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Dick Gregory Dead at 84

8/19/2017 7:39 PM PDT
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Dick Gregory -- comedian, actor, writer and famed civil right activist -- died Saturday night in Washington D.C. ... according to a statement from his family.

Gregory began his career as a comedian while serving in the the military in the '50s,''

He broke color barriers by becoming the first black performer to perform at a white club in 1961, when Hugh Hefner eyed his talent and gave him a regular gig at the Playboy Club in Chicago.  He was a hit.

Gregory's talent was laced with political rhetoric.  He once said/joked, "Segregation isn't all bad.  Have you ever heard of a collision where the people in the back of the bus got hurt?"

He was invited to perform on "The Tonight Show" in the days of Jack Paar, but refused unless he was able to have a seat on the couch.

Gregory became a prominent civil rights leader who was arrested a number of time during marches in the '60s.  He marched in lockstep with some of the biggest civil rights leaders of the decade.

Dick was also a writer known for the documentary "Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed." Comedy Central named him #82 on the all time list of greatest stand-up comedians.

The comedic and civil rights legend was recently hospitalized for an unknown but serious condition. According to his rep, he died from heart failure.

Dick was 84.

RIP

Barcelona Terrorist Attack At Least 14 Dead, 80 Injured

8/17/2017 11:04 AM PDT
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5:30 PM PT -- Spanish police are reporting they've killed 4 terror suspects in Cambrils, a town southwest of Barcelona, in yet another attack.

12:57 PM PT -- THERE HAS BEEN A SECOND TERRORIST ATTACK IN BARCELONA. ANOTHER VEHICLE RAN THROUGH A SECURITY CHECKPOINT, STRIKING 2 POLICE OFFICERS. ISIS HAS NOW CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR BOTH ATTACKS.

11:02 AM PT -- President Trump just condemned the terror attack in Barcelona and added the U.S."will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!"

10:53 AM PT -- Police ID'd Driss Oukabir as one of the suspects involved in the attack.

At least 14 people are dead and over 80 injured after a van plowed through a crowd in Barcelona... and officials are calling it a terrorist attack.

The horrifying incident went down Thursday afternoon near the popular tourist area of Las Ramblas. Police are calling it a "massive trampling" after the van mounted the sidewalk. Video taken at the scene shows bodies littered across the pavement. There's also at least one armed man reportedly holed up in a nearby restaurant.

The harrowing event comes on the heels of last week's Charlottesville attack ... where a white nationalist plowed through a crowd in a Dodge Challenger, killing 1.

Story developing ... 

Charlottesville Victim's Mom Speaks At Memorial ... Neo-Nazis Won't Shut Her Up

8/16/2017 10:20 AM PDT
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Heather Heyer's mother says the white supremacists and hate groups responsible for her daughter's death didn't shut her up ... they made her message that much louder. 

Susan Bro gave a powerful speech Wednesday at her daughter's memorial service in Charlottesville's Paramount Theater, and served up a rallying cry for what her daughter died for ... standing up against hate.

Susan told a packed room ... "They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what? You just magnified her." She added ... if people continue Heather's legacy of fighting racism and hate, it'd make her daughter's death worthwhile. 

Susan ended with a powerful message ... "I'd rather have my child. But, by golly, if I gotta give her up, we're gonna make it count." 

20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. -- an alleged neo-Nazi sympathizer -- has been charged with murder in connection to the crime.

Susan did not address Donald Trump's controversial remarks regarding blame in Charlottesville on "both sides" ... but the Prez did mention Heather today. 

'Home Alone' Dad John Heard Died From Heart Attack

8/15/2017 1:28 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Heard -- who played the dad in "Home Alone" -- died in a California hotel room after suffering a heart attack brought on by heart disease, officials tell TMZ.

The 71-year-old was found in a hotel in Palo Alto, CA on July 21.

The Santa Clara County Medical Exmainer's Office conducted an autopsy and found Heard died of a "sudden cardiac death due to atheroscerotic and hypertensive heart disease."

Heard had undergone minor back surgery 2 days before his death at Stanford Medical Center (a short distance away) and was staying in that hotel while he recovered.

But officials say Heard's "recent back surgery did NOT play a role in his death."

As for toxicology, the results have not been made public.

Natalie Cole's Son Dead at 39

8/15/2017 11:07 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The son of legendary singer Natalie Cole was found dead Monday night, and he was only 39 ... TMZ has learned.

Robert Yancy's body was found in his San Fernando Valley apartment when a friend who hadn't heard from him in a few days checked up on him.

Family members tell us ... authorities contacted them at 2:30 AM Tuesday and said Robert died of a heart attack. Law enforcement tells us, pending an autopsy, they have listed it as death from natural causes, but that can change once the autopsy and toxicology tests are completed.

The family tells us authorities were clear to them, drugs were not involved. As you know, Natalie famously fought drug addiction throughout her adult life until her 2015 death. Her cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Family members say Robert -- the grandson of Nat King Cole -- had never abused drugs and was "turning his life around." He worked in the music industry.

Robert's dad died of a heart attack at age 34, so it could be heart disease runs in the family.

'Deadpool 2' Stuntwoman's Death Serves As A Reminder ... Hollywood Can Be Dangerous

8/15/2017 12:50 AM PDT
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The tragic death of a stuntwoman on the set of "Deadpool 2" has reminded us that Hollywood stunts can quickly go awry, and they often have through the years.

We took a look back at some of the most brutal (and sometimes fatal) stunts that actors and stunt doubles put themselves through for the sake of the job ... and the aftermath ain't pretty.

From Dan Bilzerian's porn star rooftop toss in 2014 that left the woman with a shattered foot to the controversial mishandling of a pup on the set of "A Dog's Purpose" earlier this year and everything in between ... this week's latest accident, which left road racer Joi 'SJ' Harris dead, makes the message clear to Tinseltown's performers: BE CAREFUL!!!

That means you too, Tom Cruise

'Deadpool 2' Dead Stuntwoman Identified Professional Motorcycle Racer

8/14/2017 5:36 PM PDT

The stuntwoman who was killed on the set of "Deadpool 2" has been identified ... and she was a professional road racer.

The victim was Joi "SJ" Harris, a professional motorcycle racer from Brooklyn, NY and the first African-American licensed female in the sport ... her family confirms to TMZ. 

She was not a member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists -- a Canadian actors union. "Deadpool 2" was also her first film as a stunt driver.

We broke the story ... Harris lost control of her motorcycle during filming in Vancouver, which sent her airborne through a glass window of a ground floor studio. Eyewitnesses say the brakes were never applied ... and she was also not wearing a helmet. She died on the scene

Weeks before her tragic death, Harris tweeted she had just fully healed from an injury involving her wrist and was ready to ride again. She had also fallen from a motorcycle before and filmed the fall. 

It's unclear how old Harris was at the time of her death. Still ... RIP

Joe Bologna Dead at 82

8/13/2017 6:19 PM PDT
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Oscar-nominated screenwriter and actor Joe Bologna died this weekend ... TMZ has learned.

Joe -- most known for roles in "My Favorite Year" and "Transylvania 6-5000" died Sunday in Duarte, CA surrounded by family and friends ... according to a statement.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 3 years ago, but succumbed to the disease in recent months.

Joe helped write and starred in a number of films and shows over his 60 year career, including titles such as "Blame it on Rio," "Big Daddy," and "Ice Age: The Meltdown." He also starred in "What Now, Catherine Curtis?" alongside Lucille Ball as well as the TV musical sitcom "Rags to Riches."

His writing credits are attached to projects like "Woman of the Year," "Lovers and Other Strangers," "Paradise," "Good Penny" and many others.

Earlier this year, Bologna received the Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala Lifetime Achievement Award to celebrate his work in Hollywood.

Joe is survived by his wife, Renée Taylor, and his son, Gabriel. He was 82.

RIP

'Bachelor' Winner Vienna Girardi Miscarried Twins

8/13/2017 4:52 PM PDT

"Bachelor" winner Vienna Girardi announced tragic news this weekend about the miscarriage of her twin daughters.

Vienna -- who won Jake Pavelka's season of "The Bachelor" in 2010 -- took to Facebook Sunday to reveal she suffered a miscarriage earlier this month while pregnant with her twins, who were only 18 weeks along in her pregnancy.

In the post, Vienna details what happened by saying one of her twins showed signs for Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome -- when one twin takes more nutrients than the other while developing.

She went on to say ... "They said that it did look like it had improved over the last week though. Unfortunately, that was not the case and that evening my water broke due to the amniotic sacs rupturing. I spent the next 2 days in the hospital trying everything to save them." 

She lost her twins on August 5, and had to have emergency surgery herself ... leaving her in the ICU for 4 days. She said if she hadn't gone into labor early, she'd be risking her own life due to possible infection in her uterus. 

RIP

Carrie Fisher's Daughter Billie Lourd Will Inherit Nearly $7 Mil

8/9/2017 11:43 AM PDT
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Carrie Fisher -- who starred in the globally iconic 'Star Wars' franchise as Princess Leia -- left an estate worth nearly $7 million to her daughter, Billie Lourd.

In new docs filed by the executor of Carrie's estate, Billie stands to inherit $6.8 million in personal property left by Carrie. TMZ broke the story, Carrie died after suffering a massive heart attack aboard a flight from London to LAX.

It's interesting ... although $6.8 million is nothing to sneeze at, considering the most recent 'Star Wars' installment featuring Carrie grossed more than $2 BILLION, you'd think her estate might be more flush with cash.

It's possible there could be additional money in trusts not reflected in this probate case ... which Billie could also collect.

Glen Campbell 'Rhinestone Cowboy' Singer Dead at 81

8/8/2017 1:16 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Glen Campbell -- legendary country music singer best known for his 1975 hit, "Rhinestone Cowboy" -- has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's ... TMZ has learned.

Campbell died Tuesday around 10 AM in a Nashville facility for Alzheimer's patients ... according to a source close to his family.

The musician released more than 70 albums over a 50-year career, and had a series of hits in the '60s and '70s including "Gentle on My Mind," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Country Boy" and his best-selling single, "Rhinestone Cowboy."

Glen made history in 1967 by winning 4 Grammys in the country and pop categories, and took home CMA's Entertainer of the Year award in 1968.

Campbell was also an actor and TV host who starred in the variety show, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" on CBS from 1969-1972. The 2014 documentary "I'll Be Me" documented Glen's farewell tour and struggle with his Alzheimer's diagnosis.

He's survived by his wife, Kim Campbell, and 8 children. Kim's scheduled to speak at The Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County luncheon in Tyler, Texas in November about the challenges faced by people living with the disease and their families.

Glen was 81.

RIP

Ex-Phillies Catcher Darren Daulton Dead at 55 After Brain Cancer Battle

8/6/2017 8:01 PM PDT
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Darren Daulton -- a former all-star catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies -- has died after a long battle with brain cancer.  

The Phillies released a statement Sunday night saying Daulton had passed away ... no other details immediately available. Daulton was diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2013 after having 2 tumors removed. He announced he was cancer free in 2015, but the disease returned.

Daulton played professional baseball since 1980, and played almost his entire career with the Phillies before retiring in 1997. He was a key part of the Phillies winning the National League Championship in 1993 ... during which he had 24 home runs and 105 RBIs. He also went on to win a World Series with the Marlins in his final year. 

Daulton was inducted into the Phillies' Wall of Fame in 2010.

He was 55. 

Prodigy Choked to Death ... Says Coroner

8/3/2017 2:56 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Prodigy's official cause of death is listed as accidental choking ... TMZ has learned.

The Clark County Medical Examiner has made the determination after completing its investigation into Prodigy's June 20 death. As TMZ first reported, he was in a Las Vegas hospital when he choked on an egg.

Prodigy was in the hospital getting treatment for sickle cell anemia -- which he'd battled his entire life, and had flared up immediately following a performance in severe Las Vegas heat.

The Mobb Deep MC was 42.

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