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'Can't Buy Me Love' Star

Cause of Death

Massive Overdose

9/2/2015 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0902-amanda-peterson-GETTY-01Amanda Peterson -- who starred in "Can't Buy Me Love" died from an accidental overdose of a deadly combination of drugs.

The 43-year-old disappeared just before the 4th of July and her body was found on July 5th.

According to the Weld County Coroner in Colorado, Peterson had a variety of prescription drugs in her system, including benzodizepines (anti-anxiety meds), opiates and phenothiazines (an anti-psychotic medication).  She also had marijuana in her system. 

One of the drugs in her system -- Gabapentin -- was prescribed for pain and the medical examiner said she had 6 times the normal level in her system. 

The report says Peterson was "naive to opiates." 

The toxicology report says a week before her death she told someone she ingested  morphine medication she got from friends. The reports says she was self-medicating to control pain.

As for why she died, the report says it was because of a "morphine effect" ... which causes respiratory failure.


Marlon Brando's First Wife

War Over Final Resting Place

8/31/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


The first wife of Marlon Brando is turning over in her grave because her dying wish -- to be buried side-by-side with her son, Christian Brando -- was denied by Christian's first wife. 

Anna Kashfi was laid to rest Wednesday in Kalama, WA after succumbing to breast and colon cancer. What friends planning her funeral didn't realize ... is that Mary Brando had snatched the prime real estate next to Christian's grave -- even though they'd divorced 21 years before his death.

Funeral organizers went to plan B, and instead buried Anna in the plot directly above Christian -- so they're now head-to-head.

Mary is still alive ... and Brando family sources tell us Anna's estate contacted her to try to buy back the prized plot, but she refused. That's more bad blood than a T. Swizzle video.  


Wes Craven

Dies of Brain Cancer

8/30/2015 7:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0830-wes-craven-GETTY-01Wes Craven ... legendary horror director of "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream," has died.

Craven passed away Sunday at his home in Los Angeles after battling brain cancer.

Along with creating one of the most feared movie monsters of all time -- Freddy Kreuger -- Craven is also known for horror classics like "The Hills Have Eyes" and "Last House on the Left."

He is survived by his wife, three children, and grandchildren. He was 76.


Darryl Dawkins Dies

NBA Dunk Legend Dead at 58


8/27/2015 11:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0827-darryl-dawkins-GETTY-02NBA legend Darryl Dawkins -- nicknamed "Chocolate Thunder" for his monster dunks -- has died at the age of 58 ... TMZ Sports has confirmed.

Officials tell us ... a family member called 911 to respond to a medical emergency this morning -- and Dawkins was transported to a nearby hospital.

Unfortunately, Dawkins was not able to recover and was pronounced dead at 11:19 AM.  The nature of the medical emergency is unclear at this point. 

We're told there was nothing suspicious about his death and no indication of foul play. 

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow. 

Dawkins was the first basketball player to be drafted to the NBA straight outta high school when he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975. 

Dawkins played in the NBA until 1989 ... and also spent time playing with the Harlem Globetrotters. 

The guy was a pioneer of the monster dunk -- and threw down with such force that he shattered TWO backboards in 1979. 

Dawkins was always cool with us ... and just last year explained how Stevie Wonder gave him his famous nickname


update_graphic_red_bar1:45 PM PT -- Darryl's family says he died from a heart attack today. In a statement they said, "More than anything Darryl accomplished in his basketball career ... he was most proud of his role and responsibility as a husband and father."

1:20 PM PT -- A rep for the Sixers tells us ... "We’ve lost a dear friend and an iconic figure, both on and off the court. We remember fondly not only his thunderous dunks, but more importantly his powerful presence and personality. Simply put, Darryl Dawkins was beloved—by his family, friends, former teammates and his fans all over the globe."

The rep added, "Chocolate Thunder will always have a special place in our hearts.  His family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

Justin Bieber Look-alike

Toby Sheldon Found Dead

8/26/2015 4:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Toby Sheldon -- who became famous for spending more than $100k to look like Justin Bieber -- has been found dead ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Toby's body was found in a Motel 6 in the San Fernando Valley on August 21. He has been reported missing since August 18.

Law enforcement tells TMZ, police found drugs in the room but it's unclear how he died.

When Toby went missing, the LAPD said the disappearance may have been triggered by a breakup with his boyfriend.

The 35-year-old had appeared on the shows "Botched" and "My Strange Addiction."


Marlon Brando's First Wife

British Actress Dies at 80

8/21/2015 3:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0821-brando-kashfi-getty-02Anna Kashfi, mother of Marlon Brando's first son, has died in Washington state.

Kashfi married Brando in 1957, not too long after meeting at the commissary at Paramount Studios. She gave birth to Christian Brando in 1958. The next year she and Marlon divorced -- they fought for custody of Christian ... with Marlon eventually winning.

Kashfi said she was born in India, and raised in Great Britain. In the early '50s, she starred in movies with Rock Hudson ("Battle Hymn") and Spencer Tracy ("The Mountain").

She wrote a tell-all book about her life with Marlon in 1979 called, "Brando for Breakfast."

Christian, you may recall, shot and killed his sister's boyfriend, pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and served 6 years in prison. He died in 2008, and was buried in Kalama, Washington ... the same town where Anna lived.



Biggie Smalls Detective

Dies While Interviewing Cop

For Explosive Book

8/21/2015 8:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0821-smalls-poole-getty-youtube-01The LAPD detective who investigated the death of Biggie Smalls died of an apparent heart attack while interviewing an L.A. County Sheriff's captain about Biggie's murder ... TMZ has learned. 

Russell Poole was at the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau Wednesday interviewing the captain for a book he was writing about the case. Poole believed LAPD officers who worked off duty for Suge Knight had a hand in Biggie's killing ... as retaliation for Tupac's murder. 

We're told Poole was interviewing the captain when he clutched his chest, said "I think I'm having a heart attack," and then keeled over. 

Law enforcement sources tell us Poole -- who was 58 -- made it known he believed the LAPD wanted him dead. There's no evidence of foul play, and in fact we're told Poole suffered from chronic high blood pressure.

We're told the L.A. County Coroner's Office has conducted an autopsy but did not establish cause of death yet ... they're waiting for toxicology results.

Rowdy Roddy Piper

Cause of Death

Heart Attack from Blood Clot

8/19/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0818-roddy-piper-death-certificate-Document-Launch-Template"Rowdy" Roddy Piper died from a blood clot in his lungs ... TMZ has learned.

We've obtained a copy of the death certificate, which shows the wrestling legend had pulmonary embolism (a blood clot) that triggered a heart attack.

The death certificate helps explain the clot ... Roddy suffered from hypertension for years, resulting in chronic high blood pressure. Clotting can occur as a result of high blood pressure.

And the document reminds everyone how much of a force Roddy was in his profession ... his occupation is listed as "PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER ... 45 YEARS."  


'Baltimore Batman' Dead

Hit By Car

After Batmobile Breaks Down

8/17/2015 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817-baltimore-police-batman-FACEBOOK-0151-year-old Lenny B. Robinson, better known as The Route 29 Batman, was fatally struck by a car Sunday night around 10:30 pm. 

Robinson was on his way home from a car show in West Virginia after his 'Batmobile' -- a black Lamborghini -- broke down on the I-70 near Hagerstown, MD. 

Robinson became the President for “Superheroes for Kids, Inc.” after he sold his commercial cleaning business ... he would regularly visit sick children in hospitals. His site says his mission was to "entertain ill and terminally ill children by appearing to them as Batman."

He gained fame when video of a 2012 traffic stop went viral after he was pulled over in his Batmobile. 


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Morgan Freeman

Granddaughter Stabbed to Death

8/16/2015 1:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0816-2-morgan-freeman-edena-granddaughter-getty-3update_graphic_red_bar5:10 AM PT -- According to police, the suspect -- Hines' boyfriend, Lamar Davenport -- was screaming about religion during the alleged stabbing. Davenport is currently hospitalized and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Davenport was charged Monday with second-degree murder.

update_grey_gray_barMorgan Freeman's 33-year-old step-granddaughter was murdered outside of her New York City home early Sunday morning.

Law enforcement tells TMZ E'Dena Hines was found lying on the street and had suffered multiple stab wounds to her torso. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A 30-year-old man was taken into custody at the scene and transported to a hospital nearby.

In a statement to People, Morgan said, "Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace." 


PGA Championship

K-9 Down ...

Sheriff's Dog Dies in Hot Car

8/13/2015 1:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0813-k9-facebookThe PGA Championship was hit by tragedy -- a Sheriff's K-9 overheated in a patrol car and died in the line of duty.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office says the dog, named Wix died when he was left in a patrol car assigned to golf tournament being held in Kohler, Wisconsin. The Sheriff says the engine was running while Wix was in the car ... but the AC unit failed. Wix's partner Deputy Lemberger eventually found him unresponsive.

The AC wasn't the only problem -- according to the Sheriff the car's K-9 heat alarm also failed. We're told the system is supposed to put the windows down and sound an alarm when the car temp gets too high. An investigation has been launched.

Wix was a 3-year-old male Malinois who'd been with the department since April 2014.

Bittersweet Tearjerker

Dying Dog ...

Gets One Last Play Day

8/13/2015 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sophia the St Bernard was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer ... so her owner Alyson wanted to give her something special before she had to be put down.

The Chill Factore in Manchester -- UK's longest indoor ski slope -- was happy to give them the opportunity to play around in their snow filled park.

Grab your tissues cause you're going to need them after watching Sophia get one last roll around.

Uggie the Dog

'The Artist' Star Put to Sleep

After Prostate Illness

8/11/2015 9:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0811_uggie_the_artist_getty_2Uggie, the famous Jack Russell Terrier from "The Artist" ... has gone to the big doghouse in the sky -- after bravely battling a prostate tumor.

TMZ has learned the 13-year-old star who played "The Dog" in the 2012 Oscar winning film was put down Friday in Los Angeles. His owner, Omar Von Mueller, tells us it was a difficult decision, but Uggie had been suffering with the tumor, and the last few weeks were especially difficult.

Sarah Clifford worked with Uggie on his big star turn, and tells us he was "a perfect little terrier" with boundless energy.

His "Artist" work earned him several accolades, including a Golden Collar Award ... and the Palm Dog Award at Cannes. He also famously nipped at Harvey Levin during a visit to TMZ Live.

Uggie was able to cash in on all that success too -- becoming Nintendo's first ever spokesdog.

Clifford added ... "I will forever hold him dearly in my heart and never forget his infinite love for chicken and hotdogs."

R.I.P. little guy.


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