Roger Rodas -- who died with Paul Walker in a fiery car crash -- left his children lots of financial security ... in the form of a $1 million life insurance policy.
Rodas' kids are 10 and 12. Their mom, Kristine Rodas, has petitioned for a guardianship ... presumably so she can manage the money on behalf of her children.
There are tinges of sadness in the legal docs. Kristine says she's the children's closest adult relative and their relationship is "loving."
The good news ... Roger provided well for them.
Death of Dog Triggered Illness
... Which Triggered Hospitalization
4/16/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus may have been rushed to the hospital because of a bad reaction to antibiotics, but we're told the reason she was on the meds was because she wore herself down by hard partying and an emotional meltdown over the death of her dog.
Sources connected to Miley tell TMZ ... she has been "an emotional mess" since her dog Floyd died earlier this month. We're told she had crying fits and has been unable to sleep.
Our sources say Miley's escape has been partying ... as one person said, "She's been off the rails since this happened." We're told she's been drinking a lot and drugs are also involved.
We're told Miley was on meds because she got sick from being extremely worn down.
Everything's connected to everything.
We reached out to Miley's rep ... so far no word back.
Cancels Another Concert
... So Sorry, St. Louis!
4/16/2014 12:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus is canceling yet another concert following her hospitalization Tuesday after a severe allergic reaction to medicine.
Miley took to Twitter early Wednesday morning to announce the cancellation herself, saying, "the hospital is sayin i wont b released today therefore Im not going 2 make it 2 St Louis. Im so sorry but somethings are outta my control."
As TMZ first reported, part of the reason for Miley's hospitalization was the fact she has been "off the rails" since the death of her beloved dog Floyd earlier this month.
Hospitalized For Severe Allergic Reaction
4/15/2014 3:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus is in the hospital ... after a sudden and apparently severe allergic reaction to medicine.
Miley was in Kansas City for a concert Tuesday night on her Bangerz tour. It appears Miley was at the arena -- the Sprint Center -- when she fell ill. We're told she had a bad reaction to antibiotics.
Doctors ordered her on bed rest immediately.
Here's what's interesting ... A TMZ employee happens to be in Kansas City and just texted us an hour ago telling us Miley was out shopping with her mom ... so it seems whatever reaction she had was sudden.
The concert has been cancelled. She also cancelled her concert last Monday in Charlotte due to the flu.
Suffered Fatal Heart Attack
... Autopsy Shows
4/14/2014 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Ultimate Warrior died from a massive heart attack ... this according to the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy, TMZ has learned.
Officials tell TMZ ... the official cause of death for Warrior -- real name James Hellwig -- was determined to be "Atherosclerotic/Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease" ... aka heart disease.
Officials classified Warrior's death as "natural" -- meaning neither drugs nor alcohol were directly involved.
As we previously reported, Warrior clutched his chest outside of an Arizona hotel on April 8 while walking with his wife. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but never regained consciousness.
Warrior was 54 years old.
'Lord of the Rings'
Gandalf's Steed Shadowfax
4/12/2014 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gandalf's glorious steed Shadowfax from the "Lord of the Rings" flicks just took a permanent trip to the big glue shire in the sky -- after the horse got too sick and had to be put down.
Shadowfax's owner Cynthia says the horse -- real name Blanco -- suddenly fell ill at home and was rushed to a horse hospital ... but after a few days, things took a turn for the worst.
The veterinarian asked Cynthia if she wanted to put the horse to sleep ... so she asked Shadowfax for approval -- and the owner says the horse gave her a look that meant yes.
Cynthia gave vets the OK -- and they put her down.
Ed Lauter's Widow
CBS, NBC and Ford
Killed My Husband with Asbestos
4/11/2014 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The family of Ed Lauter -- the famed actor who died last October -- is suing CBS, Ford, GE and others claiming they exposed him to asbestos which killed him.
Ed's widow Mia Lauter claims in her lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Ed contracted malignant Mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos and blames the various companies. Mia's suing CBS and GE (which owned NBC) because she says their facilities contained asbestos and Ed shot various shows at the networks for more than 2 decades.
As for Ford ... Mia says some of the components of the cars it sold -- including brakes, clutch facings, compressors and other items contained the deadly material.
Ed starred in numerous TV shows like "The Office," "ER," "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Rockford Files." He was also in various movies, including "The Longest Yard," "The Artist," and "Trouble with the Curve."
Estranged Wife Crumbles
in Burial War
4/11/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mickey Rooney can finally rest in peace -- his estranged wife has agreed to give up her fight to have the actor buried in a small family plot 30 miles West of Hollywood ... so he can be buried with movie legends instead.
Jan Rooney -- who separated from Mickey two years ago -- just filed legal docs, agreeing to let Rooney be buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, alongside film legends like Cecil B. DeMille, and Rudolph Valentino.
Jan wrote, "Despite my strong desires to be buried with my husband, I feel that I owe it to Mickey's fans to allow Mickey to be buried alongside other members of Hollywood royalty."
Jan claims Mickey had long wanted to be buried with his mother at a nearby family plot, but Mickey's lawyers have said the actor changed his tune in the wake of the couple's split ... wanting to be buried somewhere with a connection to Hollywood film stars instead.
It's unclear when the burial will take place.
11:30AM PT -- A judge just ruled that Mickey's stepson and his wife cannot attend the services, per the new burial agreement.
Family Fight Rages Over Rapper's Home
4/10/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
3 Years after Nate Dogg's death, his family is waging war over the sale of the late rapper's Pomona home.
According to court docs -- obtained by TMZ -- the estate administrator agreed to sell the house last month for $340K.
But we're told some family members are trying to stop the deal because the administrator wants to use the money to pay off Nate's debts, leaving them with little ... and they want more.
We broke the story ... Nate's will provided that his 6 kids get the house, but 2 days after his death in March, 2011, the bank moved to foreclose because he'd fallen behind on his mortgage.
Now it's up to a judge whether the sale goes through.
His Ass-Kicking Spirit Lives On
4/9/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He Looked Very Sick and In Pain
Days Before Death
4/9/2014 9:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ultimate Warrior looked like he was on the verge of a medical catastrophe all weekend -- sweaty and stressed, like he was about to "burst at the seams" ... eyewitnesses tell TMZ.
According to sources who were with Warrior this past weekend, the WWE legend looked like he was in constant pain ... sweaty and looked very uncomfortable, like he was choking on his tie. It was apparent to everyone ... something was seriously off.
Another warning sign -- when Warrior did his signature rope shake after his big speech on Monday Night Raw, he looked weak ... and people around him noticed.
One eyewitness put it this way ... "We all felt like he looked like he was going to blow a gasket. It was pretty easy to see."
It makes Warrior's speech on Monday Night Raw even more ominous ... "Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath." 24 hours later he was dead.
TMZ broke the story ... Warrior was walking in a Scottsdale hotel Tuesday when he grabbed his chest and collapsed.
Clutched Chest Before Collapsing
... Witnesses Say
4/9/2014 8:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Ultimate Warrior "clutched his chest" moments before he collapsed at an Arizona hotel Tuesday afternoon ... this according to law enforcement sources who spoke with witnesses.
TMZ has learned ... Warrior was walking down a hallway at the Gainey Suites Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ and headed toward his car with his wife -- when he stopped, clutched his chest and went down.
We're told Warrior never recovered.
Sources connected to the situation tell us officials believe Warrior suffered a "catastrophic medical event" and so far, we're told there is no evidence to show drugs or alcohol were a factor in his death. All signs point to massive heart attack.
We're told an investigation is underway. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner tells us the autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
No Foul Play
4/9/2014 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Autopsy results for Peaches Geldof reveal no foul play ... authorities in the U.K. announced today.
Toxicology results should help establish a cause of death, but those will not be available for several weeks.
The 25-year-old was found dead in her apartment on Monday afternoon. She was pronounced dead on the scene. Authorities say it's a "non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death."
Peaches was the daughter of singer and famed philanthropist Bob Geldof, the guy behind the Live Aid concerts. Peaches was a socialite and model and also worked as a TV presenter.