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Rowdy Roddy Piper

Comedian Don Barris Chokes Up in Tribute

8/1/2015 7:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Comedian Don Barris, who worked with Rowdy Roddy Piper in comedy and appeared on his podcast, "Piper's Pit", gave us a touching, emotional tribute.

Barris was at The Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip Friday night, where the marquee paid homage to the famous wrestler who passed away Thursday night in his sleep.

Barris sung Roddy's praises, and was overcome by emotion.

It's very touching ... take a look.

0801-sub-piper-the-comedy-store-sign-tmz-01Don was hosting a night at The Comedy Store back in 2010 when Roddy showed his signature body slam move to the audience.

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Snoop Dogg

Busted In Italy

Carrying Too Much Cash

8/1/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0801-snoop-dogg-italy-flag-tmz-getty-02Snoop Dogg found himself in some hot water with Italian Customs agents after facing a problem most people wish they could have ... he was carrying too much money.

Reports say that Snoop was stopped at an Italian airport with approximately $422,000 in cash ... WAY more than the $10K you can move across European borders without claiming.

Half of the money was impounded but in most cases it's returned after fines.

Snoop hasn't had the best of luck in Europe ... he was arrested after officers suspected he was under the influence of pot in Sweden last week.

Mo' Money, Mo' problems.  

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Melba Moore

I Love Bill Cosby

'Nobody's Perfect'

8/1/2015 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Singer Melba Moore has nothing but love for Bill Cosby, saying he's a kind human being and adding, "nobody's perfect."

Moore was leaving the Gramercy Park Theatre in NYC Friday night and told our photog Cosby has done wonderful things for her, providing support on many personal family issues.

As for the sexual assault allegations, she says she doesn't know, but her support is strong.

'Vanderpump Rules' Jax Taylor

Blabs About Hawaiian Sunglasses Arrest

8/1/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jax Taylor from "Vanderpump Rules" should exercise his right to remain silent, because he's a little too loose lipped for his own good following his arrest in Hawaii.

Our photog spotted the reality star with co-star Kristen Doute, who tried to get him to shut up, to no avail. Jax suggests he did not steal from the sunglasses store last month, but the surveillance video seems to tell a very different story.

Jax was arrested for felony theft ... expensive shades.

Celebrity Scramble

GUESS WHO!

8/1/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Hidden beneath this mushroom-inspired face is an action-packed movie star. Cruise through these scrambles and see if you can figure them out!

Fetty Wap

Olive Garden

Is Lucky I Paid Anything

8/1/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-fetty-wap-olive-garden-GETTY-901Fetty Wap was like, "Hey, what's up? Hello," at an Olive Garden Thursday night ... and then he bolted without paying the bill.

Fetty was dining with a group of friends at the famous franchise in Wayne, NJ when he stormed out of the restaurant.  

We're told he threw down $100 for the apps and drinks, but by the time he left, the bill swelled to $160 ... possibly leaving the server on the hook for $60.

Fetty says he was there for 2 hours and the service was so slow his food never came, so he said "arrivederci."

But Olive Garden employees say he was there for only 30 minutes and it was a simple case of dining and dashing. 

Happy ending ... the server didn't have to pay.

We couldn't reach Fetty for comment.

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Elizabeth Berkley

GOOD GENES OR

GOOD DOCS?

8/1/2015 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0728_good_genes_bereklyElizabeth Berkley has been saved by time.

Here's a 17-year-old version of the "Saved by the Bell" star in a promo for season 1 of "Saved by the Bell" (left) and 26 years later... the "Showgirls" actress -- who celebrated her 43rd birthday a few days back -- at the 4th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball last month.

She's alllllright.

The question is...

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'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

Dies at 61

From Cardiac Arrest

7/31/2015 2:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731_roddy_piper_gettyWrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61 ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Piper -- born Roderick George Toombs -- died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood on Thursday night. He was discovered on Friday. 

Piper was a wrestling icon -- one of the biggest stars in the WWE back in the '80s, and even wrestled in "Wrestlemania I" back in 1985 ... squaring off against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. 

Roddy's rep tells us, "I am devastated at this news. Rod was a good friend as well as a client and one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all."

Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2006, but last November he said he was cancer free. A family source tells us he was "cancer free" at the time of his death.

A family member tells us, "Our family is saddened by the sudden passing of our father and beloved husband, Roderick Toombs aka Rowdy Roddy Piper." 

Roddy was admitted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2005 and was one of the top 50 villains in the history of the WWE.  

Piper had a long relationship with WWE -- last wrestling back in 2008 ... but appeared on various WWE shows up until 2014.  

Roddy is survived by his wife Kitty and their 4 kids -- including 3 daughters and son Colton who's pursuing a career in professional wrestling. 

The death is especially shocking considering we just spoke to him on Friday and asked his opinion about the Hulk Hogan scandal.

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Hulk Hogan

Roddy Was My Best Friend

... I'll Miss Him

7/31/2015 3:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-hogan-piper-tmz-getty-01 Hulk Hogan tells TMZ Sports ... he's devastated over the news of his friend Roddy Piper -- saying, "I will forever miss him."

"He was my best friend. He is a legend."

Hogan adds, "God's gain is our loss. May his family in this time of need, find peace. Much love forever, HH."

Hogan and Piper were the two of the biggest stars in wrestling back in the '80s -- and famously did battle at "Wrestlemania I" in 1985. 

But outside the ring, they were tight -- and remained friends for decades. 

The Iron Sheik has also issued a statement ... saying, "Roddy Piper. I love you forever. God bless you bubba."

WWE legend Virgil -- "My main man. Always had my back. RIP #RoddyPiper."

Kevin Nash -- "RIP to Roddy Piper. Prayers to his family and loved ones."

Bill Goldberg -- "#RIP #RoddyPiper ........damn sure one of the good guys. Gonna miss ya buddy"

Jim Ross -- "Rest in peace, Roddy Piper. You will live in our hearts forever"

UFC's Dana White -- "Sad day. RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper."

John Cena -- "One of the true greats of all time. My heart goes out to his family and the fans he entertained over the years. RIP Rowdy."

WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon -- "Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world. I extend my deepest condolences to his family." 

We're constantly updating this post .... 

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Luis Miguel

Sued by Pap Over

Alleged Airport Beatdown

7/31/2015 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731_Luis-Miguel-Gallego-Basteri-gettyLuis Miguel is being sued by a photog who claims the Latin legend's bodyguard beat him up ... at the singer's direction. 

Tony Echevarria claims he was filming Miguel on April 19 when the singer's bodyguard pushed him to the ground and battered him. 

The pap says the bodyguard was instructed by Miguel to attack any pap who tried taking his pic. 

Echevarria isn't saying how much he wants ... but we're guessing it's a lot.

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Joe Jackson

Member of the Jackson 1

Caring for Joe

7/31/2015 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Janet Jackson has put her life on hold to take care of her dad while he recovers from 3 heart attacks, and she's the only member of the brood who made the trek to Brazil.

We're told Janet arrived in Brazil Tuesday to tend to her father, cancelling rehearsals for her upcoming tour. We're told Janet limited the access to ICU, where Joe was hooked up for nearly a week.   

The good news ... Joe's now out of ICU and on the mend. He's eating solid foods and the goal is for him to regain enough strength so he can get on a plane and return to the U.S. for further treatment.

We're told La Toya and Jermaine were talking about flying over, but when Joe's condition improved they decided to wait until he came home.

If all goes well, Joe could return home as early as Monday. 

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Bobbi Kristina Funeral

Invitation Infuriates Brown Family Member

7/31/2015 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Bobbi Kristina will be laid to rest Saturday and her funeral already has the Browns and the Houstons fighting ... over money. 

TMZ's obtained the invite ... the guest list is tight and even if you're on the list you have to present a government-issued ID at the door.   

Now the conflict -- the invitation suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to The Marion P. Foundation, a charity run by Bobbi Kristina's aunt Pat Houston, benefiting troubled teens. 

Leolah Brown, BK's other aunt, claims Pat's just lining her personal bank account and she's asking people not to send “ONE RED CENT!” to the charity. Leolah says Pat's "not the sweet quiet person that she's tried so hard to make people believe she was... ." And what's more -- she alleges the late Whitney Houston would agree. 

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