We’re told Traci’s sisters, mom and friends were by her side when she passed.
Traci’s Husband Kevin Surratt told TMZ … “We have come to a time where we must inform the public that after a year of privately undergoing a series of treatment for Esophageal cancer our beloved Traci Braxton has gone on to glory.”
Cardi Flea.. is stepping up to help those rocked by tragedy in her native New York City, paying for the funeral and burial costs of those killed in a building fire that killed 17.
Cardi tells us, “I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal.”
As we reported, the fire ripped through a 120-unit tower in The Bronx on January 9 — taking the lives of 17 people — and sending many more to the hospital. Victims ranged in age from just 2 years old to 50.
We’re told Cardi will cover both funeral and burial expenses and has teamed up with The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to make sure everyone is covered, and the wishes of their families are met.
Cardi says, “I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.”
Fire officials believe a broken space heater caused the blaze, but two interior doors that were left open allowed smoke to fill the building. Officials say those doors were supposed to have been closed, and are investigating why regulations weren’t followed.
We are grateful for Cardi B, a real superstar on and off the mic, for granting some critical financial relief to families of the victims. The city will be forever thankful to her and also to the grassroots donors and corporate partners who have been able to offer immediate support for our neighbors in need, to reestablish themselves during this difficult time.”
Kelly Price has gone missing in Georgia, TMZ has learned — and it happened shortly after she was released from the hospital after battling COVID.
According to officials in Cobb County … Kelly has been listed as a missing person following a welfare check conducted at her home last Saturday.
We’re told the authorities found no evidence of foul play and spoke with Kelly’s boyfriend at the residence, BUT … she’s now listed as missing with the National Crime Information Center.
As for what led to this … Kelly posted a video July 29 revealing she had COVID and was struggling with symptoms. According to Kelly’s family … she was admitted to the hospital about a week later and ended up in the ICU because her condition worsened.
Her family tells TMZ … they were in touch with Kelly while she was in the hospital in early August, and her children visited her several times. However, 3 weeks after she was admitted … we’re told her kids got a call that she’d been discharged, which was surprising because she was apparently still not fully healthy.
The family says Kelly has not been heard from since, and they told cops her boyfriend is allegedly keeping friends and family members from visiting her home.
We’re told this concerned many people close to Kelly, and led to someone alerting the authorities to do a welfare check last week.
Now, she’s officially considered missing, and we’re told there’s an active investigation to find her.
Word On The Curb.. Young Thugga turned 30 earlier this month and among the fancy gifts that came his way were 100 acres in the greater Atlanta area … gifted to him by his manager, Geoff Ogunlesi.
Atlanta realtor, Trey Williams, helped Geoff lock down the land deal and the plan’s for Young Thug to subdivide the property with the name, “Slime City.” YT wants to build really nice homes, a waterpark, perhaps a camping site and so much more.
Young Thug wants to host his annual “Slime Fest” on the property. Hence … “Slime City.” YT has hosted “Slime Fest” every year — sans 2020 for obvious reasons.
Trey says Young Thug will include a dirt bike trail on the property … where people who love riding bikes and 4-wheelers can cut loose.
Trey says Young Thug’s already been chopping it up with architects and engineers. There are a few permits they’re waiting on … but as soon as they get the green light, it’s game on.
Young Thug wants to give back to his community. Just recently the rapper bought his mom a new home in the ATL … and he plans to do the same for his dad. As for how much YT dropped for the property … Trey wouldn’t say.
Trey also wouldn’t spill the beans on how YT is going to fund “Slime City.” In any event … sounds like Young Thug’s not messing around when it comes to seeing it all come to fruition.
Future has revealed he will be throwing a benefit concert to raise funds for Haiti.
The announcement comes days after Haitian rapper Zoey Dollaz called rappers out for doing nothing to help their country.
“All these f*ck ass rappers that’s always using Zoes this and zoes that in their raps, and I got Haitians in Miami this and that using us to sound cool, I don’t see a single post from none of u f*ck boys about Haiti, but y’all be ready to use our lingos and act like we yall hittas.”
Sh*t if u don’t wanna give money fine!!!!” he continued. “But bring us some awareness so others can put their heads together and help us.”
He added, “I’m really bout to see who’s with me fr or who’s not in this time of need to help my country out,” he wrote.
“Really about to fall out with too many n*ggas I called friends that so have money to blow in the office and give, but won’t contribute to buying these ppl goods, and most of these n*ggas are so call ‘ZBs’ = Zoe boys if u know u didn’t contribute after DIS passes on pls FCK UR SELF.”
One of the two women interviewed by Gayle King back in 2019 is now on the witness stand in R. Kelly‘s criminal case … and she’s claiming he was controlling them right then and there during the interview.
The witness — who’s only being ID’d as Jane Doe right now — testified Tuesday in a federal court in Brooklyn as his case gets underway … telling the jury that Kelly was pulling the strings as Gayle asked both her and another live-in GF questions.
She says Kelly would cough on set that day to keep them on script as the taping went on — all in an effort, she alleges, to make sure they backed his denials.
The woman also claims Kelly made sure they weren’t allowed to watch the “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries. She says they had to immediately change the channel anytime it came on TV.
Not just that, but the witness went on to testify Kelly promised to promote her music career when they first got together but offered nothing in the end. She claims he once punished her by making her have sex with a guy nicknamed “Nephew” as Kelly watched in the room. The woman says Kelly told her “Nephew” had been “groomed” from a young age too.
So far, two women have testified in the trial … both alleging he’d abused them since they were teenagers. More witnesses are expected to testify as things move along.
Word On The Curb..Webbie had to be carried out of a club this weekend after he stumbled off stage following what appears to be a medical emergency … and the scary moment is on video.
The Louisiana rapper was performing Friday night at 213 Lux Lounge in Roanoke, VA — and at some point during his concert (or perhaps shortly thereafter) he was caught on camera looking ill and being led out of the building by his team … staggering along the way.
Right before that, he seemed fine … playing to a packed crowd and having level footing with seemingly no issues.
That makes this clip all the more alarming … you see Webbie struggling to stay on his feet as he starts to exit the stage and reaching out for assistance — but before he can clear the doorway, the guy collapses on the floor.
His guys surround him and they appear to start calling for help and for someone to dial 911. Before long, though, they hoist Webbie up themselves and carry him out of the building … this as people looked on in fear, and while someone else was on stage rapping.
It’s unclear what exactly happened to him here — some are speculating it may have been a seizure of some sort, but we haven’t confirmed that. It’s unclear where he was taken after this … presumably, his team rushed him to the hospital — because this looked serious.
Silento now stands accused of murder — a Georgia grand jury indicted him in the shooting death of his cousin ..
According to new legal docs … the grand jury hit the “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” rapper with 4 felony charges, including one count of malice murder and one count of felony murder.
He’s was also charged with aggravated assault and gun possession during the commission of a felony.
As reported … cops arrested Silento in early February for allegedly murdering Frederick Rooks after an investigation into the man’s death. Rooks, the rapper’s cousin, was shot to death in the street on Jan. 21, and cops in DeKalb County linked Silento to the crime.
Silento’s team claims he’s been suffering from various mental health issues for several years.
On Monday (July 19), the R&B singer’s niece, Zayya Henderson, broke the news about Francine “Frankie” Lons on her account, writing, “Damn grandma Frankie the call I just got on your birthday. I was just Finna come see you this week I just talked to you happy birthday beautiful and rest in heaven.” Over at TMZ, Cole’s brother, Sam, revealed that she overdosed at her Oakland home on Sunday while celebrating her 61st birthday. She had apparently taken drugs, relapsing after a long fight for her sobriety. “Sam also says the family wants the world to remember Frankie as someone who loved her kids, and who wanted her children to be together … despite their turbulent history,” the celebrity gossip outlet reported.
As of March 2020, Frankie had reportedly hit her 60-day sober benchmark, something that Cole spoke about on her Instagram. “Every time my mom relapse, it breaks my heart more than it’s already been broken,” she wrote on the social media platform. “I’m hoping, if any of u are dealing with a family member who’s battling with drug addiction, that you, yourself are learning how to cope with the struggle of it all.”
Cole’s sister, Elite Noel, also shared a few words about the loss. “Worse pain ever …. To see my mama in a body bag on her birthday! My heart so f&^kin BROKE,” she wrote in her own message.