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Joey Fatone Chyna Was My Friend Didn't Know Issues Were That Bad

4/22/2016 9:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Joey Fatone says he knew his friend Chyna was "having some trouble" recently but didn't know how bad her issues had become ... telling TMZ Sports they had just made plans to hang out. 

Fatone and Chyna have known each other for years -- and the *NSYNC member says he was sad to learn of her passing this week ... especially since he just had a conversation with her last week. 

"I know she was having some trouble and stuff like that but didn't know [it had gotten] that bad."

Chyna had struggled with substance abuse for years -- and officials are investigating her death as a possible overdose

Fatone says the two had just gotten back in touch with each other and were hoping to hang out sometime soon ... but she died before they could get those plans off the ground. 

BTW, Joey made this video last year campaigning for Chyna to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Prince Treated for Drug Overdose Days Before Death

4/21/2016 4:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42116-prince-getty-04Prince was treated for a drug overdose 6 days before his death ... multiple sources tell TMZ.

We broke the story ... Prince's private jet made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois last Friday, hours after he performed in Atlanta. At the time his reps said he was battling the flu ... something we questioned because his plane was only 48 minutes from home before the unscheduled landing.

Multiple sources in Moline tell us, Prince was rushed to a hospital and doctors gave him a "save shot" ... typically administered to counteract the effects of an opiate.

Our sources further say doctors advised Prince to stay in the hospital for 24 hours. His people demanded a private room, and when they were told that wasn't possible ... Prince and co. decided to bail. The singer was released 3 hours after arriving and flew home. 

We're told when Prince left he "was not doing well."

We know authorities in Minnesota are trying to get the hospital records from Moline to help determine cause of death.

We have made more than a dozen attempts to reach Prince's reps for comment, but they went radio silent.

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Prince 'Purple' Sing Along Shuts Down Streets

4/22/2016 8:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Prince's legion of fans recreated the closing scene of "Purple Rain" ... on a much bigger scale, and it was pretty awesome to see from above.

Mourners gathered in downtown Minneapolis Thursday night, and a reporter had the perfect birdseye view when the crowd of several hundred people sang along to Prince's signature anthem.

"Y'know what I'm singing about up here ... C'mon raise your hand!"

Prince Dearly Beloved ... Alicia Keys & Jennifer Hudson Pay Tribute

4/22/2016 7:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

042216_prince_tribute_v3Prince was all over NYC ... with Alicia KeysJennifer Hudson and the whole cast of "Hamilton" saluting the singer.

Alicia's one of the few artists Prince allowed to cover his music. On her debut album she recorded a new version of "How Come You Don't Call Me" -- and during a private show Thursday night she played the song and thanked Prince for teaching her "how to be bold and brazen."

He got more props on Broadway ... Hudson and the cast of "The Color Purple" closed with a "Purple Rain" sing-along -- and the "Hamilton" crew stepped outta the 18th century for "Let's Go Crazy."

Prince Charlie Murphy Speaks Out

4/22/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Charlie Murphy is reflecting on his most famous basketball opponent ... opening up about how Prince didn't just change music -- he changed the world. 

Of course, Charlie's "Chappelle's Show" sketch about his pick-up game with Prince is legendary ... but Murphy says it shouldn't have been a shock that His Purpleness was such an incredible athlete. 

"If you seen his last show, how could you not watch his show and go, 'That dude is an athlete!'"

Prince clearly made an impact on Murphy -- and he joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 to tell us what the singer meant to him. It's pretty good stuff. 

Make sure to catch "TMZ Sports" weeknights on FS1. 

Ray Romano Doris Roberts ... Good Drinker, Good Kisser

4/22/2016 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray Romano thought Doris Roberts was awesome in many ways ... that's what he told our photog Thursday as he left The Redbury in Hollywood.

Ray was clearly joking about the kissing thing, but maybe not the other qualities that made Doris special.

Prince Giant Rainbow Over Paisley Park Home

4/21/2016 5:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0421_rainbow_over_prince_house_acgoodyear-twitterA vibrant rainbow graced the skies above Prince's home Thursday ... hours after he died.

Mourners were paying their respects outside Paisley Park when the rain stopped, the skies opened and the rainbow appeared. 

It's interesting ... hours after Nancy Reagan died in March, a rainbow appeared over the home she shared with President Reagan.

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Prince 911 Caller Yes, He's Dead and It's Prince

4/21/2016 5:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42116-prince-getty-07A panicked man called 911 from Paisley Park after finding Prince unconscious, and blurted out ... "people are just distraught" here.

We've obtained the transcript of the 911 call which police say was made by an unidentified male who immediately said, "Um, we're at Prince's house." Seconds later the man stammered before saying, "So, yeah, um, the person is dead here."

For some reason the caller did not know the address at Paisley Park, and had to call someone else in to the room to provide that info.

When the dispatcher asked, "Are you with the person who's ... " -- the caller interrupted, "Yes, it's Prince."

Paramedics arrived and quickly reported back to dispatch, "You can cancel anybody going to Audubon, confirmed DOA."

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Sheila E. I'm Going to Find Out How Prince Died

4/21/2016 4:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Prince's longtime friend and collaborator Sheila E. wants answers -- and she's jetting to Minnesota right now to get them. 

We just got Sheila as she was boarding a flight at LAX, and she was visibly shaken about the news of Prince's death. She gave us a message for the millions of fans mourning around the world.

Sheila -- who's been tight with Prince since the mid-'80s -- seemed puzzled about reports he'd been battling the flu, but also ... determined to find out the truth.

Prince Alarming Pharmacy Runs ... Indicate Secret Health Crisis

4/21/2016 11:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0421-prince-leaving-cvs-4202016-TMZ-03Prince hit up a local pharmacy hours before he died -- the 4th time he visited this week -- indicating his health was far worse than the simple flu.  

TMZ obtained this photo of Prince leaving a Walgreens near his home in Minnesota Wednesday night at around 7 PM.

Our sources tell us Prince had frequented the Walgreens for years -- but last night, people at the store were concerned because he looked much more frail and nervous than usual.  

As we previously reported, Prince's team told the media he was suffering from the flu. It seemed odd, because his private jet had to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois last Friday, just 48 minutes from his home. 

Prince was hospitalized ... but was discharged after only a few hours. Our sources in Moline told us at the time they felt Prince left the hospital way too soon because he was "not doing well" and needed further medical care.

On Saturday, the day after he was released from the hospital, Prince took the stage at a dance party near his home and curiously said, "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers."

Prince died Thursday morning. Officials are investigating the cause of death. 

Prince Prez Obama Salutes 'Electrifying Performer'

4/21/2016 1:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0421-prince-obama-GETTY-TMZ-01Prince's shocking death prompted even President Obama to shout-out the musical genius who "did it all."

The Prez said, "Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll."

Obama's a HUGE fan and even got Prince to play a top secret show at the White House last summer for 500 people. An Obama staffer called the event a "private party for friends and family."

Like so much of Prince's life -- the White House show was totally private. No video's ever surfaced, which is a damn shame. He reportedly jammed with Stevie Wonder during the gig.

He performed his final concert in Atlanta one week ago.

Magic Johnson 'Devastated By Passing Of Good Friend Prince'

4/21/2016 11:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0421_prince_magic_johnson_tmz_gettyMagic Johnson says he's crushed by the death of his "good friend" Prince -- saying the legend is one of 2 musicians he actually followed around the world to see in concert. 

"I am so devastated by the passing of my good friend Prince," Johnson tweeted. 

"This is so tragic. First MJ and now Prince! Two icons gone too soon!"

"Prince and Michael were the only artists I actually followed around the world to see their stellar performances live."

Several huge sports figures are also mourning the death of the music legend, including: 

Sugar Ray Leonard -- I met Prince and had brief discussions with him and he was without question, a Special individual! RIP."

Mark Cuban -- Im in shock #Prince

Deion Sanders -- #RIPPrince. When we lose 1 our TRUE entertainers & pioneers it makes u rethink your life & stop taking people & things for granted. #TRUTH

Aaron Rodgers -- Sad news today about the passing of a legend #Prince. So glad I was able to see him perform. RIP #musicalgenius

Prince's Death Celeb Reactions

4/21/2016 10:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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