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The body of Rodney King was discovered at the bottom of a pool by his fiancee last month, with the cause of death listed as “accidental drowning.”
That may technically still be the case, but the official death report has come out and it’s undeniable now that the man whose 1991 beating sparked riots in Los Angeles stumbled to his demise at the result of numerous substances in his body.
It’s unclear if he jumped or fell into the water, according to the coroner, but King was “in a state of drug and alcohol induced delirium” at the time of his passing.
“The effects of the drugs and alcohol,More >
The mystery behind Sage Stallone’s death will, unfortunately, remain unsolved for at least another month or so.
An autopsy has been performed on the 36-year old son of actor Sylvester Stallone, who was found dead in his home on Friday, but a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner tells CNN it still requires the results of toxicology tests. This typically takes six weeks.
Meanwhile, while initial reports claimed that Stallone passed away from some kind of drug overdose, his attorney says Sage never showed any signs of substance abuse. According to George Braunstein, Stallone didn’tMore >
Robert Wagner is not a suspect in Natalie Wood’s death despite a recent and unusual change in the late actress’ death certificate, according to reports.
The L.A. County Coroner’s office has changed the cause of death in 1981 from “Accident” to “Undetermined” after reopening the Natalie Wood case.
The reason for the change: Bruising on Wood’s body that is not necessarily consistent with an accident. In other words, no proof of foul play.
In 1981, then-L.A. County Coroner Thomas Noguchi jumped to the conclusion that Wood’s death was an accident after he shockingly drowned.
Noguchi did notMore >
The 911 call placed moments after Whitney Houston’s body was found in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11 has just been released.
A member of the hotel security team is the person who made the call, informing the 911 operator about a “46-year-old female found in the bathroom.”
The caller says he was alerted to the situation by an “irate” woman who called security from the room, but couldn’t get much information from her.
A woman who first dialed security kept hanging up for whatever reason, preventing the dispatcher from giving potentially life-saving instructionsMore >
The Los Angeles County Coroner has released the official cause of death for Whitney Houston.
According to the report, the singer passed away due to an “accidental drowning” that was related to heart disease and also the presence of cocaine in her system.
An insider tells TMZ that it’s “very possible” the heart attack caused Whitney to pass out and fall under the water. It’s also likely this was triggered by the use of cocaine. It should be noted, however, that no cocaine was found in the hotel room where Houston passed away.
Law enforcement officials have said from the beginning that noMore >
Fantasia Barrino just had a baby with shady boyfriend Antwaun Cook, but he’s already running around, according to reports … with his estranged wife.
According to insiders, Antwaun regrets giving up on Paula Cook and their two kids and while Paula is very hurt, relations are thawing between them.
Possibly while naked, we’re saying.
“Paula and Antwaun both ended up at Club RE:Public in Charlotte over the weekend and things got a little cozy between the two,” the source said.
“I don’t know where Fantasia was, but she definitely wasn’t in the club where they were! Antwaun was shoving hisMore >
The family of Whitney Houston is reacting to The National Enquirer posting a photo of that singer’s corpse as you might expect: with outrage and heartbreak.
TMZ cites sources who say Whitney’s mother, Cissy, is especially distraught over the tabloid actually taking this measure, but there are no plans to open any kind of investigation into the source of this photo, which the newspaper has the nerve to refer to as “beautiful.”
Meanwhile, Carolyn Whigham, owner of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, tells The Daily News that neither she nor her staff had anything to do with the image or itsMore >
Dan Abrams is our new hero.
The Good Morning America host remained calm and reasonable in the face of Nancy Grace’s condescending absurdity today, as he tried to get Grace to admit that she shouldn’t have wondered about whether or not someone pushed Whitney Houston’s body under water in her hotel room last Saturday.
What prompted Grace to hint at that possibility? Nothing in this case, merely her experience as an attorney overall, which gives her a unique view on what comes next.
“There is nothing delicate or nice about a murder, a death, anMore >
The official results of an autopsy performed on Whitney Houston yesterday will not be released for weeks.
But sources tell TMZ the family of this legend has been informed by the coroner’s office that Houston died from a lethal mixture of prescription pills, most notably Xanax, and alcohol.
As previously confirmed, Houston was found unresponsive in her hotel room bathtub on Saturday afternoon and new reports identity the singer’s aunt, Mary Jones, as the individual who found her there and administered CPR on the bathroom floor.
However, officials have told the family Whitney likely diedMore >
Lindsay Lohan hit up the morgue this morning for community service, and showed up a full 20 minutes early to boot! Just when you thought you’d seen it all!
The troubled star must find the time in between clubbing and posing nude for Playboy to put in 16 hours at the L.A. County Coroner’s Office by November 2.
While washing soiled morgue linens and scrubbing toilets isn’t exactly fun, she can at least go home to her apartment afterward. In jail? Not so much.
In typical Lohan, she stirred up controversy last week when she showed up late for her first day on the job and was told to beat itMore >
Un. Believable. Lindsay Lohan was turned away from the L.A. County Morgue this morning after showing up late for community service. Way to go, girl!
The star, who was briefly cuffed and jailed yesterday, was supposed to be there at 8 a.m. At 7:40, her assistant called to say she’d be there in 10 minutes.
When did she roll up in her $80,000 Porsche? Not until 8:40.
Linds in court for the 29,391st time yesterday.
Her publicist claims she was late “due to a combination of not knowing the entrance to go through and confusion caused by media waiting for her arrival.”
Always excuses with LiLo,More >
With an autopsy already having confirmed that Russell Armstrong died by hanging, Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter added to that report today by providing the results of toxicology tests run on the late reality star.
And he confirms that no drugs or alcohol were in Russell’s system at the time of his death.
The body of Taylor Armstrong’s husband, from whom she had filed for divorce in July, was discovered hanging from an apartment ceiling on August 15.
Despite no evidence to back up their claim, family members now apparently believe Russell was murdered (in relation toMore >
The autopsy results are in and the coroner has made it official: Russell Armstrong died by “hanging and the final manner of death is suicide.”
But why? Why did the estranged husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong take his own life? It’s a question that will never have an answer, but two theories have emerged:
1. Money problems. Russell was facing a $1.5 million lawsuit, had no assets to his name and told People weeks before his death: “It got really overwhelming. When you get a TV show involved and all the pressure, it just takes it to a whole new level.”
2. AMore >
According to Corey Feldman, former child star and best friend of the late Corey Haim, child molestation has run rampant in the entertainment industry.
“The No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia,” he said Wednesday, adding that the “casting couch” exists for children, too.
He and Haim were no exceptions to that disturbing trend, Feldman says.
Two Coreys: Feldman, left, and the late Haim.
Feldman asserted in an interview that directors and other adults in the industry take advantage of young aspiring actors on a regular basis.
“It’s all done under the radar…More >
Lindsay Lohan would totes rather kick it and party hard with friends – without drinking, obvi – than perform menial community service. Wouldn’t we all.
The 25-year-old is reportedly thumbing her nose at her responsibilities and even wants to travel to Europe to party with friends, according to a report.
Instead of doing community service, Lindsay was spotted at Lollapooloza in Chicago over the weekend and the Coldplay concert in L.A. last week.
Next, the star wants to party in Europe with Paris and Nicky Hilton.
Since Lindsay and Paris are friends again, she just wants to hangMore >