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50 Cent 'Power' Crew Member Died On Set

12/10/2018 10:17 AM PST
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A production assistant on the set of "Power" was hit by an out of control SUV and died from his injuries ... TMZ has confirmed.

NYPD tells us ... Pedro Jimenez was setting up parking cones for a location shoot in Brooklyn around 4:20 AM when he was struck by a 2006 Ford Explorer. Police responded and Pedro was transported to a Brooklyn Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, 50 Cent said his prayers and condolences are with Pedro's family. Fiddy is one of the show's executive producers and previously had a starring role.

NYPD officials say they are investigating the incident and have already spoken with the driver of the SUV that struck Pedro. The driver, a 64-year-old man, is also a crew member of "Power." No arrests have been made.

Pedro had worked on the series since it debuted in 2014. He was 63. 

RIP

Tisha Campbell-Martin Duane's Ghosting Me Over the Kids ... I Need Communication!!!

12/10/2018 8:36 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Martin" star Tisha Campbell-Martin says her estranged hubby has gone rogue on their verbal custody deal, and wants a judge to hammer out an official one and force him to stick to it.

The actress -- who played Martin Lawrence's wife on the hit '90s sitcom -- filed new court docs in her divorce case claiming Duane Martin has been terrible at communicating about their 2 boys. The exes currently have 50-50 custody.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, she says Duane will often not respond to her nor cooperate on previously agreed upon swap times for the kids -- adding that he also threatens to keep their sons beyond his allotted dad time.

Tisha is asking a judge to put a 50-50 custody deal in writing with an alternating weekly schedule and a neutral exchange location ... like a police station, she suggests. 

She also wants a judge to force Duane to respond to her emails within 24 hours. 

Katie Cassidy Looking Straight as an Arrow ... Before Tying the Knot

12/9/2018 11:05 AM PST
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Katie Cassidy announced she got hitched to her fiance with a joyous shot of her kissing her groom in all white -- but right before that ... she was steeped in VERY serious thought.

The CW's "Arrow" star posted a sweet photo Sunday of her locking lips with now-hubby, Matthew Rodgers, to whom she got engaged last summer. She captioned her pic with, "I can't help falling in love with you... YES! It's official! #MrsRodgers I love you my husband." 

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As picturesque as this scene is here, there appeared to be some last-minute prep right before Katie walked down the aisle. Namely, it was just making sure her dress was all set and her bouquet was in order ... which her bridesmaids had under control.

Unclear who walked Katie down the aisle -- seeing how her father, David Cassidy, died a year ago -- but there was a gentleman nearby to possibly carry out the honors. 

Of course, Katie made it to the altar. From a wide view, the location for her wedding was even more gorgeous than what she revealed on Instagram. The newly married pair tied the knot right on the shore of a beach in Sunset Key, FL.

Sailboats as a backdrop come as an added bonus on the island.

Congrats to the happy couple! 

'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' Star Alleged Sucker Punch 'On Set' ... Cops Called

12/8/2018 12:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

A party for VH1's "Black Ink Crew: Chicago" turned violent when one of the stars got into a fight with a guest ... well, it wasn't much of a fight.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Junior Diaz got into a heated convo with someone during the party in Chicago. During the argument, we're told Junior called the other guy a bitch ... then immediately sucker punched him in the face. In the face!!!

When cops showed up at the Dec. 1 bash ... they found the punchee disoriented and bleeding from the mouth. He was transported to a hospital where he got stitched up. 

Our sources say the party was being shot for 'Black Ink' ... although it's unclear if cameras captured any of the fight. Remember, it didn't last that long. Two hits: Junior's punch, then the guy hitting the ground.  

We're told Junior had bounced when cops arrived, and witnesses weren't down to talk. 

We've reached out to VH1 ... so far, no word back. 

Tyler Perry Plays Santa Claus ... Drops Over $400K for Holiday Shoppers

12/6/2018 10:14 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Christmas came early for a bunch of lucky Walmart customers ... because Tyler Perry just picked up their tabs.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... the famous actor and filmmaker wrote a couple big checks to 2 Atlanta area Walmarts Thursday, to cover the cost of outstanding layaway items that were registered at the stores as of this morning.

We're told Perry dropped $178k at one store in ATL and another $256k at a nearby store in Douglasville.

All the customers have to do to collect their outstanding items is pay a penny at pickup ... as Tyler just explained in a video about the awesome gesture.

Add this to a laundry list of charitable acts by Tyler in 2018 -- including buying an old friend's mom a house and hooking up Geoffrey Owens with an acting gig -- and it's safe to say he's on the nice list.

'Deal or No Deal' Contestant Mom's Still Pissed I Passed on $333k Offer!!!

12/5/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The good news for the "Deal or No Deal" contestant who gambled and lost BIG -- his wife's not divorcing him ... however, he's fully in his mom's doghouse for pissing away more than $300k. 

ICYMI ... Luis Green had a chance to walk away with $333k during the show's holiday special Monday night. At that point, he had already passed up eight different bank offers. He stuck to his guns and went for broke ... and that's what he got. Damn near broke -- just $5, shocking everyone including Howie Mandel.

What the hell was he thinking? Luis told us he went full bore because he wanted to use the money to pay his mom's medical bills, pay off his mortgage. He also wanted to hand over some of the cash to his wife's parents.

Gotta hand it to Luis' wife, who says she supported him whether they walked away with a penny or a million bucks. Well, he got a little bit more than a penny -- but he also has some explaining to do to dear old Mom ... who he admits is still taking the loss hard.

Princess Love & Ray J Ready for Baby #2 ... But Is Ray's Little Buddy Good to Go?

12/5/2018 12:20 AM PST

Ray J and Princess Love seem set for another bun in the oven, but someone's gotta step up -- or we should say GET up -- if it's gonna happen. Sorry Ray ... this is gonna hurt a bit. 

The happy couple sat down with our Raquel Harper for the latest episode of BET's "Raq Rants," and proudly showed off their nearly 7-month-old daughter, Melody. As cute as she is, it sounds like mom and dad are already making plans for baby #2!

There's just one problem ... according to PL, anyway. She says Ray hasn't been able to get up to bat in the bedroom lately. He disputes that, saying he's always ready ... but Princess is sticking to her guns here. You decide who to believe.

Either way ... knock on wood, everything will get up and running soon. Little Melody's looking kinda lonely.

UFC's Brian Ortega Chokes Out TMZ Staffer ... Again

12/4/2018 4:00 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star, Brian Ortega returned to the TMZ newsroom this week -- and once again, he put a chokehold on one of our guys!!!

Here's the deal ... the last time Ortega was here, he taught us the proper way to execute a rear-naked choke and used Lucas to demonstrate. 

This time, Ortega wanted to teach us a few tricks about how to put a guy to sleep in a street fight ... once again, Lucas volunteered his neck. 

Ya gotta watch the clip ... Lucas taps out even faster than Conor McGregor at UFC 229!!! 

Of course, Ortega will get a chance to fight someone his own size when he takes on Max Holloway at UFC 231 in Toronto, for the Featherweight title on Saturday, Dec. 8. 

Don't worry, Lucas is fine! 

Check out the entire interview with Ortega on the "TMZ Sports" TV show Tuesday night on FS1. 

Michael Richards Heckler Advice for NBA Stars ... Here's What NOT to Do!

12/3/2018 4:53 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Richards admits he hasn't always been great at dealing with hecklers -- duh -- but he's now dishing out advice to other stars in the hopes they can learn from his mistakes. 

Remember, back in 2006 the "Seinfeld" star lost his mind on a heckler at the Laugh Factory -- dropping a bunch of n-bombs in a tirade that was captured on video. 

He's apologized for the incident several times since then and even met with Jesse Jackson in the hopes of repairing his relationship with the black community. 

So, with NBA players getting heckled like crazy by fans these days -- specifically Patrick Beverley and Kevin Durant -- we asked Richards if he had any words of wisdom. 

"I didn't handle the heckler too good that evening," Richards told us.

But, he did advise the players to not feed into the trash-talkers -- even though it might be hard -- and try to focus on doing their jobs. 

"Just remember, you're there to entertain people. Stay with the entertainment. We need it."

Monica Let Me Explain Why I'm a Mortician ...

12/3/2018 4:29 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Monica says anyone shocked to learn she's a mortician should understand one thing ... she's more than just a Grammy-winning singer.

We got Monica at LAX on Monday and had to talk to her about recently revealing she's a legit mortician. She revealed her side hustle's actually something she's been doing for YEARS. It's true ... she's been working at her uncle Gus Thornhill's funeral home since 2013.

She tells us her uncle's been at it for nearly 50 years and she grew up around the occupation. So, it's no surprise when you hear the passion in her voice about being a mortician. She tells us why it's a calling and why it's important to get out of your zone.

Oprah You Get a Chair!!! You Get a Chair ... IF the Price is Right!!!

12/3/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

O, what an opportunity for Oprah fanatics who want to own a piece of history from her iconic TV show.

The folks over at Screenbid are auctioning off 48 official studio audience chairs from "The Oprah Winfrey Show." It's a big deal ... the show, of course, ended in 2011 after 25 marvelous seasons and over 4,500 episodes.

The chairs -- each with its own commemorative plaque -- are practically a steal ... the asking bids are less than $100 but if rabid fans wanna drive up bids, they'd be doing so for a great cause. We're told proceeds from the auction will benefit Oprah's Leadership Academy Foundation in South Africa, which helps empower gifted girls who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The auction closes December 17 ... so get your bids in now while you still can.

Ken Berry 'F Troop' Star Dead at 85 ... Battled Heart Illness

12/2/2018 11:53 AM PST
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11:53 AM PT -- Ken's ex-wife, Jackie, tells us he had been battling heart issues for several months, and had stint surgery in October. But she adds, his heart illness continued to worsen in recent weeks, and he'd been in and out of the hospital.

Jackie says their daughter, Jennifer, Ken's partner Susie and herself were all by his side until the end. She adds, Susie had been with Ken for 26 years and encouraged him through his ailment.

Ken's final wishes, we're told, were for people to donate to the Motion Picture Fund -- a retirement community for actors -- in his honor. He had planned to retire there.

Ken Berry, who starred in several classic TV series, including "F Troop" and "Mayberry, R.F.D.," died on Saturday ... according to his ex-wife.

Actress Jackie Joseph-Lawrence announced Ken's passing with a Facebook post Saturday evening.

Ken played Sam Jones -- first on "The Andy Griffith Show" and also on the spin-off, 'Mayberry,' -- but might be most beloved for playing Capt. Parmenter on the Western sitcom "F Troop" from 1965 to 1967.

His costar Larry Storch reacted to the news, saying, "We hope you know how much you were loved. Goodnight Captain."

Ken landed on yet another cult classic TV sitcom in the 80s when he played Vinton Harper, opposite his good friend Vicki Lawrence on "Mama's Family."

He also had memorable guest-starring roles on several TV series like "Small Wonder," "Fantasy Island," "CHiPs," "Little House on the Prairie" and "The Golden Girls." 

No cause of death has been released yet.

Ken was 85.

RIP

Originally Published 6:51 AM PT

Boosie Best Believe I Wanna Trademark The 'Boosie Fade!!!'

12/2/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Boosie's giving barbershop talk a whole new meaning ... saying if Hollywood's gonna jack his hairstyle, they better cough up some dough.

The rapper appeared on Raquel Harper's show "Raq Rants" on BET and said he wanted to talk about an issue important to him -- his "Boosie fade." Boosie tells us he's got his lawyers working on how to trademark the style. No joke.

He's not going after your average Joe who sports the Boosie fade. His beef is with Hollywood studios making money off his back head when their stars sport his same hairstyle. He's adamant it's similar to, say, Hollywood using a Marvin Gaye song. Studio's gotta pay up.

BTW ... the Boosie fade's real. There are YouTube instructional videos with hundreds of thousands of views on how to nail the style. Maybe Boosie's on to something here. 

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