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Dolores O'Riordan Music Sales Up Over 900k% ... After Sudden Death

1/15/2018 4:17 PM PST

Dolores O'Riordan's sudden unexplained death has made tidal waves in the music world -- just take a look at her sales online ... which are up over 900,000%.

Dolores' music both on her own and with her band, The Cranberries, dominated Amazon's music sales Monday after news broke of her death -- with one of The Cranberries' albums, "Something Else" surging at 913,350% in sales. 

Her tunes also occupy the other top 4 slots for trending albums, which are up 147,552% ("Are You Listening?"), 107,520% ('Everybody Else is Doing It'), 93,781% ("To the Faithful Departed") and 77,096% ("Wake Up and Smell the Coffee"), respectively.

BTW ... her music sales on iTunes are also skyrocketing -- with Cranberries' albums dominating the number 3rd, 6th, 7th and 9th spots on their Top 10 Albums chart. 

As we reported ... Dolores died Monday unexpectedly. Her bandmates sent out a message saying ... "We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today."

Sources connected with the singer tell TMZ she had been "dreadfully depressed" in recent weeks.

She was 46. 

Dolores O'Riordan Cranberries Singer Dead at 46

1/15/2018 9:17 AM PST
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3:10 PM PT -- Friends of Dolores tell TMZ ... she had been "dreadfully depressed" in recent weeks, and was also suffering with a lot of back pain.

11:08 AM PT -- Dolores tried taking her life by OD'ing back in 2013, saying she had suffered from depression and ultimately a mental breakdown. She was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Dolores said she believed some of her emotional problems emanated from being abused as a child.

The Cranberries lead singer, Dolores O'Riordan, died Monday in London.

Dolores was reportedly in London for a recording session. A rep for the band would only say she died "suddenly." The rep offered no further details.

The Irish band struck it big in the '90s ... when Dolores took over for their previous lead singer. Their songs "Zombie" and "Linger" were huge international hits. 

Dolores released 2 solo albums while the Cranberries were on hiatus. They got back together in 2009, and had planned a tour last year, but ended up canceling when Dolores had back pain.

She split from her husband of 20 years in 2014, and survived by 3 children. Dolores was 46.


Jill Zarin's Husband Bobby Dead at 71 After Cancer Battle

1/14/2018 8:01 AM PST
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Bobby Zarin, the husband of Jill Zarin, has died after a long battle with cancer.

The "Real Housewives of New York" star posted a statement, saying the family was devastated.  Bobby died Saturday surrounded by his family.

Bobby battled cancer for years. He was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009 and underwent radiation treatment -- eventually having his thyroid removed.

In 2016, Bobby was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The pic (below) is the last one taken of the 2 of them out at Andy Cohen's show last June when she was a guest.

There will be a service Monday.

Bobby was 71. RIP 

West Hollywood Jesus Dead at 57 Just Before Christmas

1/3/2018 8:18 PM PST
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One last reminder 2017 totally sucked -- the most photographed Jesus ever didn't make it to Christmas ... TMZ has learned.

Family members tell us the man known as West Hollywood Jesus died Dec. 13 after a brief hospitalization in L.A. for pulmonary issues.

WeHo Jesus, real name Kevin Short, was a mainstay up and down Hollywood Boulevard, and famously posed for pics with countless tourists over the years. If you've been, you know there are multiple Batmans and Supermans, but only one Jesus. And now he's gone. Again.

WeHo Jesus was 57 ... 20 some years more than the O.G. made it.

Of course, WHJ didn't have Pontius Pilate on his ass.


Celebs In Memoriam Were 2017 Deaths ... More Shocking Than Last Year's?

12/29/2017 12:40 AM PST

A bunch of celebs died over the course of this year -- and as tragic as they were, we gotta ask ... do their deaths top 2016 in shock value?

Stars as big as Hugh Hefner, Tom Petty and Bill Paxton all passed away in 2017 -- but the year also saw back-to-back suicides in rockers Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington

Remember, the world lost Prince (and A LOT of other people) last year -- which left tons of folks shook. But, the fallen stars of 2017 might've been just as earth-shattering.

Take a look back at who we've lost in Hollywood this year ... RIP.

Carrie Fisher Whole Fam Together for Xmas To Honor Debbie's Tradition

12/27/2017 10:06 AM PST

1:22 PM PT -- Looks like Billie did miss the Christmas family reunion after all. She appears to have been checking out the northern lights in Norway on Christmas night, but with her mom in mind. 

Carrie Fisher's family was under one roof this Christmas ...  a year after the deaths of Carrie and her mother, Debbie Reynolds -- and they did it out of tradition.

Todd Fisher -- Carrie's brother -- tells us the entire family was together over the holiday, and that it was very emotional. We're told Debbie's brother, Bill Reynolds, was there -- he had spent every Christmas with Carrie.

Todd says Debbie had a long-running tradition of bringing everyone together for Christmas, and that she had even ordered Carrie back for the get-together last year ... it was on that trip home from the UK when she went into cardiac arrest and died days later.

We're told the Fisher/Reynolds family honored Debbie's custom by having dinner, watching home movies, and saying a prayer that Debbie's father would always say at Xmas -- which Todd says would start ... "Dear Lord, help us jump in."

Todd adds that nearly all of Carrie and Debbie's celebrity friends have reached out to the family to offer their condolences around this difficult time. As we reported ... Debbie died one day after her daughter, Carrie, passed away last year.  

One last thing ... we're told everyone in the Fisher/Reynolds family was there, which leads us to believe Carrie's daughter, Billie Lourd, was also in attendance. 

Dr. Evazan in 'Star Wars' Actor Alfie Curtis Dead at 87 1 Year After Carrie Fisher

12/27/2017 8:11 AM PST

Alfie Curtis, the man who played the disfigured thug that tried picking a fight with Luke Skywalker in the first 'Star Wars,' has died ... a year after Carrie Fisher's death.

Curtis, who played the uncredited Dr. Evazan, in George Lucas' 'A New Hope' reportedly passed away this week, according to Mark Hamill reacted to the actor's death Tuesday by posting a tribute on Twitter. 

Curtis took a lightsaber to the chest from Obi-Wan Kenobi after he knocked over Luke at the Mos Eisley Cantina -- where "you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy" ... according to Obi, anyway. 

The British actor also starred in "The Elephant Man," "The Wildcats of St. Trinian's," "Take It or Leave It," and a number TV series from the 1970s and '80s.

His death falls upon the first death anniversary of Fisher, who played Princess Leia in 'Star Wars.' He was 87. RIP ... and may the force be with you. 

Rihanna Cousin Shot & Killed in Barbados ... Day After Xmas

12/27/2017 6:56 AM PST

Rihanna's cousin was shot and killed this week ... just a day after she'd seen him for Christmas in her native home of Barbados.

RiRi posted a tribute Tuesday to her late relative, Tavon Alleyne, saying, "RIP cousin... can't believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms! never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man! #endgunviolence."

Tavon -- who was just 21 years old -- was shot several times by an unidentified man as he was walking near his home in the St. Michael area of the island. 

Cops are on the lookout for the shooter, and have asked the public for any info or leads that could lead to his capture. 


Washington Post Heir William Graham Commits Suicide Like Publisher Father

12/26/2017 9:04 AM PST

William Graham -- one of the heirs to the Washington Post-Graham fortune and son to WP publishers Phil and Katharine Graham -- has died by suicide, like his father.

The Post published Will's obit Saturday, saying the 69-year-old lawyer died last Wednesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to his older brother, Donald. His sister, Lally Weymouth, also posted about his death. 

His father, Phil, also committed suicide in 1963 by shooting himself with a shotgun. Will's mother, Katharine, served as primary publisher of the Post for more than 2 decades thereafter.

She played a crucial role in the Post helping bring down President Nixon during the Watergate scandal. She also led the charge in continuing to publish the Pentagon Papers despite being challenged by the U.S. government in court. 

Meryl Streep plays Katharine in Steven Spielberg's new movie "The Post." What's even more eerie here ... Will killed himself 6 days after the premiere in D.C., and 2 days before the film's limited release. 


George Michael's Death 1 Year Later ... Family Posts Tribute Message

12/26/2017 6:46 AM PST

George Michael's family posted a message about the late singer one year after his death, and they want fans to remember him with "I Love You's" aimed at loved ones.

In a touching tribute message Sunday, George's sisters, Yioda and Melanie, his father, Jack, and his best pal, David, penned a letter on George's website ... explaining how hard it still is dealing with his death one year to the day.

As we reported ... George died last Christmas when his heart failed as he slept, and he officially died of natural causes. He was 53 years old. 

George's family makes a specific request to his many fans ... raise a glass, enjoy his tunes, and appreciate family and friends. More specifically, they want people to say "I Love You" to whoever needs to hear it before it's too late. 

They end the open letter with something George would often say ... Take Care.


Combat Jack Hip-Hop Icon Dead at 53

12/20/2017 8:01 AM PST
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Combat Jack, an icon in the hip-hop community, has died after a battle with colon cancer.

Combat hosted his own immensely popular podcast where interviewed huge music celebs like Damon Dash, NORE, Just Blaze and others. Combat's real name was Reggie Osse, and he came up in the biz as a lawyer at Def Jam Records during its '90s heyday.

He announced in October that he was battling cancer. He posted a video of himself in the hospital ... talking to LL Cool J, who had called with well wishes.

Uncle @llcoolj told me to knock it out. So I’m gonna knock it out! #CombatCancer

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#CombatCancer was trending after his announcement.

Tributes are pouring at the news of his passing. Combat was 53.

Rapper Chinx Drugz Murder Suspects Charged 2 Years After Drive-By

12/14/2017 8:25 AM PST
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8:43 AM PT -- We're told a second suspect was also charged in connection to Chinx's murder -- 26-year-old Jamar Hill, who's facing the same charges as Homere. Both he and Homere were serving time in jail on unrelated charges when they were arrested in connection to the murder.

One of the French Montana's Coke Boys, Chinx Drugz, might finally see some justice after being shot and killed 2 years ago ... 'cause cops just made an arrest.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 32-year-old Quincy Homere was arrested Thursday in NYC and has been charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the 2015 drive-by shooting that left Chinx dead. 

FOX5 reporter Lisa Evers got exclusive video of Homere covering his face as cops perp walked him into the station. No word yet on motive or how police linked him to the case.

As we reported ... Chinx was gunned down in the Spring of 2015 in Queens, NY, having taken multiple bullets to the torso. Another victim in the car had been left badly injured.

Chinx was 31.

Lil Peep Hometown Memorial Service ... After Death

12/3/2017 1:59 PM PST

Lil Peep was honored by family, friends and fans alike in his hometown this weekend during a very personal memorial service following his sudden death.

The service went down Saturday in Peep's stomping grounds of Long Beach, New York -- where what appeared to be a modestly large crowd gathered as speakers went up to a podium one by one to share some words about the fallen rapper. 

His mother, Liza Womack, spoke at the event -- as did his grandmother. Watch the full service at your own risk ... it's a real tearjerker.

We broke the story ... Peep's death is now under investigation after text messages a woman allegedly sent were discovered, which read in part ... "GBC [Lil Peep] high af because of me and my friend lol ... He passed the f*** out my brother called and I tried to get him to say hi to my brother but he wouldn't wake up ..."

Police are also looking into whether Xanax Peep took before his death might've been laced with fentanyl.

Peep died last month of a suspected overdose. He was only 21.  

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