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Kanye West Bowie Petition Is Worthless ... I'm Not Touching His Music

1/20/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0120-kanye-david-bowie-getty-01Kanye West loves David Bowie's music and his legacy so much ... he has NO PLANS to record a cover album, which means angry Bowie fans can settle down.

Outrage spread on the Internet after multiple reports claimed Kanye was recording a tribute -- featuring covers of Bowie's biggest hits -- however, a rep for West tells us that's complete BS. 

The rumor, apparently started in a British tab, launched a petition -- which already has 5,000 signatures -- to shut down the album. Not sure how that would have stopped it anyway, but it's a moot point.

We're told Yeezy had a ton of respect for Bowie -- he tweeted about his death -- but they never had plans to work together.

Our sources say the rapper is still hard at work on an album ... of his own material, sans Ziggy Stardust '16.  

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Lemmy Cause of Death ... Prostate Cancer

1/19/2016 4:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0119-lemmy-certificate-launch-tmz-01Motorhead frontman Lemmy died from prostate cancer and congestive heart failure ... according to his death certificate.

It was widely reported he battled an aggressive form of cancer before his death, but the copy of his death certificate we obtained is the first confirmation it was prostate cancer.

The legendary rocker had battled serious health issues for quite some time, forcing him to scale back on his alcohol and tobacco habits. Lemmy had smoked for 57 years. 

He was 70 years old when he passed in December.

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Glenn Frey Reaction to Rock Legend's Death

1/18/2016 2:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Celine Dion I Will Not Sing at My Husband's Funeral

1/18/2016 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0118_celine-dion_rene_tmz-gettyCeline Dion will not be singing at her husband Rene Angelil's funeral because she is still in the throes of grief.

Reports have surfaced Celine will perform at Rene's funeral, but she quickly squashed them.

Her rep tells us it never crossed her mind to perform -- but it's possible one or two of her songs will play in the background.

According to his wishes, the ceremony will be held at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal where he and Celine got married 21 years ago.  

The funeral will be televised on 3 networks and flags will fly at half-staff -- Rene was Canadian and well-respected.  

Celine also lost her brother to cancer just days after Rene died. 

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Glenn Frey Eagles Guitarist Dead At 67

1/18/2016 1:48 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0117-glenn-frey-getty-01Glenn Frey, co-founder and guitarist for the Eagles, has died ... TMZ has learned.

We're told the cause of death was a combination of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.

Frey had been battling intestinal issues for months and had surgery in November. We're told in the last few days his condition took a turn for the worse. He died in New York City.

Glenn co-wrote and sang on most of the Eagles hits, including "Take It Easy," "Tequila Sunrise," "Lyin' Eyes," and "Heartache Tonight," to name a few. He also co-wrote "Hotel California" and "Desperado" with Don Henley and took home 6 Grammys with the band.

After the Eagles' 1980 breakup, Glenn launched a successful solo career, recording numerous hits ... most notably "The Heat Is On" and "You Belong to the City."

Glenn also got into acting, snagging a recurring role on "Miami Vice."

He reunited with the Eagles in '94 for their monster Hell Freezes Over tour and recorded music till the end, releasing what would be his fifth and final solo LP, "After Hours," in 2012.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had been fighting intestinal issues for awhile but his condition relapsed before the holidays, forcing the Eagles to pull out of their Kennedy Center Honors appearance in December. At the time, the band said he needed major surgery that would require a lengthy recovery. 

Don Henley said, "He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken."

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He added ... "We built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed. But Glenn was the one who started it all. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some."

Glenn was 67. RIP. 

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Celine Dion's Brother Dies From Cancer

1/16/2016 10:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0115-daniel-celine-dion-getty-01Celine Dion's older brother Daniel has died from cancer ... TMZ has learned.

Daniel, 59, passed away early Saturday morning surrounded by family in Celine's native Montreal. He had been fighting brain, tongue and throat cancer.

A memorial will be held next Saturday in Charlemagne Quebec, where the family was raised.

Celine's husband, Rene Angelil, passed Thursday from throat cancer.

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Rene Angelil Funeral Will Have Historic Ring

1/15/2016 1:59 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0115-celine-rene-gettyRene Angelil will be laid to rest in the same cathedral where he married Celine Dion 21 years ago ... TMZ has learned.

Our Celine sources tell us Rene's funeral will be held at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. There will be a public viewing next Thursday ahead of a religious service on Friday evening.

0115-sub-celine-rene-wedding-getty-01Celine's also planning a celebration of life for her late husband in Las Vegas. That will be held February 3rd at the Caesars Palace Colosseum, where Celine regularly performs.

Fans are invited to make donations to the Azar-Angelil Research Chair for ORL Cancer -- a charity Rene helped launched in 2011.

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'Grizzly Adams' Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

1/15/2016 6:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0115-main-haggerty-getty-02Famous '70s TV star Dan Haggerty -- who played Grizzly Adams -- died from cancer early Friday morning ... TMZ has learned. 

Haggerty died after battling cancer for the last few months. Sources close to Dan's family tell us doctors discovered the cancer after he had surgery for back pain. 

Haggerty starred in the 1977 hit TV show "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" as the lovable mountain man whose BFF was a grizzly bear. He also guest starred on several TV shows like "CHiPs" and "Charlie's Angels."

Haggerty was getting treatment in a hospital until recently when doctors told him the end was near and his son told close friends and family to come visit over the last few days before he passed.

Bunny Ranch owner and friend of Haggertys Dennis Hof tells TMZ, "Grizzly Adams was my friend for 20 years, the Bunnys loved him, he loved to drink with the Bunnys and told amazing jokes."

Dan was 74.

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Rene Angelil Celine Dion's Husband Dies

1/14/2016 1:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0114-rene-celine-getty-01Celine Dion's husband's long battle with cancer ended Thursday morning ... he died at their home in Las Vegas. 

Rene Angelil was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998. His health got so bad last year that Celine took a leave of absence from her Las Vegas show to take care of him. 

Sources close to Celine tell us Rene's death was completely unexpected because recently he's felt much better. In fact, we're told he and Celine had planned business meetings together for today. 

We've learned Celine has already cancelled the 2 shows she was scheduled to do at Caesars Palace this weekend. She's set to return on Feb. 23rd.

Rene and Celine got married in 1994 and he managed her for years. They have 3 sons, a 14-year-old and 5-year-old twins. Rene also has 3 other children from a previous marriage.  

People first reported Rene's death. He was 73.

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Lawrence Phillips 911 'He Has Attempted Suicide'

1/14/2016 10:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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TMZ Sports has obtained the Lawrence Phillips' 911 call -- in which a prison staffer tells the operator to send help because the ex-NFL star "has attempted suicide right now."

During the call, the staffer says he's in the dark about Lawrence's condition or how he tried to take his own life ... but says he was instructed by other Kern Valley State Prison staffers to call for an ambulance asap.  

By the way, officials say the call came in to 911 at 12:14 AM -- 9 MINUTES after prison officials say they found Phillips unresponsive in his cell.  

As we previously reported, Phillips' next of kin -- along with his biological mother and his lawyer -- do NOT believe Lawrence committed suicide ... and are demanding an investigation into the death. 

Prison officials say Phillips was found unresponsive in his cell early Wednesday morning and was pronounced dead 90 minutes later after he was transported to a nearby hospital. 

Alan Rickman 'Harry Potter' Star Dead at 69

1/14/2016 5:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0114-alan-rickman-getty-01Alan Rickman -- perhaps best known for playing Professor Snape in the 'Harry Potter' films -- passed away, his family announced Thursday. He was 69. 

Rickman had been suffering from cancer and was surrounded by family, they said.

The British actor's first major role was playing Hans Gruber opposite Bruce Willis in "Die Hard."   

Rickman took home a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his lead role in the 1996 HBO movie "Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny."


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David Bowie Street Art Tributes Popping Up ... For Lemmy Too

1/13/2016 3:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0113-david-bowie-tmz-01David Bowie won't soon be forgotten anywhere, but especially not in L.A. where artists are throwing up HUGE tributes. 

The most prominent one went up on the office of Timewarp Music -- Jules Muck painted a mural of Ziggy Stardust era Bowie chumming it up with another rock icon ... Motorhead frontman Lemmy, who died last month

Another piece of graffiti appeared hours after Bowie's death Sunday night -- his name was spray painted on wall in the middle of Hollywood. That one didn't stick though ... it was painted over by Tuesday morning.  

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Lawrence Phillips Family Doesn't Buy Suicide Claim 'He Wouldn't Kill Himself'

1/13/2016 12:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0113_lawrence-phillips_gettyLawrence Phillips' biological mother -- and the people closest to him -- do not believe the ex-NFL star committed suicide in his prison cell ... with his next of kin telling TMZ Sports, "I know for a fact he wouldn't do that."

We spoke with Tonissa Murdock -- who was listed as Phillips' next of kin with Kern Valley State Prison due to their close relationship for more than 20 years.  

Murdock says her family took in Lawrence during the '90s and he's been like a brother to her ever since. Tonissa says they were extremely close and last spoke with him around the Christmas holiday and he was very upbeat and positive at time, focusing on becoming a better person. 

"I know him well enough to know he wouldn’t commit suicide."

Tonissa says she's the one who had to break the news to Lawrence's biological mother -- and says they both are demanding answers from prison officials. 

"I asked the coroner for information about his body and she was very unhelpful," Tonissa says ... adding that she was told Lawrence was found with a note -- but officials wouldn't reveal what it said. 

Tonissa also says she's upset that she was notified at 7:15 AM -- hours after he was found -- preventing her from being able to meet Phillips at the hospital before he was pronounced dead.  

In the past few months, Tonissa says Phillips was determined to clear his name in the April death of his cellmate -- telling her he only acted in self-defense. 

"He knew that he was innocent about his cellmate. He faced adversity his whole life and during all those times he said suicide was never an option."

As for the prison, officials say they will examine Lawrence's body on Friday -- but so far, have not released any details regarding how exactly the ex-NFL star died. 

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