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'Big Rig Bounty Hunters' Star Vince Jones Dead at 46

3/22/2017 9:41 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322_Vince-Jones_big_rig-historyVince Jones -- who stars on History Channel's "Big Rig Bounty Hunters" -- died at his home in Delaware, OH on Wednesday  ... TMZ has learned.

Vince's mother, Cathy Smith, tells us ... Vince's wife woke up at 4 AM and heard him making strange noises, and he was barely breathing. She says the wife performed CPR and his 14-year-old son tried to help as well ... but they couldn't revive him.

The family believes it was a heart attack.

We're told Vince was diagnosed with sleep apnea last year and wasn't wearing his mask Tuesday night ... which they believe deprived him of oxygen and triggered the heart attack.

Vince's daughter just got married last Saturday, and we're told he was fine at the wedding.

Vince leaves behind his wife and 6 children. He was 46.

Kesha Workin' It Out In L.A.

3/22/2017 9:21 AM PDT

0322-main-kesha-pcn-01Kesha went makeup-free at the gym in L.A. ... and sweat it out with some Pilates.

The singer sported a simple white tee Tuesday with "Bring it on Home" plastered on the front.

#NoDaysOff

  

'Cash Me Outside' Girl Mom Sued For Food Fight Beatdown

3/22/2017 9:01 AM PDT

0322_Danielle-Bregoli_tmzDanielle Bregoli, aka the "Cash Me Outside" girl, is being accused of unleashing a can of whoop ass on a 27-year-old Florida woman ... but it's her mom who's being sued for the beatdown.

Bregoli's mom, Barbara Ann, is named in the lawsuit ... Danielle is only 13. The woman, named Kimberly Peterson, claims she and Danielle got into a verbal altercation on Feb. 26 in Lake Worth, Fla. that escalated into a full-blown assault.

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In the suit, first reported by The Palm Beach Post, Peterson claims she had food hurled at her, and was repeatedly punched and battered by the viral sensation and "those directed by Bregoli" to the point she violently fell to the ground. Peterson says she suffered serious bodily injury as a result.

According to Danielle's reps ... there's video of the altercation and it shows there wasn't any physical altercation between the two. They say it's "another attempt to get a dollar from someone that’s making them."


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The Pope Hats Off!!!

3/22/2017 7:01 AM PDT

The Pope, exposed by a 3-year-old girl!!!

The video is hilarious ... Estella Westrick was in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City when she was lucky enough to meet Pope Francis, and she clearly wanted a souvenir ... so she grabbed his hat.

The Pope was super cool, and laughed it off.

Wyclef Jean Sheriffs Lied About Traffic Stop

3/22/2017 6:53 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Wyclef Jean says L.A. County Sheriff's deputies flat-out lied about his traffic stop to cover their asses.

Wyclef tells TMZ, he doesn't really have a problem with the fact he was stopped in West Hollywood early Tuesday after someone dressed similar to him and driving a similar car committed an armed robbery.

The singer has big issues with the Sheriffs' narrative -- that he was furtive, went to his trunk and refused to move his hands away from his waistband. Wyclef calls BS, saying the cops were all over him the second they stopped the car and he had no chance of going to the trunk.

Wyclef says the Sheriffs have committed character assassination and he's now considering legal action ... not for the stop, but for what he says are the blatant lies.update_graphic_red_bar7:02 AM PT -- The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. has doubled down, saying they are sticking with their story that Wyclef went to his trunk and ignored demands to move his hands away from his waistband.  They also say they'd love to talk with him to clear the air.update-grey-gray-bar

Stephen Belafonte Still Has Mel B on the Brain

3/22/2017 7:50 AM PDT

0322-main-stephen-belafonte-mega-akm-02Mel B's husband, Stephen Belafonte, is following her lead and still rocking his wedding ring, but it's not stopping him from chatting up a mystery woman ... who had shades of his estranged wife. 

Stephen then hit the liquor store before heading to the Beverly Hills Hotel and Serafina in WeHo -- where he's an owner -- he was spotted chatting up a Mel B look-alike at dinner.  She's even wearing the same shade of nail polish as MB.

The 'AGT' judge filed for divorce Monday after separating in December.

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The White House Another Fence Jumper Gets Caught ... Literally

3/22/2017 6:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322-white-house-getty-01Another man tried to charge the White House Tuesday night, but this time he was caught, and not just by the Secret Service.

TMZ has learned at 10:50 PM, a man tried jumping the fence on 15th Street, but, according to the Secret Service, he was "entangled in security features affixed to the top of the fence."  

Congressman Jason Chaffetz put it in more common parlance for TMZ ... "He was up there dangling on the fence, and the Secret Service grabbed him."

Chaffetz says as far as he can see, protocol was followed on this one, but all the details are not in. 

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El Chapo Feds Want to Root Out Moles On Legal Team

3/22/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0321_El-Chapo_gettyEl Chapo could compromise hundreds, possibly thousands of federal drug investigations with a well-placed mole on his legal team ... that's the fear of federal officials.

We've learned Chapo's legal team will become privy to thousands of sensitive DEA documents that chronicle his activities in the international drug trade. The worry ... that the lawyers Chapo hires will use the info to warn other drug kingpins of the DEA's moves, compromising the investigations.

Prosecutors went to court and asked the federal judge in Brooklyn who is presiding over Chapo's drug trafficking case to allow them to screen every potential foreign lawyer on Chapo's legal team to make sure they're on the up-and-up.

The judge issued an order, obtained by TMZ, in which he allowed them to appoint a specific lawyer to do the screening.

Turns out, there's even a special name for this type of lawyer -- a "firewall attorney." It's someone who works in the U.S. Attorney's Office but is not involved in the Chapo case. It does raise questions ... they're all in the same office, after all. Nonetheless, the judge approved it.

If the firewall attorney thinks one or more of Chapo's lawyers are shady, a recommendation will go to the judge who could prevent the lawyer from joining the defense team.

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Sarah Palin Removes Kaepernick Article from Website ... 'Not Her Opinion'

3/22/2017 8:48 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322-palin-kaepernick-gettySarah Palin has removed an article from her website criticizing Colin Kaepernick's $50,000 donation to Meals on Wheels ... and we're told the post is NOT in line with the former governor's beliefs.

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'Star Wars' Star Daisy Ridley Floored at the Lakers Game

3/22/2017 7:27 AM PDT
Breaking News

0321-lakers-fans-photos-launch-2The force was not strong with the Lakers Tuesday night ... they got straight-up murdered by the Clippers -- but it all went down in front of a ton of huge stars including 'The Force Awakens' star Daisy Ridley!

The 24-year-old British actress (who played Rey in the flick) sat right on the court -- in a celeb-packed crowd that included Michael Phelps, Gucci Mane and Meghan Trainor

By the way, Daisy's next 'Star Wars' movie -- 'The Last Jedi' -- doesn't come out until December. Try and stay calm, people. 

Chuck Barris 'Gong Show' and 'Dating Game' Creator Dead at 87

3/21/2017 11:11 PM PDT
Breaking News

0322_remembering_chuck_barris_launchGame show legend Chuck Barris -- creator and host of "The Gong Show" -- died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Palisades, NY ... according to his publicist.

In addition to starting 'Gong Show' in 1976 ... Barris had also created "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" in the '60s. He claimed to have been a CIA assassin on the side, as chronicled in his autobiography, 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.'

The book became a movie in 2002, starring Sam Rockwell as Chuck, and was George Clooney's directorial debut.

And because TV and CIA work wasn't enough, Barris was also a songwriter! His biggest hit was 1962's "Palisades Park" ... sung by Freddy Cannon.

Chuck was 87.

He and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine (who died 2 years ago) are somewhere doing their thing again ... we hope.

#RIP

Orlando Bloom His New Cliff-hanger

3/22/2017 6:56 AM PDT

0322-orlando-bloom-akm-arrow-01Orlando Bloom's leaving us in suspense with a new cliff-hanger ... by jumping off a cliff.

Orlando's in St. Barts with Kristy Hinze and her billionaire husband James Clark -- been there since Friday, actually -- and he's getting over Katy Perry in exhilarating fashion.

Geronimo. 

Hilary Duff Becky G's Power Ranger Is Gay? Cool, Here's Talking Points!

3/22/2017 6:38 AM PDT

Hilary Duff thinks it's great there's a gay character in the new "Power Rangers" movie ... but when asked to elaborate on its meaning, she resorted to talking points.

We got Hilary on Melrose Ave. Tuesday, and she seemed genuinely surprised that Becky G's playing what appears to be the first openly gay superhero on the big screen. 

But watch what happens when she's pressed as to what it means for the LGBT community. Hilary reaches deep for wisdom ... and pulls out a pretty kosher answer. 

Awesome!

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