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Bozo No No OG Clown Dead at 89

3/22/2018 6:39 AM PDT
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Send in THE clown ... to God.

Frank Avruch, TV's original Bozo the Clown, died Tuesday in Boston after a long battle with heart disease ... according to his family. He was 89.

The Boston legend created Bozo back in 1959, and played the lovable clown until 1970. Although Frank wore a lot of hats -- as a local host on radio and WCVB-TV -- he'll most be remembered for wearing that red-orange wig, oversized red shoes and pajamas with the frilly collar.

Avruch is an inductee of the National Television Academy's Gold Circle. Bozo's survived by his wife Betty, 2 sons, grandchildren, and, of course, his cousin Homey. 

After Frank had the role some other clown, Larry Harmon, slipped into Bozo's famous getup. Harmon died in 2008.

Have a great time under the Big Top, St. Peter.

Mark Salling Autopsy Reveals Booze, No Drugs At Time of Suicide

3/19/2018 1:53 PM PDT
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Mark Salling had alcohol in his system when he hanged himself, and apparently took steps to evade authorities just prior to the suicide ... TMZ has learned.

According to the results of Salling's autopsy ... he had at least a 0.08% BAC -- which means he was just at the point of legal intoxication. The toxicology report also shows he was not on any other drugs.

The report describes the death scene -- Salling was hanging by a nylon rope which was tied to a branch a little over 6 feet above the ground. The coroner says it was wrapped around his neck five times.

The autopsy also notes Salling had attempted to kill himself months prior by cutting his wrists. His wrist incisions were about 2.5 centimeters and 6.5 centimeters on each hand, according to the coroner.

The last time the former "Glee" star was seen alive was with his father watching television at their family home at around 11:30 PM. His mother discovered he was missing right after midnight. Salling had ditched his ankle monitor and left it down the street from his house. 

He was scheduled to meet with the probation officer in his child porn case the day he died.

Cirque du Soleil Acrobat Falls to His Death After Stunt Goes Wrong

3/18/2018 11:59 AM PDT
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A cast member of the traveling Cirque du Soleil suffered a fatal fall this weekend, dying at a hospital after an aerial stunt went terribly wrong ... and video of the incident has just surfaced.

The acrobat, Yann Arnaud, was performing during a live Cirque du Soleil production of "VOLTA" in Tampa Saturday night when he fell onto the stage during an aerial straps number. 

In the video, which has since been deleted, you can see him swinging back into view when he somehow loses his grab on the strap and awkwardly lands head first. Crew members immediately rush to his aid, and the crowd is clearly in shock from the brutal fall.

Cirque du Soleil issued a statement saying emergency procedures were implemented and that Arnaud was transported to a local hospital. The company says he died from his injures sometime later. He'd reportedly been with the company for 15 years.

As a result of his death, Sunday's 2 shows in Tampa were cancelled. Guests who'd purchased tickets are said to be getting refunds.

Stephen Hawking Dead at 76

3/13/2018 9:16 PM PDT
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Stephen Hawking, the world's most famous theoretical physicist -- celebrated for his black hole discoveries -- has died ... according to his family.

It appears Hawking died early Wednesday. His 3 children released a statement saying, "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today." 

Hawking had suffered from a rare early-onset form of ALS most of his life, which left him wheelchair-bound and almost entirely paralyzed. He could still communicate with the aid of a computer and the muscles in his cheek.

The world-renowned British scientist wrote several landmark books, including "A Brief History of Time." His black hole theories and discoveries were so vast ... the radiation that comes from them is called Hawking radiation.

Stephen guest starred on several TV shows as himself, such as "The Simpsons" and "The Big Bang Theory." He was also written into an episode of "Family Guy," but Seth MacFarlane did the voice.

The 2014 movie about his life, "The Theory of Everything," was nominated for Best Picture, and Eddie Redmayne, who played Hawking, won the Oscar for Best Actor.

Hawking had reportedly turned down Knighthood, and, amazingly, never won the Nobel Prize. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom here in the U.S.

Hawking was 76.


Craig Mack Died of Congestive Heart Failure ... Says Erick Sermon

3/13/2018 12:34 PM PDT

Craig Mack knew he was dying, at least for several months, from congestive heart failure ... according to his close friend, Erick Sermon.

The '90s MC broke the news Tuesday -- hours after Craig passed away in South Carolina -- telling us the "Flava in Ya Ear" rapper had only 25% of his heart working in his final months.

As we reported, the coroner would only say Craig had died of natural causes ... so, Sermon, shed more light on Craig's final days. He says the Bad Boy Records pioneer had called his closest friends -- including Erick and Biz Markie -- 6 months ago to tell them what he was battling, but didn't want them to see him in his frail condition.

Erick says Craig maintained his personality, though ... they eventually hooked up and even recorded some music, and shot a documentary before he died.


Craig Mack Dead at 47

3/13/2018 5:39 AM PDT
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11:19 AM PT -- Diddy just released a statement on Mack's passing, saying, "Craig Mack, you were the first artist to release music on Bad Boy and gave us our first hit. You always followed your heart and you had an energy that was out of this world.

You believed in me and you believed in Bad Boy. I will never forget what you did for hip-hop. You inspired me, and I will continue to try to keep inspiring others. We will always love you." #badboy4life #ripcraigmackCraig Mack, the '90s rap star who helped put Diddy's Bad Boy Records on the map, died at his home in South Carolina of natural causes ... TMZ has learned.

The "Flava in Ya Ear" rapper was living in Walterboro, SC, where he'd joined a church and committed himself to his religion. His former producer, Alvin Toney, told the Daily News he'd seen him for the last time last week while filming a documentary on Craig's new life.

Mack, along with Notorious B.I.G., was the first rap superstar for Diddy's young label in the '90s. He was born on Long Island, but got his break by freestyling over a Mary J. Blige track for Diddy.

He was one of few Bad Boy Records artists who did not join the huge reunion tour a couple years ago. Craig was already committed to his new life in the South Carolina church by then.

Mack's huge 1994 hit, 'Flava,' earned him a Best Rap Solo Grammy nomination, although he lost to Queen Latifah. No shame in that game.

Craig was 47.

RIP to kicking mad flava in ya ear ... Mack was a brand new flava in ya ear.

Givenchy Dead at 91

3/12/2018 6:49 AM PDT
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Hubert de Givenchy -- the legendary fashion designer to celebs like Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy -- has died at his home near Paris.

Givenchy died in his sleep Saturday night, according to his longtime partner, designer Philippe Venet

Hepburn famously wore Givenchy's designs in several of her movies, including "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Sabrina" -- and she went on to become an ambassador for his brand.

Jackie, Iman, Candice Swanepoel and even Cam Newton rocked G's threads over the years.

He might not brag about this one, but Lindsay Lohan famously wore Givenchy back in 2012 ... during one of her many, many, many court appearances.

Givenchy founded his design house in 1952, and it's now owned by the luxury fashion company LVMH. He was 91.


FL Mass Shooting Suspect Nikolas Cruz's Mug Shot Released ... Wears Hospital Gown to Jail

2/15/2018 6:21 AM PST

The man who has been arrested for shooting and killing 17 people at his old Florida high school was walked right into jail early Thursday morning wearing a hospital gown.

19-year-old Nikolas Cruz was marched into the Broward County jail wearing what appears to be hospital issued garb. He has been accused of killing or injuring scores of students and staff in a horrific mass shooting at his former high school in Parkland, FL.

Former classmates told news outlets he'd shown off some of his guns before getting expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Police also say his social media searches were disturbing.

At least 17 people were killed Wednesday, and dozens more injured. He's been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. 

Luke Wilson From Victim to Hero ... In Bill Haas Fatal Crash

2/14/2018 1:38 PM PST

Luke Wilson went from crash victim to action hero mere moments after a Ferrari in which pro golfer Bill Haas was riding passenger caused a fatal accident ... TMZ has learned.

Tattoo artist Sean Heirigs -- who owns House of Ink in Venice, CA -- tells us he witnessed the crash Tuesday night, where he says the driver of the Ferrari, 71-year-old Mark Gibello, sped off down a road, lost control switching gears and hit a BMW in the opposite lane.

Heirigs says the BMW flipped over, and clipped Wilson's tailing car in the process. He tells us the woman inside was screaming, as her leg was stuck as her car began smoking.

That's when Wilson parked his car and ran over to get the woman out. Heirigs says he also assisted, but tells us it was Wilson who went in through the back, while he dislodged her leg. Wilson then pulled the victim out of the back of the car and they both carried her over to a curb while paramedics arrived.

As for the one fatality in the wreck -- the driver of the Ferrari -- Heirigs says he overheard the man's wife tell authorities Haas was a friend from out of town, whom her husband wanted to take for a spin.

'Frasier' Star John Mahoney Cause of Death Brain Disease, Lung Cancer

2/7/2018 12:01 PM PST

John Mahoney's death was caused by multiple health complications, which included brain disease and lung cancer.

Our sources say the "Frasier" star's official causes of death include brain disease, lung cancer and seizures. We're told Mahoney also suffered from kidney disease and diabetes.

We broke the story ... Mahoney died Sunday in Chicago while in hospice care.

Our sources say Mahoney was cremated.

Mahoney played Kelsey Grammer's cranky father, Martin Crane, for 11 seasons on the hit sitcom. Shortly after John's death, Grammer posted, "He was my father. I loved him."

He most recently had a recurring role starring on the TV show "Hot in Cleveland," which ended in 2014. He's also had appearances on movies like 'American President,' "Say Anything..." and "Eight Men Out" over the course of more than 30 years in the industry.

John was 77. RIP

'Frasier' Star John Mahoney Dead at 77

2/5/2018 2:44 PM PST

John Mahoney, the beloved dad on "Frasier," has died in Chicago ... TMZ has learned.

According to John's publicist ... he passed away Sunday in hospice care. 

The British-born actor famously played Martin Crane, the father of Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce's characters, for 11 seasons of "Frasier."

John most recently had a recurring role in "Hot in Cleveland." Besides his TV success, John was in tons of movies -- like 'American President,' "Say Anything..." and "Eight Men Out" -- during more than 30 years in show biz.

He won a SAG Award in 2000 for "Frasier" -- and was nominated for 2 Emmys and 2 Golden Globes. John was also active in theater, and won a Tony in 1986. 

John was 77.


Justin Timberlake Projects Prince For Super Bowl Halftime Show

2/4/2018 6:07 PM PST

Justin Timberlake followed through on his plan to honor Prince during his Super Bowl halftime show ... projecting a video of the late singer instead of a full-blown hologram.

JT paid tribute to Prince about halfway through the show with a partial cover of "I Would Die 4 U" -- during which Justin was on piano, and Prince's image appeared on a giant flowing sheet behind him.

As we reported ... Justin was expected to use a straight up hologram during the performance. We were later told it would simply be a video projection of Prince rather than a hologram ... and it looks like they stuck to that.

Prince's ex, Sheila E., and his brother, Omarr Baker, both objected to a Prince hologram and assured fans this weekend that one would not appear.

Kim Cattrall Missing Brother Found Dead

2/4/2018 7:55 AM PST

1:12 PM PT -- Kim just announced that her missing brother, Christopher Cattrall, has died. She called his death "unexpected" but didn't elaborate beyond that.

Kim Cattrall is begging for help in locating her brother, who went missing Tuesday.

Kim posted a desperate plea on social media for anyone having information about Christopher Cattrall, who disappeared from his home in Alberta, Canada.

The circumstances sound suspicious.  55-year-old Christopher had 7 beloved dogs at home, and she says he would never leave them in an unlocked house.  His keys, cellphone and wallet were also left in his home. 

She ends with this ... "Help us bring him home safe.  Please spread the word."

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