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'Wife Swap' Double Murder Suspect 20-Gauge Shotgun to the Head Killed Mom & Brother

6/20/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Wife Swap" double murder suspect Jacob Stockdale used a shotgun to kill his mother and brother, both of whom were shot in the head ... according to cops.

Law enforcement sources tell us Jacob fired twice at his mom, Kathryn with the 20-gauge shotgun and left her body in an upstairs bathroom in their Ohio home.

Jacob allegedly shot his younger brother, James, once in the head near the front door ... then unloaded on himself about 10 feet from James' body. Jacob shot himself in the face with the shotgun ... and miraculously survived.

Sources close to the case tell us Jacob was trying to communicate with officers when they arrived, but they couldn't understand him. He was last listed in critical condition after being choppered to a hospital.

One last thing ... we're told Jacob's father was not home at the time of the shooting, and was stopped less than a mile from the home on his way back from work when cops broke the news.

N. Korean Prisoner Otto Warmbier Dead at 22

6/19/2017 1:53 PM PDT
Breaking News

Otto Warmbier -- the U.S. citizen who was just released by North Korea -- died Monday in Cincinnati.

Otto was in a coma when N. Korea set him free last week. He'd been at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center since then. He was surrounded by family when he passed away ... according to a statement from the Warmbiers.

The family said, "Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today."

Otto, a University of Virginia student, had been sentenced to 15 years in prison last year after he allegedly tried to take down a political propaganda sign in Pyongyang. N. Korean officials claim he contracted botulism, and after they gave him a sleeping pill ... he never woke up.

Otto was 22.

President Trump said, "Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing. Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency."

Carrie Fisher Tests Revealed Cocaine, Other Opiates ... Unclear If They Contributed to Death

6/19/2017 8:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Carrie Fisher had cocaine, morphine, codeine and oxycodone in her system when she was hospitalized after suffering a massive heart attack on board a flight to LAX.

The L.A. County Coroner released its full autopsy, including toxicology, and it revealed the slew of drugs. In addition to the cocaine and opiates found in a urine analysis ... there was also a very little amount of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, and heroin. The dose and time both drugs were taken could not be determined. 

The report says it's unclear how much of a role, if any, the drugs played in her death on Dec. 27. 

As we told you on Friday, the coroner announced "sleep apnea and other undetermined factors" were the cause of death.

Story developing ...

Bobbi Kristina Headstone Placed on Grave In Family Plot

6/19/2017 10:04 AM PDT

Bobbi Kristina Brown's grave now has her headstone in place ... between her mother and grandfather.

The headstone is inscribed, "Resting Peacefully" and also has a musical note along the border. Bobbi Kristina was laid to rest in a family plot, right next to Whitney Houston.

It appears loved ones have visited the New Jersey cemetery recently -- flowers and an angel-like figurine have been placed on the marker.

Bobbi Kristina's headstone was installed as the investigation into her death continues. As we reported ... authorities in Georgia spoke to Nick Gordon's current girlfriend after he was arrested for assaulting her.

Gordon remains a person of interest in Bobbi Kristina's death.

'Wife Swap' Family Murders Other Mom Thinks Strict Home Life Made Son Snap

6/19/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Stockdales, the "Wife Swap" family now at the center of a double murder investigation, were headed for trouble years ago due to their parenting style ... according to the woman who swapped with them.

Laurie Tonkovic recalled a specific incident with Jacob Stockdale, the son suspected of murdering his brother and mother before attempting to kill himself last week. Laurie swapped with Kathryn Stockdale in 2008, and says when she allowed Jacob and his 3 brothers to have more freedom ... Jacob freaked out.

She says he was terrified his religious parents would be mad and he would "burn in hell." Laurie believes he'd finally had enough of the strict environment, and snapped on his family.

As we reported ... cops say he shot and killed Kathryn and 21-year-old James. He shot himself, but survived. He's in critical condition.

Wife Swap: Stockdale from Andrew Suhl on Vimeo.

Carrie Fisher Died of Sleep Apnea ... Coroner Now Says

6/16/2017 6:17 PM PDT

Carrie Fisher did not die simply from a heart attack, instead it was sleep apnea and a combination of other factors ... according to a new coroner's report.

The L.A. County Coroner released the statement Friday evening, but also said it could not conclusively determine what caused her death. As we reported, Carrie's death certificate says it was a "cardiac arrest" ... but also that further testing would be needed to pinpoint what caused the massive heart attack.

The new report does list heart disease and drug use under "other conditions" leading to her death. It also says she'd taken multiple drugs -- but the coroner could not determine if those drugs were significant enough to trigger the heart attack she suffered aboard a flight.

Carrie died 4 days later on December 27. She was 60.

Jada Pinkett Smith 'All Eyez on Me' Is Filled with Lies About Tupac and Me

6/16/2017 10:19 AM PDT

Jada Pinkett Smith is pissed off about "All Eyez On Me" and how it portrays her relationship with Tupac ... calling the movie, "deeply hurtful."

Jada, who clearly just saw the movie, is taking issue with several scenes, including one where Pac reads her a poem. She says, "I didn't know that poem existed until it was printed in his book."

She also says they never fought backstage at any of his shows ... as they do in the movie.

Jada and Tupac met in high school in the mid '80s. She's described him as one of her best friends, and although they kissed once ... she says it was never a romantic relationship. Jada was even the inspiration for some of his poems that were published after his death.

She does praise Demetrius Shipp and Kat Graham -- who play Pac and Jada -- for their performances ... but definitely shades the screenwriter.

Adam West L.A. Goes Gotham ... Lights Bat Signal

6/16/2017 8:02 AM PDT

Adam West was honored in L.A. Thursday night with the iconic symbol he helped popularize on TV ... the bat signal.

The gigantic 70 ft by 20 ft emblem was projected on the side of city hall for several hours. "Batman" fans flocked to the area to watch Mayor Eric Garcetti send up the signal. Burt Ward, who played Robin in the TV series, was there to share a few words about his partner in crime.

West passed away Friday after battling leukemia.

He was 88.

'AGT' Contestant's Death Driver Dozed Off at the Wheel

6/15/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The friend who was driving "America's Got Talent" contestant Dr. Brandon Rogers early Saturday ... nodded off before he veered off the road into a tree ... TMZ has learned.

According to the crash report ... the driver told Maryland State Police he was tired and fell asleep. He drifted onto the right shoulder, went off road and struck the tree. The driver told cops he'd recently finished a long shift at work.

We broke the story ... Brandon was riding in the front passenger seat. The driver and another friend, riding in the backseat, survived ... Brandon died from his injuries Sunday in a hospital.

Sources on the scene tell us the driver pulled both passengers out of the car. As we reported ... cops don't think drugs and alcohol played a role.

Brandon's audition episode on 'AGT' has yet to air, and producers are undecided on whether they'll release it on schedule next month.

Playboy Model Katie May Estate Sues Chiropractor ... Your Treatment Killed Her

6/14/2017 9:17 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Playboy model Katie May literally died at the hands of a chiropractor who had no idea what the hell he was doing and suspiciously tried to hide it ... so claims her estate in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Alex Maimon -- the executor of Katie's estate and father of their 8-year-old daughter, Mia Eden -- is suing Dr. Eric Marc Swartz. In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Maimon says a reasonable chiropractor would never have given Katie the "aggressive neck adjustment" that ultimately caused her death in February 2016.

Ronald Richards, the estate's lawyer, says Swartz should have sent Katie to the hospital for a CT scan instead of treating her ... given the severity of a neck injury she'd suffered during a photo shoot.

TMZ broke the story ... the coroner determined Katie's cause of death stemmed from a chiropractor's adjustment -- a blunt force injury tore her left vertebral artery, and cut off blood flow to her brain. 

According to the suit, Swartz wrote Katie's patient report 4 days after she died. Her estate thinks it's fishy he didn't write it immediately, and ... "it begs the question whether Swartz went back to change his report after he was notified May was hospitalized and died because of his treatment."

Katie's estate is suing for malpractice and negligence ... as well as wrongful death.

We've reached out to Swartz's office, but so far no word back.

'AGT' Contestant Dr. Rogers Died in Single Car Wreck ... 2 Others Survived

6/13/2017 2:25 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"America's Got Talent" contestant Dr. Brandon Rogers was riding in the front passenger seat of a car when it veered off the road, leading to his death ... TMZ has learned.

According to the Maryland State Troopers, officers responded around 4:30 AM Saturday for a car that had crashed into a tree. Brandon was one of 2 passengers in the vehicle, plus the driver. 

Cops say the driver walked away unscathed, but both passengers were hospitalized. As we first reported ... Brandon died Sunday from his injuries.

His audition episode on 'AGT' has yet to air, and producers are undecided on whether they'll release it on schedule next month.

Cops say they're investigating the circumstances of the crash, but we're told drugs and alcohol were not involved.

Jon Jones Mother Dies After Battling Diabetes

6/13/2017 1:06 PM PDT
Breaking News

Camille Jones -- who raised 3 superstar athletes including Jon Jones -- passed away Sunday after a battle with diabetes, her family confirms. 

Camille's son, Arthur Jones -- an NFL lineman -- broke the sad news on social media, saying, "It's hard to [accept] the fact that my mother is not with me anymore."

He added, "She went to be with my sister in heaven. No more pain & suffering."

"Mom, I love you so much!"

Camille is survived by her husband, Arthur, and sons Jon, Arthur III and Chandler Jones ... who's also an NFL star currently playing with the AZ Cardinals. 

R.I.P.

'America's Got Talent' Standout Contestant Dead Episode Yet to Air

6/13/2017 10:31 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A standout contestant on "America's Got Talent" has died just weeks before his episode was scheduled to air ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the production tell us 29-year-old Dr. Brandon Rogers died over the weekend in a car accident. We're told the crash occurred in Maryland Saturday. Brandon was taken to a hospital where he died Sunday.

Brandon was a fantastic singer who was discovered by 'AGT' producers who saw him on Instagram covering Boyz II Men's hit song, "On Bended Knee." The band even shouted him out on social media, asking fans if they thought they should bring him on tour with them. Sure enough ... they did.

Production sources tell us no decision has been made on whether or not to run the episode. It's scheduled to air next month. The family tells TMZ they would love for the episode to air.

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