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

6/13/2017 10:31 AM PDT
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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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Hawaiian Pizza Creator Dead at 83

6/12/2017 11:51 AM PDT

Sam Panopoulos -- the guy credited with inventing Hawaiian pizza when he added chunks of pineapples and ham in 1962 -- is dead.

The Greek-Canadian restaurateur unexpectedly died last week at a hospital in London, Ontario. He owned a restaurant in Ontario when he concocted what quickly became a global sensation.

Its popularity spread and remains to this day a staple, but there's arguably equal disdain for the ham/pineapple combination. Earlier this year, Iceland's President suggested banning pineapple on pizzas.

The Prez said it in jest ... but it's no laughing matter for Hawaiian lovers.

Sam was 83.

Pulse Shooting Angels Surround Nightclub On Anniversary of Shooting

6/12/2017 9:28 AM PDT

The Pulse nightclub victims were remembered early Monday -- the first anniversary of the mass shooting -- by 49 people dressed as angels.

Each angel walked in silently and surrounded the club ... each representing someone who was fatally shot by Omar Mateen in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.

The angels appeared shortly after 1 AM Monday. Mateen had entered the club and opened fire shortly after 2 AM a year ago.

The angels have become symbolic of the shooting. They were created by Orlando's theater community last year to shield mourners from anti-gay protesters at funerals held for Pulse victims. 

Kimbo Slice's Son: 'My Father Touched a Lot of People'

6/9/2017 8:20 AM PDT
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Kimbo Slice's son says his father would have loved the outpouring of love and support he got on the 1 year anniversary of his death ... with Baby Slice telling us, "I know he touched a lot of people."

The backyard fighting legend -- who went on to fight in UFC and Bellator -- passed away on June 6, 2016 due to heart issues. He was only 42.

"I guess it went by so fast for me," Kevin "Baby Slice" Ferguson tells TMZ Sports.

Clearly, Kimbo made an impression on Baby Slice -- he's an MMA fighter too and just racked up his first pro victory at Bellator 179 back in May.

Glenne Headly Dead at 62

6/9/2017 8:06 AM PDT
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9:10 AM PT -- Sources connected to Glenne tell us she had checked in to a hospital last week to get treatment for blood clots. We're told she seemed to be getting better, but things took a turn Thursday.Glenne Headly, who starred in huge movies and TV shows -- like "Dick Tracy," "Monk," "ER" and "The Night Of" -- died Thursday night ... according to her reps.

Glenne's rep says, "It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly." The rep did not say anything about her cause of death. Glenne was 62.

The beloved actress had her breakout movie roles back in the '80s in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and also played Tess Trueheart in "Dick Tracy." She was also co-starred with Richard Dreyfuss in "Mr. Holland's Opus."

Glenne earned one of her 2 Emmy nominations for the "Lonesome Dove" miniseries in 1989.

Her most recent feature film was "The Circle" -- she played the wife of Bill Paxton, who died from a stroke in February.

Ex-NFL Player James Hardy Found Dead In Indiana River

6/8/2017 11:08 AM PDT
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Ex-NFL player James Hardy III -- a 2nd round pick in 2008 -- was found dead in an Indiana river, officials confirm. He was 31.

The 6'6" wide receiver was drafted by the Buffalo Bills after a sensational junior year at Indiana University -- in which he was selected first team All-Big Ten.

Hardy's body was found in a log jam at the Maumee River on Wednesday afternoon -- after a City water filtration plant employee spotted him and called police.

Our sources tell us it appears Hardy had been in the water for several days. Police are investigating. 

We're told Hardy's family had reported him missing on May 30.

Hardy had major issues after his NFL career. He was arrested in 2014 for attacking police officers and was later committed to a mental facility.

However, his friends remember him as a nice, outgoing and generous guy who was an incredible athlete.

RIP.

Danny Dias 'Road Rules' Star Dead Possible Suicide, OD

6/7/2017 6:48 AM PDT
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9:00 AM PT -- According to cops, Danny was found with 2 vertical lacerations on his forearm. We're told police are now treating it as a possible suicide.Danny Dias, who starred in season 13 of MTV's 'Road Rules,' has died and it appears drugs were involved ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Dias was at his Brooklyn apartment Saturday with a friend. Law enforcement sources say the friend told them he saw Dias take what he believed was LSD and mushrooms. The friend says Dias freaked out, ran in his room and that was the last the friend saw of him.

We're told the friend left the apartment and over the next 2 days called Dias, getting no response. The friend became concerned and on Monday called 911 for to get a welfare check on Dias. First responders had to force their way in, and found Danny dead in the room.

Dias appeared on the 2004 season.

Cortez Kennedy Hospitalized Days Before Death ... Swollen Legs

6/5/2017 3:04 PM PDT
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NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy was hospitalized for swollen legs just days before he died ... and the information could hold the clue as to why he passed away.

TMZ Sports obtained the police report in the 48-year-old's death -- which says Kennedy had called a friend the night before he died because he was concerned about his health.

During the call, Kennedy said he was feeling dizzy and asked the friend to check on him in the morning to make sure he was okay.

Sadly, by the time the friend went to Kennedy's Orlando, FL home on May 23, he was already dead.

Investigators say medical paperwork found in Kennedy's home confirm he was hospitalized from May 10 to May 15.

Though a cause of death has not been revealed, it wouldn't be far-fetched to link his death to his hospital stay the week before. Swollen legs can sometimes be a symptom of anything from a blood clot to diabetes to heart failure.

Ghost Ship Fire Landlord Arrested for Fatal Blaze

6/5/2017 12:59 PM PDT
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Derick Almena, the landlord at the Oakland warehouse that went up in flames, killing 36 people, has been arrested for the fire.

Alameda County prosecutors announced Almena's arrest -- along with Max Harris, who was reportedly a tenant at the art commune known as the Ghost Ship.

Both men are being charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter. The District Attorney says they "knowingly created a fire trap." His bond is set at $1,080,000.

The warehouse burned down in December during an EDM concert. Based on photos and videos, the building was packed with tons of old art pieces, furniture and wooden cargo pallets -- all of which fueled the flames.

Almena had angrily claimed the building was "up to code" during an interview on NBC's 'Today.'

One Love Manchester Concert Raises $12 Mil and Counting

6/5/2017 6:53 AM PDT
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The One Love Manchester concert was an enormous hit on several levels, and now we know that includes financially.

Sources involved in organizing the concert tell TMZ, the count right now is $12 million, but they expect it to go higher ... millions higher.

As one source put it, "When it's all counted it should be enough to take care of the victims and their families."

The concert drew 55 thousand people, despite a warning from the UK government that another attack was likely.

One Love Manchester Concert Chants 'We Are Strong' After Concert

6/5/2017 7:25 AM PDT

Thousands of people chanted "Manchester We're Strong" as they left the Old Trafford cricket ground following the One Love Manchester concert.

You didn't see it on TV or online ... but the crowd doubled down with resolve as they left the venue. It's especially meaningful because the UK government had warned -- in the wake of Saturday's London terrorist attack -- another attack was likely.

And check out the video below ... concertgoers on a tram sang the Oasis song, "Don't Look Back in Anger."

"And so, Sally can wait
She knows it's too late as we're walking on by
Her soul slides away
But don't look back in anger
I heard you say"

Chris Cornell Toxicology Report Rx Drugs in System

6/2/2017 12:23 PM PDT
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12:55 PM PT -- Vicky tells us, "Many of us who know Chris well, noticed that he wasn’t himself during his final hours and that something was very off. We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system. After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgement seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind."

She added, "Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back. We very much appreciate all of the love we have received during this extremely difficult time and are dedicated to helping others in preventing this type of tragedy.”Chris Cornell had several prescription drugs in his system when he hanged himself in a Detroit hotel room ... according to the toxicology report.

According to the report, obtained by TMZ, the singer had Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (decongestant) and barbiturates in his system at the time of death. It appears Chris had taken 4 (1 mg) Lorazepam tablets. 

We broke the story, Vicky claims she was on the phone with Chris a half hour before his death ... when he began speaking in tones she hadn't heard since he was addicted to Oxycontin 14 years ago. She was so alarmed by the slurring and tone she asked Chris' bodyguard to break his hotel door down.

As we reported, cops observed fresh track marks on Chris' arm. According to the tox report, he had 4 needle puncture wounds on his left arm, but it appears the marks were from EMTs administering Narcan to counteract an opiate OD.

Family sources tell us Vicky and others are angry the medical examiner "jumped to conclusions" Chris committed suicide. They believe he was so high on drugs he did not really form an intent to kill himself ... he was out of his mind when he put the exercise belt around his neck.

In essence, Chris' family believes this was an accidental death.


Brad Pitt Treats Chris Cornell's Kids To Bit of Magic, Butterbeer

6/1/2017 12:19 PM PDT

Brad Pitt put a little magic into Chris Cornell's kids' lives, thanks to butterbeer and wizard wands from Universal Studios' Harry Potter World.

Pitt hit up the L.A. theme park Wednesday with Cornell's 2 tweens ... 12-year-old daughter Toni, and 11-year-old Christopher. Cornell also has a 16-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, who was not present. 

Doesn't look like they left a part of the park uncovered between the swag they picked up at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and riding the Jurassic Park ride.

#New #BradPitt at the Universal with Chris Cornell's kids

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Pitt and Cornell were close friends for years. He paid his respects at Cornell's funeral last Friday, after the rocker committed suicide in his Detroit hotel room two weeks ago following a gig.

New !! Brad went to Universal with Chris Cornell's kids ❤ #BradPitt

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