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Emmys 2017 Dick Gregory, Charlie Murphy, Frank Vincent, Harry Dean Stanton Forgotten In Memoriam

9/17/2017 8:02 PM PDT

The showrunners for the 2017 Emmys forgot to honor some noteworthy performers during their in memoriam segment ... including Dick Gregory, Charlie Murphy, Harry Dean Stanton and Frank Vincent who all died this year.

During the memorial montage of Hollywood stars who passed away so far in 2017, a bunch of TV stars, producers and other figures in showbiz were remembered except the above 4 guys ... and many people noticed the omissions, including Common.

It's odd ... all 4 actors had performed in TV shows and series in their careers at one point or another. Gregory had starred in "Reno 911!" and "Wonder Showzen", Murphy in "Chappelle's Show" and "The Boondocks" and others, Stanton in a number of TV roles and Vincent in "The Sopranos."

Still ... the Emmys failed to recognize them regardless. 

Prince 'Purple Rain' Handwritten Notes Hit Auction for Thousands!

9/18/2017 12:40 AM PDT

Prince was a perfectionist and it's evident in the handwritten edits he made to "Purple Rain" and lyrics for songs which hit the auction block for a hefty price.

Some 200 Prince-related items are up for bidding via RR Auction including the 9 pages of notes Prince made on his epic 1984 opus which RR thinks will go for more than $12k!!!

They're pretty cool ... you can see where Prince changed and added things to the original screenplay: "1. Glove box opens, Jerome fingers camisole, hands it back 2 Morris, 2. Morris takes it. Uh, 1 more thing here's a little something ..." and so on. 

Some other Prince items include:

-- Yellow boots he wore onstage from '86-'92 ... $12k
-- "The Ladder" handwritten lyrics ... $8k
-- Lace crop top .... $3k
-- His Parade Tour tambourine ... $1.5k
-- "Camille" Advance Pressing ... $4k
-- Prince's 1980 Rick James tour all access pass ... $800

Bidding ends Sept. 27.

Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan Dead at 73

9/17/2017 4:41 PM PDT
Breaking News

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan -- a former wrestler, manager, announcer and WWE Hall of Famer -- has died ... according to WWE. 

Fellow WWE commentator Jim Ross tweeted out the news first Sunday, saying "The news of Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan's passing today gutted me. I loved our time together. No one ever did it better than the Wease." 

Ric Flair also tweeted out his condolences, noting that Heenan was one of the greatest managers, announcers and performers in the wrestling game.

Bobby came up as a pro wrestler and manager through the '60s and '70s in the World Wrestling Association, American Wrestling Association and later the World Wrestling Federation. He managed stars like Angelo Poffo, Guy Mitchell, the Valiant Brothers, Nick Bockwinkel, Jesse Ventura and Andre the Giant. 

He went on to become a well-known wrestling commentator through the '80s, '90s and 2000s. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.

Bobby had battled throat cancer for more than a decade after announcing his diagnosis in 2002. Talent agent Gilbert Boyes tells TMZ that Bobby's wife told him recently Bobby would not be able to make public appearances any longer.

He was 73.

RIP

Chester Bennington Widow Posts Vid of Him with Fam ... Great Mood 36 Hours Before Suicide

9/17/2017 11:21 AM PDT

Chester Bennington appeared happy and engaged with his own family less than 2 days before his hanging suicide ... based on a video his widow shared.

Talinda Bennington posted a video of Chester hanging out with one of his sons eating jelly beans ... she says it was shot just 36 hours before his death.

She captioned the vid saying "This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death. He loved us SO much & we loved him." 

We broke the story ... Chester committed suicide by hanging in July ... much like his good friend and fellow musician Chris Cornell did just a couple months before.

Talinda seems to be making a point here -- even though Chester might have been deeply depressed ... he was able to mask it well enough around those closest to him. She's already taken steps to prevent copycat cases by putting together an org to help fight suicide.

Netflix's 'Narcos' Location Scout Shot & Killed On the Job in Mexcio

9/16/2017 11:43 AM PDT

A location scout for Netflix's hit show "Narcos" was shot and killed this week while working in Mexico ... this as the upcoming season shifts its focus to Mexican drug cartels.

Carolos Muñoz Portal was found shot to death Monday in central Mexico during location scouting for season 4 of "Narcos." He was reportedly found riddled with bullets in his car in a remote area near Hidalgo, which is known to have one of the highest murder rates in Mexico.

Netflix issued a statement saying ... "We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family." Police are currently investigating the circumstances of Portal's death.

The new season of Narcos is expected to focus on the origins of the Juarez cartel in Mexico, and filming was supposed to go down there as opposed to Colombia where past seasons were shot. 

Unclear if Portal's death will derail production. 

Frank Vincent Dead at 80 From Heart Surgery Complications

9/13/2017 1:07 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Frank Vincent -- veteran actor known for his roles on "The Sopranos" and several Martin Scorsese films -- died in a New Jersey hospital Wednesday ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Vincent suffered a heart attack last week, and underwent open-heart surgery some point after that. We're told he died from surgical complications. He was surrounded by family members when he passed ... according to a statement they released. 

Frank was one of the most recognizable character actors -- in the biz for 41 years -- known for his tough guy roles ... especially in mafia movies. Some of his most memorable include Billy Batts in "Goodfellas" and Phil Leotardo -- Tony's nemesis -- in "The Sopranos."

Vincent also appeared in "Raging Bull," "Casino" and "Do the Right Thing."

He was 80.

RIP

Paul Walker Family, BFF Leave Sweet Message To Mark His 44th Birthday

9/13/2017 6:59 AM PDT

Paul Walker's birthday was truly a bitter/sweet occasion for a dear friend and family member.

Tuesday would've been Paul's 44th bday, and his Uncle Rhett and childhood pal marked it with a visit to Paul's L.A. burial site -- and they didn't come empty handed. They each left a package of Red Vines, and his uncle included a note about time, healing, and this: "Miss you f***er! I remember it all!"

Not sure about the Red Vines -- maybe they were Paul's fave -- but witnesses say Rhett got very emotional during the visit.

His tribute to Paul -- who died nearly 4 years ago -- also had this note: "Ask your self? W.W.P.W.4.D"

RIP

Alexis Arquette David Reminisces 1 Year After Death

9/12/2017 7:23 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Alexis Arquette died a year ago on September 11, and her brother, David Arquette, still gets choked up talking about keeping her memory alive.

We got David Monday night at Bootsy Bellows, where he and his fam were holding a memorial for Alexis ... who died of a heart attack and battled HIV for years.

He talked about launching the Alexis Project to support LGBT communities in L.A. He also told us what he thinks Alexis' legacy will be.

Emotional moment, but Dave did laugh when we asked how Alexis would have wanted the party to go.

Fired FNC Anchor Eric Bolling Son Dies from OD

9/9/2017 11:21 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

2:45 PM PT -- Eric tweeted about the tragedy, saying ... "Adrienne and I are devastated by the loss of our beloved son ... Details still unclear." He continued ... "Authorities have informed us there is no sign of self harm at this point. Autopsy will be next week. Please respect our grieving period."

12:40 PM PT -- Well placed FNC sources tell TMZ ... Eric Chase died from a drug overdose. We're told he was having a hard time dealing with the trouble his dad was having at the network. Our sources say he was extremely embarrassed by the stories and was "emotionally upset."The son of Fox News Channel anchor Eric Bolling has died, TMZ has learned, hours after his father was forced out of the network.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... 19-year-old Eric Chase Bolling, Jr. was found dead Friday evening in Boulder, CO, where he attended school.

His dad and FNC parted company after the co-host of "The Five" allegedly sent lewd text messages to co-workers along with photos of his genitals.

Bolling vowed to clear his name, but the timing suggests it might have been too much to handle for his son.

Fox News Channel issued the following statement ... "We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Eric Bolling's son. Eric Chase was a wonderful young man and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bolling family."

Eazy-E's Daughter Happy Bday, Pops ... I'm Rollin' with My Own '64! (Sorta)

9/7/2017 5:17 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Eazy-E may be gone, but he's certainly not forgotten -- his daughter made sure of it by posing for a sexy photo shoot with a Chevy Impala on his birthday.

Ebie slapped on some lingerie and posed in front of the classic car her dad helped make more famous -- all to celebrate his Thursday birthday. Eazy would've been 53.

We're told Ebie did the shoot with legendary West Coast photog Mike Miller, who worked with her pops and other '90s rap stars.

Full disclosure: She posed with a '63 Impala, not a '64. And this'll blow your mind -- Eazy actually drove a '63 himself. Guess it just rhymed better.   

@eazyeog the best ever! HBD #EazyE 📷#MikeMillerPhoto • • • #nwa #compton #eazyduzit #ripeazye

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Ebie's gone to bat for her deceased father before, so it's no surprise she was down to do something to remember his name yet again. 

And remember we do ... 

Selena Family Members Died In Harvey Flood

9/5/2017 10:13 AM PDT

Members of Selena's own family were among those killed during Hurricane Harvey in Texas ... this according to her father.

Selena's dad, Abraham Quintanilla, posted the news on Facebook, explaining relatives of theirs tragically drowned when they became trapped in a van while trying to escape the rising waters.

Abraham said Manuel Saldivar -- whose mother was Abraham's dad's first cousin -- drowned along with his wife, Belia, and their 4 grandchildren. The driver of the van survived. 

Selena was hugely popular in Texas -- her birth state. She toured all across TX and built her rep there before reaching international stardom. She even has a statue dedicated to her in Corpus Christi, where she died after being shot by her boutique's manager in '95.

Hurricane Harvey has claimed at least 60 lives. 

Burning Man Guy Runs Into Flames Dies From Injuries

9/3/2017 11:59 AM PDT

2:47 PM PT -- 41-year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell succumbed to his injuries and died Sunday morning after running into the flames of a Burning Man statue ... according to the festival's organizers. Mitchell died after arriving to the burn center to which he was airlifted. His family was notified, and an investigation is ongoing into the circumstances of his death.

A man was airlifted to the hospital this weekend after he ran head-on into a sea of fire at the Burning Man festival ... and it was all caught on camera. 

Here's how it went down ... a guy literally sprinted past fire crews Saturday night that were stationed around one of the giant burning man structures in Nevada, leaving him engulfed in flames. Firefighters leaped to the rescue and treated him on the scene.

He was then transported to an on-site medical facility, and later airlifted to a burn treatment center ... according to the festival's organizers. 

Photos of the incident were captured, and they're pretty graphic. You see what appears to be a long haired man running full force into the blaze ... and then tripping and falling with fire rescuers close behind.

Unclear what his condition is as of Sunday.

Tupac Shakur He Knew Who Pulled The Trigger

9/3/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tupac Shakur knew who killed him but his murder remains unsolved because the Las Vegas PD never wanted to solve it ... according to a new 2Pac special, and TMZ has the exclusive first clip.

Pac's getting his own 'Snapped: Notorious' documentary on Oxygen airing September 10. It'll run 2 hours with in-depth interviews from people who were the last to see him alive before he was fatally shot dead in a drive-by in 1996. They include close friends and rappers Danny Boy and Yo-Yo, DJ Mister Cee, Pac's first manager Leila Steinberg, music journalist Toure and others.

The trailer, obtained by TMZ, paints a vivid picture of Pac's last breaths on his deathbed in a Las Vegas hospital ... his finger shot off and nodding that he knew who did this to him.

A must watch for any 2Pac fan.

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