Oscar de la Renta -- who recently designed Amal Clooney's wedding dress and famously dressed Jackie Kennedy -- is dead.
De la Renta had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006 ... though it's unclear at this point what caused his death.
De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic, and became internationally known in the '60s as one of Jackie Kennedy's favorite designers. He had just announced a knockoff version of Amal's now famous gown would be added to his 2015 bridal collection.
He built his brand into more than just a fashion house -- eventually launching his famous fragrance ... OSCAR ... and also a home wares line.
First Ladies Reagan, Clinton, and Laura Bush all wore Oscar's gowns for inaugurations -- and Hollywood celebs Kristen Stewart, Cameron Diaz, and Oprah Winfrey frequently wore his designs.
ABC News first reported his death.
Dead At 80
Famously Battled Kurt Russell
10/20/2014 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Wrestling legend Ox Baker -- who famously battled Kurt Russell in "Escape from New York" -- has died at the age of 80.
Baker was awesome -- he wrestled with everyone from Hulk Hogan to Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka ... and even had a rivalry with "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
After he retired from wrestling, Baker got into acting ... landing the role of Slag in the famous gladiator-style fight scene in the 1981 classic "Escape from New York."
Baker also appeared on Jackie Chan's "The Big Brawl" and a weird sci-fi wrestling movie called "Blood Circus."
He also had one of the more famous appearances as a contestant on "The Price is Right."
Cause of Death May Remain Mystery
Because NO AUTOPSY
10/19/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We may never know exactly what killed Joan Rivers ... because a decision was made NOT to do an autopsy ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected to the NYC Medical Examiner tell us ... Melissa Rivers was despondent when Joan died and told doctors she did not want an autopsy performed. According to New York law, doctors will honor such a request if there's no evidence of criminality associated with the death.
The Medical Examiner has concluded the cause of death was deprivation of oxygen which caused irreversible brain damage. We're told they determined the "predictable" complication involved the procedure itself and not Propofol.
Here's the problem ... we're told without an autopsy it's impossible to pinpoint the nature of the problem. As one source said, an autopsy might reveal a puncture in the throat or other trauma.
The only way Joan's family might get a definitive answer is if a doctor or nurse owns up to a possible mistake ... and even then it's just someone's word.
So the precise cause of Joan's death may forever stay a mystery.
'American Idol' Contestant
Joanne Borgella Dead at 32
From 'Rare Case' of Cancer
10/18/2014 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "American Idol" contestant Joanne Borgella died Saturday at the age of 32 ... after fighting for the past year against what she described as a "rare case" of cancer.
Borgella's family broke the news on her Facebook page Saturday ... saying the singer passed away around 5:45 A.M. -- adding, "Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered."
Joanne was the first winner of "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance" using the name "Miss F.A.T." in 2005. In 2008, she was on Season 7 of "A.I." and made it into the top 12 girls category.
Last year, Joanne said her cancer was rare because it had spread to her chest -- the family's post on Facebook described it as endometrial cancer ... a form of cancer that attacks the lining of the womb.
Borgella last updated her social media pages about her battle in September ... and said she was going back to radiation for 2 more procedures.
Doesn't Dirty Propofol
10/18/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Murray is weighing in on Joan Rivers' death ... because, after all, he IS an expert on Propofol.
Murray was nursing a frothy drink in Barbados when a photog screwed up the question ... she suggested to Murray Propofol was somehow the cause of Joan's death ... which is wasn't.
Nevertheless ... Murray sang the virtues of the drug, and then launched into his tried-and-untrue argument that he was framed by L.A. County prosecutors in Michael Jackson's death.
He's wearing a nice shirt, right?
'August: Osage County' Star
Family Now Says
She Didn't Kill Herself ... She Fell
10/17/2014 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The family of Misty Upham no longer believes she killed herself ... they say she ACCIDENTALLY fell off a cliff ... but it's unclear if this is little more than wishful thinking.
The "August: Osage County" star was found dead in a Washington ravine Thursday evening ... she went off a steep cliff near her home and apparently died from the fall.
Her family -- who said they had reason to fear Misty had committed suicide during the time she was missing -- now tells TMZ they believe it was a tragic accident, and that Misty wanted to live.
They say the area where Misty died is very scenic and they believe she was there in a reflective mood. They also say the more they thought about it the less likely they believed it was suicide because she had been talking about her plans to move back to L.A.
Misty's purse and shoes were not on her body ... they were at the top of the cliff.
It's odd the family has so radically changed its opinion. We asked if there was life insurance on Mindy -- that could be relevant because there are typically suicide exclusions -- but they said they didn't know.
'August: Osage County' Star
Searchers Find Her Body
10/16/2014 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
3:45 PM PT -- Misty's uncle says they've confirmed it's her body.
The "August: Osage County" star who's been missing since last week may have been found dead ... according to family members.
Misty Upham's family tells TMZ ... one of their search teams found a body in a ravine about an hour ago. They have not been able to reach the body yet because of the steep terrain ... but searchers believe it looks like Misty.
We're told the search team included family, friends and other members of the Native American community around Auburn, WA. They contacted police ... who are now sending officers to help retrieve the body.
As we reported ... Misty's Dad feared she had committed suicide when she went missing after going to visit friends. He says she'd recently changed the meds she was taking to control erratic behavior.
Story developing ...
Death Caused by Lack of Oxygen to Brain
... While Under Propofol
10/16/2014 10:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joan Rivers died because she went into hypoxic arrest during her throat procedure ... cutting off oxygen to her brain -- but the medical examiner is calling it a "predictable complication."
The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner released its findings today, revealing that Joan was sedated with Propofol during the procedure.
The investigation also revealed Joan had the procedure to evaluate changes in her voice and to deal with acid reflux.
Joan suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen.
As for the "predictable complication" ... it appears the Examiner is saying her cause of death is simply a risk associated with either anesthesia, the procedure, or both.
Jenni Rivera Crash
Husband She Ditched
Wants Millions For His Loneliness
10/16/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jenni Rivera's husband wants $35 million from the owners of the plane that crashed and killed her ... even though the couple had filed divorce papers prior to the crash.
Jenni filed for divorce from former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza more than 2 months before the plane she was on went down in December 2012 ... but the paperwork hadn't been finalized when she died, so they were still married.
According to court docs ... Loaiza is suing Starwood Management for $25 million in lost future income, $5 mil in past earnings, and -- get this -- $5 mil more in loss of companionship.
Remember, they'd already separated ... so you'd think the S.S. Companionship would have sailed long before Jenni's death.
Gotta hand it to him -- pitcher's got balls.
Elizabeth Pena Dead
'La Bamba' Actress Dies At 55
10/15/2014 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Elizabeth Pena -- who starred in a number of TV shows and films including "La Bamba" and "Rush Hour" ... has died. She was 55.
Pena died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Pena -- whose Hollywood career spanned almost 40 years -- most recently had a recurring role on "Modern Family" as the mother to Sofia Vergara's character ... and recently completed work on the TV series "Matador."
She also starred in her own short-lived sitcom "I Married Dora" in 1987-88 ... and provided voice-overs for cartoons including "American Dad!" and "The Incredibles."
Keyboardist Found Dead In Mexico
10/14/2014 12:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The keyboardist for Jack's White's tour band was found dead in his hotel room in Mexico ... and reports say police found drugs and alcohol in the room.
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens was found dead Tuesday morning ... he had just played a gig with White the night before in Puebla, Mexico. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of death.
The 38-year-old musician has been touring with White for the last couple of years ... and also played with The Mars Volta and Free Moral Agents.
According to White's record label ... the band was scheduled to perform Tuesday night in Guadalajara ... but it's now been cancelled ... along with their remaining Mexico tour dates.
'The Patriot' Star
Died of Accidental OD
10/13/2014 9:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Skye McCole Bartusiak -- who played Mel Gibson's daughter in the 2000 movie "The Patriot" -- died from an accidental mix of pain killers and muscle relaxers ... and it looks like she may also have been huffing ... TMZ has learned.
According to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, the primary cause of death was the combined toxic effects of hydrocodone -- typically Vicodin -- and difluoroethane with carisoprodol. Difluoroethane is a colorless gas used as a refrigerant, something huffed to get a high. Carisoprodol is a muscle relaxer.
As TMZ first reported, Bartusiak was found dead in her home in Texas on July 19.
Bartusiak was just 7 when she appeared in "The Patriot" and had appeared in only one other major film since then.
Man Who Brought Jheri Curl to the Masses
Dead at 82
10/10/2014 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Comer Cottrell -- whose Curly Kit made the Jheri curl an insanely popular hairstyle among African-Americans in the '70s and '80s -- has died. He was 82.
Before Cottrell came along, the Jheri curl was a $200 process at a salon ... but his kit sold over-the-counter for about $8.00 ... and there was no turning back.
The hairstyle was famously parodied in "Coming to America" and the list of celebs who rocked it was epic: Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Eazy-E and Ice Cube ... and athletes like Deion Sanders, Eric Dickerson and Rickey Henderson.
He died last Friday.
Cottrell's soul is glowing in heaven now.