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Casey Kasem's Widow

Will NOT be Prosecuted

For Elder Abuse

5/22/2015 3:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Casey Kasem's widow Jean has been cleared in the elder abuse investigation, which has lingered for a year.

TMZ broke the story ... police launched an investigation after Casey's kids filed a report claiming Jean had taken the famous DJ on a wild, multi-state car ride which compromised Casey's health, creating bedsores that became infected. 

Casey died last June, and Jean took the body to Norway, where it remained for months. Police wanted it brought back to the U.S. for a complete autopsy but that never happened.

We've just learned the L.A. County D.A. rejected the case, saying Jean did a good job caring for her husband, and concluded, "The development of a bedsore by itself is insufficient evidence of abuse or neglect."

Case closed. RIP, finally.

Ex-NFL Linebacker

Suicide By Hanging

... Officials Say (UPDATE)

5/18/2015 10:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Adrian Robinson Jr. -- the 25-year-old ex-NFL linebacker -- committed suicide by hanging on Saturday ... officials tell TMZ Sports

We spoke with Jeff Moran of the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office who tells us, "The manner and cause of death was suicide by hanging."

Robinson -- who played for the Steelers and the Broncos -- is survived by his young daughter Avery Marie.

Rapper Chinx Drugz

Murdered in Drive By Shooting

Member of French Montana's Coke Boys

5/17/2015 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0517-chinx-TMZ-01Rapper Chinx Drugz was shot and killed early Sunday morning in a drive-by.

It happened in Queens NY at around 4 AM.  Police found 2 victims in a car, one who whom was Chinx, who was shot multiple times in the torso.

0517-chinx-crime-scene-TMZ-01The 31-year-old is a member of French Montana's Coke Boys.  Chinx big song is "I'm a Coke Boy" which features French.

The second victim, who was shot in the back, has been hospitalized.  He's in critical condition.

Cops are on the hunt for the shooter.

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Memphis Grizzlies

Honoring B.B. King

Before HUGE Playoff Game

5/15/2015 3:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0515-bb-king-memphis-grizzlies-GETTY-01B.B. King might be gone, but the Memphis Grizzlies are making sure he's not forgotten ... taking time out to remember the music titan before tonight's HUGE playoff game ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We spoke to the Grizzlies reps who tell us ... before the team takes on Golden State in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals tonight ... they'll honor the hometown hero who passed Thursday at age 89.

The team didn't wanna give away too many specifics about how they're planning to honor King -- but are hoping fans of both basketball and music enjoy the huge surprise they have in store. 

R.I.P. B.B.

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UFC's Corey Hill

Wife Confirms Death

... After Devastating Illness

5/15/2015 3:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0515-corey-hill-FACEBOOK-01Former UFC fighter Corey Hill passed away Friday ... after he was hospitalized for a devastating illness, his wife tells TMZ Sports

Hill had been sick for days ... and family members and close friends were told he passed away on Thursday. 

But Lauran Hill says he was still battling ... until Friday afternoon, when he was pronounced dead. 

"Corey was a loving husband and devoted father," Hill says ... "He was such a strong role model for our children, and would do anything to keep them safe and happy and healthy."

"[He was] a fighter til the end."

Hill was 36.

Corey made his UFC debut in 2008 after appearing on "The Ultimate Fighter 5" ... and was most notably remembered for snapping his right leg in a gruesome injury suffered during a televised fight. 

But he bounced back from the injury ... and continued to fight -- most recently competing in an MMA event in February.  

B.B. King's Daughter

I Never Got to Say Goodbye

5/15/2015 8:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0515-patty-bb-king-ap-getty-01B.B. King's daughters didn't see him at all during the last 2 weeks of his life -- and are now just hoping they can be involved in planning his memorial.

Patty King tells TMZ ... she and her sister Karen Williams spoke to B.B.'s manager Laverne Toney on Thursday morning, and she had agreed to let them see B.B. on Saturday at noon. But Patty says Toney called her at 9:40 PM to say her father had died peacefully in his sleep.

As TMZ first reported ... Patty and her sister Karen had been at odds with Toney for months -- accusing her of elder abuse and stealing from King. Their claims were shot down in court last week.

Patty says her father wanted her to come and stay with him ... and she's distraught they were kept apart in his final days. Still, she says she wants to work with Toney to coordinate any plans to memorialize King.

She added ... her father "loved so big, loved people and people loved him. He always wanted to be kind to people. He was just such a great dad. He is so loved and so missed already.” 

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B.B. King

Blues Guitar Legend Dies at 89

5/14/2015 11:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0501-bb-king-getty-02Legendary guitarist B.B. King died Thursday at home in Las Vegas ... according to his attorney.

King brought Mississippi Delta blues to the mainstream with his hit 1970 version of "The Thrill Is Gone." He also recorded countless collaborations with other superstars ... such as Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, U2, and Sheryl Crow.

TMZ broke the story ... some of B.B.'s children had recently battled his longtime manager Laverne Toney about his medical care and finances. Earlier this month, Patty King accused Toney of elder abuse ... a claim that was eventually shot down in court.

King, who was 89 ... had been at home in hospice care since May 1.

B.B. toured almost non-stop for more than 60 years with his black Gibson guitars  ... which he famously named Lucille.

Due to his health issues -- in addition to his age, he was diabetic -- B.B. finally backed off his road schedule last year. 

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and won 15 Grammys ... as well as a Presidential Medal of Arts, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

It's remarkably sad -- within a month, the singers of "When a Man Loves a Woman," "Stand by Me" ... and "The Thrill Is Gone" have all passed away.

#RIPLegends 

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Nate Dogg's Son

Gold Digging Widow Pounced

When Dad Was Mentally Impaired

5/10/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Nate Dogg's widow doesn't deserve a single red cent of his estate -- according to the hip-hop legend's son ... who claims the marriage was a sham and Latoya Calvin is just trying to cash in now.

According to court docs ... Naijiel Hale says Latoya caused the car accident that led to Nate Dogg having multiple strokes and eventually dying. He also believes she married his father while Nate was mentally incapacitated, so she shouldn't be entitled to anything.

Naijiel's mother, Rhoda Mouton is also joining the fight -- and points out, in docs ... Latoya didn't even attend Nate's funeral.

Nate's estate says he and Latoya separated and filed for divorce 19 days after they married. The only hiccup -- the divorce wasn't final when Nate died. 

As we previously reported ... the Dogg's $350k house in Pomona, CA has been the subject of a bitter family feud for years between Latoya and Nate's family -- including his six kids.

Joanne Carson

Johnny's 2nd Wife Dies at 84

5/9/2015 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0509-jaonne-johnny-carson-getty-02Joanne Carson -- the woman by Johnny Carson's side when he rocketed to superstardom -- died at her home in L.A. on Friday.

Joanne-- a former Pan Am stewardess (that's what they were called back then) and model -- married Johnny in 1963 -- the year after he started hosting "The Tonight Show." They'd been dating since 1960 ... when Johnny was still doing sketch comedy.

They lived together in NYC until they divorced in 1972. Joanne moved back to her native California ... and worked in TV talk shows for a while. She was married and divorced once more. Johnny went on to marry two more times.

While living in NYC ... Joanne became good friends with famed author Truman Capote. He had a writing room in her L.A. home on Sunset Boulevard, and died there in 1984.

Joanne died in hospice care -- she'd been in failing health for some time now ... according to the L.A. Times, which first reported her death.

Joanne was 84.

Wrestling Tragedy

Man Kills Toddler

Imitating 'Undertaker' Slam

5/7/2015 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_barA rep for the WWE tells TMZ Sports, "There is no excuse for a 20-year-old grown man to assault an 18-month old child, no matter what. Using a flimsy excuse about emulating a wrestling maneuver does not absolve Brandon Hoffman of this abhorrent crime. The death of Bryson Shoemaker is a tragedy, and WWE offers its condolences to the child’s mother, Sierra Shoemaker."update_grey_gray_barA Pennsylvania man killed an 18-month-old boy ... when he slammed the child to the floor while imitating The Undertaker's signature wrestling move ... this according to cops. 

Cops say 20-year-old Brandon Hoffman was trying do the Undertaker's "Last Ride" move -- and intended to slam the child onto a bed ... but missed ... fatally injuring the boy. 

Hoffman told cops he had been watching the child while the boy's mother was at work -- and had successfully pulled off another wrestling move before the accident. 

Hoffman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated assault and more. Bail has been set at $150k. 

'You Sexy Thing' Singer

Dies at 71

5/6/2015 9:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The guy who sang one of the catchiest hits of the '70s -- "You Sexy Thing" -- has died. 

Errol Brown was the lead singer of Hot Chocolate, who were big in the '70s and '80s.

"You Sexy Thing" had a second wind in 1997, when it was featured in "The Full Monty."

Brown and Hot Chocolate had other hits as well, including "Every 1's a Winner." If you don't think you know it, think again. You can name that tune when you hear it.

Brown died of liver cancer. He was 71.   

RIP 

'Ultimate Survival Alaska' Star

Jimmy Gojdics

Shot Dead in Alaska

5/6/2015 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0506-ultimate-survivor-ng-01Jimmy Gojdics, who competed on the National Geographic Channel show "Ultimate Survival Alaska," was shot dead in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was 69.

Alaska State Troopers rushed to Gojidics' home Sunday afternoon, according to Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. When troopers arrived, they found Gojdics in grave condition.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Cops are calling it a homicide, but so far there are no suspects.

Gojdics competed on season 2 of the show, and finished fourth with his team.

Ellen Albertini Dow

'Wedding Singer' Rapping Granny

Dies at 101

5/5/2015 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0505-ellen-albertini-dow-getty-01Ellen Albertini Dow -- who famously performed "Rapper's Delight" in the Adam Sandler movie "The Wedding Singer" passed away Monday. She was 101. 

Dow's longtime agent confirmed her passing to Deadline.

She most recently appeared on "Family Guy" ... and "New Girl" in 2013 -- when she was 99! Ellen's other famous TV roles were on "Seinfeld," "My Name Is Earl," "Scrubs," "Six Feet Under" and "The Golden Girls."

She also played Grandma Cleary in "Wedding Crashers" and was Tom Green's grandmother in "Road Trip."

Her version of "Rapper's Delight" was on the "The Wedding Singer" soundtrack ... which made Billboard's top 5.

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