized Bremer Trust to order DNA testing of the late singer's blood ... for purpose of addressing "parentage issues." It's clear Bremer is expecting alleged family members to come out of the woodwork to get a slice of Prince's fortune.

According to docs, there is a sample of Prince's blood being held at the Medical Examiner's office for testing.

Let the blood feuds begin.

MMA's Jordan Parsons Bellator Helping Pay Funeral Costs

5/6/2016 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0506-parsons-bellator-instagram-03The Bellator MMA company says it has "plans to help cover the costs" for the funeral of Bellator fighter Jordan Parsons, who died Wednesday after being struck in a hit-and-run incident. 

Parsons' manager has said the fighter didn't have a lot of money when he died -- and with huge medical expenses and funeral costs ... Bellator says it wants to help ease the burden on his family. 

A GoFundMe page for Parsons raised $36k to cover doctor bills and other costs. If there is money left over, Parsons' manager says the funds will be donated to a cause in Jordan's name. 

Jordan had been fighting with Bellator since 2014. He was killed after bring struck by a Range Ranger in Florida on Sunday. Officials are still trying to find the driver. 

Parsons was 25. 

'American Idol' Finalist Killed In Car Crash

5/6/2016 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0506-ricky-smith-crash-fox-01Former "American Idol" finalist Rickey Smith was killed Thursday night in a multi-car highway wreck in Oklahoma.

Smith was on I-240 just outside Oklahoma City when, according to reports, another man driving the wrong way on the interstate slammed head-on into Smith's vehicle. Cops say the other driver was hospitalized and booked for DUI.

Smith competed on the second season of 'Idol,' and finished in eighth place. Ruben Studdard took the title that year.

Rickey was 36. 

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MMA Fighter Blas Avena 'Death Investigated As Suicide' ...Cops Say

5/6/2016 6:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0505_blas-arena_twitterThe death of former MMA fighter Blas Avena -- who last fought War Machine at Bellator 96 -- is being investigated as a suicide ... Las Vegas Metro Police tell TMZ Sports.

32-year-old Avena was found dead around 11:36 AM Wednesday morning in his Las Vegas apartment. 

A spokesman for the LVMPD tells us, "Arriving police and medical personnel located an adult male who was pronounced deceased at the scene.  As of now, the death is being investigated as a suicide."

We're told an autopsy took place earlier this week -- but officials won't name an official cause of death until further tests are completed. 

Stephanie McMahon Chyna Will Be In HOF ... 'At Some Point'

5/6/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Fear not, wrestling fans ... pro wrestling legend Chyna WILL be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, so says WWE honcho Stephanie McMahon who tells TMZ Sports it's only a matter of time.

After Chyna passed away last month, McMahon called her a "pioneer in our industry" -- and fans wanted to know when she'll be enshrined among the greatest in her sport.

Everyone knows the HOF was extremely important to Chyna -- and people close to her claim she was depressed about the snub before she passed away. 

So when we saw Steph in NYC Thursday, we had to ask if plans were in motion. 

"I'm SURE that we will see Chyna in the Hall of Fame at some point in the future. I'm not sure exactly what year that will be, but there's no denying her contributions to WWE."

There's more ... we also talk about fellow WWE HOFer Donald Trump -- and if Steph thinks WWE fans will show up in force to help get him elected. 

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Prince DEA Investigating Drugs Front and Center

5/4/2016 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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502-prince-getty-03The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration is now involved in the death investigation of Prince, and our law enforcement sources say drugs are the focal point of the criminal probe.

Our sources say the DEA and the Minnesota Attorney General are looking into the various prescriptions that were written for Prince, and the focus is opiates. Prince had a life-threatening Percocet addiction and authorities believe opiates will likely be either the sole or at least a significant factor in his death.

Our sources say the investigation is sweeping ... doctors and pharmacies involved in prescribing and filling meds for Prince are targeted, but possible enablers are also in the crosshairs.

Our sources now say the toxicology report may still be weeks away, although it was initially set to be released 2 weeks after the autopsy.  

We know at least one doctor was a friend of the singer, but we're told the investigation is much broader. 

MMA Fighter Jordan Parsons Dies After Hit and Run Incident

5/4/2016 11:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0504-jordan-parsons-twitter-01MMA fighter Jordan Parsons has died ... days after he was struck by a Range Rover in a hit and run incident in Florida. He was 25. 

"It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons," Bellator MMA President Scott Coker said in a statement.

Parsons was 11-2 as an MMA fighter -- and was a part of the famed Blackzilians training group with stars like Anthony "Rumble" Johnson and Rashad Evans. 

"Jordan was an exceptional athlete and a rising star in the sport. But more importantly, he was an exceptional young man," Coker added. 

"Jordan was hard-working, dedicated, intelligent, and a pleasure to be around. He represented all the reasons we love this sport. It is a terribly tragic loss and our thought and prayers go out to his family, friends and teammates."

Parsons was struck by the car while crossing a street early Sunday morning. Officials believe Parsons may have been wearing headphones and was unable to hear the car approaching. 

Cops are still looking for the driver of the car that hit Parsons and have vowed to prosecute that person to the fullest extent of the law. 

Story developing ... 

Prince Addiction Specialist Had Pills in Backpack

5/4/2016 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

The addiction specialist who was at Prince's house the day he died brought a backpack containing a synthetic opiate ... and his criminal defense lawyer now insists he should not be prosecuted.

Prince's people called Dr. Howard Kornfeld the day before the singer died, saying they believed Prince was on the verge of dying from drugs. Prince was apparently on board to get help, but the doctor said it would be 2 days before he could get there.  

Dr. Kornfeld sent his son, Andrew, who worked at their facility -- Recovery Without Walls. Andrew flew out early and was at Prince's home the day he died. 

0504_DR_KORNFELD_SUB_recoverywithoutwallSAndrew's lawyer, William Mauzy, just said Andrew did not supply Prince with any drugs, although he did have synthetic opiates in his backpack. The drug is called buprenorphine, a synthetic opiate for pain management and to wean people off actual opiates. 

 It was Andrew who called 911 after the staff found Prince unconscious in the elevator.

Attorney Mauzy made an odd comment, suggesting prosecutors may be targeting Andrew for some sort of criminal charge. Mauzy said the 911 call would not subject his client to prosecution under the Good Samaritan law. It's unclear why the call is even relevant. What seems obviously more important is the drugs in the backpack. 

Prince Scheduled to Meet with Addiction Dr. Day After Death

5/4/2016 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

502-prince-getty-05Prince was supposed to meet with a doctor specializing in addiction treatment the day after he died ... to deal with a "grave medical condition."

Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a national authority on opioid addiction, could not clear his schedule on April 21st, so he sent his son, Andrew, to meet with the singer ... this according to the Star Tribune. 

Dr. Kornfeld was supposed to come the following day, and his son -- who works with him at the Recovery Without Walls clinic -- was going to outline the course of treatment. Andrew is the person who called 911 to report Prince was lifeless in the elevator.

According to the report, Dr. Kornfeld was initially contacted by one of Prince's reps, who said the singer "was dealing with a grave medical emergency."

TMZ was the first media outlet to break the story ... Prince almost died from an overdose of Percocet 6 days before he was found in the elevator.  

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