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Nick Gordon

The Brown Family is Screwing Me Over

I'm Not a Murderer

10/6/2015 9:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1006-nick-gordon-splash-01Nick Gordon says Bobbi Kristina's family is painting him as a murderer and scumbag to the point he will never get a fair trial if he's criminally prosecuted.

Gordon says in legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- the Brown family has painted him a "murderer, a habitual batterer of women, a seducer of young white females, a thief and/or con man fueled by monetary gain, and a chemist capable of making a toxic cocktail."

Gordon is asking the judge to stop the $40 million wrongful death lawsuit the Browns filed against him until the criminal process runs its course.

The big thing for Gordon ... he says he has a right to remain silent, and the civil case would force him to answer questions that could be used against him if criminal charges are filed.


Caleb Logan Bratayley

Family Says He Died From

'Undetected Medical Condition'

10/6/2015 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1006-caleb-logan-instagram-01The family of 13-year-old YouTube star Caleb Logan Bratayley says the boy died from an undetected medical condition.

No other details were given, except to say the family will have more definitive answers soon. It's unclear how much the family has been told, but it appears they know generally what triggered Caleb's death.

Caleb's memorial will be livestreamed on Periscope and Facebook.  

Caleb passed away suddenly Thursday night in Maryland.


'Jerry Springer' Producer

Cops Say She Lied

Over Sister's Suicide

10/6/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0320-jill-blackstone-coleman-rayner-split-dateThe 'Jerry Springer' producer whose sister died in their garage is now in the hot seat with the LAPD, because TMZ has learned cops believe her story about the death doesn't make sense.

Jill Blackstone's sister Wendy died in March from a combination of carbon monoxide poisoning and Xanax. At the time it appeared Wendy, who was blind and partially deaf, committed suicide ... even leaving a note.  

Jill had said she had no idea Wendy wanted to kill herself. As for how a Weber grill and charcoal got into the garage, Jill told police the Weber grill was for warmth and the coals in the trash can were for roasting marshmallows.

But we've learned cops now paint a very different picture of what they say happened. Our law enforcement sources tell us when they first interviewed Jill she told cops she had no idea her sister wanted to kill herself. But cops say it's very clear Jill -- not Wendy -- wrote the "suicide" note.

Our sources say cops are "confident" Jill assisted her sister -- not out of vengeance but mercy for her condition. Even if Jill's motive was mercy-based, it would still be a crime, and we're told the case is now "on the front burner" for possible criminal prosecution.


Caleb Logan Bratayley

13-Year-Old YouTube Star

Dies Mysteriously

10/5/2015 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1005-caleb-logan-instgram-02Caleb Logan Bratayley seemed like a perfectly healthy 13-year-old one hour -- and the next ... the YouTube star was dead, and the only explanation so far is he suffered a "medical emergency."

Caleb -- whose family has racked up more than a billion YouTube views -- died Thursday night in Maryland. Law enforcement sources tell us a 911 call was placed at 7 PM, and police and fire responded to the family's home.

We're told Caleb was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It is a puzzling death because he's only 13. When the family announced the tragedy they only said he "passed away of natural causes." Our sources say it was not suicide, there were no drugs, and there is no history of drug use. The 911 call was for a "medical emergency."

The coroner will conduct an autopsy as part of its investigation.


Jim Carrey

Left Door Open

For Future with GF

10/4/2015 2:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1004-jim-carrey-cathriona-white-last-date-swipe-SPLASH-01Jim Carrey didn't want to completely sever his relationship with Cathriona White, but never got to explain himself to her before she committed suicide ... TMZ has learned. 

Sources close to the couple tell TMZ Carrey only intended to take a short break from White. On September 19th, they had dinner at Nobu in Malibu for her birthday, and appeared very happy.

However, Cathriona says Jim dumped her on September 24th. We're told she wrote about the break up in her suicide letter. Sources tell us friends tried to console White ...telling her Jim still cared for her, but she was too distraught.

As we previously reported ... Cathriona committed suicide using multiple medications prescribed to a Carrey alias.


Jim Carrey

Taking Care Of GF's Family After Suicide

10/3/2015 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1003-jim-carrey-tmz-01Jim Carrey is doing everything he can financially to help out the family of his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White after the 28-year-old committed suicide Monday.

We're told Jim paid for White's entire family to fly from Ireland to Los Angeles and he's paying for their hotel stay as well. Our source says White's family still hasn't made final funeral arrangements but Jim has offered to cover all of those expenses.

A source close to Jim says he's devastated over Cathriona's death and wanted to make sure things were taken care of for her family.  

TMZ broke the story ... Cathorina was found with Ambien, Percocet and Propranolol next to the bed where she OD'd -- all of which were prescribed to Jim's alias

Johnny Strange

Famed Adventurer Dies At 23

... Wingsuiting Accident

10/1/2015 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1001-johnny-strange-YOUTUBE-01Johnny Strange -- who became famous for climbing the world's 7 tallest summits by the age of 17 -- has died in a wingsuiting accident in Europe ... TMZ Sports has confirmed with a family member and multiple people close to him. 

Multiple sources connected to Strange tell us Johnny was in Switzerland -- where something went wrong during his jump ... and Strange was killed as a result. 

Strange called in to "Kevin & Bean" on KROQ on Monday from Switzerland and said he was shooting a dangerous wingsuit proximity video where "we fly super close to stuff."

After the K&B interview, Strange shot a video doing some wingsuiting, which he posted to social media. 

Johnny made national headlines as a teen -- appearing on "Conan O'Brien", CNN and CBS News when he became the youngest person to ever climb the "7 summits." 

Strange climbed his first "world class peak" when he was 12 -- conquering Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica. Since then, he traveled the world doing extreme sports ... including base jumping into the Grand Canyon. 

Falcon Suicide

Bird Flies Off

... Directly Into Huge Truck

10/1/2015 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Much like Icarus, this pet falcon flew too close to the sun ... but in this case, the sun was a massive truck speeding down a highway.


'Sea Cruise' Singer

Frankie Ford Dies

9/29/2015 2:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0929-frankie-ford-getty-01Frankie Ford, the rock 'n' roll singer and pianist who had a huge hit with "Sea Cruise" died Monday in his native Louisiana.

The coroner says Ford died of natural causes at the age of 76 in his home in Gretna -- a New Orleans suburb. Mike Shepherd from the Louisiana music Hall of Fame says Ford had been confined to his bed over the summer while fighting an illness. 

Ford shot to fame with his top 20 hit "Sea Cruise" in 1959.

He was known as the New Orleans Dynamo because he tirelessly toured the country, and got inducted into Louisiana's Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Oo-ee, oo-ee baby ...

The Rock

The Pup I Saved Died

Victim of Toxic Mushroom

9/29/2015 2:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0929-the-rock-dog-dies-INSTAGRAM-01Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson saved his dog once from death, but his second attempt failed.

The Rock's bulldog pup Brutus was put down Monday night after eating a poisonous mushroom in the family's backyard. The mushroom was so toxic, the dog's liver shut down within hours.

The Rock says the dog was on life-support, but after consulting with vets he decided to let Brutus go.

You'll recall earlier this month, Brutus fell in the pool and The Rock jumped in to save him.

Rock said, "We'll always love you Brutus ... and you'll always be my lil' main man and rough housing Brute."

RIP Brutus


Jim Carrey

Girlfriend Commits Suicide

9/29/2015 7:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0929-carrey-cathorina-fame-02update_graphic_red_bar9:43 AM PT -- Jim Carrey released a statement -- "I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona. She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled. My heart goes out to her family and friends and to everyone who loved and cared about her. We have all been hit with a lightning bolt."update_grey_gray_barJim Carrey's on-again/off-again 28-year-old girlfriend has committed suicide ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement tells TMZ, LAPD responded to a call in the L.A. area Monday night. We're told they went to a residence and found the body of Cathriona White

Our sources say White left a suicide note addressed to Carrey which references their break up on Sept. 24. Cathriona tweeted on the 24th ... "Signing off Twitter, I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest."

Law enforcement tells us they believe she died from an overdose of drugs -- pills were next to her body. We're told 2 friends found Cathriona last night when they went to check on her.

53-year-old Carrey and White met in 2012, dated a few months and then split. They rekindled their relationship in May.


MTV Star Erik Roner Dies

Killed In Skydiving Accident

9/28/2015 3:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0928_erik-roner_facebookAction sports star Erik Roner -- one of the stars of MTV's "Nitro Circus" -- died in a freak skydiving accident in Lake Tahoe, California ... this according to the resort where it happened.   

A spokesperson for Squaw Valley Ski Resort confirms Roner was performing a jump with a group of skydivers as part of the opening act for a golf tournament Monday ... when something went wrong. 

The spokesperson says Roner hit a tree on the way down -- and died from injuries suffered in the accident. 

0928-erik-roner-skydiving-INSTAGRAM-02Roner is a legend in the action sports community -- he's worked with Red Bull and was often featured on Travis Pastrana's "Nitro Circus" show. 

He was 38. He's survived by his wife and 2 kids. 

Story developing ... 


Bobbi Kristina

Medical Examiner Keeps Cause of Death Secret

Criminal Investigation Looms

9/26/2015 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0926-bobbi-kristina-getty-01Bobbi Kristina's cause of death is now known, but no one's talking, because police are still on the hunt for evidence that could lead to a homicide prosecution.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner just said it knows exactly what killed Whitney Houston's daughter, but they can't reveal it to the public because a judge ordered the findings sealed.

The M.E. did say the Fulton County D.A. and the Roswell P.D. have been clued in.

It's not hard to read between the lines. Authorities don't want the findings to interfere with their investigation ... to give persons of interests and suspects a road map preventing them from making incriminating statements. The judge's order underscores that the criminal investigation is active.

As we reported, cops have been looking at Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend, almost from the beginning.

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