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Verne Troyer Dead at 49

4/21/2018 1:09 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Verne Troyer -- best known for playing Mini-Me in the 'Austin Powers' comedies, and for being one of the shortest men in the world -- has died.

Verne died Saturday, according to a statement from his family. We'd been told he was on some form of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month after cops got a report he was drunk and suicidal, and was treated for possible alcohol poisoning.

Verne's family says during the recent adversity, "he was baptized while surrounded by his family."

He also struggled with alcoholism for years and had been to rehab many times.

Troyer was born with the genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism, but said growing up on a farm in Michigan he was never treated differently by his parents than his average-sized siblings.

Verne began his Hollywood career in 1994 as a stunt double for Baby Bink in the film "Baby's Day Out." He then landed small roles in "Men in Black" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" ... before making it big as Mini-Me in 1999's "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."

He continued to land bit roles in comedies and appeared on many popular reality shows over the years ... like "Celebrity Juice," "Celebrity Wife Swap," and "The Surreal Life."

Verne was 49.

RIP 

Avicii No Criminal Suspicion in Death

4/21/2018 12:53 PM PDT
Breaking News

Avicii's death was not the result of any criminal activity or foul play ... according to cops in Oman.

Autopsies were performed on the DJ both Friday and Saturday, and led to the conclusion that "there is no criminal suspicion in the death" ... according to a law enforcement source for the Agence France-Presse.

No further details were released on the official cause of death.

Avicii was found dead in Oman Friday morning. As we reported ... he was seen hanging out on a yacht with friends looking happy and healthy the day before.

We broke the story ... his brother is currently in Oman searching for answers on how Avicii died.

Rapper Belly Wailed On by Coachella Guards ... Crazy Vid During The Weeknd's Set!!

4/21/2018 11:09 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Belly was the recipient of several flying fists from security guards during The Weeknd's performance at Coachella ... even though the rapper performed at the fest earlier in the night.

Belly -- who actually has a hit song with The Weeknd -- was in a line of people walking from the sound booth to the VIP area near the main stage while The Weeknd was singing "The Hills" ... according to witnesses.

For whatever reason, about 10 men who appear to be Coachella security staff start PUMMELING Belly ... and don't let up for several seconds. The video's wild.

Belly isn't letting it get him down, though. He just tweeted, "No negative bulls**t can steal my joy" and added earlier ... "I'm great y'all. I love you." He also got a shot in at the guards who went after him, saying ... "20 of you p***ies couldn't take me off my feet."

We're told police were not involved in the incident -- by the time they showed up everyone had dispersed and no report was taken.

We reached out to Belly and Coachella organizers about the fracas ... so far no word back.

Avicii Chilling on Yacht with Drink in Hand Day Before Death

4/21/2018 10:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Avicii was hanging on a yacht and sipping a drink the day before his death ... and appeared to be happy and healthy.

In the photo -- obtained by TMZ -- the world-famous DJ is chilling with a couple guys on a boat while flashing a peace sign. We're told it was taken Thursday in Muscat, Oman ... where he was staying nearby at the Muscat Hills Resort.

Avicii has a drink in his hand, but it's unclear if it's alcoholic or not. Avicii said in a 2013 interview he stopped drinking due to pancreatitis and was living a sober lifestyle.

As we reported ... Avicii was found dead Friday morning in Muscat. The resort confirmed he was a guest and said he was extremely kind during his stay and "definitely did seem to be in good spirits while enjoying his time." Photos taken with other guests at the resort seem to back that up.

Avicii's brother is currently in Oman leading the charge to find out what killed him.

Barbara Bush Family, Friends, Clintons & Obamas Attend Former First Lady's Funeral

4/21/2018 9:29 AM PDT

Barbara Bush is being laid to rest, and hundreds have gathered to pay their respects and celebrate the life of a woman who was wife of a president and mother of another.

The former First Lady's funeral is being held in Houston at St Martin's Episcopal Church Saturday, and those in attendance include her husband George H. W. Bush, sons George W. and Jeb Bush and their wives and kids, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, and First Lady Melania Trump.

President Trump chose not to attend to avoid added security complications and out of respect for the Bush family.

As we reported ... Barbara died Tuesday surrounded by her loved ones. She had suffered from congestive heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

She will be buried at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, next to her daughter Robin, who died from leukemia as a child.

Bush served as First Lady of the U.S. from 1989 to 1993, and was known for working to make advancements in universal literacy and founding the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Barbara was 92.

RIP

Lamar Odom I'm Here to Help People ... With My Weed

4/21/2018 1:40 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lamar Odom's new lease on life since coming out of a coma has made him want to improve other people's lives too ... enter his cannabis company.

We got the former NBA Champion at Five Star Juice in Torrance, CA Friday and talked to him about the release of his brand of marijuana products, called Rich Soil, which he believes can help people with their ailments ... like it's helped him.

Odom says his goal to get people "healthy high," saying ... "I want to get people better, bro. If I can get 'em high, I can get 'em better."

He tells us he's been working on the cannabis idea for a year, and doesn't give a damn about haters who think he shouldn't be in this business ... because he believes he's living proof the stuff works.

Lamar also touches on making a basketball comeback, which he told us about a couple days ago too.

Unclear how snacking on Starburst fits into his plan.

Kandi Burruss Who Cares Kim's Done with 'RHOA' ... She Hasn't Held a Peach in Years!!!

4/21/2018 8:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kandi Burruss doesn't think it's a big deal Kim Zolciak's done with "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" ... because she says her presence was hardly felt anyway.

We got Kandi at LAX Friday night and asked her about Kim telling us she's leaving 'RHOA' for good because it's too stressful. Kandi agrees it's demanding, but for a non-peach holder like Kim ... she's not offering any sympathy.

Kandi also tells us Kim wasn't getting along with any of the Housewives -- except maybe one -- so the ladies are fine with her farewell and more than ready to move on.

As for Kim and Kandi's Bravo spin-off ratings beef -- Burruss sets the record straight ... about how she was simply setting the record straight.

Avicii Brother in Oman As Family Seeks Answers

4/21/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

11:25 AM PT -- Oman police say Avicii's body will be flown home to Sweden this week. Still no word on the cause of his death.

One of Avicii's family members is on the ground in Oman leading the charge to find out what killed the world famous DJ ... TMZ has learned.

Sources in Oman tell us Avicii's older brother, David Bergling, checked into an upscale hotel in the capital city of Muscat on Friday evening ... hours after Avicii was found dead. We're told the hotel where he's staying is about 15 minutes away from Muscat Hills -- the resort where Avicii had been vacationing.

As we showed you, the EDM superstar posed for several photos with fans at the resort, and witnesses say he appeared to be in good spirits during his time there.

According to reports in Avicii's native Sweden, he had checked out of Muscat Hills sometime last week. One of the things David is likely looking into is exactly where his brother and a small group of friends went in the days leading up to his death. 

Avicii comes from a very famous family in Sweden. His mother, Anki Liden, and another brother are both actors. David is a hotelier in Sweden.

Ariana Grande Coachella Surprise ... Performs New Single

4/21/2018 7:18 AM PDT

Ariane Grande stunned the Coachella crowd on the first night of weekend #2 by taking the stage during Kygo's set ... and debuting her brand new single.

Grande's live performance Friday night of "No Tears Left to Cry" came just hours after she released the single ... her first new track since last year's Manchester bombing. She also sang Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" with Kygo during her surprise appearance.

It was her second live performance of the year -- she sang at the March for Our Lives rally in March as well.

As we reported ... Kygo dedicated his set to Avicii -- who was found dead at the age of 28 in Oman -- and ended it by playing the world-famous DJ's song, "Without You."

Avicii Emotional Tribute From Kygo At Coachella

4/21/2018 6:56 AM PDT

The death of Avicii was weighing heavily on everyone's minds at Coachella at the start of the second weekend, but his memory lived on thanks to dedications from several musicians ... like Kygo.

The Norwegian DJ closed his set on the main stage Friday night with a tribute to the world-famous DJ, saying ... "Avicii was my biggest musical inspiration and he was the reason I started making electronic music so I don’t think I would’ve been on this stage tonight if it wasn’t for him. I know he’s inspired millions of other producers out there."

He then played Avicii's 2017 track, "Without You" ... which he said is his favorite.

As we reported ... Avicii was found dead in the Middle Eastern country of Oman. Details surrounding his death are still unclear, but he was smiling with fans days before his death.

He was 28. RIP.

Kanye West Still Smiling On Heels of Big Album News

4/21/2018 7:47 AM PDT

Kanye West is looking quite comfortable these days ... and we're not just talking about his outfit.

The rapper was spotted leaving Nobu in Malibu with some friends Friday night in a t-shirt, sweatpants and a light jacket ... and couldn't look happier about the way things are going lately.

Kanye's been in a great mood for a few days. We saw him smiling leaving his office after giving Charlamagne Tha God a preview of his new album, before announcing he's actually releasing TWO albums in June ... one with Kid Cudi.

Then of course, there was his social media PDA with Kim Kardashian at a party for Kourtney's 39th bday ... something rarely seen from the couple.

Clearly, it's good to be Kanye right now.

Ryan Seacrest 'American Idol' Ratings Woes Can't Bring Me Down

4/21/2018 6:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Seacrest loves "American Idol" -- he makes that perfectly clear -- and he doesn't seem to be sweating the prospect of the show not returning next season ... ratings be damned.

We got the 'Idol' host leaving E Baldi restaurant in Beverly Hills Friday evening and asked if he's concerned at all about the revived singing competition struggling to attract viewers. Doesn't seem like it ... because he knows it's a great show.

Ryan says he hopes 'AI' returns for another season, and it should be noted -- it's still performing well for ABC compared to the same time slot in recent years.

So Seacrest is right to stay positive about things ... especially when gets to snap a pic with a "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" star, too.

Ex-Destiny's Child Singer Bey, I'm Down for a Reunion, Too ... Call Me?

4/21/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Former Destiny's Child singer Farrah Franklin didn't join Beyonce on stage at Coachella, but she's making it clear -- she's fully on board for the next reunion ... if the queen will have her.

Farrah was a member of DC for about 6 months in 2000 -- she was on the "Say My Name" remix -- and she watched Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams onstage last weekend. Zero bitterness, though ... she says she was thrilled like everyone else.

She says she wasn't invited to be part of the Coachella gig -- and didn't really expect to be -- but she sounds keen on Bey organizing a more complete reunion in the future.

For now, Farrah's happy doing modeling, acting and her own music ... which includes a trap collab with Maino. All that being said, she'd squeeze in some time for her ex-group mates if the phone rings.

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