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Hulk Hogan

Roddy Was My Best Friend

... I'll Miss Him

7/31/2015 3:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-hogan-piper-tmz-getty-01 Hulk Hogan tells TMZ Sports ... he's devastated over the news of his friend Roddy Piper -- saying, "I will forever miss him."

"He was my best friend. He is a legend."

Hogan adds, "God's gain is our loss. May his family in this time of need, find peace. Much love forever, HH."

Hogan and Piper were the two of the biggest stars in wrestling back in the '80s -- and famously did battle at "Wrestlemania I" in 1985. 

But outside the ring, they were tight -- and remained friends for decades. 

The Iron Sheik has also issued a statement ... saying, "Roddy Piper. I love you forever. God bless you bubba."

WWE legend Virgil -- "My main man. Always had my back. RIP #RoddyPiper."

Kevin Nash -- "RIP to Roddy Piper. Prayers to his family and loved ones."

Bill Goldberg -- "#RIP #RoddyPiper ........damn sure one of the good guys. Gonna miss ya buddy"

Jim Ross -- "Rest in peace, Roddy Piper. You will live in our hearts forever"

UFC's Dana White -- "Sad day. RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper."

John Cena -- "One of the true greats of all time. My heart goes out to his family and the fans he entertained over the years. RIP Rowdy."

WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon -- "Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world. I extend my deepest condolences to his family." 

We're constantly updating this post .... 

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Bobbi Kristina Funeral

Invitation Infuriates Brown Family Member

7/31/2015 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Bobbi Kristina will be laid to rest Saturday and her funeral already has the Browns and the Houstons fighting ... over money. 

TMZ's obtained the invite ... the guest list is tight and even if you're on the list you have to present a government-issued ID at the door.   

Now the conflict -- the invitation suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to The Marion P. Foundation, a charity run by Bobbi Kristina's aunt Pat Houston, benefiting troubled teens. 

Leolah Brown, BK's other aunt, claims Pat's just lining her personal bank account and she's asking people not to send “ONE RED CENT!” to the charity. Leolah says Pat's "not the sweet quiet person that she's tried so hard to make people believe she was... ." And what's more -- she alleges the late Whitney Houston would agree. 

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Country Singer

Lynn Anderson

Dead at 67

7/31/2015 12:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0731-lynn-anderson-GETTY-01Lynn Anderson, best known for her country hit "Rose Garden," died Thursday night, TMZ has confirmed. She was 67.

Anderson reportedly suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

She had been hospitalized for pneumonia after returning from a vacation in Italy.

Anderson continued to make records until her death … her last, "Bridges" was released in June. Her heyday was in the ‘70s following the release of "Rose Garden" which would remain her biggest hit to date and earned her a Grammy. 

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Demi Lovato

Dog Mauled to Death by Coyote

7/29/2015 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0729-demi-lovato-dog-cancelled-INSTAGRAM-01Demi Lovato's dog Buddy was ripped apart by a coyote ... and she's the one who made the gruesome discovery. 

TMZ has learned Demi's dog was torn to shreds Sunday ...  after a coyote wandered onto the backyard of her LA home. 

Demi was devastated saying, "We are absolutely heartbroken to be writing this but Wilmer and I are devastated to inform you that we lost our little angel Buddy last Sunday. He was taken from us way too soon in a tragic accident."

The pop singer was so stricken with grief she cancelled her "Good Morning America" appearance scheduled for Thursday. 

RIP Buddy.

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Bobbi Kristina

History of Falling Asleep Wasted in Bathtubs

7/28/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0727-nick-gordon-bobbi-kristina-getty-instagram-3Bobbi Kristina got extremely drunk the night before her mom died, fell asleep in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and flooded the room ... and it could be critical evidence in the homicide investigation.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Bobbi was partying with Whitney Houston at the Beverly Hilton bar and got drunk and unruly. Bobbi Kristina went up to her room, drew a bath and fell asleep in the tub ... intoxicated. By the time she woke up there was water everywhere.  

Sources tell TMZ, attorney Jose Baez, who reps Bobbi's BF Nick Gordon, knows about the incident and will use it to convince prosecutors Nick did nothing wrong ... that she simply took too many drugs and did the same thing she did at the hotel with fatal results.

We've also learned the night Whitney Houston was found dead in her tub, Bobbi Kristina was rushed to the hospital for acute alcohol poisoning. Whitney's PR team said it was for exhaustion, but law enforcement tells us it was excessive alcohol consumption.

It's relevant especially in light of the Medical Examiner's preliminary autopsy report, which reveals no obvious evidence of foul play.  

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Bobbi Kristina

Autopsy Shows No Evidence of Foul Play

7/27/2015 2:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0202-bobbi-kristina-getty-7There are no obvious signs someone tried to kill Bobbi Kristina ... this according to the preliminary autopsy results.

According to the Fulton County Medical Examiner, the autopsy shows "no obvious underlying cause of death."  The Medical Examiner goes on to say, "no significant injuries were noted."

Short story ... this could help Nick Gordon, who has been under the police microscope from the get-go.

The report says there were no previously unknown medical conditions that could have rendered Bobbi Kristina unconscious in the bathtub.

But the Medical Examiner says he has subpoenaed medical records, presumably from the hospital, to determine if drug testing after the accident was relevant. Gordon has said both he and Bobbi Kristina had been doing drugs and she took too much.

The Medical Examiner says he will not determine a cause of death until he reviews the records.

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Bobbi Kristina

Now It's a Homicide Investigation

7/27/2015 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0203-bobbi-kristina-instagram-4The investigation into the circumstances that led to Bobbi Kristina's death Sunday has just been amped up ... TMZ has learned it's now officially a homicide investigation.  

Law enforcement sources tell us, both the D.A. and the cops are treating the mystery as foul play, and Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, continues to be a person of interest.

Although months have separated the incident in which Bobbi Kristina was found submerged in her bathtub from her death Sunday, law enforcement is confident there will be no problem finding a direct link between the 2, and they have felt from the beginning there was foul play.  

TMZ broke the story, first responders noticed injuries on Bobbi Kristina's body.

Whitney Houston's Daughter

Bobbi Kristina

Dead at 22

7/26/2015 5:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter Bobbi Kristina has died at the age of 22.

She passed away outside Atlanta in the hospice care facility where she's been since June 24 ... when her family decided to take her off all meds. As we first reported, a specialist had told them there was no chance of recovery

The family says Bobbi Kristina was surrounded by family and, "She is finally at peace in the arms of God."

Bobbi Kristina was found submerged in her bathtub on January 31, and police believe she was underwater for anywhere between 2 and 5 minutes. Paramedics were able to resuscitate her, but she was in a medically induced coma and placed on life support. 

Ultimately, Pat Houston and Bobby -- co-guardians for Bobbi Kristina -- had to make the decision to withdraw medications. It was a rare moment of agreement for the Browns and Houstons ... who had battled about BK's condition throughout her hospitalization.

TMZ broke the story ... the D.A. has been gearing up for a murder case, and her boyfriend Nick Gordon would be their first person of interest. Police said there were bruises on Bobbi Kristina's face and body after Gordon and a friend, Max Lomas, found her in the tub.

Of course, Whitney died from a drug overdose in 2012 while sitting in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Original 'SNL' Cast Member

George Coe Dies

7/20/2015 3:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0720-george-coe-GETTY-01George Coe, one of the O.G. "Saturday Night Live" stars, died in Santa Monica over the weekend.

Coe was part of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" comedy troupe that launched 'SNL' in 1975 -- and went on to have a very successful career in movies and TV. He had roles in "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The West Wing," and "L.A. Law."

Most recently, Coe voiced a main character on "Archer." He played Woodhouse, Archer's butler.

His big movie roles included ... "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Blind Date."

Variety first reported his death.

Fun fact: Coe held the record for oldest person to join 'SNL.' He was 46 when the show started. Leslie Jones just took that title ... she was 47 when she joined in 2014.

Olaf Pooley

'Dr. Who' Star

Dead at 101

7/20/2015 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0720-olaf-pooley-BBC-01Olaf Pooley -- who appeared in the 1970s as Professor Stahlman on the cult TV classic "Dr. Who" -- has died. He was 101.

Pooley, who also appeared on an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager," died July 14 of congestive heart failure, according to StarTrek.com. He held the distinction of being oldest-living actor for both shows.

Pooley also had a solid stage career in the West End theater, having appeared in "Peace in Our Time," "Twelve Angry Men," "The Tempest" and "Othello."

'Godfather' Actor Alex Rocco

Dead at 79

7/19/2015 11:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Actor Alex Rocco, who played casino owner Moe Greene in the first "Godfather" film, has died.

Rocco was the voice of Itchy & Scratchy Studio boss Roger Myers, Jr. on "The Simpsons."  And he has a slew of other TV credits, including "The Rockford Files," "Starsky & Hutch" and "Facts of Life."

He won an Emmy for his role on Jon Cryer's "Famous Teddy Z."

Rocco was 79.


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Demi Moore

Man Found Dead in Pool

7/19/2015 8:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The man who died did not know how to swim and it appears he slipped and fell in the pool, law enforcement sources tell TMZ.  We're told there was no foul play.  Our sources say Demi's caretaker threw the party and invited the victim.  They reiterated neither Demi nor her kids were there.

As for alcohol, we're told there was "a limited amount."

We're told the caretaker and the others went out at some point leaving the victim behind, and when they returned they found him at the bottom of the pool.

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A man was found dead Saturday night in Demi Moore's swimming pool ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us, a 21-year-old man apparently drowned in the swimming pool and his body was discovered early Sunday morning at the bottom of the pool.

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We're told there was a party at the house.  Demi was not there ... she's currently out of town.  A law enforcement sources tells us none of Demi's family was present.

A neighbor, however, tells TMZ, Demi's kids have been staying at the house for weeks and have been throwing "parties every day, day and night."  She says there are frequent pool parties.

Police are investigating.

Story developing

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Ex-NFL Player

Mistress Murders Wife

... Cops Say (Update)

7/17/2015 2:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0717_buster_barnett_accidentupdate_graphic_red_bar3:11 PM PT -- The Clayton County P.D. tells us ... Buster was at work at the time of the kidnapping and was unharmed in the incident.  

We're also told Buster's mistress had gone to Buster's workplace right BEFORE the kidnapping -- and told him she was MAD that Buster and his wife were going on a vacation together.  

Cops say Buster insists he had no idea Brown was homicidal -- and didn't think the situation would escalate, which is why he did not call police.  

Barnett is not a suspect or a person of interest.  update_grey_gray_barThe mistress of a former NFL player went berserk in Georgia -- kidnapping the man's wife and then killing her and herself after a high speed car chase ... this according to police.  

Cops say the killer was the mistress of Buster Barnett -- a former tight end for the Buffalo Bills from '81 to '84. 

0717_buster_barnett_gettyBarnett's mistress, Lisa Brown, kidnapped Buster's wife, Sandra Barnett, and sped off in a Dodge Durango ... officials told 11Alive.com.

The Durango was spotted by police and a chase ensued -- through Georgia and into Alabama ... until the car suddenly stopped -- and that's when cops say Brown opened fire on Barnett and then herself. 

No word if Buster was harmed in the incident.  

Story developing ... 

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