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Bankroll Fresh Video Shows Moments Before Deadly Gun Battle

2/23/2017 11:12 AM PST
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Atlanta rapper Bankroll Fresh had an assault rifle in his hands and was ready for a major shoot-out seconds before getting shot and killed himself ... according to newly released video.

Atlanta PD released surveillance video Wednesday of the moments leading up to the massive gun battle last March ... after an altercation in a recording studio between himself and fellow ATL rapper No Plug.

Law enforcement sources tell us the rest of the video cannot be released due to its graphic nature. More than half a dozen firearms were involved.

No Plug has admitted to being involved in the shooting ... but claims it was all in self-defense. He has not been charged, and is a free man today.

Bankroll -- a close friend of 2 Chainz -- died at age 28. Cops continue to investigate the incident.

Alan Colmes 'Hannity & Colmes' Star Dead at 66

2/23/2017 7:12 AM PST
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0223-alan-colmes-gallery-launch-instagram-02Alan Colmes, half of the FNC hit show "Hannity & Colmes" died after a brief illness.

Colmes teamed up with Sean Hannity in 1996 and became a cornerstone of Fox News Channel.  Colmes was the liberal and played against Hannity, a stalwart conservative. The team split up in 2009, when Hannity went solo on FNC.

Colmes had been doing a radio show on Fox News Radio until last month, when he took a leave of absence.

He leaves a wife.

RIP

'The Ring' Star Daveigh Chase Questioned by Cops in Death Investigation

2/23/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0222-daveigh-chase-tmz-02Daveigh Chase got busted after rushing a dying man to the hospital -- but her arrest has nothing to do with his death ... well, almost nothing.

Daveigh, the voice of Lilo in "Lilo & Stitch," dumped the guy outside an L.A. hospital in the wee hours of Feb. 15, and immediately bounced ... according to our law enforcement sources. He was pronounced dead after hospital staffers found him.

We're told someone told police Daveigh had been hanging out with the guy in the hours before his death. When cops ran her name, they found an outstanding warrant, and arrested her early Wednesday. 

Our sources say Daveigh -- who was also the creepy chick in "The Ring" -- is NOT a suspect in the man's death. We're told cops are treating it as a possible overdose, and Daveigh says she was merely trying to get him help at the hospital.

Sinead O'Connor I Was Wrong to Claim Arsenio Gave Prince Drugs

2/22/2017 5:39 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0222_arsenio-hall_sinead_oconnor_tmz-2Sinead O'Connor is issuing a full mea culpa for accusing Arsenio Hall of providing drugs to Prince, and saving her ass from a $5 million lawsuit in the process ... TMZ has learned.

Arsenio and Sinead tell TMZ, in a joint statement, "Sinead has retracted and apologized for statements she made about Arsenio last year, which prompted his defamation lawsuit against her."

TMZ broke the story ... Arsenio sued the crap out of the singer after she went on a rant -- weeks after Prince's death -- and accused him of fueling Prince's drug habit.

Sinead tells us, "I apologize for my Facebook posts about Arsenio to the extent that anyone thought I was accusing him of acting as Prince's drug dealer and supplying him with illegal hard drugs, or insinuating that Arsenio had something to do with Prince's death. I sincerely apologize because those statements would be false, and I retract them unequivocally."

Arsenio isn't spiking the football in victory -- his reps say he'll file to dismiss the lawsuit, now that Sinead's admitting she was wrong. 

'This Is Us' Star I'm Dead, But Don't Write Me Off!

2/22/2017 2:05 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The "This Is Us" episode that pissed off so many fans is not necessarily the end for the guy who played -- or plays -- Randall's biological dad, William.

Ron Cephas Jones gave us his take on why fans got so emotional about Tuesday night's episode, where ... SPOILER ALERT ... William dies. Viewers have said it was just too gut-wrenching, even though it was telegraphed for weeks that Ron's terminally ill character was nearing the end.

But check out why Ron's not that depressed about William's passing. The way he sees it, there's nothing fatal about death on the hit show.

T-Pain Niece's Suspected Killer Found Dead

2/22/2017 6:41 AM PST
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0222-t-pain-tmz-01The guy suspected of killing T-Pain's 23-year-old niece last year has been found dead in a wooded area close to the original crime scene, and cops suspect suicide.

The body of 25-year-old Tavon Jackson was found in Tallahassee Tuesday night. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ an officer found his body while searching the area in an unrelated case. We're told all preliminary signs in the investigation point to Tavon killing himself.

You'll recall ... T-Pain had reached out to the public for help last summer after his niece, Javona Glover, was stabbed to death while working at a Walgreens. Law enforcement had been looking for Jackson, reportedly Javona's ex-bf, ever since.

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WWE Hall of Famer George 'The Animal' Steele Dead at 79

2/17/2017 8:00 AM PST
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0217_remembering_george_animal_steele_launchWWE Hall of Famer George "The Animal" Steele died Thursday night in Florida from kidney failure ... George's wife, Patricia, tells TMZ Sports.

Patricia tells us George had been in and out of hospice care since April.

George had some legendary bouts with Randy Savage back in the day -- and other wrestling greats are reacting to the sad news. Hulk Hogan said, "My brother, only love, only grateful."

George was 79.

Super Bowl Champ Leonard Myers Dead At 38 After Cancer Battle

2/17/2017 6:57 AM PST
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0217-leonard-myers-gettyFormer Miami Hurricane and NFL player Leonard Myers is dead at 38 after losing a battle with cancer ... this according to the University of Miami.

Myers was a standout at Miami before going on to win a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in 2001 ... Tom Brady's first year as the Pat's QB, when the team defeated the St. Louis Rams.

Myers made headlines off the field in 2005 when he sold his championship ring on eBay for $32,600.

R.I.P.

Paul Walker Death Lawsuit Porsche Celebrated Carrera Crashes

2/15/2017 4:11 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0215-paul-walker-tmz-01A Porsche employee gleefully shared news with fellow employees of a slew of crashes of the Porsche Carrera GT -- the model in which Paul Walker died -- saying it would boost the value of the remaining cars.

In new legal docs obtained by TMZ, lawyers in Meadow Walker's wrongful death lawsuit against the car company revealed Porsche concealed emails from them ... emails about the Carrera.

One of the lawyers for Paul's daughter was reviewing company emails on his office computer that were heavily redacted. The lawyer was shocked when he reviewed the same emails on his iMac home computer and found he could see the portions that were not visible on the office computer.

Among the emails from 2006, an employee wrote as many as 200 of the 1280 Carrera GTs which Porsche had produced had been "totaled" in the first 2 years they were sold ... 2004 - 2006.

The Porsche employee who wrote the email goes on to say, "This would be great news to the remaining owners as the GT becomes more rare."

The employee also told this story ... "Another Carrera bites the dust as a bodyshop mechanic who claimed he was going less than 30 MPH smashed into a telephone poll. Looks like he was going more than 30 to me!"

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There's another email from another employee who is reacting to the number of wrecks, saying, "This is in the back of my head every time I get behind the wheel of one of these. It's just hidden behind the shit-eating grin!"

Paul died in 2013 when he was a passenger in a Carrera GT that swerved out of control, hit a lamp post and tree and then burst into flames.

We reached out to Meadow's lawyer, Jeffrey Milam, who told us, "Any ethical company would have withdrawn the car from the market -- or, at the very least, warned the public about its dangers."

The lawyers are asking the judge to impose sanctions on Porsche for allegedly deliberately hiding the emails from them.

We called Porsche ... so far, no response.

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Ricki Lake Ex-Husband Christian Evans Dead

2/14/2017 4:27 PM PST
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0214-ricky-lake-ex-husband-death-getty-01Ricki Lake's ex-husband, Christian Evans, has died, and Ricki is calling him a man the world did not understand.

Ricki posted notice of Christian's death, saying "he succumbed to his life long struggle with bipolar disorder."  

She went on, "The world didn't understand this man, but I did ... For anyone who has ever lost a family member or friend to mental illness, my heart goes out to you."

Christian claimed in the divorce Ricki defrauded him in negotiating the prenup and tried setting it aside. The divorce became final in 2015.

It was Ricki's second divorce.  They were married for 2 1/2 years before splitting.

Tom Cruise Mother Dead at 80

2/13/2017 11:53 AM PST
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0213_tom_cruise_mom_tmz-2Tom Cruise's mother, Mary Lee South -- who in recent years had battled health issues -- died in her sleep.

The former special education teacher was the driving force behind Tom's pursuit of acting. He frequently credited her for inspiring him.

She died last week and a service was already held ... which Tom and his 3 sisters attended.

We last saw her back in 2013 when we tried getting her to spill some Christmas secrets.

People first reported the death.

Mary Lee was 80.

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Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio To Become Museum

2/13/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

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Debbie Reynolds' memorabilia and costume collection has found a home ... her North Hollywood dance studio, which is being turned into a museum.

Todd Fisher, Debbie's son, tells us the studio has 6 rooms for dancing, and now 2 of them will house her collection. Renovations are underway.

Some of the items ... Debbie’s SAG Life Achievement Award and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, along with costumes from ‘Molly Brown’ and "Singin' in the Rain."

Todd says they'll consider transferring some items to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures when it eventually opens, but for now it'll all live in the studio.

Debbie opened the place in 1979 and a bunch of celebs, including Lucille Ball, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bette Midler, Cher, Usher and Mariah Carey, rehearsed there.

TMZ broke the story ... Debbie died of a stroke in December just days after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, passed away from cardiac arrest. Debbie was 84.

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Al Jarreau Dead At 76

2/12/2017 9:41 AM PST
Breaking News

0212-al-jarreau-remembering-launch-GETTY-02Al Jarreau, famed R&B and jazz singer, died Sunday morning ... according to his reps. 

The 7-time Grammy winner had been hospitalized recently in Los Angeles. Amid his medical battle ... he announced he would be retiring. He'd been touring almost non-stop for 50 years.

A message on his website says he passed away while in the hospital. The announcement doesn't say what he died from -- but Al had fought through respiratory and cardiac issues in recent years.

Just last week, Al's son said his father was singing "Moonlighting" to one of his nurses. 

Jarreau won 7 Grammy's for a slew of hits through the '70s and '80s including "Mornin'," "After All, "We're In This Love Together" and, of course, that theme to the immensely popular "Moonlighting" TV theme.

Al successfully crossed over from jazz to R&B and soul music ... many times in his career. He was also one of the featured vocalists on "We Are the World" -- right between Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen.

#RIP 

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