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'The Conjuring' Real-Life Demon Chaser Dead at 92

4/19/2019 8:29 AM PDT
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Lorraine Warren, the real-life paranormal investigator whose work inspired the 'Conjuring' horror franchise, has died.

Lorraine died quietly and peacefully earlier this week, according to her grandson, Chris McKinnell. He said, "Last night my grandmother, Lorraine Warren, quietly and peacefully left us to join her beloved Ed. She was happy and laughing until the very end."

Lorraine and her husband, Ed, who died in 2006, were world-renowned paranormal investigators whose casework sparked James Wan's horror film franchise. Lorraine's character was played by Vera Farmiga.

Lorraine -- born on January 31, 1927 -- and Ed investigated scores of paranormal cases, but none more famous than what went down in Amityville, NY. That creepy case inspired the 1977 book, "The Amityville Horror" ... as well as the 1979 horror flick and the 2005 remake.

In "The Conjuring," Lorraine's character investigates a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse, but not before the film introduces the audience to the infamous Annabelle doll in the opening scene -- showing 2 roommates getting tortured by the doll with creepy messages on the walls. 

Years later, Lorraine and Ed would go on to create a museum featuring the haunted objects they had kept from their investigations ... including the real Annabelle doll.

Lorraine was 92. RIP

NBA's Jordan Clarkson Gets Nipsey Tat ... After Nightclub Speech

4/18/2019 9:28 AM PDT
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Jordan Clarkson is following up on his passionate nightclub speech on the late Nipsey Hussle with a more permanent tribute ... honoring the slain rapper with a tattoo on his body.

As we previously reported ... the Cleveland Cavaliers guard gave an emotional tribute to Nip at a Scottsdale nightclub hours after Hussle was murdered ... calling for an end to gang and gun violence.

Clarkson decided to go one step further to show love for Nip ... getting the rapper's face tattooed on his left arm on Wednesday ... along with "TMC," for Hussle's "The Marathon Continues" slogan.

JC already has a bunch of body art -- he's almost fully covered now -- but this one has to mean a lot to the baller, hitting up Canada-based artist Steve Wiebe for the job.

You've probably seen Wiebe's work before -- he also works with stars like Future, Kelly Oubre Jr., Rita Ora and P.J. Tucker.

Clarkson joins fellow NBAer J.R. Smith with the permanent tribute to Nip ... who also paid homage with body art.


'Trainspotting 2' Actor Bradley Welsh Dead at 42 in Shooting

4/17/2019 4:44 PM PDT

Bradley Welsh -- a co-star in 'Trainspotting 2' -- is dead after he was shot in the head on the streets of Scotland's capital city ... this according to multiple reports. 

The actor was reportedly gunned down Wednesday night on the streets of an affluent neighborhood in Edinburgh ... and he died at the scene. Scottish police swarmed the area to investigate the shooting ... putting the neighborhood on lockdown.

Bradley biggest film success came playing a gangland boss in the "Trainspotting" sequel. His character owned a couple of seedy saunas around Edinburgh. 

Welsh is also a former British ABA Lightweight boxing champion. Back in 2009, he was featured on the Bravo docuseries, "Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men." Bradley wasn't even an actor before catching his big break on 'Trainspotting 2' ... and he reportedly ran into trouble with the law as a soccer hooligan. 

Welsh was a positive force in his community in recent years ... reportedly running a boxing gym and staying involved with charity projects aimed at helping youth stay out of trouble. 

Bradley was 42. 


Nipsey Hussle Big Foundation Plans Before Death ... Family Picks Up Torch

4/17/2019 1:00 AM PDT

Nipsey Hussle was in the middle of some big plans to give back to his Crenshaw neighborhood with his own foundation ... and now that baton is being passed to his relatives.

Sources close to Nip's family tell TMZ ... he was in the process of creating a foundation designed to improve the quality of life in his community -- primarily for young people -- and he started laying the groundwork long before his murder.

Nipsey's vision for his foundation looked something like this: Working with schools to rebuild playgrounds, helping improve public parks in Crenshaw and moving forward with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs for students.

Turns out, Nip had already started some of this work. L.A. City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson tells TMZ, the rapper donated shoes to kids at 59th Street Elementary, and also repaved the basketball courts there.

We're told Nipsey had a total of 14 businesses, but his family is making the foundation their top priority. One of the first things they'll be addressing is naming the foundation.   

As you know, Nipsey loved giving back to his community ... he opened his Marathon Clothing store at the intersection of Slauson and Crenshaw, seeing an opportunity to invest in his hood and give people jobs.

Plus, he was heavily involved in Destination Crenshaw -- a beautification project to turn a 1.3 mile stretch of Crenshaw Blvd. into an open-air art museum. We're told his family intends to keep contributing to that project.

As we reported ... Nipsey also had a meeting scheduled -- sadly, the day after his murder -- with L.A. Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff to help prevent gang violence.

Now, his family will further cement his legacy through the work of his foundation.

'Mary Tyler Moore Show' Star Georgia Engel Dead at 70

4/15/2019 6:43 PM PDT

Georgia Engel, who rose to fame playing Georgette Franklin on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," has died.  

The actress died Friday in Princeton, NJ, according to the New York Times, and a cause of death has not been determined. Georgia was a Christian Scientist and reportedly did not see a doctor.

Georgia joined 'Mary Tyler Moore' in 1972 during the show's third season, and she was nominated for 2 Emmy Awards for supporting actress in a comedy. As the innocent girlfriend of Ted Knight's news anchor character, Ted Baxter, Georgia's breakout character Georgette was soft-spoken and ditzy on the outside, but tough as nails inside. 

Georgia also earned 3 Emmy nominations for her work on "Everybody Loves Raymond," guest starring as Pat MacDougall in 13 episodes. She also had a handful of stints on "The Betty White Show," "Goodtime Girls" and "Jennifer Slept Here." 

Georgia is best known for her roles on TV ... but her career began onstage when she reached Broadway in 1969 as a replacement in the original production of "Hello, Dolly!" Afterwards, Georgia appeared in an off-Broadway production, John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves," before eventually finding her way to 'Mary Tyler Moore.'

Georgia was 70. 


Nipsey Hussle Hollywood Hills Gravesite Flooded w/ Flowers Post-Funeral

4/13/2019 10:43 AM PDT

Nipsey Hussle's gravesite looks like a floral garden the day after he was laid to rest by family and friends.

TMZ got these shots of Nip's burial grounds the morning after his funeral Friday at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills.

It's clear ... loved ones left him with something to admire from up above. You can see a number of flower arrangements, as well as some sentimental items like a magazine cover he was featured on and a banner sporting his name.

As we reported ... Lauren London and a number of close family members flocked to the cemetery Friday afternoon to pay their respects one final time as they put the L.A. legend's casket six feet deep in what appears to be a closed-off, private burial plot.

Friday's gathering marked the end of an emotional two weeks for Nipsey's family, who had just celebrated the man's life at a massive memorial service Thursday at STAPLES Center in DTLA. Lauren shared some words about her late soulmate, and we can only imagine she had some final words for him on Friday as well. 

We broke the story ... Nipsey was shot and killed nearly two weeks ago tomorrow in front of his Marathon Clothing store in the Crenshaw District of South L.A. The alleged shooter has been charged with murder ... to which he pled not guilty last week. 

Nipsey was 33. RIP

Nipsey Hussle Lauren London, Family Say Goodbye ... Buried At Cemetery

4/12/2019 4:13 PM PDT

Nipsey Hussle's funeral is underway in Los Angeles ... and his family and Lauren London just arrived to lay the slain rapper to rest. 

Lauren and Nipsey's fam pulled up to Friday's funeral service at Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills ... wearing all black as they say goodbye to their son, brother, father, relative, lover and friend.  

Lauren's flanked by her and Nipsey's son, Kross Asghedom ... and her child with Lil WayneKameron Carter, who shared a dream he had about Nipsey rising out of the ocean during Thursday's celebration of life at Staples Center. 

Nipsey's funeral is a private affair ... but you can tell just how much he meant to the people in his inner circle because there's a fairly large gathering in front of his casket. 

Friday's funeral service culminates two extremely difficult weeks for Nipsey's loved ones ... and putting him six feet deep is sure to stir up profound emotions. It's a sobering scene for sure. 

Nipsey's gone forever, but he'll never be forgotten in L.A.


Reggie Bush Donates $10,000 To Nipsey's Kids ... Wants To Raise $100K

4/12/2019 1:40 PM PDT
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Awesome gesture from Reggie Bush ... the ex-NFL star is making sure Nipsey Hussle's kids will be taken care of -- donating $10,000 to them and hoping to raise over $90k more.

Unclear how close Bush was to the late rapper ... but as a San Diego native and a former USC superstar -- it's clear the SoCal legend was able to touch Reggie in some way during his life.

So, Bush is giving back to Hussle in the wake of his tragic death last month ... by donating $10,000 to Nipsey's two children and encouraging his followers to chip in as well.

"[Nipsey] touched a lot of lives in a positive way. He wanted to make a difference in his community, and communities like it all around the world," Bush said.

"As a tribute to Nipsey, I would like to offer support to his children, and all funds from this GoFundMe will be transferred directly into a trust that was created solely for his legacy, his two children, Kross & Emani."

Reggie added, "I'm making a donation to start this off. Please join me in honoring him in this way."

One NFL player has already contributed -- Patriots wideout Phillip Dorsett donated $1,000 to the campaign just an hour after Bush made the announcement.

Bush says his fundraising campaign will end on April 19.

Nipsey -- who was murdered outside his clothing store in L.A. on March 31 -- has been honored by all kinds of athletes since his death, with LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and even Clippers star Montrezl Harrell paying tribute.

Clark Gable's Grandson Accidentally OD'd On Fentanyl & Oxycodone

4/12/2019 10:11 AM PDT

Clark Gable's grandson, Clark Gable III, died from an accidental overdose on the same drug that killed Prince ... and several others.

According to the autopsy report from Dallas County, the medical examiner determined Gable's overdose was the combined effects of fentanyl, oxycodone and alprazolam ... generic Xanax.

His time of death is listed as 9:11 AM on February 22. The medical examiner also found Gable had a history of abusing weed, alcohol and Xanax. As we reported ... the legendary actor's grandson was found unresponsive in his bed by his fiance. 

Gable -- best known as the host of the reality show, "Cheaters," in seasons 13 and 14 -- was filming in Dallas when he died and the family said he had no prior health conditions.

Sources on the set tell TMZ ... crew members worried about his drug use and brought it up to the creator of "Cheaters", Bobby Goldstein, who tells TMZ he never saw Clark use drugs.

What's more ... Goldstein tells us he confronted Gable about the concerns and Goldstein says Gable told him there was nothing to worry about.

Fentanyl is one of the deadliest contributors to the Opioid epidemic. As we've reported, it also contributed to the deaths of Prince, Mac Miller and Lil Peep.

Nipsey Hussle People Profiting Off Memorial ... Selling Free Programs for Big Money

4/12/2019 9:01 AM PDT

8:55 AM PT -- EBay is cracking down. A spokesperson tells TMZ, "These booklets are prohibited under eBay's policies. Any items that attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering are not allowed to be sold on eBay."

Sources at eBay assure us that all the programs will be removed and they will educate the sellers who have listed them.Some of Nipsey Hussle's fans who packed into Staples Center at his celebration of life -- are turning a quick profit off the service by hawking their FREE programs for HUNDREDS of dollars. 

Tons of programs from Nipsey's memorial started flooding eBay hours after the service ended, and we've seen some sellers asking for more than $1,000.

One auction ending Friday morning closed at $500 for the piece of history.

Remember, tickets to the Celebration of Life were distributed at no cost, and the booklets passed out at the service were also free -- because Nipsey's family wanted it that way -- so these sellers are turning huge profits off the slain Crenshaw rapper

It's at least the second time we've seen folks try to use Nipsey's memorial to cash in ... scalpers tried to sell the free tickets for astronomical prices before getting shut down

Nipsey was remembered as a great man, talented rapper and savvy businessman during his memorial -- so, you could argue he'd see the unabashed profiteering as a smart move.

On the other hand ... his estate and family absorbed all the cost of that amazing memorial service for his fans. So, maybe it's just a bad look.

The capitalism continues. 

Originally Published -- 8:39 AM PT

Nipsey Hussle Marathon Merch Selling Out Fast!!! Thanks to Famous Friends

4/12/2019 1:00 AM PDT

Meek Mill and The Game are just a few of the celebs who went on a MASSIVE shopping spree at Nipsey Hussle's Marathon store ... just their small way to help out the fam.

We're told in the last few days, and in the lead up to the late rapper's celebration of life at Staples Center ... items have been flying off the shelves after Meek, Game and others made it their mission to stop by the famous store on Slauson Ave. to drop tons of cash.

T.I., 2 Chainz and NBA stars, J.R. Smith, DeMar DeRozan and Al Harrington are just some of the other celebs who did their part. We're told they refused to accept any free items and would only pay for the items they selected.

You can see in the video posted on Instagram by Meek ... the store's been nearly wiped out. That particular corner's been incredibly busy as of late. Hundreds of fans have stopped by leaving candles, flowers and notes for the legendary rapper who was tragically murdered earlier this month.

Tens of thousands of fans mourned the rapper one last time at his celebration of life ... with a procession that marched right by The Marathon Clothing store.

Nipsey Hussle Celebrating His Life Memorial & Procession

4/11/2019 2:14 PM PDT

5:40 PM PT -- The procession is finally approaching Marathon Clothing -- at the intersection of Slauson and Crenshaw -- and the crowd is THICK. Thousands of fans are lining the streets leading up to the store ... where even more people have gathered.

Several Nation of Islam security guards are surrounding the hearse as it slowly rolls through the crowds. The Eritrean flag is draped on the roof, repping for Nip's heritage -- his father emigrated from the east African nation.

2:10 PM PT -- The memorial just wrapped after some rousing tributes from Snoop Dogg and YG ... followed by Stevie Wonder -- who performed "Rocket Love" and "Tears in Heaven."

The funeral procession is about to begin ... with the route looping through South L.A., and ending at the Angelus Funeral Home.

12:45 PM PT -- Lauren started her tribute to Nipsey by reading a text message she sent to him back in January, while she watched him sleep. In part, she said, "I want you to know I feel real joy in my heart when I'm around you. I feel safe around you. Protected. Like a shield over me when you're around."

She ended the text with ... "My truth is this. I'm never going to give up on you. My love and devotion is to you."

Lauren also talked about how Nipsey cared for his children and made sure his family left home each day with the right energy. She said, "My pain is for my 2-year-old who probably won't remember how much his dad loved him."

She shared something Nipsey always said to her ... "You can't possess people, that you experience them. I'm so honored and blessed that I got to experience him."

Then she closed her tribute with an incredibly moving message for all of Los Angeles you MUST see -- and a personal note to her love ... "Until we meet again ... the Marathon continues!"

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Minutes after the funeral ended, Lauren showed off her new tattoo -- a tribute to Nip, with a caption, "Real Love Never Dies."

12:35 PM PT -- Nipsey's mom and dad just got onstage ... where his mom shared one of the final text message exchanges she had with her son. She also spoke of what a great man he was and how he was such a light in his community.

11:54 AM -- Lauren was onstage just moments ago with her and Nipsey's kids. Lauren's son, Kameron, shared a dream he had about Nipsey rising out of the ocean before leading the crowd to chant "respect." The family then gave way for Jhene Aiko to come onstage and sing.

11:07 AM PT -- The Celebration is now underway.

Nipsey Hussle's Celebration of Life is about to begin at Staples Center, and TMZ is live streaming what's expected to be a very emotional memorial service.

The slain Crenshaw rapper is being honored with a spectacular service in downtown L.A., where 21,000 people will turn out to pay their respects. So far Jay Z, Beyonce, G-Eazy, Big SeanBig Boy, James HardenDeMar DeRozan, Russell Westbrook and Meek Mill have arrived for the event.

The silver hearse carrying Nipsey's body arrived outside the arena early Thursday ahead of the ceremony.

As you know, the free tickets to his memorial were hard to come by this week, as they were gobbled up within minutes after they were made available to Cali residents. It's also a heavily guarded affair, with a mix of muscle from LAPD and Nation of Islam, as well as Staples Center personnel. 

The memorial program is full of notes of goodbye and memories from close friends and family. Lauren London shared a touching text she sent to Ermias -- Nipsey's real name -- before his death. There are also letters written by James HardenDJ KhaledKendrick LamarLeBron JamesThe Game, and tons of others. 

The ceremony opened with a surprise ... a reading of a letter sent to Nipsey's family by President Barack Obama.

We also got the Order of Service and it confirms many of Nipsey's celeb friends will be heavily involved ... including Anthony HamiltonMarsha AmbrosiusSnoop DoggJhene AikoYGStevie Wonder and Big BoyMinister Louis Farrakhan will also speak during the ceremony.

Nipsey's armored truck with his All Money In record label logo is parked outside Staples and, as you can see, it's heavily guarded. The truck is normally a fixture outside his Marathon Clothing store.

The service starts at 10 AM sharp and runs through noon. Afterwards, a funeral procession will carry Nipsey's casket on a 25-mile trek through much of the city, stopping at important landmarks like his store, and ending at a funeral home. 

We'll be live streaming the procession as well ... throngs of fans and supporters will be flooding the streets, as Nipsey makes one final victory lap through the neighborhoods and communities he fiercely supported.

Nipsey's shocking death is prompting extraordinary developments in L.A. -- a full peace treaty between several gangs, who are putting down firearms and showing more unity to honor Nip. Gang leaders from Watts, Compton, L.A. and Inglewood already marched for peace.  

As we first told you ... Nipsey was gunned down March 31 outside his store in the Hyde Park area of L.A.. He died from gunshot wounds to the head and torso and was pronounced dead 35 minutes after being shot. 

In addition to this morning's celebration of life ... fans have been leaving messages, candles and flowers in the parking lot outside Nipsey's store, and his family and friends mourned him Wednesday afternoon during a private viewing

Stay tuned ... 

Originally Published -- 7:57 AM PT

NBA's Montrezl Harrell Rockin' Nipsey Hussle Shoes ... For Playoffs

4/11/2019 3:44 PM PDT
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Montrezl Harrell will be reppin' the late Nipsey Hussle when the L.A. Clippers take the court in the NBA playoffs ... honoring the L.A. artist with a pair of one-of-a-kind kicks!!!

TMZ Sports has learned ... Trezz wanted to pay homage to Hussle in the Clips' first playoff game this weekend ... so he hit up Marcus Rivero AKA Soles By Sir to whip up the special Js.

Rivero tells us the shoes are extra special ... and feature the names of people close to Nipsey -- his longtime GF Lauren London, his children ... as well as lyrics from some of Hussle's songs.

Trezz has been honoring Hussle since his tragic death late last month ... and even wore a custom Clippers jersey with Nipsey's name on the back.

Of course, other NBA stars like LeBron James and Russell Westbrook -- who dedicated his 20-20-20 game -- have honored Hussle.

We're told Trezz will wear them when L.A. takes on the Warriors.


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