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'ALF' Star Dead at 76

6/13/2016 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0609_MIHALY-MESZAROS-tmz_wmMichu Meszaros, the circus star who played "ALF" for four seasons, has passed ... his longtime manager, Dennis Varga, confirmed to TMZ. 

He'd been rushed to an L.A. hospital over a week ago after being found unresponsive at his home and had been in a coma since.

Michu was born in Hungary and began performing in the circus in his teens. He was only 33 inches tall coining him the unofficial title as "the smallest man on earth." He eventually joined Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus in the '70s.

He was close friends with Michael Jackson after the pop star saw him perform. Michu was reportedly a regular at Neverland Ranch, present during MJ's courtship to Lisa Marie and even knew Michael's kids. 

He landed the role of walkaround ALF in the '80s.

Varga has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral costs and medical bills. 

Michu was 76.

University of Nevada Football Player Presumed Dead ... After Paddle Board Accident

6/13/2016 8:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0613-marc-ma-missing-nevada-athlete-01Officials have called off the search for University of Nevada football player Marc Ma -- who is presumed dead after going missing Friday during a paddle board trip on Lake Tahoe.

Ma -- a sophomore defensive end for the Wolf Pack -- was paddle boarding with 5 teammates when high winds caused dangerous swells. 

The others turned back and tried to get shore ... but noticed Ma was missing. A search and rescue was launched in an effort to locate Ma but were unable to find him. 

The Placer County Sheriff's Office is now calling the search one of recovery, not rescue.

Head coach Brian Polian issued a statement saying the team is devastated -- adding, "Our team has lost a friend and a brother and we are hurting right now. I have no doubt that we will rally together to love and support one another in manner that will honor Marc's memory."

"Marc was a very special young man and it was an honor to work with him. He was universally liked and respected by his teammates, coaches and staff. Marc excelled in the classroom and had grown by leaps and bounds in the weight room and on the football field. His easy smile and cheerful demeanor belied a fierce competitive nature that would emerge in practice and excite our team."

Ex-NFL Lineman Found Dead In Milwaukee Motel

6/13/2016 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0613-bryan-robinson-GETTY-02Former NFL lineman Bryan Robinson -- who spent 14 years in the league -- was found dead Saturday in a motel room in Milwaukee. 

Details surrounding his death are slim. Unclear why Robinson was at the motel. The Milwaukee Medical Examiner's office is investigating, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The 41-year-old -- who played for the Bears, Cardinals, Rams, Bengals and Dolphins -- was a solid NFL player. He played in Super Bowl XLIII with the Cardinals in 2009. 

Story developing ... 

Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister A Rainbow Tribute

6/12/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0610-lemmy-motorhead-rainbow-bar-and-grill-GETTY-01Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister's memory will live forever at his rock 'n' roll home -- The Rainbow Bar & Grill.

The famed restaurant/bar is a coveted part of the Sunset Strip ... the place John Belushi had his last meal the night he died, the joint where John Lennon threw back drinks, and the favorite haunt of Led Zeppelin, Elton John and countless other rock stars and celebrities.

The patio area at The Rainbow Bar & Grill is being renovated and re-named "Lemmy's Lounge" ... it's the place Lemmy always hung before his death last December. In an awesome move, they're using Lemmy's favorite bar stool as a focal point of the redesign.

And there's a  $20k bronze life-size Lemmy statue.

The project will be completed by the end of August. Rock on.

'Voice' Star Christina Grimmie Shot and Killed

6/11/2016 1:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Former 'Voice' competitor Christina Grimmie is dead after a shooting in Orlando.

Christina was doing a meet and greet with fans Friday night following a concert ... when a man walked up to her and simply opened fire. Her brother tackled the shooter, but the man was able to get free enough to shoot and kill himself.

0611-christina-grimmie-instagram-01This picture was taken minutes before Christina was shot.

Christina was rushed to a hospital, but died early Saturday morning from her injuries. Police are hailing her brother as a hero for stopping the massacre of countless more people.

Christina had opened Friday night for the band, Before You Exit. Since finishing in third place on "The Voice" Season 6 (2014) ... Christina signed with Island Records, and was reportedly working on an album.

Grimmie was 22.

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We've learned Christina's twitter account was hacked, but her team has regained access and taken down the message. 

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Muhammad Ali Memorial Final Tributes From Clinton and Crystal

6/10/2016 9:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Muhammad Ali's memorial service was punctuated by emotional and humorous stories about his life ... as told by his family and famous friends.

Billy Crystal was a close friend and told the packed arena in Louisville about the first time they met ... and how Ali reacted to Crystal's impression of him.

Many, many others spoke during the nearly 4-hour long ceremony. A scruffy Crystal joked, "I was clean shaven when this started." 

Ali's widow, Lonnie ... 3 of his daughters ... Sen. Orrin Hatch and Bryant Gumbel also shared their memories.

0610_muhammad_Ali_memorial_inside_the_service_launchPresident Bill Clinton delivered the final eulogy of the memorial, talking about the one thing Ali never got enough credit for -- his intelligence. 

'Pretty Little Liars' Director Sues W Hotel My Husband Died Because of You

6/10/2016 10:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0610-norman-buckley-instagram-03A famed director is suing the W, claiming the hotel blocked him from rescuing his husband from suicide.

Norman Buckley, who directed "Gossip Girl" and "Pretty Little Liars," claims in a new lawsuit his husband, Davyd Whaley, had disappeared from their West Hollywood home in 2014 and checked into the W in Hollywood under an alias.

Buckley says Davyd was suffering from PTSD and paranoia and the hotel could tell at check-in something was terribly wrong. Buckley says Davyd appeared, "nervous, scared and fidgety."

According to the lawsuit, Buckley saw a credit card charge from the W and called the hotel, saying he was Davyd's husband and this was an emergency situation and Davyd needed his meds, STAT.

Buckley claims the hotel was unwilling to help ... in fact they wouldn't acknowledge Davyd was a guest.  

Buckley eventually got the Sheriff's Dept. to call the hotel, but by then it was too late. Davyd had killed himself in his room, several hours before.

The suit alleges had the W people treated it as a true emergency, Davyd would still be alive.

We reached out to the W. So far, no word back. 

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Muhammad Ali Memorial Celebs Ready to Pay Final Respects ... Procession Begins

6/10/2016 6:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mike Tyson and Will Smith were among the early arrivals for Muhammad Ali's memorial service -- and served as pallbearers as the procession through Louisville started.

The 19 mile journey through Ali's hometown began Friday morning after Tyson, Smith, Lennox Lewis and several of Ali's family members carried his coffin to the waiting hearse.

0610-ali-mike-tyson-will-smith-wav3The procession will end up at Yum! Center arena where Bill Clinton will deliver the eulogy for Ali at the memorial service.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who called Ali his mentor, is also in Louisville.

0610-kareem-abdul-jabbar-ali-memorial-SUB-TWITTER-01The memorial service is scheduled to begin at 10 AM PT ... and TMZ will be live streaming.

Gordie Howe Mr. Hockey Dead at 88

6/10/2016 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0609_gordie_howe_remembering_launchupdate_graphic_red_bar7:55 AM PT -- A rep for the the Lucas County Coroner's office tells us Howe died of "natural causes." They will not be investigating his death. update_grey_gray_barHockey legend Gordie Howe died Friday morning in Ohio.

According to reports, Howe was at his son's home in Toledo when he passed away. He had suffered a stroke last year, but his family said he recovered well after that.

Howe was 88.

The Detroit Red Wings superstar held most of the NHL records that Wayne Gretzky eventually broke.

Howe was a 23-time All-Star in the league, and played an astounding 26 seasons in the NHL (still a record) ... plus another 6 in the World Hockey League. His 1,767 NHL games played is also a record.

Gordie retired at the age of 52 ... following one season with the Hartford Whalers in 1980.

Interesting pic we dug up -- in 1990, Howe was honored at the All-Star Professional Sports Awards alongside Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Rod Laver.

#RIP

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Muhammad Ali Laila Ali & Celeb Friends Gather For Final Prayer Service

6/9/2016 10:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0609_muhammad_ali_funeral_photos_launch_6Muhammad Ali's family and close friends from the boxing world attended the first of 2 memorial services planned for him in Louisville.

Laila Ali cradled her young daughter during the Jenazah -- an Islamic prayer service. Sugar Ray Leonard and Rev. Jesse Jackson were among the celebs who showed up -- and about 16,000 tickets were handed out to fans.

Pallbearers presented Ali's closed coffin. The second service is scheduled for tomorrow.

Muhammad Ali Going to 'Greatest' Burial Site ... With Col. Sanders & 'Happy Birthday' Writer

6/9/2016 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0609_muhammad_ali_graves_launchMuhammad Ali will be laid to rest in truly hallowed ground because the cemetery is chock-full of celebs.

After his memorial services -- Thursday and Friday -- Ali will be buried in Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetery which is already the final resting place to:

- THE Colonel Harland Sanders of KFC fame
- Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. ... who created the Kentucky Derby
- Patty Hill ... who wrote the "Happy Birthday" song
- Pete "The Gladiator" Browning ... the baseball player who popularized Louisville Slugger bats
- J. Graham Brown ... inventor of the Hot Brown Sandwich (look it up, it's delicious) 

Check out the gallery of the famous final resting places.

Sugar Ray Leonard I'm Going to Ali Funeral ... 'Paying My Respects'

6/8/2016 12:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sugar Ray Leonard is heading to Louisville to attend Muhammad Ali's funeral -- telling TMZ Sports the man had a tremendous impact on his life and he wants to pay his respects in person. 

Leonard says he's not scheduled to speak at the event -- but would if he was asked. However, he admits it's a pretty tough task to eulogize a man who accomplished so much. 

He also has a message to the fans caught up in the melee over funeral tickets this morning -- CALM DOWN!!!!  

Bellator On Kimbo Slice No Warning Signs ... In Pre-Fight Heart Tests

6/8/2016 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The doctors who cleared Kimbo Slice to fight at Bellator 149 in February found NO SIGNS of serious heart problems during pre-fight health exams ... this according to Bellator. 

A Bellator spokesperson tells us ... Slice was not only required to pass a physical exam before his fight (as with all fighters over the age 35), he also had to pass an EKG and an EEG in order to be cleared. 

Slice passed away this week -- and doctors said his heart was in such bad shape in his final days that he needed a transplant.  

But Bellator says Slice would have been pulled IMMEDIATELY if there were any red flags back in February. 

“If there was ANY sign that Kimbo was not healthy enough to fight, we would NOT have allowed him to fight."

"All of [Kimbo’s] physicals were passed" ... the [medical documents] are in the possession of the Texas Dept. of Licensing and Regulation.

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