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'Babylon 5' Star Jerry Doyle Chronic Alcoholism Contributed to Death

8/31/2016 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0831-jerry-doyle-getty-TMZ-02Jerry Doyle had a history of heavy drinking which played a role in his death ... TMZ has learned.

The Clark County Coroner's Office tells us the "Babylon 5" actor died from natural causes, with complications from chronic alcoholism being a contributing factor.

Jerry was working as the host of "The Jerry Doyle Show," a nationally syndicated radio talk show, before he died in July.

He was 60. 

T-Pain Help Me Find My Niece's Killer

8/30/2016 1:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0830-t-pain-TMZ-01T-Pain is begging the public to help him and authorities find the suspect who fatally stabbed his niece Tuesday morning in Florida.

Tallahassee cops say they responded to a call of someone getting stabbed at a Walgreens. When cops arrived, they found the victim bleeding heavily and she eventually died from her wounds. 

0830-sub-javona-glover-wctv-02Law enforcement has confirmed the 23-year-old victim was T-Pain's niece, Javona Glover.

Cops are looking for a black male suspect.

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Gene Wilder's Death Emotional Response From Celeb Fans

8/29/2016 4:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0829-gene-wilder-GETTY-02Gene Wilder's passing had some huge celebs sharing their condolences and favorite memories of the legendary actor.

Juan Gabriel Heart Problems Behind Sudden Death

8/29/2016 1:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0829-juan-gabriel-GETTY-01Juan Gabriel had a history of heart issues which played a role in his unexpected death ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us the Latin singing sensation was also battling diabetes. We're told the L.A. County Coroner is calling it natural causes -- Gabriel's heart and diabetes issues are listed as contributing factors. 

We're told there was no foul play, and no drugs found at the Santa Monica residence where his body was found Sunday morning. Gabriel's last performance was Friday at The Forum in L.A.

He was 66. 

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Gene Wilder Dead at 83

8/29/2016 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0829-gene-wilder-GETTY-01Gene Wilder -- star of classics like "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein" and more -- has died. 

The actor passed away Monday from complications from Alzeimer's disease, according to his agent. The rep says Wilder kept his condition secret because he didn't want to force children -- who still called out "there's Willy Wonka" -- to ask questions about the illness.

Wilder was 83. 

Wilder was married to Gilda Radner from 1984 until she passed away in 1989. He married again in 1991 to Karen Boyer. 

Wilder is survived by a daughter, Katharine -- whom he adopted in 1967 when he married her mother, Mary Joan Schutz.

Gene teamed up with Richard Pryor to make several classic comedies in the '70s and '80s, including "Stir Crazy" -- but his turn as the Jim, Waco Kid is legendary ...   


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'Ice Road Truckers' Star Darrell Ward Dies In Plane Crash At 52

8/29/2016 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

darrell_ward_facebook_launch"Ice Road Truckers" star Darrell Ward died in a plane crash Sunday.

Darrell had just left a truck show in Dallas where he met fans and friends, and was heading back to Missoula, MT to begin filming a pilot for his new documentary -- ironically and sadly about the recovery of plane wrecks.

Darrell was flying with a co-pilot when their Cessna single engine plane crashed on approach near the Rock Creek exit of Interstate 90.

The family said, "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief. His manager and best friend M. Bob Stanton and long time friend Chuck Campbell are expected to make a lengthier statement shortly."

He was 52 years old.

RIP

Disney Alligator Attack Guest Sounded Warning Before Attack

8/22/2016 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0822-disney-land-gator-attack-grand-floridian-GETTY-01A guest at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort saw an alligator looming in the area where 2-year-old Lane Graves was playing ... and she even sounded the alarm to someone at the hotel.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Orange County Sheriff's Office released a final report -- obtained by TMZ -- about the circumstances surrounding Lane's death.

According to the report, Shawna Giacomini, a North Carolina tourist, told investigators she was on the beach at 8:15 PM with her 2 daughters, and the girls saw an alligator about 5 feet from the shore, near the marsh. The older daughter told the Walt Disney World AV/Movie Coordinator about the gator.

The trio went to the store, and when they returned at around 9 PM the attack had already occurred.

The report details the attack, explaining Lane went toward the water with his dad and a pail. The dad saw a splash, looked over and saw the gator had locked onto Lane's head. He tried pulling the gator's mouth open, to no avail, and the gator dragged Lane into deep water.

The cause of death was cranio-cervical trauma and drowning.

The report is damning because of the lack of signs warning of gators, which the authors call "predatory."

Lou Pearlman Died from Heart Issues

8/22/2016 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0822_lou_pearlman_launchLou Pearlman died from an ongoing cardiac problem ... TMZ has learned.

According to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office, the mastermind behind the Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC ... died at a Miami hospital where he was scheduled to have heart surgery. 

We're told 62-year-old Pearlman had been transferred from his prison cell to have the surgery, but as we reported ... he died Friday -- before the procedure. He had a history of cardiac issues.

The official cause of death is listed as natural causes.

Prince No Conrad Murray in His Death

8/22/2016 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0602-prince-getty-3Prince's deadly dose of the powerful painkiller Fentanyl was NOT prescribed by a doctor, which means it's a near impossibility anyone will ever be charged with his murder.

Law enforcement sources confirm investigators have not turned up a prescription for the Fentanyl. The Fentanyl pills found at Paisley Park were in a bottle labeled hydrocodone -- and it's now believed they were illegally obtained.

Our sources tell us whoever gave Prince the drug would face a 3rd degree murder charge under Minnesota law. However, without a prescription, we're told Prince's doctors would be in the clear ... so there'll be no Conrad Murray-esque trial.

Investigators would have to track down the source of the illicit Fentanyl -- it's reportedly an epidemic problem in Minnesota -- for anyone to stand trial for murder.

It's still possible a doctor could get nailed for over-prescribing other opioids. Remember, we broke the story ... Prince nearly OD'd on Percocet 6 days before his death at Paisley Park. 

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'3 Doors Down' Ex-Guitarist Dead at 38

8/20/2016 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0820-matt-roberts-getty-01Matt Roberts, the former guitarist from 3 Doors Down has died of an apparent overdose ... TMZ has learned. 

Matt's dad Darrell tells TMZ he and Matt were just outside Milwaukee for a charity event where Matt was scheduled to perform. Darrell says Matt had rehearsal until 1 AM Saturday and the two went back to their hotel with an adjoining room. 

Darrell says he was woken up around 9 AM by detectives who informed Matt had passed away overnight. Darrell tells us prescription pills were involved ... but he believes the possible OD was accidental.

Matt left 3 Doors Down in 2012 for health issues concerning blood circulation in his body. 

Darrell tells us Matt was deeply loved by his friends and family and the loss is devastating.  

He was 38 years old. 

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Justin Bieber It's Tough Losing A Pal, So The Tab's On Me

8/20/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-justin-bieber-getty-tmz-01Justin Bieber shelled out a few hundred bucks to cover the bar bill of a grieving group of strangers.

The Biebs was a few drinks in at Residuals Tavern in Studio City Tuesday when he noticed customers at a nearby table crying. Justin asked the bartender what was up, and he heard the saddest story.

One of the regulars at the bar -- a guy named JD who was in his late 20s -- had tragically died earlier that day when he fell from his fire escape.

Bieber was moved so he paid their tab, which came to a few hundred bucks.

And, no, it didn't end up on Instagram.

Corey Feldman Contacts Corey Haim's Ghost ... Haim's Mom On Warpath

8/20/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819_corey-feldman-and-corey-haim_tmz_gettyCorey Haim's mother is pissed off at Corey Feldman for claiming he talked to her dead son through a psychic because she says Feldman's the last guy on Earth Haim would want to hit up.

Feldman filmed an episode of "Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry" and a promo shows him tearing up when Henry allegedly contacts his late BFF, who died in 2010.

But Judy Haim says Feldman's crying act was just that -- bogus tears, shed only for a paycheck.

Judy says her son had distanced himself from Feldman while trying to sober up in the years before his death. She thinks Feldman continues to play up the friendship because he's desperate to be relevant.

She says she's repeatedly asked Feldman to stop talking about her son and let him rest in peace. Obviously, no dice.


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'Rugrats' & 'Newhart' Star Jack Riley Dead at 80

8/19/2016 1:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0819_jack_riley_Stu-Pickles_gettyJack Riley -- the voice of "Rugrats" fave, Stu Pickles, and co-star of "The Bob Newhart Show" -- has died of pneumonia.

Jack famously played Elliot Carlin, one Newhart's super neurotic patients, during all 6 seasons of the classic '70s TV sitcom.

More recently he was the father of Tommy and Dil Pickles in the "Rugrats" cartoon series and movies. Jack also starred in several Mel Brooks movies and had tons of guest roles on huge TV shows such as "MASH," "Happy Days," and 'Mary Tyler Moore.'

Riley's wife told Deadline, Jack passed away Friday in Los Angeles. He was 80.

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