BEVERLY HILLS (TMZ) — Pink Taco Founder Harry Morton‘s impact in Hollywood — although he was just 38 when he died — is perfectly illustrated by the friends who showed up Saturday for his memorial service.
Morton’s service was held in Beverly Hills and industry titans like Jimmy Iovine and wife Liberty Ross and Steve Tisch were front and center. Actors Demi Moore and Stephen Dorff also attended … along with oil heir Brandon Davis.
Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, put their legal woes — in the college bribery scandal — aside to honor the Morton heir at the private service for family and friends.
The group gathered afterward at the home of Harry’s father, Peter Morton, the Hard Rock Cafe cofounder.
TMZ broke the story … Harry was found dead in his Bev Hills home last Saturday. The L.A. County Coroner has since revealed the restaurant tycoon suffered from coronary artery disease. He died from a heart attack brought on by blockage in 3 main arteries.
Harry, who founded the popular Pink Taco Mexican restaurant and food truck chain, grew up in the Hollywood scene and once dated Lindsay Lohan.
He worked with his father when he started out, but eventually struck out on his own … following in the footsteps of not only his father, but his grandfather, Arnie Morton, who was cofounder of the Morton Steakhouse chain.
The Morton family has announced plans to start a foundation to help battle heart disease.
Marnie the Dog, Famous Instagram Tongue-Out Pup, Dies at 18
(TMZ) — Marnie the Dog — the Internet-famous pooch who was known for her tongue-out expression — has died.
The Shih Tzu’s owner, Shirley Braha, announced the tragic news on Instagram, writing … “It is with much grief I share the news that Marnie passed away painlessly and peacefully in my home at the age of 18.”
She continued, “Her comfort had been notably declining over the past few days with little hope for improvement and she let me know she had had enough. She enjoyed her chicken until the very end.” Braha goes on to thank everyone for embracing Marnie, explaining how her dog put her on the journey of a lifetime and how grateful she was for the love.
Braha ends her tribute post with a bit of info, and somewhat of a forewarning too … saying Marnie will be buried at a pet cemetery in L.A., adding there’ll hopefully be a public memorial for her whenever it’s safe to hold one, in light of the coronavirus and all.
Marnie was adopted from an animal shelter in 2012 at the ripe age of 11 years old. Soon after, she went on to achieve viral fame because of her freakishly long (but super cute) tongue, which inexplicably hung out of her mouth at almost all times.
Marnie has posed with countless celebs over the years, including Jonah Hill, Tina Fey, Demi Lovato, James Franco, Betty White, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Larry King, Aaron Paul, Usher, Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Riff Raff, Jason Schwartzman and more.
She once shot down an invitation to the “World Dog Awards” because, apparently, Marnie and co. felt she was too big for it. She might’ve been right — Marnie got her own book deal at one point.
The doggo was 18 years old.
Pop Smoke Will Be Laid to Rest in Brooklyn
LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — Doctors tried to save Pop Smoke‘s life by opening his chest after he was rushed to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.
Pop Smoke’s death certificate, obtained by TMZ, says doctors performed a thoracotomy on the left side of his chest — meaning they opened his chest, most likely attempting to remove bullets.
As we first reported, he was hit multiple times when masked assailants broke into the Hollywood Hills home where he was staying.
Pop Smoke’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the torso, according to the document. It says the time between the shooting and his death was “rapid.”
The rapper — born Bashar Barakah Jackson — died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 5:12 AM.
The document also reveals his body was transported back to his native Brooklyn. Pop Smoke’s family held a private ceremony last weekend for close friends and family.
His final burial is now scheduled for later this week. Pop Smoke was 20.
Pink Taco Founder Harry Morton Died of Natural Causes per Coroner
BEVERLY HILLS (Patch) — The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has announced that Harry Morton, founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain and former owner of the Viper Room nightclub in West Hollywood, died of “probable cardiac arrhythmia,” and the manner of death was listed as “natural.”
Morton, 38, was found dead in his residence in the 500 block of Haynes Avenue in Beverly Hills about 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 23.
A secondary cause of death was listed by the coroner’s office as “myocardial bridging with coronary artery atherosclerosis.”
Morton’s father Peter co-founded the […]
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