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'Project Runway' Finalist Mychael Knight Dead at 39

10/17/2017 1:35 PM PDT
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Former "Project Runway" finalist Mychael Knight died Tuesday morning in a Georgia hospital ... TMZ has learned.

Knight died after recently checking into the hospital. We're told he'd been getting treatment for intestinal issues when he passed at around 7:30 AM. While it's still unclear what caused his death, a few months ago Mychael revealed he'd been battling IBS -- irritable bowl syndrome -- and made it clear it was wreaking havoc on his immune system.

Knight was famous in the fashion world after his successful run on season 3 of 'Runway' ... going on to launch his own lines of clothing and lingerie. He also once designed for Starbucks, and even created his own fragrance brand, MajK.

Knight placed fourth during his season on 'Runway,' and won the Fan Favorite Award as well.

He was only 39.

Tom Petty Private Funeral Service at Temple ... Attended by Fam

10/16/2017 6:44 PM PDT
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Tom Petty was honored this week in a private service that appears to have been attended by only his family and closest friends ... at the same place a Beatle was laid to rest.

Tom's daughter, AnnaKim Violette Petty, posted a handful of photos from the service Monday, which was held at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in the Pacific Palisades. George Harrison's funeral was also held there in 2001. He was a bandmate of Tom's in The Traveling Wilburys.

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Not many details about the procession were immediately released, but the temple was closed to the public on Monday. 

We broke the story ... Tom died earlier this month after going into full cardiac arrest ... and ultimately being taken off life support by his family. 

His official cause of death is still a mystery ... as the results of a complete autopsy are pending.

Chester Bennington Carpool Karaoke Episode Airs With Family's Blessing

10/12/2017 9:10 AM PDT

Chester Bennington was in good spirits, and singing his heart out less than a week before his death ... as seen in the Linkin Park Carpool Karaoke episode that just aired.

James Corden and the folks behind "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" just dropped the episode which had Chester behind the wheel, and Ken Jeong riding shotgun. 

Chester looked happy, jamming to his hits as well as other artists' ... including OutKast's "Hey Ya!" 

Chester hanged himself 6 days after filming this episode. Corden said Chester's family had final say over the episode airing.

Tom Petty Death Certificate Cause Of Death Still a Mystery

10/10/2017 8:38 AM PDT
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TMZ has obtained Tom Petty's death certificate -- which does not identify his official cause of death. 

The document, filed with L.A. County, says Petty passed away at 8:43 PM on Oct. 2 at UCLA Santa Monica.

The certificate lists the immediate cause of death as "deferred" -- which could mean officials are still waiting for autopsy results.

Here's what else is listed on the certificate:

-- Marital status: Married to Dana Marie York

-- Full Name: Thomas Earl Petty

-- Education: High school graduate

-- He lived in Malibu for 43 years

-- Race: Caucasian

-- Career: Songwriter & musician who worked in the field for 40 years

As we first reported ... Tom was rushed to the hospital after he'd gone into full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing. He was eventually taken off life support, and died last Monday.

He was 66. 

Tom Petty Hometown Mayor Planning Memorial ... Little Help, Gainesville!

10/9/2017 12:40 AM PDT
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Tom Petty will be honored in his birthplace ... just as soon as the Mayor and citizens of Gainesville come up with a unique enough concept to honor the rock legend.

Mayor Lauren Poe -- who went to the same high school as Tom -- tells TMZ he's putting together a proposal to honor their hometown hero, but says no street sign or symbolic "Tom Petty Day'' will do.

Poe says if the city approves a Petty memorial, in theory, his next move will be fielding innovative and interactive suggestions from the public. He's looking for something recurring and interactive -- like an annual gathering for fans that would double as a memorial.

Hizzoner will get plenty of pitches -- we're told local musicians have been covering Petty tunes nonstop since his death Monday, and tribute bands are already reaching out to the Mayor.

Anton Yelchin Memorialized in Statue Form ... Stars Pay Tribute

10/8/2017 12:51 PM PDT
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Anton Yelchin once again stood among loved ones at his burial site this weekend and will remain that way thanks to his family ... TMZ has learned.

A bronze statue of Anton was unveiled Sunday above his grave at Hollywood Forever -- where the deceased actor was laid to rest after his tragic death more than a year ago.

Sources close to the service tell TMZ ... his family wanted their only son to have a ground monument, which is why he was moved from Mount Sinai Cemetery to Hollywood Forever shortly after he died. Mount Sinai does not allow ground monuments. 

We broke the story ... Anton was crushed to death by his car after it rolled back and pinned him against a brick mailbox pillar at his home. His parents have been in a legal battle with Fiat Chrysler ever since, claiming their product caused his death. 

Eyewitnesses tell us a few celebs came out to pay their respects to Anton during Sunday's service -- including Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, Demi Moore and Simon Pegg

Anton would have been 28 this year. RIP

Ralphie May Dead at 45 of Cardiac Arrest

10/6/2017 1:33 PM PDT
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1:50 PM PT -- TMZ has learned Ralphie died at a private residence in Vegas Friday morning. We're told he had been battling pneumonia for 6 weeks and died of cardiac arrest. According to his rep, someone in the residence discovered his body. 

He had performed Thursday night at Harrah's in Vegas.Comedian Ralphie May died Friday at the age of 45 ... TMZ has learned.

Ralphie had been battling pneumonia over the last week, but kept performing his scheduled gigs in Las Vegas.

Ralphie's stand-up comedy career took off after he finished second on "Last Comic Standing" in 2003. Since then he's had several televised comedy specials -- mostly on Netflix and Comedy Central -- and he's continued touring, almost nonstop, around the country.

His manager, Judi Marmel, tells us, "As his manager and his friend, I will miss his laugh, his generosity to fellow comedians, his trademark orneriness, and his enormous love of life. He left us entirely too soon -- and we can only wonder where his comedy might have taken all of us. We send our love to his family, his fans, and all the comics who shared stages with him across the country." 

In 2015 he and his wife Lahna Turner, also a comedian, filed for divorce. Ralphie was devastated by the split and the ensuing custody battle over their 2 kids, April June May and August James May.

Hugh Hefner Death Certificate Reveals Cardiac Arrest, Blood Infection

10/3/2017 9:09 AM PDT
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Hugh Hefner ultimately died of cardiac arrest, but his death certificate reveals he was also battling a few other ailments.

According to the doc, Hef was suffering from septicemia -- a severe inflammation of body tissues triggered by an infection in the blood. He'd also been dealing with E. coli ... and both are listed as contributing factors.

The main cause of death is listed as cardiac arrest.

As we reported, Hefner died last week at the Playboy Mansion ... surrounded by loved ones at 91.

Tom Petty Death Celebs, Musicians Pay Tribute ... To Fallen Rock Legend

10/2/2017 10:43 PM PDT

Tom Petty's tragic death has left Hollywood shocked, saddened but also thankful for his tunes and influence ... and plenty of stars are honoring the rock and roll legend, including fellow legend Paul McCartney.

Musicians and other celebs alike flocked to social media Monday to pay tribute and offer words of condolences after TMZ broke the story that Tom had gone into full cardiac arrest and was taken off life support.

As you might imagine, many fellow rockers spoke on his passing ... including John Mayer and Peter Frampton.

Other rockers chimed in with honorary posts as well, including Steven Van Zandt, Kid Rock, Paul Stanley and Adam Levine.

But reactions to Petty's death went beyond just music. People like Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Ed Helms, Rob Schneider and Lin-Manuel Miranda posted tributes to Petty ... as did many others. 

Tom Petty died Monday after his family issued a do not resuscitate order on him. He was 66.

RIP

'Goodfellas' Actor Chuck Low Morrie Kessler Dead at 89

10/3/2017 6:40 AM PDT

We lost another Goodfella -- Chuck Low, who famously played Morrie Kessler died at the age of 89.

Low was a close friend of Robert De Niro -- he was actually his landlord when he first got into acting ... eventually co-starring with him in "Goodfellas."

He reportedly died at a nursing home in New Jersey on Sept. 18 and, having served 30 years in the service ... got full military honors.

Low's most memorable role came as Morrie of Morrie's Wigs fame. His pal De Niro actually got to whack him. He went on to land roles in "The Sopranos," "Scent of a Woman" and "The Mission."

You'll recall Frank Vincent, who also starred in "Goodfellas" and 'Sopranos,' died the week before Low.  

Hugh Hefner Laid to Rest In Ultra Private Ceremony

9/30/2017 6:57 PM PDT
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Hugh Hefner went to his final resting place Saturday, but only a select few of his closest friends and family were on hand for the ceremony ... TMZ has learned.

Our Playboy sources tell us ... Hef's 4 children, his wife Crystal Harris and some key Playboy staffers attended the funeral at L.A.'s Westwood Village Memorial Park Saturday at noon. 

As we reported ... Hefner's crypt is directly to the left of Marilyn Monroe's -- he bought the burial spot for $75k in 1992. He'll have plenty of good company  ... the cemetery is filled with celebs, many with Playboy ties.

One of the people buried in the cemetery -- around 100 feet from Hef's crypt -- is Dorothy Stratten, a Playboy Playmate who was murdered in 1980 by her estranged husband when she was just 20 years old. Her boyfriend at the time of her death, famed director Peter Bogdanovich, railed against Hefner, blaming him and the "Playboy sex factory" for her demise.

'Let's Make a Deal' Host Monty Hall Dead at 96

9/30/2017 3:23 PM PDT
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Television icon Monty Hall -- the co-creator and host of "Let's Make a Deal" -- died from heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills ... TMZ has learned.

Hall's daughter Joanna Gleason tells us ... he passed away Saturday morning surrounded by friends and family. We're told his health had been declining the past few years. Gleason says her dad was most proud of his show because it gave him the platform to help people.

The legendary game show host began his TV career in the 1950s by working on several children's shows. He moved on to host network game shows, and struck it big with 'Deal' in 1963 ... which ran for 13 years and returned for a short run in the '90s. It was rebooted in 2009 with Wayne Brady as host.

Hall also appeared as himself on popular shows like "The Hollywood Squares" and "Password All-Stars" ... and produced several more.

Monty was inducted into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame in 2007, and will forever be associated with the catchphrase ... "What's behind Door No. 1?"

He was 96.

RIP

Hugh Hefner Playboy Mansion Staff Reuniting To 'Memba the Boss

9/29/2017 12:30 AM PDT
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You can tell Hugh Hefner was seriously beloved because even his former employees are rallying to celebrate his life. 

Our Playboy Mansion sources tell us ... staff members, new and old, started planning the reunion almost immediately after Hef died Wednesday. We're told 2 former butlers created a Facebook group that night to put the band back together -- employees, Playmates and Hef's children are all invited.

We're told the employees -- many of whom were featured in "The Girls Next Door" -- wanted to get together out of respect for Hef and the close-knit environment he created at the Mansion. Although many of them were laid off 2 years ago, we're told they still treat each other like family.

The staff event will be off-site from the Mansion, and is separate from the final tribute party to Hefner. 

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