Nick's brother, Jack Walker Jr., shared the news Wednesday by writing, "GOD WHY I DID I HAVE TO LOSE MY BROTHER ON NEW YEARS," and adding ... "All I can do is cry." He later shared a tribute post with several photos of himself with Nick.
It appears Gordon was hospitalized for a short time before his death ... Walker says he was at his brother's bedside and spoke to him in his final moments. Reports say Gordon died of a suspected drug overdose.
As you'll recall ... Gordon and a friend found Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter face down in a bathtub on January 31, 2015, and she was placed in an induced coma. Brown suffered irreversible brain damage and remained unresponsive, and passed away in hospice care on July 26, 2015.
7:00 AM PT -- MLB commish Rob Manfred released a statement on Larsen's death.
“Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game Five of the 1956 World Series at Yankee Stadium is one of the most memorable achievements in the history of our National Pastime."
"His unexpected performance on that Monday afternoon has remained unique for 63 years and counting. On a team of many stars, Don illustrated that anyone can make history – even perfection – on our sport’s biggest stage."
"On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, friends and the fans he touched during his life in our great game.”
Don Larsen -- the only pitcher in MLB history to ever throw a perfect game in the World Series -- died Wednesday ... Major League Baseball announced.
Larsen's agent, Andrew Levy, told the Associated Press the ex-New York Yankee passed away due to esophageal cancer. He was 90 years old.
Larsen pitched for seven different teams during his 14-year MLB career from 1953-1967 ... but it was his performance in the 1956 World Series that he'll be forever remembered for.
The right-hander tossed a perfect game -- no hits and no walks allowed -- against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the Fall Classic. He was later named MVP of the series.
Larsen ended his baseball career with an 81-91 all-time record, and finished with a career 3.78 ERA and 849 strikeouts in 1548.0 innings pitched.
"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Don Larsen, who remained a welcome & familiar face at our annual Old-Timers’ Day celebrations," the NY Yankees announced in a statement.
"The Yankees organization extends its deepest condolences to Don’s family and friends during this difficult time. He will be missed."
Originally Published -- 1/1 8:57 PM PT
David Stern -- Hall of Fame ex-NBA Commissioner -- has died 3 weeks after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
The NBA says Stern passed away Wednesday afternoon with his wife, Dianne, and their family at his bedside.
As we reported ... Stern was in serious condition after undergoing emergency brain surgery to address the sudden hemorrhage he suffered at a Manhattan restaurant on December 12. Sadly, he was unable to make a recovery.
David took over as commissioner of the NBA in 1984 and ushered incredible growth in the league over his 30-year tenure. Of course, he was in charge during the heyday of Bird, Magic and Michael ... and helped the NBA become the global juggernaut it is today.
The American star of the Australian reality show, "Bride and Prejudice," is dead.
26-year-old Micah Downey died suddenly Saturday -- it appears he died in the U.S. The cause of death has not been revealed.
Micah was engaged to Milly Johnson. The premise of the show is following couples planning on tying the knot when their families disapprove.
As for Micah and Milly, she's pregnant with their second child but said back in November they had broken up. There were reports -- unconfirmed -- that the relationship fell apart because of his alleged drug addiction.
Milly posted, "It is so sad & unbelievably surreal that i am making this post ... I am struggling to put into words how sad & heartbreaking this is. I just hope he is at peace wherever he is & that he will always be watching over his babies."
She ended by writing, "A bad, bad dream ... I can't believe you're not here. Rest in Peace, Micah."
There were a lot of shocking and sad celebrity deaths in 2019 ... including a tragic murder, fatal strokes and seizures, and another star taking their own life.
The rap world lost Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed in his own neighborhood, and Juice WRLD, who died after suffering a seizure in an airport.
Cameron Boyce also left this Earth too soon, suffering an epileptic seizure and dying in his sleep when he was only 20 years old.
Keith Flint died by suicide, hanging himself to death.
There was also a ton of health-related deaths -- both expected and unexpected. Hollywood lost legends like Luke Perry and John Singleton to strokes, and heart issues claimed the lives of John Witherspoon, Rip Taylor and Sid Haig ... while Beth Chapman and Katherine Helmond also passed.
Take a look back at who we've lost in Tinseltown and beyond this year.
7:11 AM PT -- 12/30 -- According to a report, the brothers created a suicide pact after Joe was diagnosed with cancer. The brother's cousin, Phoebe Charleen Smith, told the Telegraph, "Joey had cancer, and Billy told him "I'd never be able to live without you."
She continued, "Joey told the family he got the all-clear after chemo two months ago, but we don't know if that's true now."
Twin brothers who starred in TLC's "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding" are dead after an apparent joint suicide.
The 32-year-old siblings, Bill and Joe Smith, were found hanging in a tree in Sevenoaks, England ... this according to law enforcement.
"Celebrity Big Brother" winner Paddy Doherty confirmed the news on Facebook, calling it a "terrible, terrible tragedy," adding, "I'm very sorry for their troubles from the bottom of my heart. May God look after them, may God have mercy on them, they are two angels, harmless, they were unbelievable."
Bill and Joe starred in the 3rd season of the hit show. When they started they were 24 years old and working as gardeners.
"My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding" followed the lives of and traditions of Irish traveler families for 3 seasons from 2011 to 2015.
Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths, but cops seem confident they were suicides.
Originally Published -- 7:07 AM PT 12/29
Detroit Lions star Marvin Jones broke some heartbreaking news this weekend -- his infant son, Marlo, has died ... a loss that has shaken the organization at large.
The wide receiver made the announcement Saturday, saying his boy -- the youngest of his 5 children who was born this summer -- had passed away. He didn't reveal a cause, but in an emotional post made clear the kid had left his mark on both him and the family.
Marvin took to Instagram and wrote of his son, "Yesterday the Lord called home a piece of my family’s heart, Marlo. It is hard to believe that our little angel, our fighter from day one, our son “Marlito” has unfortunately passed away and is no longer here with us."
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He continued, "Marlo, the joy that you brought to us everyday, with that smile, and that energy was like heaven on earth. You will always be in our hearts. We will always remember you." Marvin added he and his wife, Jazmyn, hadn't gotten a chance to hear his first words yet -- which he notes would've been in Spanish -- among many other "firsts."
The NFL player finished by saying, "We know that everything that We do from here on out will be with you. Every step we take, you will be with us. Whenever we have a bad day, We will think of your smile. We miss you already buddy and will forever love you. Rest peacefully our sweet baby boy. You have gained your wings."
The Lions released a statement after hearing word that Marlo had died, saying Marvin and Jazmyn embody the meaning of family with the example they set in the Detroit community. They also asked for privacy on behalf of the Jones family.
Marlo was 6 months old. RIP
Sad news for "Game of Thrones" fans ... the guy who stood in as the body double for Alfie Allen's Theon Greyjoy has died, and Alfie's now offering up his thoughts and prayers.
Andrew Dunbar passed away on Christmas Eve in Belfast, Ireland ... this according to his friends and an extras acting agency that had employed him. No cause of death was immediately revealed, but the news seemed to stun his contemporaries, including Alfie.
The English actor posted tributes of his 'GoT' stand-in, saying "RIP Andrew Dunbar," and then going on to share his full thoughts. Alfie wrote, "Andrew Dunbar was an actor who was also a stand in as Theon on GoT. Extremely shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. To lose a loved one so young, I can only imagine what his family are going through."
Ice Cube's gone back to the drawing board with the fourth installment of "Friday" ... and he's clearly pissed.
The N.W.A. rapper revealed there's been some major beef between him and the film's production studio New Line Cinema ... for dragging its feet on green-lighting "Last Friday." The rub and possible deal-breaker ... John Witherspoon -- who plays Mr. Jones, Ice Cube's father in the film -- has died.
So, when we got Cube Friday at LAX, we asked if he'd ever considered using CGI in the film -- since Carrie Fisher's fam was okay with a Princess Leia CGI in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" -- and he could not have been clearer.
"Last Friday" is the fourth and final installment of the 'Friday' franchise that kicked off in 1995. It's been about 18 years since the last 'Friday' film, and Cube says, "It's all on New Line, man." He's especially pissed cause, if New Line Cinema didn't take its sweet time, they easily would've been able to put Witherspoon in the flick.
Back in May, Cube revealed he wanted to release the film on April 26, 2020 ... but that's clearly not happening now ... if ever.
Don Imus -- the legendary yet controversial radio personality -- has died ... according to a family spokesperson.
Imus died Friday at a hospital in College Station, Texas, after being admitted on Christmas Eve. A cause of death is unknown at this time.
The cowboy hat-wearing shock jock's death comes less than 2 years after he retired. His final day on the "Imus in the Morning" radio program was March 29, 2018. Don made the announcement of his retirement via Twitter in January 2018, saying ... "Turn out the lights...the party's over."
Imus hosted his radio show for almost 50 years, and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
His radio career began in the late '60s, and he started his morning show in 1971 at WNBC in New York City. Over the years, he became popular for pushing boundaries on the air ... but was also known for making comments considered racist, misogynistic and xenophobic.
Because of that, Don faced many lawsuits and accusations of defamatory speech, and had a well-known rivalry with fellow "shock jock" Howard Stern.
In 2007, Imus made headlines for his offensive remarks about the Rutgers Women's Basketball team, who he referred to as "nappy-headed 'hos" and "jigaboos."
He was fired by CBS shortly afterward, but made a return to radio and TV later that year.
A DoorDash delivery driver was shot and killed in an early morning armed robbery at a Denny's ... and a manhunt is on for the suspects.
The 2 men entered the restaurant in Manassas, Virginia around 2:20 AM the day after Christmas while brandishing guns and were reportedly robbing the place when Yusuf Ozgur, a DoorDash employee, arrived to pick up an order.
Ozgur was tragically killed when he encountered the suspects as they were running out ... according to police.
Surveillance footage shows the men running into the Denny's with dark clothes, masks and gloves on before holding the place up. Prince William County police describe them as in their late teens to early 20s.
Lee Mendelson -- the man behind over 50 Charlie Brown TV specials -- died on Christmas Day after a long battle with cancer ... according to his family.
The esteemed "Peanuts" producer reportedly passed away at his home in Hillsborough, CA. His son, Jason, says ... "It wasn’t great for us, but to have him pass on Christmas really ties into his history and legacy."
Along with producing the holiday television classic, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in 1965, Lee also wrote the lyrics to “Christmas Time Is Here” ... the song famously featured in the special. The special brought Mendelson the first of his 12 Emmy Awards.
Mendelson earned his 12th Emmy in 2015 for “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown.” He's also won 4 Peabody Awards and was nominated for an Oscar and 2 Grammys.
Lee's relationship with "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz began in the '60s on the heels of Mendelson's acclaimed documentary about Willie Mays. Schultz saw it and agreed to work with Lee on another documentary ... but ended up producing the 'Charlie Brown Christmas' special instead.
The success of that led to 1966’s “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and 1973’s “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” among many others.
Mendelson teamed with "Garfield" creator Jim Davis in the '80s to produce the first animated short featuring the grumpy cat ... and went on to help launch the "Garfield and Friends" series in the early '90s.
Lee produced several documentaries and network specials outside of children's programming, as well. He's survived by his wife, Ploenta, 4 children, a stepson and 8 grandchildren.
Mendelson was 86.
It's eerie for sure ... George Michael's sister died on Christmas Day ... exactly 3 years after the singer himself died.
Melanie Panayiotou was found dead in her London home by her sister, Yioda. The cause of death was not revealed, but cops say it's not being treated as suspicious. Police would not elaborate.
55-year-old Melanie was close to her famous brother, who died on Xmas Day 2016, at age 53. He was also found dead in his home. The cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy, myocarditis and a fatty liver.
Just last month, Melanie commented on George's film, "Last Christmas." She said, "Yog [her nickname for George] adored Christmas and he loved the idea of this film. I am sure he will be enjoying seeing Emilia [Clarke]'s amazing light bulb smile, something they share, across the celestial miles." And then she added ... "And, most importantly, we all, together with our dear departed Yog (my 'very proud to be gay' brother -- contrary to what you may have read recently!) wish a very merry, merry, Christmas ..."
We got Vic out at Delilah in WeHo and wanted his take on Lil Pump dropping "Drug Addicts" from his setlist at L.A.'s Rolling Loud Festival ... and instead opting for a tribute with Juice's hit single, "Lucid Dreams."
Vic gave a nod to Pump for the gesture, but he added hip-hop needs to take responsibility for Juice WRLD's death. He pulls no punches, saying rap lyrics glorifying drugs sends a dangerous message to fans ... especially young ones.
Vic, who's been open about his past addiction and depression issues, says Juice WRLD's death hit him hard because he realizes how easily that could've been him.
A man who accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him -- once part of the Royal Family of Norway -- has committed suicide.
Ari Behn, an author who was married to Princess Martha Louise of Norway for 14 years, took his life on Christmas Day. The couple divorced in 2016.
Behn had been battling alcoholism for years. In 2009, he said he feared he wouldn't be able to see his 3 kids grow up because of his struggle with alcoholism.
Behn's manager said, "We are grateful that we got to know him. We grieve that our grandchildren have now lost their beloved father -- and have deep compassion for his parents, siblings, who have now lost their beloved son and brother."
He accused Spacey of groping him at a 2007 concert celebrating the Nobel Peace Prize. He had said, "We had a great talk, he sat right beside me. After 5 minutes, he said, 'Hey, let's go out and have a cigarette.' Then he put his hand under the table and grabs me by the balls." He says he told Spacey, "Er, maybe later."
Spacey never responded to the allegation.
As we reported, the same day Behn died, Spacey posted a bizarre video saying people who prejudged him should check themselves.
Dog The Bounty Hunter is honoring his late wife's memory this Christmas ... with mementos from their holidays of yore.
Our Dog sources tell TMZ ... he used all of Beth's old Christmas decorations to get his home in the holiday spirit, and just couldn't bear to put up any new decor after her passing.
As you can see, Dog's got a huge Christmas tree in his living room ... and we're told it's full of Beth's favorite ornaments.
He'll be spending Christmas at his home in Colorado, where he'll be surrounded by close friends and family, including his son, Garry, and daughter, Bonnie Jo.
As you can imagine, it will be an emotional time for the Chapmans -- it's their first Xmas without Beth.
The holiday spread will have some of Beth's touches too ... we're told the family will be chowing down on Beth's old recipes for their Christmas dinner, as she used to cook for everyone.
On the menu -- deviled eggs with jalapenos, sweet potatoes with tons of brown sugar and corn syrup and homemade apple cider to wash it all down.
Get those tissues out.