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World's Oldest Gorilla on Record Colo Dead at 60

1/17/2017 10:44 AM PST
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0117-colo-gorilla-launchLess than a year after Harambe's tragic death, another gorilla has died at an Ohio zoo, but this time of natural causes.

Colo, known as the queen of the Columbus Zoo, died in her sleep Tuesday. She was 60.

While she was less famous than Harambe she had a rather special call to fame as the oldest gorilla to be born into and live in captivity. She also lived a lot longer than most gorillas, whose usual lifespan is 40 years, and got a special shout-out from Betty White back in December when she turned the big 6-0.

The zoo is planning on cremating Colo and burying the ashes on their premises.

The primate is survived by 3 kids, 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandkids. #RIP.

Martin Luther King III My Meeting With Trump Went Well

1/16/2017 12:54 PM PST

Martin Luther King III says he and Donald Trump were able to find some common ground on a day dedicated to his late father.

We got the famous civil rights leader's eldest living son Monday leaving Trump Tower, after he and the Prez-elect sat down for a heart-to-heart. He says they both agree ... the voting system in the country is broken.

He also touches on a big what-if about his dad ... one lots of folks are wondering about on MLK Day.


WWE Legend Jimmy Snuka Dead at 73

1/15/2017 12:02 PM PST
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0115-jimmy-superfly-snuka-remembering-gallery-launch-WWE-01Jimmy Snuka, the WWE Hall of Famer, has died after losing his battle to stomach cancer.

Jimmy wrestled from the 1970s onward ... all the way through 2010. Jimmy came into the WWE as a heel, and became famous for his acrobatic wrestling style.  He eventually turned and became a good guy. He had a number of shots at the WWE championship -- both as a villain and hero -- but never won.

The Fijian wrestler, also known as Superfly Snuka, would often punish his opponents with his signature move -- the Superfly Splash ... which was an epic body slam.

Jimmy was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996, while continuing to wrestle. He was managed by the famed Captain Lou Albano.

0115-jimmy-superfly-snuka-INSTAGRAM-01Jimmy's daughter, Tamina, who's also a WWE superstar, just tweeted, "I LOVE YOU DAD." The Rock also said in Samoan, "Alofa atu i le aiga atoa" which means, "Family is forever." 

Snuka was charged with 3rd degree murder in 2015 in connection to the 1983 death of his then-girlfriend Nancy Argentino. The charges were dismissed just 12 days ago, after the judge determined he had dementia and terminal cancer ... and was about to die. 

He reportedly last wrestled in 2014 ... in a cage match. Jimmy died Sunday at the age of 73.

Some of pro wrestling's greatest are sending their love ... 

Mike Posner Performs At Father's Funeral After 'Conan' Cancer Reveal

1/15/2017 8:16 AM PST

Mike Posner's father passed away last week, and his son honored him by performing at his funeral ... after revealing the man had cancer last year on TV. 

Mike's dad, Jon, died last Wednesday from his months-long battle with cancer at the age of 73 -- and Mike chose to remember him in song by covering a classic.

The singer performed Bright Eyes' "First Day Of My Life" in front of an audience Friday at the Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield, Michigan, where Jon was an attorney. 

Back in May, Mike had alluded to his father's illness while performing on "Conan," where he changed the lyrics to his hit song "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" to ... 

And my dad has cancer
I'm still wrapping my head 'round that
Sat by the hospital bed, nurses poked in their heads
And asked me to sign autographs
And my dad has cancer!
I shouldn't be here, I should be home
But in case you couldn't tell, I'm busy playing myself
In this little Mike Posner show

Nothing's cooler than that. 

Tupac Tyson Ticket From Night of Shooting Goes Up for Auction

1/14/2017 12:30 AM PST
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0113_tupac_shakur_ticket_getty-Goldin-AuctionsTupac Shakur's ticket stub to the Mike Tyson fight he attended the night he was shot has been in very few hands since then, but now it could be in yours ... if ya got a lot o' cash.

Tupac was at the Tyson-Bruce Seldon fight Sept. 7, 1996 at the MGM Grand in Vegas, and after a first round KO by Iron Mike, he allegedly handed his ticket stub to a man and said ... "Here you go boy, enjoy this."

The ticket stub was later bought by a guy who verified it was indeed the rapper's. Now he's looking to sell one of the last items 'Pac ever touched to the highest bidder. Shortly after Tyson's fight, he and Suge Knight famously brawled with rivals in a lobby, then drove off and got shot.

Goldin Auctions owner Ken Goldin thinks the ticket will fetch at least $25,000.

Carrie Fisher Princess Leia Will Not Go Digital ... Lucasfilm Promises

1/13/2017 6:14 PM PST
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0113_carrie_fisher_princess_leia_getty'Star Wars' fans can rest easy ... Lucasfilm says they have no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance as Princess or Gen. Leia Organa in upcoming films.

The company issued the statement to assure fans they will always strive to honor her legacy, and that does not include using digital effects. They add ... "Carrie Fisher was, is and will always be a part of the Lucasfilm family ... We are still hurting from her loss."

As we previously reported, Carrie's last film was not compromised as the result of her death ... she was completely done shooting her scenes for "Star Wars: Episode VIII."

Megadeth Drummer Death Certificate Filed ... Mom Takes Charge of Estate

1/12/2017 4:15 PM PST

0112-nick-menza-getty-01Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza's mom is now calling the shots for his estate, and we've learned what caused his death.

Nick's mom, Rose, filed legal docs to be named administrator of the estate, which means she's now in line to collect any royalties owed to her son ... who spent more than a decade with Megadeth in its peak years.

As we first reported, Nick died after collapsing onstage last May during a gig in Los Angeles.

Rose filed Nick's death certificate in probate court ... and according to the docs his cause of death was heart disease and blood pressure.

Northwestern Basketball Player Coroner Says Death Was Suicide

1/10/2017 1:49 PM PST
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0110-jordan-hankins-twitterOfficials have determined the Northwestern women's basketball player who was found dead on campus this week committed suicide ... TMZ Sports has learned.

A rep for the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office tells us the evidence shows 19-year-old Jordan Hankins hanged herself in her dorm room. 

The team has cancelled their game scheduled for Wednesday. 

If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. 

Charles Manson Manson Murders Bed Up For Auction

1/10/2017 12:40 AM PST

0109-helter-skelter-amazon-ole-hound-auction-4A bed frame from Sharon Tate's home -- where one of Charles Manson's famous victims slept almost 50 years ago -- is up for auction ... if you're into that sorta thing.

The wooden bed frame belonged to Abigail Folger ... the coffee heiress who lived with Tate. She was lying in the bed moments before she was chased out of the room at knifepoint by one of Manson's followers, and stabbed 28 times.

Crime scene pics of the bed are featured in the book, 'Helter Skelter' -- and Ole Hound Auction House expects it to fetch up to $5k, but it's hard to estimate because they've never sold such a unique piece.

And there's this morbid thought -- we're told the frame's price could jump up significantly if Manson dies before February 10 ... the day it hits the auction block.


Debbie Reynolds Death Certificate Confirms Fatal Stroke

1/9/2017 3:05 PM PST

0109-launch-debbie-reynolds-death-certificate-tmz-04Debbie Reynolds died from a blood vessel that ruptured and caused bleeding in her brain ... this according to her death certificate.

According to the doc -- obtained by TMZ -- Debbie's official cause of death was an intracerebral hemorrhage ... essentially a stroke. It also lists hypertension as an underlying cause of the stroke.

Reynolds died in an L.A. hospital Dec. 28, just one day after daughter Carrie Fisher died after a massive heart attack.

TMZ broke the story ... Reynolds was rushed to a hospital when someone from her son Todd's home called 911 to report a possible stroke.

Todd told us his mom was talking about Carrie just before suffering her stroke, and said ... "I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie."

Reynolds was 84. 


Carrie Fisher Death Certificate ... Questions Linger

1/9/2017 2:59 PM PST

0109-launch-carrie-fisher-death-certificate-tmz-02Carrie Fisher's death certificate confirms what we told you more than a week ago -- the reason her heart stopped beating remains a mystery.

TMZ just obtained the official document, which lists the cause of death as "cardiac arrest/deferred." Translation: the L.A. County Coroner's Office needs to do more testing to pinpoint the trigger for the massive heart attack she suffered on the United flight.

We're told toxicology tests will be performed to determine if there were any drugs in her system that could have contributed to Carrie's death.

TMZ broke the story ... Fisher's heart stopped on the flight 15 minutes out from landing in L.A. She died 4 days later


'MASH' Star Death Certificate

1/9/2017 1:50 PM PST

0109-william-christopher-death-cert-launch-getty"MASH" star William Christopher -- who played Father John Mulcahy -- died from cardiorespiratory arrest ... this according to his death certificate obtained by TMZ.

The document also lists small cell carcinoma as a contributing factor, something we're told was non-lung related. Christopher died on New Year's Eve in his Pasadena home at 7:12 AM.

The death certificate also notes he was in the entertainment industry for 60 years.

Christopher was 84, and the final celebrity death in an awful year full of them.

Craig Sager Jr. It Was Hard Being Craig's Son ... Book Brought Us Closer

1/9/2017 6:15 AM PST

Some real talk from Craig Sager Jr.

Being the son of a legendary NBA reporter could be "pretty frustrating growing up" ... but CS2 says he finally got the relationship he wanted thanks to one final project before his dad passed away.

Craig opened up about his father to TMZ Sports ... telling us how the decision to co-author a book about the sideline reporter's battle with cancer brought them closer together than ever before.

It's an emotional story with a great ending.

FYI, the book is called, "Living Out Loud: Sports, Cancer, and the Things Worth Fighting For."

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