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Stan Lee Dead at 95

11/12/2018 10:39 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Stan Lee, the man responsible for much of the Marvel Universe, has died ... Stan's daughter tells TMZ.

We're told an ambulance rushed to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We're told that's where he died.

Lee had suffered several illnesses over the last year or so -- he had a bout of pneumonia and vision issues.

Stan started Marvel with Jack Kirby in 1961 with The Fantastic Four. He went on to create Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man and The Avengers.

Stan made cameo appearances in many of the Marvel movies.

Lee had a rocky relationship with Marvel once the company went full-tilt Hollywood. He sued the company in 2002 for royalties he said he was owed for the first "Spider-Man" movie. Three years later he settled the case for $10 million.

"Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse" is the latest installment of the film's franchise and will be released next month.

Lee is survived by his daughter, J.C. His wife of 69 years, Joan, died in 2017.

J.C. tells TMZ, "My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man."

Lee was 95.

RIP

Bar Tragedy Cop Shoots Security Guard Who Apprehended Shooter ... Mom Files Suit

11/12/2018 10:21 AM PST
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10:21 AM PT -- Jemel's mother, Beatrice Roberson, filed a lawsuit Monday morning against the police officer who killed her son.

In the suit, she says the shooting was unprovoked, unjustified and "excessive and unreasonable." 

She's suing the officer as well as the Village of Midlothian, and she's demanding damages in excess of $1 million.A security guard who took down a man who opened fire in a bar was shot dead by a cop who responded to the 911 call.

Jemel Roberson was working security at Manny's Blue Room Bar Sunday at 4 AM in a Chicago suburb when several drunk patrons were ordered out. The guys left, came back with a gun and opened fire.  

Roberson returned the fire and apprehended one of the men. Roberson placed his knee in the gunman's back and point a gun at him to stay still. An officer who responded to the 911 call fired at Roberson ... shooting him dead.

One of the bar patrons who witnessed the shooting said the cops "saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him."

Roberson was a musician who played at several Chicago-area churches and wanted to become a police officer.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office has opened a criminal investigation into the bar shooting.

A GoFundMe account was established to pay for the 26-year-old Roberson's burial.

Story originally published 10:02 AM PT

Justin Turner's Wife My Dog Was Murdered

11/12/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The wife of L.A. Dodgers star Justin Turner claims her beloved miniature pinscher was savagely murdered by a neighbor's German shepherd ... and now she's suing the guy for letting it happen. 

Kourtney Turner -- aka Kourtney Pogue -- claims her pet, Dior, was chillin' at her L.A. home on Nov. 7, 2016, when a "vicious and aggressive" dog named Sonny got onto the property and attacked. 

Kourtney claims the dog's owner knew Sonny got violent with other dogs -- and when he went after Dior, the man did nothing to stop it. 

In the lawsuit, Kourtney claims she was too paralyzed by fear to jump in and save her 11-year-old pet ... and by the time the mauling was over, Dior had suffered fatal injuries. 

Kourtney is not only suing for vet bills and other costs associated with Dior's death -- she also wants damages for pain and suffering, claiming she "relied upon the emotional support of Dior for her well-being."

After Dior passed away, Kourtney posted an emotional tribute to her friend ... saying, "Eleven years wasn't long enough, and to be honest, forever wouldn't have been either."

She added, "You taught me unconditional love & we will never ever forget you."

Kourtney now has a new dog, Moonshine -- who was born 1 month after Dior's passing. 

RIP 

Thousand Oaks Shooter Ian Long Marines Have No Record of PTSD Issues

11/11/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Update: 11/11 10:16 AM -- It has been confirmed by an autopsy that Ian Long was killed by self-inflicted gunshot wounds, he was not shot by the police. 

Ian Long -- the former Marine who killed 12 people in a country music bar allegedly suffered from severe PTSD, but there's no record of him ever contacting the Corps for help ... so says the military.

Long served in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011 and left the service in 2013 after a final stint in Hawaii. Shortly after the massacre, former neighbors of Long revealed he had a long history of PTSD ... and a classmate of his told us the same thing. 

We reached out the Marines to see if the military branch had any evidence of Long's condition and if they acted appropriately, but we were told the Marines have no record Ian ever indicated he was suffering. A rep for Veteran's Affairs tells us he was never enrolled in VA health care at any time. 

Of course, Long could still have seen a doctor or counselor outside of the Marines, but it's interesting he didn't see military docs. 

TMZ broke the story ... Long posted to social media during the attack, writing, "I hope people call me insane .. wouldn't that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah ... I'm insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is "hopes and prayers" .. or "keep you in my thoughts" ... every time ... and wonder why these keep happening ..."

He was shot dead by police. 

Tupac Steamy Letters to Teen Crush for Sale

11/10/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tupac was spitting game back in high school just like everyone else ... and now his steamy letters can be yours for a small fortune.

The folks over at Moments in Time are selling 2 handwritten letters for a cool $15k. They're from the rapper to a teen crush when he was a 14-year-old freshman in 1985 at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Baltimore. They're addressed to Averel, who at the time was the same age.

The first letter reveals a shy Tupac introducing himself to Averel. Tupac surfaces in the second one as emboldened ... professing his wants and needs, if ya catch our drift. We're told Averel, who sold the letters to Moments in Time, was not impressed by Tupac's game.

Not the first time Tupac's been brutally honest on paper. You'll recall he confessed why he dumped Madonna in a 2004 letter that later brought her tons of drama.

Thousand Oaks Shooting Borderline Bar & Grill Will Open Again

11/9/2018 1:33 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Borderline Bar and Grill -- the scene of Wednesday night's massacre -- plans to reopen its doors once the police investigation is complete ... TMZ has learned.

Troy Slaten, attorney for Borderline owner Brian Hynes, tells us they'll absolutely open again for business. He says Hynes continues to work with law enforcement as they investigate the mass shooting -- but eventually they're going to open.

He says they don't have a timetable yet as to when that will be.

As you know, retired Marine Ian Long stormed the bar and killed 12 during College Country Night before police shot and killed him. Witnesses and first responders described the scene inside the bar as incredibly disturbing and blood-soaked. 

Slaten says Hynes' team has set up a GoFundMe page to help the victims and their families. 

Massacre at Country Bar Ex-Marine Kills 12 ... New Vid Shows Shooter

11/8/2018 3:47 PM PST
Exclusive Details

3:45 PM PT -- An Instagram user just posted video from inside Borderline Bar & Grill during the shooting. In the video you can see a shadowy figure moving around as gunshots ring out -- the IG user claims that figure is Long, and he was firing shots at injured victims at the time.

8:52 AM PT -- According to more dispatch audio -- obtained by TMZ -- officers can be heard communicating Long suffered 3 gunshot wounds to the chest and is down. They describe him as wearing all black with a beard.

8:35 AM PT -- Long served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2008-13 and was deployed to Afghanistan from 2010-2011, his last duty assignment was in Hawaii. His military occupational specialty was machine gunner.

He was decorated too ... some awards included the Navy Unit Commendation (x2), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.  

7:40 AM PT -- President Trump has ordered flags flown at half-staff on all public buildings and military facilities until sundown on Saturday. 

6:45 AM PT -- The shooter's been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long -- a retired Marine who served in Afghanistan. 

We found this pic of Long at a cemetery that appears to be in the L.A./Thousand Oaks area.  We're told he was heavily tattooed. 

A horrific scene unfolded at a bar packed with college students Wednesday night as a gunman opened fire, and at least 12 people are dead.

Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks was hosting its weekly College Country Night. College students from the area were enjoying themselves, line dancing when, at around 11:20 PM, shots rang out. 

A man dressed in all black began firing a handgun. Several patrons broke windows to allow others to escape, cutting themselves on shards of glass as they exited.

Sheriff's deputies responded quickly and as they rushed the bar the gunman opened fire on them, killing Sergeant Ron Helus. 

Long reportedly drove his mother's car to the bar.  He threw smoke bombs into the crowd before opening fire. 

No word yet on the number of injured, but around a dozen people are known to have gone to the hospital. It appears some may have driven themselves and may not be accounted for yet.

President Trump tweeted, "Great bravery shown by police ... God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you law enforcement."  

We spoke with multiple coaches from Long's high school baseball team who remember him as a sad loner who didn't have many friends. As one coach put it, he had "sad eyes" and never appeared happy. We're told he also wore an army jacket to school often and it was clear he had ambitions to join the military. One coach tells us, "He was a quiet kid. Respectful. But kept to himself."

Story developing ... 

Originally Published -- 6:03 AM PST

Tamera Mowry Niece Killed in Thousand Oaks Bar Shooting

11/8/2018 11:52 AM PST
Breaking News

11:50 AM PT -- Tamera just revealed her niece Alaina was one of the victims in the attack ... saying, "Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our Alaina was one of the victims of last night's shooting at Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks."

She continues, "Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner."Tamera Mowry is desperately searching for her niece who was at the college bar where a gunman opened fire and brutally killed 12 people.

Tamera's niece, Alaina Housley, was one of just a handful of girls who went line dancing Wednesday night at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks ... this according to a tweet sent by Alaina's friend who added Alaina was the only girl unaccounted for among her friends.

Tamera responded to the tweet saying, "Ashley this is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley. Can you please DM me your information?" The exchange is pretty heartbreaking ... Ashley replied saying she's been in contact with Alaina's uncle and so far there's nothing new to report.

Tamera's husband, Adam, went looking for Alaina at a local hospital but a reporter tweeted guards wouldn't let him in because the hospital was on lockdown. Making matters worse ... Alaina's Apple Watch and iPhone still showed her location at the bar, this according to the L.A. Times.

Adam told the newspaper, "My gut is saying she's inside the bar, dead. I'm hoping I'm wrong."

Originally Published -- 8:11 AM PST

Jared Goff, L.A. Rams Heartbroken, Vow To Help Victims of Thousand Oaks Shooting

11/8/2018 7:49 AM PST
Breaking News

Jared Goff and his teammates are devastated by the bar shooting that left 12 people dead just miles from the team's headquarters ... with some players vowing to help in any way possible.

FYI -- the L.A. Rams practice facility in Thousand Oaks is just 5 miles from the Borderline Bar & Grill, where David Ian Long opened fire around 11:20 PM on Wednesday.

Goff spoke out about the tragedy on Thursday ... saying "Heartbroken for our community. Thinking about everyone involved as well as friends and family of the victims. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers."

Offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth added ... "I’m just sorry to those affected. I don’t have words that I feel can help. But I promise to find a way to help support our community through this tragedy!"

The team released a statement saying, "The Los Angeles Rams organization is heartbroken by the horrific shooting that took place last night in our community of Thousand Oaks."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and our entire community."

Punter Johnny Hekker ... "Praying comfort and healing to those affected by this senseless shooting. Thank you to the first responders who put their lives on the line to protect and serve us every day."

"Thousand Oaks is my home; I will do everything in my power to help those in need of support."

Cooper Kupp added, "Heartbroken. Thoughts and prayers are with the people of this community, and those that have lost loved ones."

The L.A. Chargers also shared condolences ... "We are deeply saddened by the terrible news coming out of Thousand Oaks this morning."

"Our hearts are with the victims and their loved ones during this horrific tragedy, and we honor the brave and heroic actions of first responders who rushed to the scene to help." 

Angela Simmons' Ex Alleged Killer Turns Himself In ... Charged with Murder

11/7/2018 1:36 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The man who allegedly shot and killed Angela Simmons' ex-fiance has turned himself into authorities ... TMZ has learned. 

The lawyer for Michael Williams tells TMZ ... Williams turned himself into the Atlanta Police Dept. just moments ago. The 44-year-old has been charged with murder. 

The attorney, Jackie Patterson, tells us his client denies the allegations that he shot and killed Sutton Tennyson, Angela's ex-fiance and father of their child. 

As we reported ... Sutton was shot and killed over the weekend at his home. Cops say they found him dead in his garage with multiple gunshot wounds. Cops added Sutton was talking in the driveway with another man when the conversation got heated and he was shot. The suspect fled in a car.

Following Sutton's death, Simmons said, "Thank you for leaving behind my greatest gift. I'm hurting. I'm numb. Thank you for the outpouring of love everyone. I can't believe I'm even saying Rest in Peace Sutton. I promise to hold SJ down in every way I promise."

Williams has been charged with murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. 

Ex-Pro Boxer Mario Melo Chokes to Death at Croissant Eating Contest

11/6/2018 6:39 AM PST
Breaking News

Former pro boxer Mario Oscar Melo -- who fought Michael Moorer for the WBO light heavyweight title in 1990 -- died Sunday after choking on dough during a croissant-eating contest in Argentina. 

**WARNING -- THE VIDEO IS DISTURBING**

Video shows several men violently trying to dislodge the croissant from Melo's throat while on stage at the event in Buenos Aires, but to no avail. Melo was rushed to a nearby hospital but was declared dead on arrival. 

Melo was 56. 

Reports say Melo was on his 3rd croissant when he started to choke. The pasty is known locally as a medialuna. 

While eating competitions are popular around the world, the Major League Eating organization (which oversees huge events like Nathan's Famous 4th of July hot dog contest) always requires paramedics to be on hand in case a situation like this happens. 

According to local reports, there was a firefighter and a doctor in the crowd who raced up and tried to help -- but it does not appear there was a dedicated, trained medical staff at the event. 

Melo was 21-9 as a pro fighter, with the Moorer fight being his most famous bout -- though he lost in the 1st round. 

Mac Miller Died from Fentanyl, Cocaine Found in Praying Position

11/5/2018 8:16 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

8:15 AM PT -- According to the report, Mac's assistant found him unresponsive on his bed in a "praying position" -- kneeling forward with his face resting on his knees. The assistant described him as already being "blue" during the 911 call.

There was a 1/4-inch abrasion on the bridge of his nose, and there was blood coming out of one nostril.

An empty bottle of alcohol was found on the nightstand, near Mac's body ... and a bottle of prescription pills was found in the bathroom. The list of pills recovered in the home include Xanax, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and generic Adderall.

Cops found a rolled-up $20 bill with white powdery residue in Mac's right pocket -- and an iPad in his home studio had "linear white powdery residue" on it. There were also 2 baggies found with the white powder. 

We're told the amount of each drug was not necessarily a lethal amount, but the combination is what killed him.

As part of the report, the Coroner detailed the location of all of Mac's tattoos, and described each of them -- including his "Most Dope," Einstein face and "No Woman No Cry" ink. 

Mac Miller died from a mix of fentanyl and cocaine ... TMZ has learned.

The L.A. County Coroner's Office released its toxicology findings, and according to the report Mac died from "mixed drug toxicity" -- specifically fentanyl, coke ... and alcohol too. The Coroner categorized his death as an accidental overdose. 

TMZ broke the story ... Mac died back in September. He was found around noon in a bedroom at his San Fernando Valley home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

As we reported ... a male friend called 911 from Mac's home. Emergency dispatch audio revealed first responders were called for a patient in cardiac arrest. Mac battled with substance abuse for years and it's what ultimately led to Ariana Grande breaking up with him.

He was arrested for DUI and hit-and-run back in May after wrecking his G-Wagon on a utility pole. He fled the scene but cops said he later confessed when they tracked him down at his home. He blew 2 times the legal limit. Ariana later tweeted, "Pls take care of yourself" ... clearly showing concern about his sobriety. 

Originally Published -- 7:58 AM PDT

Julian Edelman Honors Synagogue Victims With Hat ... 'I'm Behind You'

11/5/2018 6:50 AM PST
Breaking News

Julian Edelman doesn't play for Pittsburgh ... but he's got the city's back regardless -- wearing a Jewish star hat Sunday, and saying last month's synagogue shootings were "uncalled for."

After the Patriots beat the Packers last night, the WR -- who is of Jewish heritage -- wore a Team Israel hat from the World Baseball Classic. 

He told reporters he wanted to show the people affected by the anti-Semitic shootings inside the Tree of Life synagogue that they're in his thoughts. 

"Just letting the people out in Pittsburgh know I'm thinking about them," Edelman said ... "I'm sending vibes and they're in our prayers. It was a big hit to the community, and it's uncalled for."

"So, I just let them know, 'Hey, I'm behind you and I'm supporting.'"

The Pittsburgh Steelers -- who played in Baltimore on Sunday -- held a moment of a silence for the victims before their win over the Ravens ... while star QB Ben Roethlisberger wore "Stronger Than Hate" cleats.

Members of the team also attended funeral services last week for two brothers, Cecil and David Rosenthal, killed in the tragedy.

Meanwhile ... the Penguins honored the victims with a special patch on their uniforms last week and donated $50,000 to help victims and their families.

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