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Prince New Music Drops Ahead of Anniversary!

4/18/2017 5:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Prince is back! Six brand new songs are about to drop on iTunes, but the question is ... how long will they be there?

A Prince EP titled, "Deliverance" just popped up on iTunes listings. It features 6 tracks, including the title song ... which you can already preview.

You can pre-order the EP for a mere $3.99 but, other than the title track, the songs won't be available until April 21 -- the 1 year anniversary of Prince's death.

It's unclear if the Estate has approved the release. If you've got iTunes, CLICK HERE to get a taste ... while you can.

According to Spin ... the songs were all recorded between 2006 and 2008 and were co-produced by Prince and Ian Boxill.  

A media release says the EP is being released on the independent label RMA (Rogue Music Alliance) and the "majority of sales of Deliverance will benefit Prince's estate."

Facebook Killer 911 Calls 'He's Not Conscious, He's Dead!'

4/18/2017 7:06 AM PDT
Breaking News

Steve Stephens' victim was shot in a residential area, and several neighbors frantically called 911 to report the savage murder.

The 911 calls were just released and a man yelled, "He's not conscious. He's dead!" They also told the operator the victim was an older man. You can hear a crowd gathering around the crime scene as the operator tried to instruct the caller on how to stop the bleeding.

It's clear she didn't realize the shots were fatal.

74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. was murdered by the so-called Facebook killer Sunday in Cleveland. A nationwide manhunt has been going on ever since.

Facebook Killer Cops Now Offering $50k Reward

4/17/2017 12:54 PM PDT
Breaking News

Police are going all out to locate Facebook killer Steve Stephens ... including offering a huge reward.

Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams just announced the $50,000 reward for any information leading to Stephens' arrest. The reward comes on the heels of police saying the manhunt now covers up to 5 states.

The ATF, FBI and Crimestoppers are all chipping in to cover the reward.

Chief Williams is still imploring Stephens to turn himself in ... or at least contact a friend or relative.

Stephens shot and killed 74-year-old Roger Godwin, Sr. Sunday in Cleveland, then uploaded video of the murder.

Prince's Death Search Warrants Reveal Pills Hidden Everywhere

4/17/2017 6:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Prince's death scene was riddled with pills strewn around his home ... this according to search warrants just released by Minnesota authorities.

According to new docs, law enforcement found Ziploc bags with pills as well as envelopes containing pills.

The docs bear out what TMZ has reported ... Prince's bodyguard was the person who went to a Walgreens pharmacy the day preceding the singer's death to fill prescriptions, including Percocet.

And, Prince used an alias -- Peter Bravestrong -- and cops found a suitcase with that name that contained pill bottles along with the lyrics for the song, "U Got the Look."

The main doctor who was treating Prince -- Dr. Michael Schulenberg -- admitted to a detective he had prescribed Prince Oxycodone the same day Prince OD'd on a jet -- 6 days before he died. The doctor put the Rx in Prince's bodyguard's name.

Prince would regularly get B12 injections before his concerts to feel better and they were set up through his managers.

And this is interesting ... Prince didn't use a cellphone ... apparently because he was once hacked and didn't trust it. His communications were through emails and landlines.

As we reported ... Prince died of an overdose of the powerful painkiller Fentanyl.


Carrie Fisher Return of the Princess's Dog Post-Star Wars Celebration

4/16/2017 7:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gary Fisher -- aka Gary the Dog, aka Carrie Fisher's beloved French Bulldog -- came in for a soft landing at LAX Saturday, under the watchful eye of his new owner.

Corby McCoin, Carrie's assistant, is now Gary's caretaker.  As we reported, initially Carrie's family said Billie would care for Carey, but ultimately it made more sense for Corby to do the honors since the dog had more of a connection to her.

Gary was flying back from The Last Jedi panel in Orlando, where he was a big hit.

FYI ... Gary should have been on a leash at LAX per City ordinance, but he's been through a lot so everyone cut him a break.

Sean Taylor Redskins LB Cast to Play NFL Legend ... On Murder Investigation Show

4/15/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A Washington Redskins linebacker has been cast to portray slain Redskins legend Sean Taylor in a new TV show about his murder ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We've learned 25-year-old Khairi Fortt will star as Taylor on a June episode of "The Perfect Murder" on Investigation Discovery ... which will explore how cops helped solve Sean's tragic 2007 home invasion murder.

The show is a combination of real-life interviews with investigators and family members, and scenes dramatizing the actual events.

But get this ... the role of Taylor's father will be played by Fortt's father, Guy Fortt -- who was an actor working with producers on the show last year when he suggested they consider Khairi to play Sean.

Khairi got the audition and executive producers Kevin Kaufman and Rick Tirelli tell us it was an obvious fit.

Break a leg (or don't, the Redskins wouldn't like that).

Idk @therock I might have you on this one 👀.... 📸: @naturallyfitagency

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Jamiroquai's Toby Smith Battled Cancer for Years ... Kept Dire Condition from Band

4/14/2017 10:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jamiroquai keyboardist Toby Smith kept his bandmates in the dark about his cancer progressing ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the band tell us they were all aware Toby had cancer. He'd been battling it for a few years, but were under the notion he was close to remission. We're told he never let on his condition was deteriorating and, in fact, they were optimistic.

One source described Toby's passing as a "surprise and complete shock."

Toby, a founding member of the band, died Tuesday night in the U.K., and we're told he was surrounded by his wife and kids.

Jamiroquai's bassist, Stuart Zender, told us ... "I have lost a soul mate. We taught each other so much about life and music. He was like a big brother to me and I spent the most transformative years of my life with him. He is loved by his beautiful family, supporters and friends. His angelic chords will live in the lives and hearts of many to come."

He added, "I love you my brother 💜- I've got a huge empty hole where my Toby was. I'm waiting for him to tell me it's ok.. he's ok"

Harrison, Mark & Billie 'Star Wars' Family Reunion ... Honors Princess Leia

4/14/2017 8:43 AM PDT

Mark Hamill had a moment -- an emotional one -- at the 'Star Wars' Celebration in Orlando.

Mark and Harrison Ford took this shot backstage with Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher's daughter. As Luke put it ... "So much like her mother in so many ways- it was almost as if we were cuddling our Princess again." 

Billie was in 'The Force Awakens' and will be back in the same role, Lieutenant Connix, for 'The Last Jedi' next year. She paid tribute to her late mom during Thursday's celebration. Not a dry eye.

The Force is with her.


Jamiroquai Keyboardist Toby Smith Dead

4/14/2017 6:08 AM PDT

A founding member of the band Jamiroquai has died.

Keyboardist Toby Smith recorded the band's first 5 albums between 1992 and 2002, which contained a number of the group's hits, including "Virtual Insanity," "Deeper Underground" and "Space Cowboy."

Smith, who was only 46, passed Tuesday. The band's Facebook page says he'd been fighting an illness for a long time and had "shown signs of beating it."

Smith stayed in the music business, producing and managing groups and artists.

Jamiroquai's original bassist, Stuart Zender, said in tribute, "I love you so much. My big brother Toby crossed over to the other side ... The most talented musician I have ever had the honor to make music with."

RIP

Dave Chappelle Honors His Friend, Charlie Murphy

4/13/2017 11:56 AM PDT

Dave Chappelle stopped by his friend John Mayer's concert Wednesday night to show the love to a friend they just lost -- Charlie Murphy.

Dave got onstage and praised Charlie for his friendship, comedy and storytelling. Then Dave told the crowd that Mayer's song, "You're Going to Live Forever in Me," always reminded him of his friend ... and Mayer performed it in tribute.

Mayer and Dave also reminded the crowd just how funny Murphy was by referencing one of his greatest lines ever from "Chappelle's Show."

Awesome and touching video.


Charlie Murphy Graciously Takes Pic with Fan Weeks Before Death

4/13/2017 6:23 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Charlie Murphy was gracious to the end ... taking time for a fan weeks before his death.

The pic was snapped March 11 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Michael Brodie asked Charlie for a pic before boarding a plane for Newark, and Charlie was more than accommodating.

Michael says Charlie was super nice.

Turns out Charlie was in and out of the hospital, undergoing chemo but kept his illness secret to almost everyone.

TMZ broke the story ... Charlie died Wednesday after battling leukemia.

Damon Wayans Me and Charlie Murphy Kissed Once We Were Really Necking

4/13/2017 6:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Damon Wayans has fond memories of Charlie Murphy -- none of which were more moving than the time they kissed on the neck.

We got the 3rd eldest Wayans sibling Wednesday at Catch and asked for his favorite Charlie moment before his tragic passing this week. Damon doesn't skip a beat.

Sounds like they were running through lines for Eddie Murphy's "Vampire in Brooklyn" -- you know, 'cause of the neck "kiss" -- but it sure left an impression on Damon. He's happy to reenact it, too.



Eddie Murphy I'll Miss Charlie's Laughter Every Day

4/12/2017 3:08 PM PDT
Breaking News

Eddie Murphy is reacting to the sudden loss of his older brother, Charlie Murphy, saying their family will never be the same.

Eddie says on behalf of his family, "Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie. Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed."

He added thanks to Charlie's millions of fans for their "outpouring of condolences and prayers."

As we first reported ... Charlie's family was aware he was battling leukemia, but was under the impression he was getting better -- making his death Wednesday a complete shock.

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