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Doris Roberts Still Dead More Than a Year Later ... Get a Clue, Folks

4/26/2017 10:50 AM PDT
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#BREAKING ... Doris Roberts died more than a year ago, but it seems some people are just now hearing the news ... and sending SUPER belated condolences.

For some reason ... Doris was trending online Wednesday, and a lot of folks seemed to just now realize the actress had passed away ... linking back to TMZ's exclusive story as evidence.

Doris' 1-year death anniversary was actually last Monday ... so we're not too sure how to explain the delayed reactions. Either these well-wishers have been living under a rock all this time, or ... no, that's the only explanation.

As we reported ... Doris died from a massive stroke at her home in L.A. She'd been suffering from hypertension for years.

Soooo ... RIP, Doris. Again ... still.


Director Jonathan Demme Dead at 73

4/26/2017 8:22 AM PDT
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Oscar winning director Jonathan Demme died in New York Wednesday morning.

Demme reportedly died after battling esophageal cancer and also suffered complications from heart disease.

Demme directed blockbusters like "The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia" and "Beloved" ... but also worked with music greats David Byrne and Chrissie Hynde. He directed the Talking Heads documentary film, "Stop Making Sense."

His most recent studio film was 2015's "Ricki and the Flash" with Meryl Streep.

Demme won the Oscar for directing "The Silence of the Lambs." He was 73.

Scott Baio Threatened by Erin Moran's Brother ... Takes Shot at 'Tiny' Junk

4/25/2017 5:55 PM PDT
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Scott Baio can count on a can of whoopass if he ever runs into Erin Moran's brother, who wants payback for Scott's comments about Erin's substance abuse.

Tony Moran tore into Scott ... referring to a brief fling Erin and Scott had way back when they were young TV stars. His Tuesday Facebook post got nasty though when he said, "She told me that you were tiny." Then came the not so thinly veiled threat: "Get on your knees and pray you never run into me."

Tony's angry about Scott's radio interview where he took Erin to task for using drugs. At the time, Scott thought that's what killed her, but later learned it was cancer.

Scott told us he wouldn't have been so harsh if he'd known she was battling cancer -- but he stands firm on his view of addiction.

Battle lines are drawn.

Scott Baio Backlash Over My Erin/Drugs Comments Fueled Purely by Trump Haters

4/25/2017 2:28 PM PDT
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Scott Baio thinks much of the backlash he's gotten for his comments about Erin Moran's drug issues is driven by his ties to Donald Trump.

Scott told us liberals have been attacking him for linking his former co-star's death to a drug overdose during a radio interview -- but says his haters' political biases are seeping through.

The attacks don't appear to faze him though. Although it turns out Erin died from cancer -- and not substance abuse problems -- he says it doesn't change his strong feelings about the dangers of drugs.

Erin Moran Husband Describes Final Months In Emotional Open Letter

4/25/2017 10:33 AM PDT
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Erin Moran swiftly succumbed to cancer after the first symptoms appeared, according to an open letter written by her husband, Steve Fleischmann.

Steve, who was with Erin for 25 years, says she first noticed the signs of her cancer right before Thanksgiving when she woke up to a dime sized blood stain on her pillow.

Steve thought the blood was coming from her tonsils, but by December ... Erin had been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.

In the letter, which Erin's co-star Scott Baio posted on Facebook, Steve says by February Erin couldn't speak and eventually needed a feeding tube. According to the coroner the cancer had spread to her spleen, and she had a lot of fluid in her lungs when she died.

TMZ broke the story ... Erin died on April 22 at the age of 57. Steve says she died in bed holding his hand.

Scott Baio on Erin Moran I Wouldn't Have Raised Drug Issues If I Knew About the Cancer

4/25/2017 12:50 AM PDT
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Scott Baio feels terrible for ripping his co-star, Erin Moran, for her drug use and says he never would have done it if he'd known she was battling cancer.

Scott tells TMZ he was wrong to insinuate Erin -- his "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi" co-star -- had died from drug-related problems. He went pretty hard on her during a radio interview Monday morning.

He tells us he went to bed Sunday reading reports she'd possibly died of a heroin overdose, and went into the interview with that in mind. He was upset he'd lost Erin to drugs after she wrestled with substance abuse for years.

However, hours after he went off the air ... officials in Indiana announced Erin had likely died from complications of stage 4 cancer. Scott says if he had known, he would've kept his mouth shut.

He tells us Erin never disclosed her diagnosis to him -- even after his wife, Renee, spoke to her just last month. He adds ... Renee has battled cancer herself several times, so losing Erin this way hits close to home.

Aaron Hernandez NFL Stars Attend Funeral

4/24/2017 10:21 AM PDT
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Guests have arrived to Aaron Hernandez's funeral in Bristol, Connecticut -- including family members, friends and NFL stars. 

Aaron's close friends, Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, arrived earlier in the day and spent time at the funeral home before the service.

Mike -- who plays for the Miami Dolphins -- was spotted using a cane due to a recent hip surgery. 

Both Mike and Maurkice have known Hernandez since they were teammates at the University of Florida and spoke with him in prison regularly. 

NFL wide receiver Riley Cooper -- who also played college ball with Hernandez -- was on the guest list though it's unclear if he has arrived. 

Brandon Spikes was also on hand. Spikes played with Hernandez in college and with the New England Patriots. 

Aaron's mother and brother are in attendance and flanked by security and police officers.

'Happy Days' Star Erin Moran Likely Died from Cancer Complications ... Sheriff's Office Says

4/24/2017 8:59 AM PDT
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Erin Moran -- who famously played Joanie Cunningham on "Happy Days" -- likely died from complications of advanced cancer.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Office said Monday a "joint investigation into Mrs. Moran's death was conducted" and "a subsequent autopsy revealed that Mrs. Moran likely succumbed to complications of stage 4 cancer."

The Sheriff also said "standard toxicology tests were performed and the results are pending, however no illegal narcotics were found at the residence."

We broke the story ... Erin's dead body was found Saturday at her New Salisbury, Indiana residence after someone called to report about an "unresponsive female."

She was 56.

Prince Wanted Fans to Hear Music Vault ... Says Protege Shelby J

4/21/2017 4:26 PM PDT
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Prince absolutely wanted his mountain of unreleased music to be heard after his death ... this according to his friend and longtime protege, Shelby J.

Shelby told us -- on the first anniversary of Prince's death -- she distinctly remembers talking to him about the legendary vault of music he'd recorded ... some even with her. She says Prince was very clear about his wishes.

Prince's estate got a restraining order against the producer who tried to release a 5-track EP of previously unreleased tracks. But according to Shelby -- who worked with Prince for 10 years -- he'd be on board with "Deliverance," and much more, going public.

Cuba Gooding Jr. Working Through the Pain ... Filming with Jaden Smith

4/21/2017 1:00 PM PDT

Cuba Gooding Jr. coped with the pain of his dad's death by working on his movie with Jaden Smith.

They were in Toronto shooting Friday morning -- the day after Cuba Gooding Sr. passed away. Focusing on his work seemed to do Cuba some good as he managed a few smiles with Jaden between scenes.

His father -- 72-year-old Cuba Gooding Sr. -- was found dead in his car Thursday.

Cuba Jr. powered through a long day of filming "Life in a Year" when he got the news Thursday evening, but the emotion showed on his face.

'Hell's Kitchen' Star Died from Accidental Drug Overdose

4/21/2017 10:42 AM PDT
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Paulie Giganti -- a star on "Hell's Kitchen" who was found dead in his home Thursday -- accidentally OD'd ... TMZ has confirmed.

The Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office tells us Giganti's body tested positive for drugs from a standard urine drug screen. The office wouldn't say which drug or drugs were found in the chef's body.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops got a call Thursday from a neighbor for a foul odor. When cops showed up, they found the door wide open and his body sprawled on the floor of his bedroom.

Giganti -- who famously feuded with Gordon Ramsay in season 16 -- was 36.

George Lopez & D.L. Hughley Get Charlie Murphy Tats DARKNESS!

4/21/2017 6:20 AM PDT
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Darkness lives on ... thanks to George Lopez and D.L. Hughley!

The comedians decided to get permanent tributes to their late friend, Charlie Murphy, Thursday night -- rolling into Fun City Tattoo in NYC to get CM's famous nickname inked on their hands.

Of course, Rick James gave Charlie the nickname back in the day -- and Charlie shared those stories during his "True Hollywood Stories" on "Chappelle's Show."

Lopez and Hughley had been in NYC for Murphy's funeral on Wednesday when they decided to get the tats. They were joined by close friends Bryan Kellen and Franco Porporino Jr.

Charlie passed away on April 12 after battling cancer. He was 57.


Sandy Gallin DEAD AT 76

4/21/2017 7:05 AM PDT
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Sandy Gallin -- who repped the likes of Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Cher, Richard Pryor, Barbra Streisand, Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Diamond, Donny and Marie, and many, many others -- has died ... TMZ has learned.

Gallin was clinging to life at UCLA Medical Center where he was in ICU after suffering a relapse of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.

The former powerful Hollywood manager's condition had deteriorated over the last few days to the point his closest friends -- including Calvin Klein, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen and many others -- visited Sandy in the hospital.

Gallin's powerful clout in Hollywood transcended into politics as one of the Democratic party's driving forces ... raising millions for various candidates and causes. Gallin, who is gay, also lent huge support to gay rights legislation.

He also found success in real estate ... making untold millions as the house flipper to the stars.

Gallin was 76.

#RIP