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Rapper Fredo Santana Dead from Fatal Seizure

1/20/2018 6:35 AM PST
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Rapper Fredo Santana died Friday night from a seizure ... family members tell TMZ.

The Chicago rapper who is a cousin of Chief Keef was at his L.A. home Friday. We're told his girlfriend came over at around 11:30 PM and found him dead on the floor.

Santana had been hospitalized recently for liver and kidney problems he'd been battling for months.  

The rapper had talked openly about his lean addiction ... as we've reported way too many times, lean can trigger seizures. 

A number of rappers including Drake have gone on social media the last few hours to pay their respects.

😢😢😢 Rest In Peace Santana

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He had an 8-month old son.

Fredo was 27.  RIP.

Tom Petty Lake House Hits Market for $5.5m

1/20/2018 12:40 AM PST
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Tom Petty's oasis for over a decade can be yours ...  at a bargain price.

The late singer's crib in Lake Sherwood -- a ritzy area near the famed Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA -- hit the market for $5.495 million. The 5,300 square foot pad has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms but one of the best features is 125 feet of lake frontage on a private cul-de-sac.

It's built for a rock star -- the walls are 2 feet thick!!! And talk about location, location, location -- the house is 3 minutes from the country club and just 9 miles from the Malibu coast.

Tom bought the crib back in 2007 and put it on the market just a few months before his shocking death back in October. It was initially listed for $5.895 million but was listed just days ago with a discount.

Amy Alcini and Dana Sparks of Compass Real Estate rep the sellers.

Roy Halladay Autopsy Traces of Morphine In System at Time of Crash

1/19/2018 12:53 PM PST
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TMZ Sports has obtained Roy Halladay's autopsy report -- in which the coroner lists the cause of death as blunt trauma and drowning ... but points out the MLB star had morphine in his system. 

The 40-year-old died in a single passenger plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico back in November. As we previously reported, Halladay was flying in an erratic pattern shortly before the crash.

The toxicology results show Halladay had zolpidem (the generic name for Ambien), as well as morphine in his system at the time of the crash. The tests also came back positive for amphetamines. 

One source familiar with the autopsy tells us the results are consistent with someone who uses Rx medication. 

One thing of note ... the FDA lists on its website that more than 50 ng/ml of zolpidem "appears capable of impairing driving to a degree that increases the risk of a motor vehicle accident."

Halladay's blood tested positive for 72 ng/ml.

The autopsy report notes that morphine can be found in the system as a result of heroin use -- however sources tell us there is no indication Halladay had been using heroin or any other "clandestine drug."

The report also shows Hallday suffered a subdural hemorrhage in the crash -- along with multiple rib fractures and lung, liver and spleen injuries. He also had a leg fracture. 

The Pasco County Sheriff's Dept. reported at the time that Roy was the only person aboard the ICON A5 light-sport aircraft when it went down.

The 8-time MLB All-Star was a pitcher for the Phillies and the Blue Jays and a two-time Cy Young Award winner during his 16-year career.. 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.

Chelsea Handler TV Star Dog Chunk Dies

1/18/2018 2:10 PM PST

Chelsea Handler's dog, Chunk -- who became famous on her show -- has died.

Handler made the announcement Thursday, saying, "I’m crying because of how much I loved him. My chunky monkey. I love you, baby. Softest doggy in the world."

The talk show host also lost her dog, Tammy, in August after suffering kidney failure.

Chunk was a staple on "Chelsea" and made regular appearances on her various social media platforms.

It's unclear how Chunk died, but he was recently battling health issues of his own.

RIP.

Zac Efron As Ted Bundy These Looks Could Kill ...

1/18/2018 6:40 AM PST

Zac Efron's coiffed hair is working in his favor when it comes portraying notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, because it appears he didn't even need a wig to pull off a spot-on impersonation.

Zac's playing Bundy in the flick "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile," which will chronicle Bundy's gross crimes. The photo mimicking Bundy's infamous mugshot is eerie.

Bundy was executed in the electric chair back in '89 after admitting to murdering more than 30 women, 12 of whom he decapitated. 

The Game Father Dies at 65

1/17/2018 1:12 PM PST
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The Game's father, George Taylor, died unexpectedly in his sleep Wednesday morning ... TMZ has learned. 

We're told a family member found him unresponsive in his home in Apple Valley, CA ... and alerted a neighbor who called 911. The Fire Dept. arrived at 8:30 AM this morning. He was unresponsive, and transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

We're told, at this point, It doesn't appear there's any foul play. The coroner's office has George's body now, and is investigating. 

Game rapped about his dad in the song, "Bloody Moon," off one of his albums. The lyrics on the track go, "My father left me when I was seven, at a home / Left me but took his chrome, I looked up and blood was gone / Man, fuck it, guess in the world I'm all alone."

They've had an off/on relationship since Game's been an adult. It's unclear what the status of their relationship was recently.

George was 65.

Glenn Frey Widow Sues Hospital You Killed My Husband

1/16/2018 2:35 PM PST

Glenn Frey was left sick and suffering during his dying days because of the poor treatment at a hospital ... according to a new suit filed by his widow.

Cindy Frey alleges the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and Steven Itzkowitz failed to properly render medical care to her husband -- the co-founder and guitarist for the Eagles -- the last couple months of his life ... until he died in January 2016.

Cindy claims the medical workers were negligent in treating Frey's ulcerative colitis, failed to properly assess respiratory issues, failed to treat infection, failed to consider side effects of medications and didn't properly advise him of the risks to his health and life.

According to the docs, first reported by the NY Post ... Frey was "rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled, suffered injuries, pain, mental anguish ... and was permanently injured and disabled until the time of his death."

Cindy's asking for damages for wrongful death.

Rod Stewart On Cranberries Singer's Death ... We're All Dropping Like Flies!!!

1/16/2018 6:55 AM PST
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Rod Stewart's reaction to Dolores O'Riordan's death might not be the most sensitive, but it's definitely real ... and kinda dark.

Rod was leaving Il Piccolino Monday night in WeHo when we asked the British rocker if he knew The Cranberries singer who died suddenly in London. Rod said he didn't know Dolores personally, but he made it clear her passing, at only 46, has him pondering his own mortality.

On a lighter note, the rock legend thinks President Trump made a smart decision recently ... 'cause the the U.K. does NOT think he's sexy.

Elvis Presley Are You Thirsty Tonight ... Historic Dixie Cup For Sale

1/16/2018 12:20 AM PST
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Someone's selling a crusty paper cup that might've once touched Elvis Presley's lips and there are people already willing to drop over $150 for it.

The cup's supposedly from The King's first concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1956. Elvis was only 21 at the time and played his first show there in April of that year. The cup was supposedly taken from him at his hotel by a woman named June who then kept it in a box with his autographed picture for decades.

If you're wondering whether it's authentic or not ... the nearly 62-year-old cup comes with a letter of authenticity and notebook full of supporting "research" ... which includes a few pictures of Elvis WITH the cup.

It's being sold on eBay and, as of late Monday, the high bid was $157. The seller is optimistic they'll get $1,000 for it though.

Sen. Kamala Harris Feeling the Beat For MLK Day Parade

1/15/2018 3:08 PM PST

Sen. Kamala Harris made the most of her Grand Marshal title at Kindom Day Parade in L.A. by getting up close and personal with the bands ... and the Senator was getting it. 

The junior senator from Cali did a little -- emphasis on little -- dancing when a drum corps started doing their thing Monday during the parade. Natalie Portman was hanging with Sen. Harris much of the day, and recorded her moves.

Kamala and Natalie also joined in for a "TIME'S UP" chant during the 33rd annual parade. 

Here's the thing ... there's been a lot of buzz about Kamala running for prez in 2020 -- so that dancing vid could get a lot of play down the road. Just sayin'. 

Jill Zarin Arrives for Husband's Funeral

1/15/2018 6:34 AM PST

Jill Zarin just arrived at a New York City chapel for her husband's funeral.

Jill and her daughter, Allyson Shapiro, arrived at the Riverside Memorial Chapel for a service honoring the life of her husband, Bobby Zarin.

Zarin died Saturday after a long bout with cancer. Bobby was diagnosed with thyroid cancer back in 2009, underwent treatment and had his thyroid removed. He suffered a major setback in 2016 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Zarin was 71 years old. RIP. 

'Voice of College Football' Keith Jackson Dead at 89

1/13/2018 9:20 AM PST
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Keith Jackson -- the longtime and legendary voice of college football -- has died.

Jackson spent 50 years working for ABC covering a wide variety of sports, but was best known for calling college football's biggest games for generations. Jackson's credited for dubbing the Rose Bowl "The Granddaddy of Them All" and Michigan's football stadium, "The Big House". 

Todd Harris of NBC Sports broke the news Jackson passed away Friday night surrounded by his family. 

He is survived by his wife, Turi Ann, and 3 children. 

He was 89.

RIP

Motorhead Guitarist 'Fast' Eddie Clarke Dead at 67

1/11/2018 5:59 AM PST
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Motorhead guitarist Eddie Clarke is dead.

Clarke, who went by "Fast Eddie," died peacefully after fighting pneumonia. He was the last of the OGs from the band. Motorhead frontman Lemmy (aka Ian Kilmister) and bandmate Phil Taylor died 2 years ago.

The current drummer, Mikkey Dee was clearly shocked, posting, "I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape."

The band formed in '75 and they produced some monster songs, including "Motorhead" and "Ace of Spades." They also produced some super successful albums, including the band's first self-titled album as well as "Overkill and Bomber."

As for Clarke, he left the group 1982 and formed the band Fastway.

Clarke was 67. RIP 

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