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Bobbi Kristina

Funeral Ends With

Send-Off From Whitney Houston

8/1/2015 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0801-bobbi-kristina-program-launch-getty-tmz-01The funeral for Bobbi Kristina has come to an end and Whitney Houston was the one to give her daughter a final goodbye. 

During the ceremony, members of both the Brown and Houston families spoke as well as Tyler Perry. The final song played was "Jesus Loves Me" by Whitney.

Although he was not listed as a speaker, Bobby Brown wrote a special message in the funeral's program which read, "I also will always love you."

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Cecil The Lion

Brother Jericho Shot Dead By Poachers

8/1/2015 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar1:44 PM PST -- It's now unclear as to what is true. The BhejaneTrust in Zimbabwe just released the following statement. "False information being put out about Jericho - brother to Cecil - being shot today. According to Brent Staplekamp at Hwange Lion Research, Jericho was alive and well at 8:30 tonight and moving around Antoinette Estate (where Cecil was shot) with a female."

update_grey_gray_barThe story of Cecil The Lion just got even worse ... his brother Jericho was shot and killed by poachers Saturday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said, "It is with great sadness and regret that we report that Jericho was shot dead ... We are absolutely heartbroken."

Jericho was gunned down in Huwange National Park.

He was left to protect Cecil's cubs after the famous lion was killed by dentist Walter Palmer and officials say Cecil's cubs and lionesses are now at risk without a grown male lion.

Bobbi Kristina Funeral

Brown Family Suspicious

Houstons Will Sneak Pic of Body

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

0202-bobbi-kristina-instagram-6Bobbi Kristina’s funeral will be yet another family face-off -- the Browns are on high alert and worried the Houstons will sneak a photo of her dead body ... and sell it.

Sources close to the Browns tell TMZ ... they fear a repeat of what happened when Whitney Houston was laid to rest in 2012 ... when a photo of her body, in her casket, was snapped and ended up on the cover of a magazine. 

Since the Brown family was persona non grata at the funeral ... they believe someone from the Houston side was behind it.

Our sources say the Brown family plans to band together and stand guard ... and their eyes will be trained on the Houston family.

Pat Houston is managing the funeral, so it has all the makings of turning real ugly, real fast. 

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

Dies at 61

From Cardiac Arrest

7/31/2015 2:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731_roddy_piper_gettyWrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61 ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Piper -- born Roderick George Toombs -- died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood on Thursday night. He was discovered on Friday. 

Piper was a wrestling icon -- one of the biggest stars in the WWE back in the '80s, and even wrestled in "Wrestlemania I" back in 1985 ... squaring off against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. 

Roddy's rep tells us, "I am devastated at this news. Rod was a good friend as well as a client and one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all."

Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2006, but last November he said he was cancer free. A family source tells us he was "cancer free" at the time of his death.

A family member tells us, "Our family is saddened by the sudden passing of our father and beloved husband, Roderick Toombs aka Rowdy Roddy Piper." 

Roddy was admitted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2005 and was one of the top 50 villains in the history of the WWE.  

Piper had a long relationship with WWE -- last wrestling back in 2008 ... but appeared on various WWE shows up until 2014.  

Roddy is survived by his wife Kitty and their 4 kids -- including 3 daughters and son Colton who's pursuing a career in professional wrestling. 

The death is especially shocking considering we just spoke to him on Friday and asked his opinion about the Hulk Hogan scandal.

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Ric Flair

On Roddy Piper:

'World Won't be the Same'

7/31/2015 4:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-flair-piper-tmz-01Ric Flair -- one of Roddy Piper's longest and closest friends -- has issued a statement to TMZ Sports on the death of the wrestling legend:

"We've shared the ring, traveled the world, maintained a friendship throughout the ups and downs of the wrestling world, and battled to see who was the better heel," Flair said.

"It's almost impossible to express my grief. My condolences to his children and to his wife Kitty. I'll miss you Roddy. The world will never be as Rowdy without you. " 

Hulk Hogan

Roddy Was My Best Friend

... I'll Miss Him

7/31/2015 3:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-hogan-piper-tmz-getty-01 Hulk Hogan tells TMZ Sports ... he's devastated over the news of his friend Roddy Piper -- saying, "I will forever miss him."

"He was my best friend. He is a legend."

Hogan adds, "God's gain is our loss. May his family in this time of need, find peace. Much love forever, HH."

Hogan and Piper were the two of the biggest stars in wrestling back in the '80s -- and famously did battle at "Wrestlemania I" in 1985. 

But outside the ring, they were tight -- and remained friends for decades. 

The Iron Sheik has also issued a statement ... saying, "Roddy Piper. I love you forever. God bless you bubba."

WWE legend Virgil -- "My main man. Always had my back. RIP #RoddyPiper."

Kevin Nash -- "RIP to Roddy Piper. Prayers to his family and loved ones."

Bill Goldberg -- "#RIP #RoddyPiper ........damn sure one of the good guys. Gonna miss ya buddy"

Jim Ross -- "Rest in peace, Roddy Piper. You will live in our hearts forever"

UFC's Dana White -- "Sad day. RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper."

John Cena -- "One of the true greats of all time. My heart goes out to his family and the fans he entertained over the years. RIP Rowdy."

WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon -- "Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world. I extend my deepest condolences to his family." 

We're constantly updating this post .... 

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Bobbi Kristina Funeral

Invitation Infuriates Brown Family Member

7/31/2015 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Bobbi Kristina will be laid to rest Saturday and her funeral already has the Browns and the Houstons fighting ... over money. 

TMZ's obtained the invite ... the guest list is tight and even if you're on the list you have to present a government-issued ID at the door.   

Now the conflict -- the invitation suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to The Marion P. Foundation, a charity run by Bobbi Kristina's aunt Pat Houston, benefiting troubled teens. 

Leolah Brown, BK's other aunt, claims Pat's just lining her personal bank account and she's asking people not to send “ONE RED CENT!” to the charity. Leolah says Pat's "not the sweet quiet person that she's tried so hard to make people believe she was... ." And what's more -- she alleges the late Whitney Houston would agree. 

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Country Singer

Lynn Anderson

Dead at 67

7/31/2015 12:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0731-lynn-anderson-GETTY-01Lynn Anderson, best known for her country hit "Rose Garden," died Thursday night, TMZ has confirmed. She was 67.

Anderson reportedly suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

She had been hospitalized for pneumonia after returning from a vacation in Italy.

Anderson continued to make records until her death … her last, "Bridges" was released in June. Her heyday was in the ‘70s following the release of "Rose Garden" which would remain her biggest hit to date and earned her a Grammy. 

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Demi Lovato

Dog Mauled to Death by Coyote

7/29/2015 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0729-demi-lovato-dog-cancelled-INSTAGRAM-01Demi Lovato's dog Buddy was ripped apart by a coyote ... and she's the one who made the gruesome discovery. 

TMZ has learned Demi's dog was torn to shreds Sunday ...  after a coyote wandered onto the backyard of her LA home. 

Demi was devastated saying, "We are absolutely heartbroken to be writing this but Wilmer and I are devastated to inform you that we lost our little angel Buddy last Sunday. He was taken from us way too soon in a tragic accident."

The pop singer was so stricken with grief she cancelled her "Good Morning America" appearance scheduled for Thursday. 

RIP Buddy.

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Bobbi Kristina

History of Falling Asleep Wasted in Bathtubs

7/28/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0727-nick-gordon-bobbi-kristina-getty-instagram-3Bobbi Kristina got extremely drunk the night before her mom died, fell asleep in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and flooded the room ... and it could be critical evidence in the homicide investigation.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Bobbi was partying with Whitney Houston at the Beverly Hilton bar and got drunk and unruly. Bobbi Kristina went up to her room, drew a bath and fell asleep in the tub ... intoxicated. By the time she woke up there was water everywhere.  

Sources tell TMZ, attorney Jose Baez, who reps Bobbi's BF Nick Gordon, knows about the incident and will use it to convince prosecutors Nick did nothing wrong ... that she simply took too many drugs and did the same thing she did at the hotel with fatal results.

We've also learned the night Whitney Houston was found dead in her tub, Bobbi Kristina was rushed to the hospital for acute alcohol poisoning. Whitney's PR team said it was for exhaustion, but law enforcement tells us it was excessive alcohol consumption.

It's relevant especially in light of the Medical Examiner's preliminary autopsy report, which reveals no obvious evidence of foul play.  

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Bobbi Kristina

Autopsy Shows No Evidence of Foul Play

7/27/2015 2:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0202-bobbi-kristina-getty-7There are no obvious signs someone tried to kill Bobbi Kristina ... this according to the preliminary autopsy results.

According to the Fulton County Medical Examiner, the autopsy shows "no obvious underlying cause of death."  The Medical Examiner goes on to say, "no significant injuries were noted."

Short story ... this could help Nick Gordon, who has been under the police microscope from the get-go.

The report says there were no previously unknown medical conditions that could have rendered Bobbi Kristina unconscious in the bathtub.

But the Medical Examiner says he has subpoenaed medical records, presumably from the hospital, to determine if drug testing after the accident was relevant. Gordon has said both he and Bobbi Kristina had been doing drugs and she took too much.

The Medical Examiner says he will not determine a cause of death until he reviews the records.

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Bobbi Kristina

Now It's a Homicide Investigation

7/27/2015 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0203-bobbi-kristina-instagram-4The investigation into the circumstances that led to Bobbi Kristina's death Sunday has just been amped up ... TMZ has learned it's now officially a homicide investigation.  

Law enforcement sources tell us, both the D.A. and the cops are treating the mystery as foul play, and Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, continues to be a person of interest.

Although months have separated the incident in which Bobbi Kristina was found submerged in her bathtub from her death Sunday, law enforcement is confident there will be no problem finding a direct link between the 2, and they have felt from the beginning there was foul play.  

TMZ broke the story, first responders noticed injuries on Bobbi Kristina's body.

Whitney Houston's Daughter

Bobbi Kristina

Dead at 22

7/26/2015 5:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter Bobbi Kristina has died at the age of 22.

She passed away outside Atlanta in the hospice care facility where she's been since June 24 ... when her family decided to take her off all meds. As we first reported, a specialist had told them there was no chance of recovery

The family says Bobbi Kristina was surrounded by family and, "She is finally at peace in the arms of God."

Bobbi Kristina was found submerged in her bathtub on January 31, and police believe she was underwater for anywhere between 2 and 5 minutes. Paramedics were able to resuscitate her, but she was in a medically induced coma and placed on life support. 

Ultimately, Pat Houston and Bobby -- co-guardians for Bobbi Kristina -- had to make the decision to withdraw medications. It was a rare moment of agreement for the Browns and Houstons ... who had battled about BK's condition throughout her hospitalization.

TMZ broke the story ... the D.A. has been gearing up for a murder case, and her boyfriend Nick Gordon would be their first person of interest. Police said there were bruises on Bobbi Kristina's face and body after Gordon and a friend, Max Lomas, found her in the tub.

Of course, Whitney died from a drug overdose in 2012 while sitting in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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