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Robby Gordon's Dad Butcher Knife Found Near Wife's Body

9/16/2016 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0915-baja-bob-sharonCops investigating the possible murder-suicide of NASCAR superstar Robby Gordon's father say they've recovered a butcher knife near the body of Sharon Gordon ... TMZ has learned. 

Law enforcement tells us ... the knife was collected as evidence from the scene. Cops say the significance of its discovery is unclear at this moment.

The Gordon family's attorney, Steve Nichols, tells TMZ ... the family believes the knife played an important part in what led to Bob taking his own life.

Sources tell us the knife is a strong sign there may have been mutual combat between Robert "Baja Bob" and Sharon before their deaths.

Police have said Gordon strangled Sharon and then killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Nichols tells us there's never been a history of violence in the Gordons' long marriage. 

Norm Macdonald House Sitter Dies in Comedian's Home ... Overdose Suspected

9/16/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0915-norm-macdonald-tmzA friend of Norm Macdonald's son was found dead in the condo where he was house sitting for the comedian ... TMZ has learned.

23-year-old Michael Huettner's body was discovered by his parents after his girlfriend informed them he was watching Norm's home and cat ... according to sources close to the Huettner family. Norm was traveling out of the country with his son, who was high school friends with Huettner.

We're told when they arrived the front door was open, they walked in and found Huettner dead on a bed. Law enforcement sources tell us there were multiple pills and pill bottles in the room ... including oxycodone.

We're told the operating theory that he died from an overdose is based on the scene, and also because the family told investigators Huettner had previous issues with oxycodone. We're told several bottles, with pills legally prescribed to Macdonald, were also found.

LAPD went to the home, but saw no signs of anything criminal and handed the investigation off to the L.A. County Coroner's Office. It's unclear which, if any, of the pills Huettner took ... toxicology is pending. 

Our family sources tell us the Huettners have contacted federal authorities requesting further investigation into the drugs found at the scene.

We're told Norm and his son are fully cooperating with the death investigation.

Robby Gordon's Dad Strangled Wife, Shot Himself ... Cops Say

9/15/2016 5:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0915-baja-bob-sharonThe father of NASCAR superstar Robby Gordon strangled his wife, Sharon, and then shot himself in a murder-suicide at their Orange County, CA home ... officials say.

The bodies of 68-year-old Robert "Baja Bob" Gordon and 57-year-old Sharon Gordon were discovered Wednesday afternoon.

The Orange County Coroner’s Office describes the death of Robert as being consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the death of Sharon was a result of strangulation.  

Cops say a rifle was recovered inside the house.

We're told cops are conducting ballistics tests on the weapon to see if it was, in fact, the gun used in the murder-suicide. 

Story developing ... 

Robby Gordon 'This Is Devastating' ... 'The Truth Will Come Out'

9/15/2016 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1:55 PM PT -- The Orange County Coroner's Office says both autopsies are complete.update_grey_gray_bar An emotional Robby Gordon broke his silence on the death of his father and his father's wife in an apparent murder-suicide ... saying he's devastated and vows to get to the bottom of the deadly incident. 

"This is devastating," Gordon told The Orange County Register ... "[My father] taught so many and I want everyone to know what a good man he was."

The bodies of Robert "Baja Bob" Gordon and Sharon Gordon, were found at a home owned by the NASCAR driver Wednesday night. Cops say a rifle was found at the scene

Cops are not saying what they believe happened inside the home -- but Gordon told The OCR, "The truth will come out."

Gordon also held a news conference and thanked his friends in the racing community for the support. 

He added, "I'd like everybody to understand this is very tough. It's not only tough for me but tough for my sisters. And my sister that is Sharon's daughter, Haylee."

'Cry-Baby' Star 'Hatchet-Face' Dead At 60

9/15/2016 7:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0915-hatchet-face-kim-macguire-cry-baby-02Kim McGuire who played Mona 'Hatchet-Face' Malnorowski alongside Johnny Depp in "Cry-Baby" has died.

Kim's husband, Gene, tells TMZ Kim fell ill earlier this week and was taken to a Florida hospital Tuesday. Gene says docs discovered Kim had a bad case of pneumonia and put her in the ICU. However, Kim didn't take well to treatment and she went into cardiac arrest twice ... passing away on Wednesday.

McGuire's most well-known role was in "Cry-Baby" but she also made appearances on TV. She later went on to become an attorney.

Kim was 60 years old. 

R.I.P.

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Robby Gordon Dad & Woman Found Dead In Driver's Home ... Possible Murder-Suicide

9/15/2016 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0915-robby-gordon-GETTY-01The father of NASCAR superstar Robby Gordon was found dead along with a woman believed to be his wife ... inside a Southern California home owned by his son. 

Officials say 68-year-old Robert Gordon -- aka Baja Bob -- was discovered inside the home on Wednesday. The body of 57-year-old Sharon Gordon was also found inside the home. 

Baja Bob was a famous off-road racer. 

Cops told CBS2 in L.A. they believe they are dealing with a murder-suicide. Investigators say they found a weapon inside the home. 

UPDATE -- Officers say a rifle was found inside the home. 

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Meek Mill Cousin Killed In Philly Shootings

9/14/2016 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0914_meek-mill_tmzMeek Mill's cousin was shot and killed Tuesday night during a string of violence in Philadelphia.

Mill's 21-year-old cousin, Angelo Colon, was reportedly 1 of 5 people killed in a series of shootings and stabbings.

According to law enforcement, Angelo suffered a gunshot wound to his head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Meek Mill -- a Philly-born rapper -- shared his grief and frustration over the violence in Philadelphia.

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Kid Cali Arrest in Rapper's Murder

9/13/2016 1:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0913-kid-cali-lapd-INSTAGRAM-01Cops finally nabbed a suspect for the murder of up-and-coming rapper Kid Cali ... TMZ has learned.

LAPD arrested a 19-year-old guy Saturday for the shooting death of Cali -- who was well-known on the L.A. rap scene. He was killed during a huge pool party last month in the San Fernando Valley.

Law enforcement sources tell us the fatal shots were fired during a fight between 2 rival gangs at the party. Two other people were shot, but survived. It's unclear if Cali was targeted or merely an innocent bystander.

The party was being held at a mansion with tons of security cameras ... which, no doubt, helped cops ID the suspect.

Boy George Alexis Arquette Did Me A Solid ... In 'The Wedding Singer'

9/12/2016 7:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Boy George was not bent out of shape over Alexis Arquette’s impersonation of him in “The Wedding Singer” ... he actually really dug it.

George stopped the Culture Club concert in Maryland Sunday night and dedicated “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” to the late actress and activist.

It’s a sweet tribute … Alexis passed away earlier in the day of an unknown illness. She was 47.

Tupac's Estate Threatens Auctioneer Sell His Lyrics, Buy a Lawsuit

9/12/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0909-tupac-mom-launch-02Tupac's estate is pissed yet another person is trying to take advantage of his art, and plans to block the sale of his handwritten lyrics to "Catchin' Feelings."  

Pac's estate claims managers and employees had a fire sale after the rapper's death -- selling off tons of his personal property -- but says it is the rightful owner of all his lyrics and written creations, because he never sold any of them.  

As we reported, memorabilia company Moments in Time plans to sell the original lyric sheet on Sept. 13th ... the 20th anniversary of Pac's death. 

The estate says it has rewarded people who unknowingly get Tupac's stuff if they return it -- but adds it is "aggressively pursuing" those who purposely try to exploit his memory. 

Translation: There's a lawsuit brewing.

Moments in Time owner Gary Zimet thinks the estate has no claim, and says it's full steam ahead for the sale.  

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Disney Star Michael Galeota Heart Disease Killed Him

9/12/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0908_Michael-Galeota-doc-launch-2Disney star Michael Galeota's history of high blood pressure led to heart disease at just 31 ... this according to the death certificate.

The document -- obtained by TMZ -- shows the actor's cause of death was atherosclerosis heart disease ... a build-up of plaque that clogs the artery wall. Hypertension is also listed as a significant factor. 

TMZ broke the story ... Michael died back in January and was discovered lying unconscious in his living room. He'd been battling high cholesterol and diverticulitis -- inflammation of the digestive tract.

The death certificate confirms the star of "The Jersey" on the Disney Channel died of natural causes.

Jerry Heller Might Be Dead, But ... N.W.A. Lawsuit Lives

9/10/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jerry Heller is gone -- but his defamation suit over "Straight Outta Compton" is very much alive. 

We got Heller's lawyer, Mickey Shapiro, at LAX, and he was passionate about how Jerry was wronged and how it essentially killed him. Mickey explains why Jerry's estate will take this $110 million case to a jury if necessary to unsully Jerry's name.

Mickey blasts Jerry's detractors, saying anti-Semitism played more than a small part in the attacks.

Cube and Dre ... don't cut your lawyers loose just yet.

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Jerry Heller Heart Attack, Not Car Crash Killed Him

9/9/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0908_jerry_heller_crash_main_wmJerry Heller did not die either directly or indirectly from his car accident last Friday ... the photos make it clear he died from a heart attack ... hours later in a hospital.

TMZ broke the story ... Heller slammed into a minivan in Thousand Oaks, CA after suffering a "medical emergency." TMZ was initially told he was taken to the hospital for injuries, but when you look at the damage to the vehicles, the impact clearly was not that severe.

0908_jerry_heller_crash_SUB_wmFrom everything we now know it appears Heller suffered a heart attack, lost consciousness and the car continued on its path until it hit the minivan. We also know EMTs administered CPR on scene, and he was transported to a hospital.

There's a legal twist to this story. The woman who was driving the minivan almost certainly has no case against Heller's estate, either for her injuries or for damage to the vehicle. A driver is only legally responsible for an accident if he or she committed negligence.

If Heller had a sudden heart attack and had no reason to believe in advance he was unfit to drive, there's no negligence and no liability, either for him or his insurance company.

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