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Muhammad Ali's 'Fight Doctor' Ferdie Pacheco Dead at 89

11/16/2017 2:09 PM PST
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Ferdie Pacheco, the corner man who fixed up Muhammad Ali for years in the ring, has died.

Pacheco, known as the "Fight Doctor," died Thursday at his home in Miami ... according to his wife and daughter.  

He met Ali in Miami during the '60s, when he trained with Angelo Dundee. Pacheco began working with them and stayed on as Ali's ringside doctor through his prime years as heavyweight champion.

Pacheco went on to become a two-time Emmy-winning TV boxing analyst. He was portrayed by Paul Rodriguez in the 2001 "Ali" biopic. 

He's survived by his wife, 4 children and 2 grandchildren. 

Pacheco was 89. 

Lil Peep Dead at 21 Tour Bus Overdose Suspected

11/16/2017 5:13 AM PST
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New York rapper Lil Peep, whose lyrics were laced with drug references, has died of a suspected overdose on his tour bus ... TMZ has confirmed.

Lil Peep's body was found on the bus Wednesday night outside a club called The Rock in Tucson. He was scheduled to perform there. Law enforcement tells us his manager went to check on him around 8:50 PM and found him dead. We're told there was drug paraphernalia around him, and evidence of a possible overdose, and it was likely he'd taken Xanax.

Peep had posted a photo earlier in the day with what appeared to be prescription pills on his tongue and the caption, "fucc it."

Peep was an up-and-comer whose emo lyrics -- sometimes rapped, sometimes sung -- attracted several celebs in and out of the music biz. He and Bella Thorne had hooked up back in September.

Post Malone immediately reacted to his death on social media. 

DJ Marshmello had toured with Peep, and said they'd just been talking about doing music together.

Peep, whose real name was Gustav Ahr, had just released his debut album, "Come Over When You're Sober (Part One)" in August.

He was just 21.

RIP

Glenn Frey Eagles Legend Left Everything to Wife

11/15/2017 11:12 AM PST
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Glenn Frey -- the late co-founder and guitarist for the Eagles -- left everything behind to his wife ... according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.

Frey's will lists Cindy Millican -- to whom he was married for more than 25 years -- as sole heir to his fortune. He also named her executor of the will ... leaving her responsible for distributing his personal items like jewelry, clothing and furnishings based on his wishes.

According to the docs ... Glenn suggested famed Eagles manager Irving Azoff and attorney Barry Greenfield serve as co-executors if, for some reason, his wife can't serve.

The will lists assets of $100,000 ... but, obviously, Frey had much, much more dough than that. The doc describes a family trust, which likely contains the bulk of his wealth. 

We broke the story ... Frey died in January 2016 of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. He was survived by Cindy and their 3 kids. Only one of them is a minor.

There is a bit of bookkeeping as well ... in the docs, Cindy says she doesn't have the original will, just a copy. She has to disclose that to the court, but it shouldn't be an issue ... unless someone contests the will, and no one's expecting that.

Ex-MLB Star Roy Halladay Dead at 40 in Fatal Plane Crash

11/7/2017 1:10 PM PST
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Retired baseball superstar Roy Halladay died in a fatal plane crash Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Dept. in Florida is holding a news conference to reveal details of the crash. They confirm Roy was the only person aboard the ICON A5 light-sport aircraft when it went down 10 miles west of St. Petersburg.

The Sheriff's Dept. says Roy did not make a mayday call before he went down, and they've already recovered his body.

40-year-old Halladay proudly purchased an ICON A5 just last month ... the first one of the production line. He posted a video in which his wife expressed concern about the aircraft, but also said she felt more comfortable after flying in it.

Roy was an 8-time All-Star pitcher for the Phillies and the Blue Jays, and a two-time Cy Young Award winner. He's one of only 2 players in MLB history to throw a no-hitter in the playoffs. He also pitched a perfect game for the Phillies in 2010.

The Phillies issued a statement -- "We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy's untimely death. There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game." 

He's expected to be a first ballot Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible in 2019.

Jimmy Fallon 'Tonight Show' Tapings Canceled After Mother's Death

11/5/2017 2:54 PM PST

Jimmy Fallon won't be hitting the TV airwaves anew this week ... NBC canceled new tapings of "The Tonight Show" following his mother's death.

The network announced Sunday there wouldn't be any new 'Tonight Show' episodes airing this week, and that re-runs would be coming on Monday through Friday instead.

As we reported ... Fallon's mother, Gloria, died Saturday in a NYC hospital with Jimmy and other family by her side. She was reportedly quite ill.

Fallon released a statement saying he had lost his "biggest fan" in his mother. Gloria was 68.

Chester Bennington Dad Has to Bow Out of Tribute Concert ... Doctor's Orders

10/27/2017 12:20 AM PDT
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Chester Bennington's father is in a tough spot -- he won't be able to attend the big Hollywood Bowl tribute to his son due to a severe, and horribly timed, illness.

Family sources tell us Lee Bennington came down with laryngitis earlier this week. We're told he was holding out hope for a speedy recovery, but he can't speak right now ... and doctors have ordered him to stay put at home in Arizona.

The memorial concert -- "Linkin Park & Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington" -- goes down Friday night at the Bowl. We're told Lee is especially bummed about missing it because he used to tour with Chester, and knew his bandmates and crew well.

On a positive note ... we're told all of Chester's 6 kids are expected to be there.

Fats Domino Dead at 89

10/25/2017 7:13 AM PDT

7:50 AM PT -- Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office tells TMZ Fats died of natural causes and his body was released to a funeral home. There was no autopsy.

Fats Domino, the legendary New Orleans singer and piano player who took the '50s and '60s by storm ... is dead.

Domino died in New Orleans, surrounded by friends and family, according to his daughter.

His hits were epic ... "Blueberry Hill," "Ain't That a Shame" and "I'm Walkin'."

Domino sold more than 65 million albums, and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

He was deeply embedded in New Orleans, and did a lot of public appearances for relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

Domino was 89 years old.

RIP 

Eric Bolling to Bill O'Reilly Keep My Son's Death Out of Your Mouth

10/23/2017 2:32 PM PDT
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3:56 PM PT -- O'Reilly is apologizing to Eric, and says "The message I tried to send was that allegations harm kids. Nothing more."

Ex-Fox News Channel anchor Eric Bolling is firing a warning shot to his old co-worker Bill O'Reilly for bringing up his son's death to the New York Times -- the message ... back off.

Bolling released a statement Monday in response to an interview O'Reilly did with the Times over the weekend -- in which the fired FNC host suggested Bolling's son, Eric Jr., was dead because of stories the paper ran about his dad. Eric Sr. doesn't mince words, even for Bill.

Bolling says, "I believe it is beyond inappropriate for anyone to bring in the tragic death of my son Eric Chase Bolling Jr. Just as Bill O'Reilly had wanted to shield his children from the allegations against him, I hope he will honor my request and avoid any future mentions of my son. My parting from Fox News was in no way connected to ... my son's passing."

He goes on to say that the coroner has indicated to him that Eric Jr.'s death was an accident ... and to also take a shot at Bill directly by saying ... "Unlike others who left Fox News amid public allegations and extensive investigations, I parted ways with Fox News in an amicable way and any reference to a firing is flatly wrong."

As we reported ... Eric Jr. died in bed after suffering emotional torture. The coroner has not announced cause of death.

O'Reilly was fired from Fox amid numerous allegations of sexual harassment in addition to legal settlements. Bolling left under similar circumstances. 

Mr. Lahey on 'Trailer Park Boys' Won't Be Recast Post-Season 12 ... After John Dunsworth Death

10/20/2017 12:50 AM PDT
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Jim Lahey will return to Sunnyvale Trailer Park in the upcoming season of "Trailer Park Boys" -- but the character won't be back after that ... TMZ has learned.

Sources involved in the production tell us John Dunsworth's character will not be recast after season 12. We're told Dunsworth completed filming for the season before his death this week.

We're told producers believe Dunsworth is irreplaceable in that role, and it would damage the franchise to put another actor in the role.

Dunsworth played the drunken cop-turned-security guard on 'Boys' since its debut in 2001.

As we reported ... Dunsworth's died Monday after a brief and unexpected illness. He was 71.

Chester Bennington I Want My Kids to Stay Close ... Left $$$ to Make Sure of It

10/19/2017 3:30 PM PDT
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Chester Bennington was all about his modern family -- 6 children from 3 relationships -- and made provisions in his will to make sure they remained tight after he was gone.

According to Chester's will -- filed in probate court in L.A. County, and obtained by TMZ -- he said, "I request that my children's mothers or Guardians encourage and allow my children to visit with one another and with my extended family and the extended family of my Spouse on a regular and ongoing basis, so that my children know that they have a large and loving family."

He instructed the trustee of his family trust to make sure they all get money to cover travel expenses.

Chester and his widow, Talinda, had 3 children together, he had one from his first marriage to Samantha Olit -- and before that, he had one child with a girlfriend in Arizona. He later adopted that girlfriend's other son.

As for how much money the Linkin Park frontman left behind -- that's all under wraps in his trust.

One other interesting note -- Talinda is the executor of Chester's will, but the alternate executor is his former business manager, Jonathan Schwartz. We say former because Schwartz is now doing time in federal prison for wire fraud. He also managed Alanis Morissette, Mariah and Beyonce and was arrested for embezzling millions from his famous clients.

'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.

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