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Carrie Fisher Whole Fam Together for Xmas To Honor Debbie's Tradition

12/27/2017 10:06 AM PST

1:22 PM PT -- Looks like Billie did miss the Christmas family reunion after all. She appears to have been checking out the northern lights in Norway on Christmas night, but with her mom in mind. 

Carrie Fisher's family was under one roof this Christmas ...  a year after the deaths of Carrie and her mother, Debbie Reynolds -- and they did it out of tradition.

Todd Fisher -- Carrie's brother -- tells us the entire family was together over the holiday, and that it was very emotional. We're told Debbie's brother, Bill Reynolds, was there -- he had spent every Christmas with Carrie.

Todd says Debbie had a long-running tradition of bringing everyone together for Christmas, and that she had even ordered Carrie back for the get-together last year ... it was on that trip home from the UK when she went into cardiac arrest and died days later.

We're told the Fisher/Reynolds family honored Debbie's custom by having dinner, watching home movies, and saying a prayer that Debbie's father would always say at Xmas -- which Todd says would start ... "Dear Lord, help us jump in."

Todd adds that nearly all of Carrie and Debbie's celebrity friends have reached out to the family to offer their condolences around this difficult time. As we reported ... Debbie died one day after her daughter, Carrie, passed away last year.  

One last thing ... we're told everyone in the Fisher/Reynolds family was there, which leads us to believe Carrie's daughter, Billie Lourd, was also in attendance. 

Dr. Evazan in 'Star Wars' Actor Alfie Curtis Dead at 87 1 Year After Carrie Fisher

12/27/2017 8:11 AM PST

Alfie Curtis, the man who played the disfigured thug that tried picking a fight with Luke Skywalker in the first 'Star Wars,' has died ... a year after Carrie Fisher's death.

Curtis, who played the uncredited Dr. Evazan, in George Lucas' 'A New Hope' reportedly passed away this week, according to Mark Hamill reacted to the actor's death Tuesday by posting a tribute on Twitter. 

Curtis took a lightsaber to the chest from Obi-Wan Kenobi after he knocked over Luke at the Mos Eisley Cantina -- where "you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy" ... according to Obi, anyway. 

The British actor also starred in "The Elephant Man," "The Wildcats of St. Trinian's," "Take It or Leave It," and a number TV series from the 1970s and '80s.

His death falls upon the first death anniversary of Fisher, who played Princess Leia in 'Star Wars.' He was 87. RIP ... and may the force be with you. 

Rihanna Cousin Shot & Killed in Barbados ... Day After Xmas

12/27/2017 6:56 AM PST

Rihanna's cousin was shot and killed this week ... just a day after she'd seen him for Christmas in her native home of Barbados.

RiRi posted a tribute Tuesday to her late relative, Tavon Alleyne, saying, "RIP cousin... can't believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms! never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man! #endgunviolence."

Tavon -- who was just 21 years old -- was shot several times by an unidentified man as he was walking near his home in the St. Michael area of the island. 

Cops are on the lookout for the shooter, and have asked the public for any info or leads that could lead to his capture. 


Washington Post Heir William Graham Commits Suicide Like Publisher Father

12/26/2017 9:04 AM PST

William Graham -- one of the heirs to the Washington Post-Graham fortune and son to WP publishers Phil and Katharine Graham -- has died by suicide, like his father.

The Post published Will's obit Saturday, saying the 69-year-old lawyer died last Wednesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to his older brother, Donald. His sister, Lally Weymouth, also posted about his death. 

His father, Phil, also committed suicide in 1963 by shooting himself with a shotgun. Will's mother, Katharine, served as primary publisher of the Post for more than 2 decades thereafter.

She played a crucial role in the Post helping bring down President Nixon during the Watergate scandal. She also led the charge in continuing to publish the Pentagon Papers despite being challenged by the U.S. government in court. 

Meryl Streep plays Katharine in Steven Spielberg's new movie "The Post." What's even more eerie here ... Will killed himself 6 days after the premiere in D.C., and 2 days before the film's limited release. 


George Michael's Death 1 Year Later ... Family Posts Tribute Message

12/26/2017 6:46 AM PST

George Michael's family posted a message about the late singer one year after his death, and they want fans to remember him with "I Love You's" aimed at loved ones.

In a touching tribute message Sunday, George's sisters, Yioda and Melanie, his father, Jack, and his best pal, David, penned a letter on George's website ... explaining how hard it still is dealing with his death one year to the day.

As we reported ... George died last Christmas when his heart failed as he slept, and he officially died of natural causes. He was 53 years old. 

George's family makes a specific request to his many fans ... raise a glass, enjoy his tunes, and appreciate family and friends. More specifically, they want people to say "I Love You" to whoever needs to hear it before it's too late. 

They end the open letter with something George would often say ... Take Care.


Combat Jack Hip-Hop Icon Dead at 53

12/20/2017 8:01 AM PST
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Combat Jack, an icon in the hip-hop community, has died after a battle with colon cancer.

Combat hosted his own immensely popular podcast where interviewed huge music celebs like Damon Dash, NORE, Just Blaze and others. Combat's real name was Reggie Osse, and he came up in the biz as a lawyer at Def Jam Records during its '90s heyday.

He announced in October that he was battling cancer. He posted a video of himself in the hospital ... talking to LL Cool J, who had called with well wishes.

Uncle @llcoolj told me to knock it out. So I’m gonna knock it out! #CombatCancer

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#CombatCancer was trending after his announcement.

Tributes are pouring at the news of his passing. Combat was 53.

Rapper Chinx Drugz Murder Suspects Charged 2 Years After Drive-By

12/14/2017 8:25 AM PST
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8:43 AM PT -- We're told a second suspect was also charged in connection to Chinx's murder -- 26-year-old Jamar Hill, who's facing the same charges as Homere. Both he and Homere were serving time in jail on unrelated charges when they were arrested in connection to the murder.

One of the French Montana's Coke Boys, Chinx Drugz, might finally see some justice after being shot and killed 2 years ago ... 'cause cops just made an arrest.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 32-year-old Quincy Homere was arrested Thursday in NYC and has been charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the 2015 drive-by shooting that left Chinx dead. 

FOX5 reporter Lisa Evers got exclusive video of Homere covering his face as cops perp walked him into the station. No word yet on motive or how police linked him to the case.

As we reported ... Chinx was gunned down in the Spring of 2015 in Queens, NY, having taken multiple bullets to the torso. Another victim in the car had been left badly injured.

Chinx was 31.

Lil Peep Hometown Memorial Service ... After Death

12/3/2017 1:59 PM PST

Lil Peep was honored by family, friends and fans alike in his hometown this weekend during a very personal memorial service following his sudden death.

The service went down Saturday in Peep's stomping grounds of Long Beach, New York -- where what appeared to be a modestly large crowd gathered as speakers went up to a podium one by one to share some words about the fallen rapper. 

His mother, Liza Womack, spoke at the event -- as did his grandmother. Watch the full service at your own risk ... it's a real tearjerker.

We broke the story ... Peep's death is now under investigation after text messages a woman allegedly sent were discovered, which read in part ... "GBC [Lil Peep] high af because of me and my friend lol ... He passed the f*** out my brother called and I tried to get him to say hi to my brother but he wouldn't wake up ..."

Police are also looking into whether Xanax Peep took before his death might've been laced with fentanyl.

Peep died last month of a suspected overdose. He was only 21.  

Charles Manson Battle for His Body Pen Pal, Grandson Want It

11/29/2017 10:37 AM PST

Charles Manson's body is in limbo now that 2 people have come forward laying claim to the corpse ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us Jason Freeman -- who claims to be Manson's legit grandson -- has contacted the Kern County Sheriff to say he wants Manson's body. The other candidate is Michael Channels, who was Manson's longtime pen pal.

Channels has one thing in his favor ... Manson's will. TMZ broke the story, Manson left everything to Channels and we know he's already informed the Sheriff he's the executor -- and he's filed it in probate court.

Even though Freeman might be Manson's kin -- he claims he's taken a DNA test -- he'd still have to contest the will in court to get a shot at the body.

It's now been 10 days since Manson died, and if no one had made a claim the Sheriff's Department would have cremated his remains. We're told that's on hold until a ruling from the court.

Charles Manson Back in Hollywood ... Looks Like It, Anyway

11/29/2017 7:14 AM PST

Charles Manson has come back from the dead, gotten MUCH younger and taken to the streets of Hollywood ... is what you'd say if you ran into this guy.

The Manson look-alike hit up Madeo in WeHo Tuesday and stopped our photog in his tracks.

The faux Manson has been mistaken for the cult leader many times before -- but we're guessing people don't run away in panic anymore ... at least since Manson died earlier this month.

Helter Skelter deja vu ... thank God it wasn't.

Post Malone Shows Off His Lil Peep Tattoo ... Image is Spot-On

11/28/2017 8:19 AM PST

Post Malone got some new ink last week to honor his late friend, Lil Peep, and flaunted it -- in all its amazing detail -- as he left Poppy in WeHo.

We got Post Monday night and, as soon as we offered condolences ... he stopped to pay tribute. He flashed the new tattoo of Peep's face on his left arm.

Post also had some kind words about Peep's brief career and his impact on music.

As we first reported, Peep's apparent OD death is now the subject of a police investigation.

David Cassidy Rent My Cherish-ed Florida Home ... Just $1,500/Night!

11/23/2017 12:40 AM PST

David Cassidy might be gone, but his old mansion in Florida is very much in business.

Cassidy's former waterfront home in Fort Lauderdale is currently for rent, with prices ranging from $1,200 to almost $2,000 a night depending on the season. Right now, it's going for around $1,500/night  ... winter comfort ain't cheap, ya know?

Folks wanting to crash in Cassidy's old digs have to shell out for a minimum of 3 nights, but it might be worth it considering everything there.

The 6-bed, 6-bath estate is adjacent to a private lake with a dock. It also comes with a pool and spa, an outdoor barbecue, a volleyball court and complimentary paddle boards and kayaks for the adventurous types. There's a bunch of Cassidy memorabilia on display, too. Awards, personal posters, and videos of his concerts ... like a mini Cassidy museum.

The former teen idol sold the house in 2015 for $2 million after purchasing it in 2001. Even though he died this week ... c'mon, you can get happy about this. 

David Cassidy Dead at 67

11/21/2017 6:10 PM PST
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David Cassidy, the 'Partridge Family' heartthrob who sold millions of records and became the fantasy of millions of girls, is dead.

Cassidy died in a Florida hospital after his organs failed

Family sources tell TMZ, David had been on life support since Monday. Doctors advised the family Tuesday the only way David could survive was with a liver transplant, but he was not a candidate because he would never survive surgery. The family decided at around noon to remove life support.

A number of family members were present when David died, including his brothers Shaun, Patrick and Ryan, his children Beau and Katie, along with various nephews and his ex-wife, Sue Cassidy.

We're told death came almost immediately after life support was withdrawn.

TMZ broke the story, David was in need of a kidney transplant but ultimately doctors said it was futile. His liver and other organs shut down and early Sunday his son and ex-wife were summoned to the hospital to say goodbye.

Cassidy was a multi-faceted entertainer ... from singing, to acting to Broadway to Vegas. "The Partridge Family" hit like an earthquake and catapulted him to stardom. The show ran from 1970 - 1974 and produced hits like "I Think I Love You," "Come On Get Happy," and "Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted."

David reluctantly auditioned for the role of the guitar-playing Keith Partridge and producers cast him not even knowing if he could carry a tune.

After "The Partridge Family" ran its course, David recorded a number of solo hits, including the remakes of "Cherish," "How Can I Be Sure" and "Rock Me Baby."

He took the starring role on Broadway in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" from 1983 to 1984. 

David was the son of actor Jack Cassidy and Broadway performer Evelyn Ward.  

David guest starred in a number of TV series, including "The F.B.I." "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Ironside," "Bonanza" and "Medical Center."

Cassidy battled alcoholism for most of his adult life.

He's survived by son Beau, daughter Katie -- who stars in "Arrow" -- half-brothers Shaun, Patrick and Ryan, step-mother and co-star Shirley Jones and ex-wife Sue Shifrin-Cassidy.


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