Scoop: Ex-Megadeth drummer Nick Menza dies on stage

In this 1997, file photo, lead guitarist Marty Friedman, left, and lead singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine, center, field questions while bassist David Ellefson, right, high-fives drummer Nick Menza, back left, during a live chat on the Internet held at The Joint inside the Hard Rock hotel-casino in Las Vegas. A family spokesman said Menza, former drummer for influential metal band Megadeth, died after collapsing on stage Saturday during a performance of his progressive jazz trio in Southern California. (Ethan Miller/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

In this 1997, file photo, lead guitarist Marty Friedman, left, and lead singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine, center, field questions while bassist David Ellefson, right, high-fives drummer Nick Menza, back left, during a live chat on the Internet held at The Joint inside the Hard Rock hotel-casino in Las Vegas. A family spokesman said Menza, former drummer for influential metal band Megadeth, died after collapsing on stage Saturday during a performance of his progressive jazz trio in Southern California. (Ethan Miller/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Nick Menza, former drummer for the influential metal band Megadeth, died after collapsing on stage during a performance of his progressive jazz trio in Southern California, a family spokesman said Sunday.

Menza’s latest band OHM was three songs into a semi-regular set at a Los Angeles-area club Saturday night when the drummer collapsed, J. Marshall Craig told The Associated Press. Friends and audience members rendered aid while paramedics were called.

The 51-year-old died at the club of a suspected massive heart attack, Craig said.

Menza was Megadeth’s longest-serving drummer, performing on five records over nine years, including 1990’s thrash metal landmark, “Rust In Peace.”

Dave Mustaine, co-founder of Megadeth, said on Twitter that he awoke at 4 a.m. to the news.

“Tell me this isn’t true,” Mustaine wrote.

Braxton leaves ‘The Real’

Tamar Braxton is no longer part of “The Real.” The singer and television personality has exited the syndicated talk show after serving as a co-host for two seasons, according to a joint statement from Braxton and the show’s producers Sunday.

The statement says that the decision was mutual and that Braxton intends to focus on her solo career.

Braxton was part of a five-person group on the show, including Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley.

“The Real” has been nominated for multiple Daytime Emmy Awards and has already been renewed for two more seasons.

Loach wins Palme d’Or

Veteran British director Ken Loach won his second Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival Sunday for “I, Daniel Blake” — a stark portrayal of a disabled man’s struggle with the crushing benefits system in northern England.

The 79-year-old was presented the festival’s top prize by actor Mel Gibson at a ceremony on the French Riviera. Accepting the award, the silver-haired Loach punched his fists in the air in victory and said that he hoped his gritty, social realist movie would hold a mirror up to the impact of Europe’s policies of austerity on the poorest in society.

“We must give a message of hope, we must say another world is possible,” he said.

Happy birthday

Singer Sarah Jarosz is 25. … Comedian Tim Robinson (”Saturday Night Live”) is 35. … Singer Jewel is 42. … Drummer Phil Selway of Radiohead is 49. … Actress Melissa McBride (”The Walking Dead”) is 51. … Comedian Drew Carey is 58. … Actress Lauren Chapin (”Father Knows Best”) is 71. … Actress Joan Collins is 83.
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