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Bill Goldberg

Wrestling Death Was A Freak Accident

... The Sport Is Totally Safe

3/24/2015 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former pro wrestling star Bill Goldberg says the accident that took the life of a Mexican wrestling star this past weekend was a freak occurrence ... telling TMZ Sports pro wrestling is as safe ever.

Goldberg was out in L.A. when we asked him about the tragic death of 35-year-old Mexican wrestling star El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo who passed away after his spine was snapped during a match last weekend.

Aquayo lay motionless on the ropes for nearly two minutes after the injury, with the other wrestlers apparently thinking it was all part of the show.

Goldberg, a former WCW champion, says despite the horrific nature of the injury wrestling is totally safe, noting that it's VERY rare that these types of accidents happen.

"Name the amount of people who've died in the ring over the past 50 years."

We also asked Bill if he thought the WWE should do any sort of tribute to the fallen star at this weekend's Wrestlemania, and Goldberg thought it was definitely the way to go.

"There's no doubt, there needs to be a silent bell or a moment of silence for him ... there's no doubt."

Chris Johnson

Confronted at Funeral

... Family Divided

3/23/2015 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0323-chris-johnson-funeral-outside-TMZSPORTS-01Battle lines were drawn at the funeral of the man killed in the Chris Johnson drive-by shooting -- when the NFL star was asked to LEAVE the ceremony ... before the victim's mother stopped him and demanded that he come back inside.  

Multiple sources tell us ... Johnson arrived late to the ceremony for Dreekius "Rollie" Johnson on Saturday ... but once inside, he was confronted by an angry family member who feels CJ is partly to blame for Rollie's death.

And why? We're told it all stems from CJ's friendship with a man named Kenny Turner -- who was hanging out with Chris and Rollie the night of the shooting. 

Turner is a convicted criminal who spent 5 years in prison for aggravated battery stemming from a 2002 shooting incident. He's currently back behind bars for violating his probation. 

Multiple sources tell us ... CJ's close friends have felt that Kenny was a bad egg -- and wanted Chris to cut him out of his life for years before something terrible happened. 

We're told several family members and friends believe CJ's relationship with Kenny was a factor in the shooting -- which led to the confrontation at the funeral. 

Sources tell us ... Chris began to leave the ceremony because he didn't want to be a distraction and was halfway to his car -- when the victim's mother approached him and demanded he come back inside. 

We're told she doesn't blame Chris -- and told the running back in front of a group of people that she firmly believed the situation was out of his hands. 

Multiple people tell us ... Chris never talked back to anyone -- he was completely respectful -- and ultimately obeyed Rollie's mother's wishes. One source tells us, "He just seemed sad."

So far, no official comment from Johnson. 

Mexican Wrestling Star

Dies in the Ring

3/21/2015 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A popular Mexican wrestling star was killed during a live show in Tijuana last night when a fighting stunt went terribly wrong in the center of the ring.

El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo was taking on former WWE star Rey Mysterio Jr. when he was performing a stunt and apparently snapped his neck or spine.

0321-SUB-el-hijo-del-perro-aguayo-lucha-libre-aaa-02The wrestlers didn't seem to realize the extent of the injury at first -- but soon realized something was wrong. Once everyone realized how serious it was -- Aguayo was put on a stretcher and rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to reports, Aguayo was only 35-years-old

TV Producer Jill Blackstone

Cops Think Sister's Death was Suicide Pact

3/21/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0320-jill-blackstone_coleman-rayner_split_dateJill Blackstone, the "Jerry Springer" and "Sally Jessy Raphael" producer who was arrested for allegedly killing her sister, engineered a suicide pact but got cold feet at the last minute ... that's the operating theory of law enforcement.

Our law enforcement sources tell us, they believe Blackstone and her sister Wendy -- who was deaf and partially blind -- made the suicide decision and Jill executed the plan by putting a lit BBQ in their closed garage, which was supposed to fill the air with deadly carbon monoxide gas.

TMZ broke the story, Jill called a friend who called 911, and when paramedics arrived they found Wendy dead and Jill with severe carbon monoxide poisoning. They believe Jill was trying to kill herself along with Wendy but had a change of heart at the very last moment.

And cops believe the 2 dogs that died were part of the plan ... they would all pass together.

As we reported, police arrested Jill for murder but the D.A. sent the case back to the LAPD for further investigation and Jill was released. 


Twisted Sister Drummer

Dead at 55 ...

Found Unresponsive on Tour Bus

3/20/2015 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0320-aj-pero-GETTY-01A.J. Pero -- drummer for the legendary rock band Twisted Sister -- died Friday morning after he was found unresponsive on a tour bus in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was 55.

Jay Jay French, a fellow member of Twisted Sister, tells TMZ ... Pero was touring with the band Adrenaline Mob when he was found on the bus, but would not wake up. The band called 911 and paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital ... but he didn't make it.

French tells TMZ, "A.J. Pero was a force, the likes of which I doubt I will ever have the chance to play in front of again. His drumming was legendary, but his heart, as a human being, was even greater."

He continued, "In our hearts he will always be the engine that drove the train. I loved him and today my heart has been ripped out. RIP."

'Real World' Star Ryan Knight

Death Ruled Accidental OD

3/18/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Real World" star Ryan Knight's death was caused by a deadly mix of multiple drugs and alcohol according to the final autopsy report.

The Kenosha County medical examiner concluded Knight had various drugs in his system, including methadone (a heroin substitute), tramadol (a painkiller), cocaine and Xanax -- mixed with a high level of alcohol.

The medical examiner ruled the death an accidental overdose.

TMZ broke the story ... Knight was found dead and covered in his own vomit in November, after partying hard in Kenosha, WI.

Knight was 29 years old.


Toto's Mike Porcaro

Dies From ALS at 59

3/15/2015 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0315-mike-porcaro-getty-01Toto bassist Mike Porcaro died early this morning after a long battle with ALS ... TMZ has learned.

Porcaro's brother and band mate Steve posted on Facebook that Mike was surrounded by family at home and passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 AM.

Mike joined the band Toto in 1983 alongside his  brothers Steve and Jeff, but retired in 2007 due to ALS. Mike played bass on some of the bands biggest hits, including ... "Rosanna," "Africa," and "I Won't Hold You Back." 

Porcaro was 59. 


Wayne Static's Death

Overdosed on Oxy and Booze

3/14/2015 2:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0314-wayne-static-facebookWayne Static, frontman for the metal group Static X, OD'd on a mixture of alcohol and a bunch of drugs ... including Oxycodone.

Wayne was found dead in his bed last November ... his wife was in bed with him at the time. The San Bernardino County Coroner's Office says toxicology results showed a fatal combo of prescription meds -- Oxycodone (generic Oxycontin), Hydromorphone, and Alprazolam (generic Xanax) -- along with alcohol.

Right after Wayne's death ... his wife had denied he was abusing any drugs at the time, but admitted he might have been drinking heavily.

The Coroner also said years of chronic drug and booze abuse played a factor.

Pam Anderson

Sam Simon's $800K Gift Enrages Family

She's Banned from Private Funeral

3/14/2015 1:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0314-pam-anderson-sam-simonPamela Anderson got a lavish gift from Sam Simon just weeks before he died, and ironically the show of affection is the very thing that has made her persona non grata at his private funeral.

Pam and Sam have been tight for years.  We're told a couple of weeks before the co-creator of "The Simpsons" succumbed to Colon Cancer, he gave her a ring worth around $800,000.

Sources who were close to Sam tell us his family was infuriated and felt Pam took advantage of a weak man and should never have accepted the gift.  

We're told they have specifically decided to exclude her from Tuesday's private service. 

We tried reaching Pam for comment.  So far no word back.

'Miller High Life Guy'

Died From Fatal Blood Clot

3/14/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Windell Middlebrooks Cause Of DeathWindell D. Middlebrooks -- the Miller High Life delivery guy -- died from a pulmonary embolism ... TMZ has learned, but we're told weight was definitely a contributing factor.

Our sources say the autopsy is clear ... Middlebrooks' 400 lbs made him a target for health problems. What's interesting ... his family tells us before his death Middlebrooks was relatively healthy with no significant medical issues.

TMZ broke the story ... 36-year-old Middlebrooks died Monday in his San Fernando Valley home.

We're told Middlebrooks' family is trying to get his body for a burial.

Bruce Beresford-Redman

Convicted of Murdering Wife

3/12/2015 8:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bruce Beresford-Redman, the former "Survivor" producer who has been in a Mexican jail for 4 years after his wife was found murdered in Mexico, has been found guilty.

A judge in Mexico sentenced Beresford-Redman to 12 years in prison for murdering Monica.  Her body was found in a sewer on the hotel property where the 2 were vacationing.  Authorities say she was strangled.  The 2 were heard arguing shortly before she disappeared.

Beresford-Redman will receive credit for the 4 years he has already served.  His lawyers say they will appeal the conviction.

Sam Simon

Beloved Dog Coping with Death

3/12/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0311_sam_and_culumbo_twitterSam Simon's cherished 3-year-old dog is heartsick over his owner's death, but there's already a new owner who is doing everything he can to ease the blow.

Tyson Kilmer, one of Sam's close friends who is also a dog trainer, tells us shortly after Sam was diagnosed, he called with a request -- love and cherish his Italian mastiff after he died.

Tyson gladly obliged, especially because of his history with Columbo. He trained the pooch for aggression issues when he was a pup. 

Tyson had a plan he put into motion months before Sam died. Columbo spent time at Tyson's home so the permanent move wouldn't be too jarring.  

We're told Columbo is adjusting well, but misses his dad. Kilmer took one of Sam's favorite hooded sweatshirts and laid it on Columbo's bed ... which the dog snuggles up with at night.

Good news ... Columbo has a girlfriend ... a pit bull named Kasha Fierce.

The biggest adjustment for Columbo ... moving from Pacific Palisades to Sherman Oaks ... woof.



Miller High Life Guy

Dies at 36

3/10/2015 1:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0310-windell-middlebrooks-getty-01Windell D. Middlebrooks -- the actor best known for playing the straight-talking Miller High Life delivery man -- died suddenly at his home ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Middlebrooks tell us he was found unconscious at home in the San Fernando Valley Monday morning -- and was transported by ambulance to a hospital ... where he was pronounced dead.

We're told it does not appear there was any foul play. 

While he was best known for the Miller commercials ... Middlebrooks was also a very successful TV actor with roles on "Cougar Town," "Parks and Rec," "Scrubs," "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," and the "Bernie Mac Show."

He was also a series regular on ABC's "Body Of Proof."

Middlebrooks was 36 years old.

A rep for MillerCoors tells us ... "He connected with people so naturally because he was one of the kindest, most genuine folks around. We will miss him a great deal and he will always hold a special place with us."


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