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Jim Nabors 'Gomer Pyle' Dead at 87

11/30/2017 9:46 AM PST
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Jim Nabors, who starred in the massive '60s hit, 'Gomer Pyle,' died Thursday.

Nabors became famous as the bumbling mechanic on "The Andy Griffith Show" and then went on to do his own show, which ran for 5 years.

He also appeared in movies, including "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and "Cannonball Run II."

He also was an accomplished singer, who recorded dozens of albums and scored 5 gold and 1 platinum records.

One of his iconic songs is the staple of the Indy 500 ... "Back Home Again in Indiana." He last appeared at the race in 2014.

Nabors was gay and long before social media there was gossip -- which was false -- that he secretly married Rock Hudson.

In real life, Jim was married to his partner of more than 40 years. They lived in Hawaii.

Nabors was 87.

RIP

Meek Mill, Roc Nation Sued By Family of Murdered Concertgoer

11/29/2017 5:43 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill has 99 problems and a wrongful death lawsuit against him and Jay-Z's Roc Nation is one of them.

Meek and Roc Nation are being sued by the family of Jaquan Graves, who was gunned down in a parking lot outside a Connecticut concert venue back in December. According to the lawsuit, Graves had just left the facility when gunfire erupted and he was struck and killed.

The suit claims Meek and Roc Nation "allowed thugs to remain on the premises, after exhibiting disorderly, disruptive, argumentative, angry and/or agitated behavior toward patrons."

There was a second victim and his family has also filed a lawsuit against Meek.

The estate is suing for unspecified damages. 

Billie Lourd So Proud of Mom's Grammy Nom

11/29/2017 11:36 AM PST
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Billie Lourd could be shopping for a Grammy night outfit soon ... now that her late mom Carrie Fisher's been posthumously nominated.

We got Billie in Bev Hills Tuesday, hours after Carrie's 2016 memoir, "The Princess Diarist," earned a spoken word nom. She was beaming about the honor, and wouldn't rule out accepting the award for her mom ... if she wins, of course. Use the Force, Billie. 

Speaking of which, we tried to get some 'Last Jedi' scoop from Billie, but apparently being Princess Leia's spawn isn't even enough for Disney to risk spoilers getting out.

Lil Peep Police Investigate Death

11/28/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Peep's death is now the subject of a police investigation and some very troubling private messages are under the microscope ... TMZ has learned.

We've learned the Tucson PD has opened an investigation into Peep's apparent OD from less than 2 weeks ago.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... police are interested in texts allegedly sent from a woman named Mariah Bons ... who we're told went to the tour bus to see Peep shortly before he died.

She allegedly sent a message to a friend that reads, "GBC [Lil Peep] high af because of me and my friend lol."

Bons also allegedly texted, "He passed the f*** out my brother called and I tried to get him to say hi to my brother but he wouldn't wake up ..."

TMZ broke the story ... cops are also investigating whether the Xanax Peep ingested was laced with fentanyl.

Lil Peep Fentanyl-Laced Drugs May Have Played Role in Death

11/27/2017 1:00 AM PST
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Lil Peep's death investigation has cops now looking to see if the powerful opioid fentanyl played a role in the rapper's death ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... cops in Tucson are on the hunt after receiving multiple tips the New York rapper got his hands on some incredibly toxic drugs laced with the potent opioid.

You'll recall fentanyl also contributed to the accidental ODs of Prince and Eric Chase Bolling Jr.

Cops know fentanyl is a problem in Tucson and beyond. What makes it especially dangerous is that even a tiny dose can kill ... especially someone who is not a regular opioid user.

As we reported ... Lil Peep's body was found on the bus last week with drug paraphernalia, Xanax, loose marijuana and an unknown tan powder.

Ohio State Football Honor Terry Glenn with Helmet Decal

11/23/2017 9:18 AM PST
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The Ohio State football team will honor former college superstar Terry Glenn with custom helmet decals when the Buckeyes face off against big-time rival Michigan this weekend.

Glenn -- who died in a car accident in Texas on Monday at age 43 -- was an All-American receiver for the Bucks ... and won the Biletnikoff Award (given to college football's best receiver) in 1995.

Terry Glenn, Jr. revealed the design on social media, saying "How awesome. Much love to all the Buckeyes out there."

We spoke with Terry Jr. earlier this week ... and he praised his dad for always striving to give him the best possible childhood.

Faith Evans Auctioning Tupac's Junk Pics and Biggie's Murder Car ... It's Just Vile

11/23/2017 7:25 AM PST
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Faith Evans says it's a sign of the times that an auction house is trying to make money by selling a pic of Tupac's junk.

We got Biggie's widow Wednesday at LAX and she expressed dismay about Tupac's selfie that's hitting the auction block.  But as bad as that is ... she thinks auctioning off the door of the car in which Biggie was gunned down is even worse.

Faith thinks there's a bigger issue ... that people will do anything for publicity and a buck. 

Terry Glenn's Son Brady's Tribute Gave Me Chills ... 'More Than Special'

11/22/2017 8:38 AM PST
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Terry Glenn's son says Tom Brady's touching tribute to his father meant the world to him ... telling TMZ Sports he got chills when he read the quarterback's message about the late NFL star.

We spoke with Terry Glenn Jr. about the outpouring of kind words he's received since his dad's fatal car accident Monday morning ... and he says Brady's words were "more than special" knowing his first career TD pass went to Glenn.

The 21-year-old says he'll always remember how his dad vowed to give him a better childhood than he had ... and how hard he worked to make sure he was taken care of.

As for Glenn's 83 Kids Foundation for foster children ... Terry Jr. revealed he was actually scheduled to travel to Texas to help work with his dad on Monday ... but says he's still committed to continuing his charitable cause.

Terry Jr. also shares his favorite memory growing up with his dad ... and it's an amazing story.

Charles Manson New Doc Captures His 'Final Words'

11/21/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Charles Manson made several phone calls to a documentary film crew in the final year of his life ... which they're now releasing to the public.

TMZ got this exclusive look at the REELZ project called "Charles Manson: The Final Words."

We're told the doc -- which has been in production for about a year -- was initially scheduled to come out in 2018, but the network decided to bump that up, because as they say ... strike while the iron is hot.

It features phone convos with Manson from Corcoran State Prison -- the most recent one in July. Rob Zombie narrates the documentary, which presents a new theory behind why the murders happened.

It also provides a look at Manson's cult through his eyes ... in the months leading up to his death. 'Final Words' airs December 3 at 9 PM ET on REELZ.

Eddie George On Terry Glenn: Being His Teammate Was Really Special

11/20/2017 4:20 PM PST
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Eddie George says he'll always remember Terry Glenn as a "good kid with a big heart" ... telling TMZ Sports he was honored to call the late NFL receiver his teammate.

George and Glenn played together at Ohio State in the '90s and later in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. The Heisman trophy winner says he admired how well Glenn thrived despite losing his mother at 13 years old.

"He was a great guy to be around. Great person," George says ... "Just always full of laughter and joy despite his troubles."

"He overcame a lot of that stuff and didn't succumb to the pressures around him and really made something positive out of his life."

George goes on to share his favorite memories of playing with Glenn ... and says he'll do whatever he can to help his family.

Glenn died in a car crash in Texas on Monday. He was 43 years old.

Roy Halladay Crash Report Wild Flying Patterns Dangerously Close to Homes

11/20/2017 2:57 PM PST
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Roy Halladay was flying dangerously close to homes -- and making wild turns and adjustments in altitude -- moments before his fatal crash ... this according to the NTSB. 

The National Transportation Safety Board released the preliminary report regarding the Nov. 7 crash in Florida that killed the former MLB pitcher. 

GPS data obtained from the plane shows Halladay was climbing and diving around the crash site -- and at one point, flew "as close as 75 feet to the Gulf Harbor South Beach houses."

The report also references video of Halladay's plane taken before the crash which shows the aircraft flying around 10 feet above the water. Unclear if the report is referencing the video obtained by TMZ Sports, but the description is very similar

One witness also told the NTSB that he saw the plane perform a 300 to 500 foot climb before heading "a 45 degree nose-down attitude." 

The witness says he then saw the plane crash into the water and "nose over."

The plane was recovered for inspection -- and investigators say the parachute was NOT deployed. 

The report says Roy had only taken delivery of the plane on Oct. 10 ... just 28 days before the crash. 

Halladay was 40. 

Fred Goldman I Wanna See O.J. in Court Now ... He's Getting Rich, I Know It!!!

11/20/2017 1:25 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ron Goldman's father is demanding O.J. Simpson get before a judge ASAP ... because he's concerned Simpson is pocketing cash he owes to the Goldman and Brown families.

In docs obtained by TMZ ... Fred Goldman says the first available hearing date isn't until July 3, 2018 ... which he says is way too far away. He believes in that 7-month span O.J. "could flood the market with sports memorabilia" and try to keep all the money for himself.

O.J. responded in his own docs, saying the secret autograph session he held in October was a one-off ... and he's just trying to "readjust to civilian life." O.J. says even though he's had a lot of money-making offers ... he's rejected all of them except for that one autograph sesh.

We broke the story ... Fred filed docs to divert any money Simpson made from any interviews, shows, presentations or exhibitions to help pay down the $70 million wrongful death judgment he owes.

Debra Tate I Told Roman Polanski Manson was Dead

11/20/2017 11:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

11:36 AM PST -- Roman Polanski's attorney, Harland Braun, tells TMZ ... "The murder of Polanski's wife and unborn son still remains too painful for him to make a statement. He hopes someday to correct the legal proceedings in L.A. so that he can visit their graves at Holy Cross Cemetery."

Roman Polanski -- who was married to Sharon Tate when the Manson Family slaughtered her and their unborn child -- remained deeply involved in the Manson case right up until Manson's death.

Debra Tate tells us, as soon as she got word from the prison that Manson was dead, she contacted the famed director. She says he's been closely following the machinations of the Manson case, especially the various parole hearings.

Debra also surprisingly says Manson is the lesser of the evils in the notorious Family.

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