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Chuck Berry 911 Call 'He's Barely Breathing'

3/23/2017 9:26 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chuck Berry was barely breathing when he was found unresponsive in his home Saturday and the 911 caller began immediate efforts to save his life ... but it was too late.

In the emergency call -- obtained by TMZ -- a man is heard telling dispatchers right away it's Berry who is down. He explains Berry's lifeless and barely breathing and the dispatcher gives CPR instructions.

The 90-year-old rock legend died shortly after the call. 

As we reported ... cops responded to a cardiac arrest call, but Chuck's cause of death will be listed as natural causes.

Boston Drummer Sib Hashian Collapses, Dies on Rock Cruise Ship

3/23/2017 8:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0323-boston-band-member-sib-GETTY-01Sib Hashian -- the drummer for the rock group Boston -- died after collapsing onstage Wednesday night ... TMZ has learned.

Sib's son, Adam, tells us the drummer was on the Legends of Rock Cruise and was midset when he suddenly collapsed. A witness says CPR was performed and a defibrillator was used but to no avail.

The L.O.R. Cruise began on March 18 in Florida and had stops in several places including Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. We're told the cruise will continue and other musicians are performing tributes to Sib on the boat Thursday.

The drummer -- who donned an EPIC afro in the early days of his stellar career -- was famously part of Boston's self-titled album, which featured the mega-hit "More Than a Feeling."

Sib's daughter, Lauren, has a daughter with Dwayne Johnson.

He was 67.

#RIP

'Big Rig Bounty Hunters' Star Vince Jones Dead at 46

3/22/2017 9:41 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322_Vince-Jones_big_rig-historyVince Jones -- who stars on History Channel's "Big Rig Bounty Hunters" -- died at his home in Delaware, OH on Wednesday  ... TMZ has learned.

Vince's mother, Cathy Smith, tells us ... Vince's wife woke up at 4 AM and heard him making strange noises, and he was barely breathing. She says the wife performed CPR and his 14-year-old son tried to help as well ... but they couldn't revive him.

The family believes it was a heart attack.

We're told Vince was diagnosed with sleep apnea last year and wasn't wearing his mask Tuesday night ... which they believe deprived him of oxygen and triggered the heart attack.

Vince's daughter just got married last Saturday, and we're told he was fine at the wedding.

Vince leaves behind his wife and 6 children. He was 46.

Chuck Barris 'Gong Show' and 'Dating Game' Creator Dead at 87

3/21/2017 11:11 PM PDT
Breaking News

0322_remembering_chuck_barris_launchGame show legend Chuck Barris -- creator and host of "The Gong Show" -- died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Palisades, NY ... according to his publicist.

In addition to starting 'Gong Show' in 1976 ... Barris had also created "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" in the '60s. He claimed to have been a CIA assassin on the side, as chronicled in his autobiography, 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.'

The book became a movie in 2002, starring Sam Rockwell as Chuck, and was George Clooney's directorial debut.

And because TV and CIA work wasn't enough, Barris was also a songwriter! His biggest hit was 1962's "Palisades Park" ... sung by Freddy Cannon.

Chuck was 87.

He and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine (who died 2 years ago) are somewhere doing their thing again ... we hope.

#RIP

Michael Jordan Offers 'Heartfelt Condolences' to Jerry Krause's Family

3/21/2017 12:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0321-jordan-krause-tmz-getty-03Michael Jordan is mourning the death of his former Chicago Bulls General Manager, Jerry Krause ... offering his "heartfelt condolences" to Jerry's family and friends.

Jordan won all 6 of his NBA titles while playing under Krause -- and, while they butted heads at times, MJ is honoring his memory now.

Jordan issued a statement to TMZ Sports through his rep saying, "Jerry was a key figure in the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s and meant so much to the Bulls, the White Sox and the entire city of Chicago."

"My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Thelma, his family and friends."

Jerry was 77.

Ex-Bulls GM Jerry Krause Dead at 77

3/21/2017 11:45 AM PDT
Breaking News

0321-remembering-jerry-krause-photos-launchEx-Chicago Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause -- who built the Bulls dynasty of the '90s -- has died, a family member confirmed. He was 77. 

The Chicago Tribune says Krause passed away Tuesday afternoon.

Krause was the 2-time NBA Executive of the Year and signed two pretty decent rookie prospects, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant

But it wasn't all roses for Krause ... he famously locked horns with Pippen, Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson during his time in Chicago. 

In fact the beef between Jordan and Krause was so real that MJ even took some parting shots at Krause during his now legendary Hall of Fame induction speech.

"Jerry is not here. I don't know who invited him, I didn't. He said organizations win championships, I said I didn't see organizations playing with the flu in Utah, I didn't see him playing with the bad ankle."

Story developing ... 

'RHONJ' Star Kim DePaola Murderers Should 'Rot in Hell' Over Double Execution

3/20/2017 2:08 PM PDT

'RHONJ' star Kim DePaola is almost at a loss for words over the murders of her son's 2 friends.

As we reported, Kim owned a car she allowed her son to drive. Her son had a friend take him to the airport last Wednesday in the car and the friend then drove it around New Jersey. On Friday, the friend and another male passenger were shot in the head execution style and the car was set on fire.

Kim says the killers are savages, and it's so horrific the victims can't be buried because authorities can't positively identify them.

Kim says she and her son are devastated.

Chuck Berry's Death Cops Responded to Cardiac Arrest Call

3/20/2017 12:56 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cops rushed to Chuck Berry's house after getting a 911 call for someone having a heart attack.  

St. Charles County Police responded to find the rock 'n' roll legend unconscious and barely breathing at his home Saturday around 12:40 PM. Chuck was pronounced dead around 1:26 PM.

As we reported, his cause of death will be listed as natural causes

You can hear the dispatcher refer to Berry's pad as the "new big looking house" on the block. Fitting for one of rock's founding fathers. 

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Chuck Berry Died of 'Natural Causes' No Autopsy

3/20/2017 7:46 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0321-chuck-berry-getty-2Chuck Berry died from natural causes ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Berry's personal doctor will sign off on the death certificate that the cause of death was natural, and there will be no autopsy. By the way, various diseases would still classify the cause of death as "natural."

Police responded to a medical emergency Saturday at Berry's home 45 miles from St. Louis. Attempts to resuscitate the 90-year-old legend were unsuccessful.

Chuck was a pioneer for rock 'n' roll in both style and sound. He had a string of hits through his long, decorated career including "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Maybellene" and tons more.

RIP

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Tupac 'Dear Mama' Lyrics Up for Sale

3/20/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0317-tupac-dear-mama-lyrics-launch-01Tupac used 3 sheets of notebook paper to write out the lyrics of "Dear Mama" ... that's $25k per sheet for whoever wants to be the proud new owner.

The handwritten lyrics of the 1995 hit song are up for sale at MomentsInTime.com for $75,000. We're told the sheets came from the studio where Tupac recorded the track -- the site acquired them from a private collector in Poland.

The lyrics are what you'd expect if you know the song, except for a couple notes 'Pac jotted down on the side -- the names of rappers he may have been thinking about featuring ... and a much more graphic note on the last page.


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'Modern Family's' Rico Rodriguez Mourns Death of Father

3/19/2017 5:49 PM PDT
Breaking News

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"Modern Family" star Rico Rodriguez, who plays Manny on the show, publicly announced the death of his father who died last week. 

The 18-year-old posted a photo of him and his dad, Roy Rodriguez, Sunday with a heartfelt caption that read in part ... "This has been the toughest week of my life. My Dad was the most kind hearted, loving, hard working, determined, and funny man I have ever known."

He added ... "I'm gonna miss your hugs. I'm gonna miss your advice. I'm gonna miss your smile, and I'm gonna miss your laugh. I know you're looking down at us right now giving us the green light to move forward. I miss you Daddy. I'll love you forever - Your youngest."

Roy passed away suddenly last Sunday ... he was 52. He is survived by his wife Diane, and his 4 children. 

RIP

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Nelly Chuck Berry Was a Legend! His Best Song ... Uhhhhhhhh

3/19/2017 7:49 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nelly has mad respect for the late Chuck Berry ... but the dude can't name a single song!

We got the St. Louis rapper leaving Bootsy Bellows Saturday night -- who shares the same hometown as Chuck -- and he eulogized the rock 'n' roll legend pretty poetically ... until our camera guy asks him to name his favorite Chuck Berry song.

You gotta see Nelly's reaction. But let's be honest ... stuff like this has happened to all of us.

For the record ... Chuck's most famous song "Johnny B. Goode" was included on the Voyager Golden Records, which were launched into space in '77. So  ... there's that. 

Chuck Berry Dead at 90

3/18/2017 3:55 PM PDT
Breaking News

0318-chuck-berry-getty-5Chuck Berry, not just a legend of rock 'n' roll -- but one of its inventors -- died Saturday outside St. Louis.

St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency call and found Berry unresponsive. They performed CPR, but weren't able to resuscitate him and he was pronounced dead at 1:26 PM. Police have not released a cause of death.

Berry's amazing string of hits -- "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Maybellene" and many many more -- helped define the rock 'n' roll sound in the '50s and '60s. His music heavily influenced the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton ... pretty much anyone in rock who picked up an electric guitar after Chuck did.

Chuck was famous for busting out his signature "duck walk" during live shows. If you haven't seen his documentary, 'Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll' ... do yourself a favor and stream it tonight.

He was one of the first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in 1986, and Rolling Stone magazine ranked Berry 6th on its list of greatest guitarists.

Chuck Berry was 90.

#RIP

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