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Suge Knight Footing Mom's Funeral Costs Even Though He Can't Go

6/24/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Suge Knight's presence will be felt at his mother's funeral even though he's not allowed to attend ... 'cause he's paying for the whole thing.

Sources close to the ex-rap mogul tell TMZ ... Suge will fork over around $20k to cover the costs associated with burying his mother, Maxine Chatman. TMZ broke the story ... Maxine died last weekend after suffering a stroke. 

Maxine's plot -- at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, CA -- has already been covered. The funeral service will be held there early next month. As we first reported ... Suge's not allowed to attend the funeral because he's an inmate who falls under a category that makes him ineligible to attend funerals ... that category is murder defendant.

We're told Suge's devastated by that. What's more ... He can't even get photos of the service. Suge's not allowed to get any mail either. Maxine was 77. RIP.

Sting Comforted Vader In Final Days ... Vader's Son Says

6/24/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

In the months before his death, ex-WWE star Vader received routine visits and phone calls from one of his old wrestling pals ... Sting -- and Vader's family says the relationship is nothing short of a blessing. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Jesse White -- who says several of his dad's old pals reached out to offer their condolences after Vader passed away last week following a bout with Pneumonia. 

"Dallas Diamond Page, [Stone Cold Steve] Austin, Mick Foley," White says ... but one of Vader's old friends made an extra special impression. 

"I do have to send a big thank-you out to Sting, Steve Borden."

"Sting has been a huge blessing," White says ... noting the two became close over the past 10 months -- after Vader had been battling heart problems. 

"My father was a God-fearing man and so was Sting, and they would sit down and read the bible together. Go over the bible, just talk about life and good time stories and, yeah, Stings been a huge blessing throughout this process."

White says he appreciate ALL of the support -- from friends, family and fans -- and invites people who liked his father to reach out with stories, photos and video to honor his memory. 

He also told one of his favorites about his father ... so, enjoy! 

XXXTentacion Bought Homes For Family Members Weeks Before Murder

6/23/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

XXXTentacion did his best to make sure everyone in his family was well taken care of ... buying many of them homes in the months leading up to his murder.

Sources close to the rapper tell us his most important objective in life was to take care of those around him. We've obtained real estate records that show XXX purchased 4 homes in South Florida between the months of April and June ... totaling $1.7 million. The homes break down as follows ...

-- $420,000 for a 3 bed, 2 bath 2,000 square foot home.

-- $467,500 for a 4 bed, 2 bath 2,300 square foot home.

-- $385,000 for a 4 bed, 2 bath 2,100 square foot home.

-- $500,000 for a 4 bed, 3 bath 2,700 square foot home.

It's unclear exactly who the homes were purchased for, but our source says the rapper took care of his parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. 

As we reported ... the 20-year-old also had a baby on the way with his girlfriend at the time of his death

TMZ broke the story, his killers were inside the same motorcycle shop as XXX -- scoping him out -- and then waited outside for him to leave. Cops say the shooters ambushed XXX in his car where a brief struggled ensued before he was shot multiple times.

One suspect has been arrested. Two are still on the loose

Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dead at 54

6/23/2018 6:50 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

10:00 AM PT -- Vinnie's family tells TMZ ... he died in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. His body's been turned over to the medical examiner to determine a cause of death, and after that he'll be flown back to his home state of Texas to be buried between his mom and brother.

Vinnie Paul, a drummer and one of the original members of Pantera, is dead.

Paul was a founding member of the metal band, which formed in the '80s. His brother, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbot, was also a founding member. The band was huge in its day ... nominated for Grammys in 1995 and 2001. Their album, "Far Beyond Driven," hit #1 in 1994.

The group fell apart in 2003 ... by all accounts band members were feuding.  

Vinnie's brother, Dimebag, was shot and killed a year later during a concert, after a man ran up on stage and began shooting ... killing a total of 4 people.

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine said, "I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away. Another metal hero taken too soon. Say hello to Daryl for me. Rest in Peace, my dear friend."

The cause of death is unknown.

Vinnie was 54.

RIP

President Trump Compares Pic of Murder Victim to Tom Selleck ... 'Except Better Looking'

6/22/2018 12:52 PM PDT

President Trump just tried to make light of an insanely tough situation in one of the most awkward exchanges we've seen ... and it revolves around Tom Selleck

Trump was in Washington Friday, where he spoke to a group about the importance of keeping the country's borders secure. With him onstage were family members of people who have allegedly been killed by illegal immigrants.

Trump invited one woman to speak, who presented a photo of her son to the crowd. 45 grabbed the pic and awkwardly compared the son (who has a mustache) to Tom Selleck, "except better looking."

It also appears Trump signed the photo. 

Cringeworthy.

Anthony Bourdain No Drugs in System at Time of Death

6/22/2018 9:45 AM PDT
Breaking News

Anthony Bourdain had no narcotics in his system when he died ... this according to French investigators.

As we reported ... the beloved chef died by suicide earlier this month after he was found hanging in a hotel bathroom in France. It was initially unclear if he had ingested any narcotics before his suicide, but The New York Times says a French official has ruled that out.

The report says the only thing found in his body was a trace of a non-narcotic medicine in a therapeutic dose. Anthony was in a small village in France, filming his show, 'Parts Unknown,' when he was found dead. He was 61.

'Storm Chasers' Star Joel Taylor Died of MDMA Overdose On Cruise Ship

6/22/2018 8:21 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Storm Chasers" star Joel Taylor died from an ecstasy overdose while on a cruise ship earlier this year ... according to his toxicology results.

The Bureau of Forensic Sciences of Puerto Rico tells us, based on Taylor's lab results, it was determined his cause of death was MDMA poisoning. They also found traces of ketamine in his system.

TMZ broke the story -- Taylor was found unresponsive in his room back in January -- witnesses told us he was seen earlier in the night being carried off the dance floor by two other men. We were told he'd consumed multiple substances.

The cruise Taylor was on was full of celebs, with performances from Olivia Newton-John and Galantis

Several people had been arrested prior to boarding the ship in Ft. Lauderdale for drug possession.

Taylor was 38 years old. 

XXXTentacion Baby Mama is GF ... He Knew She Was Pregnant

6/22/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

XXXTentacion's legion of fans might be shocked by the baby news his mom dropped, but it wouldn't have been a surprise to him -- he knew weeks ago.

Sources close to the rapper tell TMZ ... X's girlfriend -- whom he'd been dating for months -- is the mystery baby mama. We're told the ultrasound photo shared by X's mother, Cleopatra Bernard, is definitely the girlfriend's. 

As we reported ... Cleopatra posted the sonogram with the caption, "He left us a final gift."

Based on the womb snapshot, taken April 23, X's gf was just over 8 weeks along back then -- so, she's about 4 months pregnant now. That also means the due date is somewhere around mid-November.

We're told the gf is definitely not his ex, Geneva -- and the only reason X hadn't revealed the news is because he wanted her to have a stress-free pregnancy.

Kate Spade David Spade Attends Funeral ... With Family and Friends

6/21/2018 2:47 PM PDT

Kate Spade was laid to rest Thursday, surrounded by family and friends ... including brother-in-law, David Spade.

Kate's funeral was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri, where she grew up. David helped usher people into the service.

As we reported ... Kate's father, Earl F. Brosnahan, died the night before her funeral. His family said he had been in failing health and was heartbroken over Kate's suicide. He was 89.

The funeral was held the same day authorities disclosed they found prescription anxiety meds at Kate's home.

Kate died on June 5. She was 55.

FOX News' Charles Krauthammer Dead at 68

6/21/2018 3:32 PM PDT
Breaking News

FOX News analyst Dr. Charles Krauthammer has died after a battle with terminal cancer.

Krauthammer had a cancerous tumor removed from his abdomen about 10 months ago. Doctors thought the surgery had been successful, but then he was told the cancer returned and he only had a few weeks to live. He revealed the diagnosis in an open letter earlier this month in the Washington Post, where he was a contributor.

Charles -- who was paralyzed in a diving accident while in medical school -- won the Pulitzer for Commentary for his Washington Post columns in 1987. His book, "Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics,” was also a New York Times best seller. In recent years, he'd appeared on FOX News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” as a panelist. 

FOX News CEO Suzanne Scott said in a statement, “Charles was a guiding voice throughout his time with FOX News and we were incredibly fortunate to showcase his extraordinary talent on our programs. He was an inspiration to all of us and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beloved wife Robyn and his son Daniel."

The network says it will air a special in his honor on Friday night.

Despite the grim prognosis from doctors, Charles still wrote in his letter, "It was a wonderful life."

He was 68.

XXXTentacion Mom Hints He Had A Baby On The Way At Time of Murder

6/21/2018 2:41 PM PDT
Breaking News

XXXTentacion may have had a child on the way at the time of his murder ... at least that's what his mom is hinting.

X's mother, Cleopatra Bernard, just posted a photo of an ultrasound with the caption, "He left us a final gift." While it's hard to imagine the photo would mean anything other than the rapper had a child on the way, Cleo doesn't provide any further detail.

It's also unclear who the child's mother is ... many are speculating it's his ex-girlfriend, Geneva, but sources close to the rapper tell us it's not her.

TMZ broke the story, X was murdered in South Florida Monday after two armed men approached his car, shooting him in broad daylight.

Cops arrested one man in connection to the killing Wednesday night, and we've learned as many as 2 more suspects could still be arrested.

Kate Spade Dad Dies Day Before Her Funeral

6/21/2018 1:42 PM PDT
Breaking News

Kate Spade's father -- Earl F. Brosnahan -- died at his home Wednesday night ... just hours before his daughter was to be laid to rest.

According to a statement by his family ... Earl had been in failing health and was "heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter." He was surrounded by family when he passed.

Kate's dad was a U.S. Navy vet who spent a large part of his life in the Midwest working for the family construction business and eventually taking it over.

According to reports, Earl was concerned about Kate's use of prescription drugs and advised her not to take them. He also said he spoke with her the night before her suicide, and she gave no indication she was in that much despair.

We broke the story ... cops investigating her suicide found a variety of anxiety meds at the scene, but no illegal drugs. 

Kate's funeral is being held Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri, which is where her father passed as well. Earl was 89.

RIP

Kate Spade Anxiety Meds, No Illegal Drugs Found At Death Scene

6/21/2018 8:19 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cops investigating Kate Spade's suicide found a variety of anxiety meds at her death scene, but no illegal drugs ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us NYPD officers combing through Kate's Park Avenue home came across the anxiety meds, which were prescribed to the designer. We don't know yet if Kate had taken any of the medications before she took her life.

Our sources say detectives did not come across any illegal narcotics in the home.

TMZ broke the story ... Spade had fallen into a state of depression in the months leading up to her death after her husband, Andy Spade, had asked for a divorce. The couple was living separately but, according to Andy, still had dinners and took vacations together with their 13-year-old daughter. 

Kate's funeral is being held Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri ... where she was born and raised. 

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