Elizabeth Pena -- who became famous playing Ritchie Valen's brother's baby mama in "La Bamba" -- died from complications from alcohol abuse.
According to the death certificate -- obtained by TMZ -- Pena suffered from cirrhosis of the liver "due to alcohol." She had the disease for months, but it became acute shortly before her death.
The death certificate says the 55-year-old had acute gastrointestinal bleeding hours before her death, which caused her heart to stop.
Pena died October 14th at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.
I Got a New Vegas Deal
I Make Celine Money Now!
10/22/2014 1:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Britney Spears was doing well with her Vegas contract -- raking in nearly $30 mil for 2 years ... but we just found out, 50 shows into her run, her show was so successful she got an even sweeter deal.
Sources connected to Britney tell TMZ ... the singer did indeed sign a contract for $310K per performance, and with 96 concerts over 2 years the total was $29,760,000.
But Planet Hollywood was blown away by ticket sales, which they said broke Vegas records. So Britney's people went back to the bargaining table and hashed out an amendment -- with back end, merchandising and other perks, the singer will earn around $475,000 a show. Celine Dion, the top money earner in Vegas, makes $476K a show.
Planet Hollywood actually added shows for Britney ... she'll now do 140 shows during the 2-year residency.
Bottom line ... with all her ventures ... we're told EVERY WEEK, Britney's people deposit around 1 MILLION DOLLARS in her bank account.
Perri 'Pebbles' Reid
TLC Movie is Full of Lies
And Ruined Me!
10/22/2014 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TLC's ex-manager is a conniving, dishonest businesswoman who hoodwinked 3 innocent girls -- that's how it looked in a TV movie about the group ... and the ex-manager is now gunning for justice.
Perri "Pebbles" Reid claims in a new lawsuit ... the TV flick, "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" assassinated her character by portraying her as a liar and a cheat, when actually she invested her time and money as TLC's manager and created one of the best-selling female groups of all time.
Pebbles says the film falsely depicts her as pressuring Chilli to get an abortion ... pushing T-Boz to put the group ahead of her health ... and doling out a measly $25/wk for the girls.
Reid says the film -- which first aired a year ago and several times since -- destroyed her reputation, and she's suing for $40 million.
'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer
I'm Raising My Kid with the Baby Mama
10/22/2014 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"X-Men" director Bryan Singer will raise his baby with the woman who is carrying it ... TMZ has learned.
Turns out, sources familiar with the situation tell us ... Michelle Clunie will raise the baby as her own after he or she is born. She will be listed as the mother on the birth certificate. She is NOT a surrogate.
We're told Bryan and Michelle have been friends for years and he's wanted this baby for a long time.
Our sources say the 2 are not romantically involved, but rather extremely close friends.
Contrary to reports, we're told Michelle will not get paid for carrying the baby, but Bryan will cover living expenses ... which is roughly equivalent to informal child support. He's already purchased a place for her to live just doors down from his West Hollywood home.
And our sources say ... the decision to have a baby was made long before Michael Egan accused Singer of molesting him when he was a minor. Egan dropped his lawsuit against Singer.
Mark Wahlberg's Wife
Ripped by 'Cancer' Patient
In Parking Spot War [VIDEO]
10/22/2014 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mark Wahlberg's wife got into a bizarre war over a Beverly Hills parking spot -- and her rival even played the cancer card to shame her ... but you gotta see the twist because we're not sure who's in the wrong.
The driver of a black SUV went off on Rhea Durham ... claiming Mark's wife swooped in and stole a curbside parking spot out from under her. Once Rhea walked away, the woman told our camera guy she's a breast cancer patient, and she was trying to get to her doctor for a chemo treatment.
Watch ... the sob story does make Rhea look heartless -- until we find out why the driver was REALLY there. Let's just say it turns out she wasn't going to the doctor at that moment ... and her sympathy points are shaky at best.
Still, IF Rhea really stole the spot (there's no video proof) -- major faux pas.
'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer
I'm Havin' a Baby
10/22/2014 8:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"X-Men" director Bryan Singer is having a baby ... and the baby mama is his longtime friend ... TMZ has confirmed.
Michelle Clunie is now living a few houses away from Singer ... something he clearly wanted because he bought the West Hollywood pad so she could be close to him.
Our sources say she's around 7 months pregnant.
We're also told the decision to have a baby has nothing to do with the recent accusations by a man who claimed Singer sexually assaulted him when he was a minor ... something Singer denies. The accuser dropped his lawsuit against Singer.
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Kourtney Kardashian is doing everything to stay comfortable while she gets bigger and bigger ... even if it means slipping into her little sister Kylie's super tiny dress.SEE MORE »
ALLEGEDLY BITCH-SLAPPED CLUBGOER
... Cops Investigating
10/22/2014 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Blake Griffin has been accused of bitch-slapping a 39-year-old man inside a nightclub in Vegas this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Here's what we know ... a man named Daniel says he was partying at Tao nightclub in the Venetian in the early hours of October 19th when he tried to take a cell phone pic of the crowd.
According to a statement Daniel gave to Tao security, the man says Blake (who was partying at the club with his L.A. Clippers teammates) was bothered by the flash of the camera -- and "grabbed my phone with one hand."
Daniel says he didn't let go of the phone because his ID and credit card were attached to it -- so Blake grabbed his neck and began to squeeze while demanding Daniel give up his phone "or else."
According to the statement, the two eventually separated after Blake took the phone -- and when Daniel tried to ask for it back, Blake struck again ... grabbing his neck and squeezing for a second time.
Daniel says when security finally got to the scene -- Blake told them, "Get him the f**k out of this club."
Daniel says Blake then "slapped me in the right side of my face."
After he left the club, Daniel filed a battery report with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. He says cops came to his hotel the next day and spoke with him for about an hour.
So far, attempts to reach Blake for comment have been unsuccessful.
Story developing ...
Makes Vegas Deal
Better than Britney's
10/22/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez is in the final stages of making a deal to perform in Vegas ... and according to the contract -- obtained by TMZ -- she'll rake in more per show than Britney Spears.
Jennifer is being offered a whopping $350K per show at The Axis at Planet Hollywood ... the same place Britney is performing.
Britney is making a paltry $310K a show.
But Britney will ultimately score more than JLo because her contract provides she'll do 96 shows over 2 years. JLo will do 72 shows, 3 times a week for 24 weeks over a 1 or 2 year period -- the contract leaves that open.
So, in the end, Britney is guaranteed $29,760,000 for the 2-year run. JLo will be guaranteed $26,383,326.
It's all chump change compared to Celine Dion ... who does 70 shows a year and gets $33,320,000.
Bravo Star Geneva Thomas
Arrested for Violent Bottle-Cracking
10/22/2014 5:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
11:50 AM PT -- Turns out the victim was Geneva's co-star Melyssa Ford ... whose rep tells us Ford had to get 3 staples to close the wound on her head -- and also cut her feet on the broken glass.
Bravo star Geneva Thomas has perfected her skills of being an out-of-control reality show bitch ... by getting arrested Tuesday night after cracking a bottle over a chick's head.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Thomas was on a boat in NYC during a shoot for her show, "Blood, Sweat and Heels." We're told she got into an argument with another woman and her choice of weapon was a vodka bottle, which connected with the other lady's head.
The injured woman was taken to a hospital where she was stitched up.
As for Thomas ... she was arrested for felony assault.
Thomas had a less violent run-in last month ... getting arrested for skipping out on an $18 cab fare.
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My Presidential Candidate
Has a Chopper Filled with Coke!
10/22/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan says she has a good reason for supporting a presidential candidate in Brazil ... she says her "Brazilian contacts" like the guy -- a guy whose company owned a chopper filled with tons of coke.
Lindsay tweeted, "I support @aecioNeves, for presidential candidature. His platform brings positive changes in Brazil."
Lindsay took a beating for getting involved in anyone's politics for obvious reasons. But a source connected with LiLo tells TMZ, she's supporting the guy because "she has plenty of contacts there and has several business trips to the country." The source also says she has a "good contact" in Brazil who likes Neves a lot.
Here's what Lindsay's 8.5 million followers need to know. Neves owns a company that owns a helicopter that was seized by the federal police ... seized because it was carrying 4.5 TONS of cocaine.
It's unclear if Lindsay supports Neves because he's a good guy or just throws a good party.
Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow
10/22/2014 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow may have figured out the whole divorcing thing ... figured it out better than most, because they still genuinely seem to have affection -- if not love -- for each other.
Chris, Gwyneth and their 2 kids went to Katsuya in Brentwood for dinner Tuesday night. They left separately ... Gwyneth and the kids in an SUV, leaving Chris behind.
But the SUV drives a block from the restaurant and then stops. Chris sprints over to his family, and then you see a touch that tells a real story about the relationship that remains between the two.
For all of the warring divorce couples ... watch and learn.
Kicks BF to Curb
There's Only Room for 1 Star
10/22/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj has a message for her ex ... if you didn't wanna be a superstar so damn bad, you'd still be sleeping in my bed.
Sources connected with the former couple tell TMZ ... Nicki cut the relationship off -- after 14 years -- because he became uncontrollably jealous of her success ... success he wanted for himself.
We're told Nicki and Safaree had an arrangement -- she's the breadwinner and he's the backup singer/hype man/personal assistant. But we're told Safaree was getting sick of being in the background and had become increasingly hostile ... an emotion she reciprocated.
We hear the final straw was when Safaree didn't show up recently to one of Nicki's shows, leaving her scrambling for a hype man. She confronted him and he went crazy.
Breakup rumors spread this week when Safaree showed up in public with several of his Nicki tats covered up.
Looks like he's got a lot more work to do now.
Ready to Get Pricked
For a New Body Piercing
10/22/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jordin Sparks is embracing pain ... and this time it has nothing to do with ex-BF Jason Derulo -- instead she's finally worked up the nerve to get a bull ring piercing.
Maybe she was celebrating the single life -- or just looking for a new look -- but Jordin took a trip to T-Man Tattoo in Studio City last weekend to get a hole punched in her septum ... one of the more painful piercings you can get.
Our sources say it wasn't an easy decision -- in fact, Jordin initially left the shop ... and then came back when she felt brave enough.
We're told it ended up taking 2 attempts to get the former "American Idol" champ hooked up -- so they took $30 off the price for her trouble ... and her pain.
Gotta hand it to Jordin ... post break-up piercings beat post break-up tattoo makeovers. Always.