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Taryn Manning I'm Grateful I Hit Rock Bottom And I'm Getting Help

10/24/2016 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1023-taryn-manning-tmz-02Taryn Manning wants you to know ... she's struggling with her sobriety, but she's getting help.

Taryn says she's aware a media outlet is doing a story on her, so before it comes out she wants to make it clear she's taking steps to achieve and maintain sobriety.  

The "Orange Is the New Black" star says, "I am truly grateful for what some may call hitting rock bottom ... Some days it sucks and some days it sucks worse. I am not ashamed of this obstacle because I have accepted that it is okay to not be okay."

Taryn says she can't attend rehab because of her schedule, but she has a sober companion, therapists, friends and "other safe outlets" for support.

She says she loves 'OITNB' and the cast and crew, adding, "I've never felt more accepted, forgiven, and supported than during this period of my life. This is not easy."

Jeff Bridges Hold the Kahlua and Cream for My Russians, Dude

10/24/2016 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jeff Bridges walks into a bar and orders a White Russian, minus the cream and Kahlua ... according to The Dude himself.

We got Jeff in NYC and asked if people try to drink the famous cocktail from the "The Big Lebowski" with him ... sounds like they do. But Jeff seems to like his Russians clear.

Turns out he's also still a fan of a good cigar, and now that the embargo on Cuban goods is lifted ... The Dude might abide.

STL Cardinals Outfielder I CAN SAVE YOUR BEER With Brilliant Invention!

10/23/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

You know what sucks ... LUKEWARM BEER!!!  

But fear not, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty says he can save your mouth from sucking down overheated brew ... with a very chill invention. 

It's called the Beer Bit -- and Stephen and his brother, Nick, swear it will keep your booze COLD for up to an hour!!! 

The guys just launched their own Kickstarter campaign -- and already raised more than $13,000 ... PLUS they even got teammate Yadier Molina to help promote it!!!

Cheers to that.

UFC's Josh Samman Died from 'Probable Drug Overdose' ... Medical Examiner Says

10/18/2016 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1017-josh-samman-gettyUFC fighter Josh Samman's official cause of death has been listed as "probable drug overdose" ... this according to the Broward County Medical Examiner. 

Samman and his roommate Troy Kirkingburg -- an MMA ring announcer -- were discovered in a Florida apartment on September 30th.

Kirkingburg was pronounced dead at the scene. Samman was hospitalized for several days but ultimately passed away on October 5th

The Medical Examiner says an autopsy was conducted on Kirkingburg and showed that he died from a massive accidental drug overdose. 

We're told he tested positive for Xanax, cocaine, heroin, and ethanol (alcohol).

His official cause of death is being listed as "multi-drug toxicity."

Regarding Samman ... the M.E. tells us, "We do not have any specimen on Mr. Samman due to the length of his hospitalization."

"His cause of death is probable drug overdose based on the circumstances and hospital drug screen that was positive for drugs, but we could not confirm this as they only hold specimens for three days."

Shia LaBeouf Jokes with Older Woman ... I Got a Crush On You, Girl!

10/16/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Shia LeBeouf got hitched to Mia Goth in Vegas Monday, but just a couple days before ... he was lit up and in love with another woman in Germany.

Witnesses at the Frankfurt Airport bar tell TMZ ... Shia was super friendly with other patrons and even bought a round of shots for everyone. He especially took a shine to an older lady in the bar ... and had some fun when she walked over to say goodbye. Weird fun.

Check it out ... Shia turned on the charm big time, saying he wanted to follow her "into the future." Everyone got a laugh, including the woman ... who had her own witty comeback for him.


Tyson Fury Vacates Titles After Cocaine Drama 'Focusing On Treatment, Recovery'

10/12/2016 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1012_tyson_fury_and_belts_gettyHeavyweight boxing champ Tyson Fury has voluntarily vacated his WBO, WBA and IBO titles so he can "fully focus on his medical treatment and recovery" ... so says a rep for the fighter. 

In a statement issued by Fury's marketing team, Hennessy Sports -- they never mention cocaine specifically ... but they do make reference to a "serious medical condition."

"[Vacating the belts] will also allow him the time and space to fully recover from his present condition without any undue pressure and with the expert medical attention he requires and his close family support."

Fury failed two drug tests leading up to his fight with Wladimir Klitschko -- both tested positive for cocaine -- and Fury later admitted he's had a ton of blow over the years. 

"I feel that it is only fair and right and for the good of boxing to keep the titles active and allow the other contenders to fight for the vacant belts that I proudly won and held as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world when I defeated the long-standing champion Wladimir Klitschko," Tyson said in the statement. 

"I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer."

WBO To Tyson Fury Why Shouldn't We Take Your Belt? Ya Got 10 Days To Explain

10/10/2016 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1010-tyson-fury-wbo-GETTY-01The clock's tickin' on Tyson Fury's reign as WBO heavyweight champ ... 'cause the boxing org. hit the fighter with an ultimatum ... tell us why you should keep your belt, or lose it.

In case you missed it ... Fury pulled out of his Oct. 29th rematch with Wladimir Klitschko after testing positive for cocaine.

Now, the WBO has spoken ... telling Fury he has 10 days to "show cause why your title should not be vacated due to inactivity, breach of contract and performance enhancing drugs and stimulants."

The letter was delivered Oct. 7th ... giving Fury til' October 17th to respond.

And if he doesn't answer? A rep for the WBO tells us he'll likely be stripped of his title.

Regardless, the rep says they'll decide Fury's fate next week at the WBO convention in San Juan.

Clock's tickin', Tyson -- and ya got some 'splainin' to do.

Ex-NFL QB Marcus Vick Arrested Again ... Crack Cocaine Possession

10/10/2016 11:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar12:10 PM PT -- According to a police report obtained by TMZ Sports, cops found a small baggie of "suspected" crack cocaine, a baggie of molly and some marijuana residue inside Vick's apartment.update_grey_gray_barMore bad news for Marcus Vick ... the ex-NFL QB -- and younger brother of Michael Vick -- was arrested over the weekend in Virginia on a drug possession charge.

Cops say they went to Vick's apartment in Newport News on Saturday after someone complained about a marijuana odor in the area. 

Police say the smell became stronger when Vick opened the door to his place. 

He let the officers come inside and search the apartment. Vick was taken into custody for possession of a schedule I or II drug.

The former Virginia Tech standout is already on probation stemming from an assault case earlier this year -- and could now face serious time behind bars.

In case you missed it -- Vick led cops on a CRAZY foot chase during the assault arrest. 

WWE Star Paige Suspended 60 Days ... Second Wellness Policy Violation

10/10/2016 9:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1010-paige-wwe-TMZ-02WWE Diva Paige has been suspended 60 days for violating the company's talent wellness policy, the WWE announced Monday morning. 

This is Paige's second violation in 3 months. She was hit with a suspension in August ... the same day her BF former WWE superstar Alberto Del Rio failed a drug test and was suspended.

FYI -- the wellness policy covers everything from substance abuse to annual physicals and cardiovascular health.

Paige hit up Twitter to share her reaction to the news ... and seems to make the argument that the suspension is bogus.

Story developing ...


Deontay Wilder I Don't Want Tyson Fury to Die ... Coke Problem's No Joke

10/10/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

They've trashed each other for YEARS -- but boxing superstar Deontay Wilder is putting his feud with Tyson Fury on hold ... saying he truly wants Fury to get help for his cocaine problem so he doesn't die. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Wilder -- who tells us the "real" Tyson Fury is not the monster you see in the media ... "He really is a good dude."

Wilder says he was really impacted when he learned about Fury's drug problem and suicidal thoughts -- and says he's even willing to fly to England to lend his support to his embattled rival. 

That being said, Wilder still wants to beat the hell out of him ... saying, "We didn’t promote [a possible fight] this many years to be beat behind some kind of drug activity."

In the past, Fury has threatened to sexually assault Wilder.

Wilder said he was going to baptize Fury with his fists. 

Oscar De La Hoya Tyson Fury Can Beat Coke Problem ... 'I Believe In Him'

10/8/2016 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Oscar De La Hoya says battling cocaine addiction is the toughest fight there is -- but he's confident heavyweight champ Tyson Fury can beat his blow problem ... as long as he gets help.

Of course, Fury was yanked out of his upcoming fight with Wladimir Klitschko after testing positive for cocaine -- and later admitted, "I've done lots of cocaine. Lots of it."

Since Oscar has been so open about his own struggles with coke -- and since he's still a major player in the boxing world -- we asked if he thought the drug tests will end Tyson's career for good. 

"No," Oscar said ... "I think he's going to come back stronger than ever." 

"He just has to go get the help and stick with it. It'll be the toughest fight of his life but I think he can do it. He's a fighter."

"I believe in him."

The Game So, So Thirsty ... For Vodka

10/8/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Game got a thirst-quenching assist onstage from Diddy ... Ciroc, and lots of it. 

Game went on at midnight at The Venue in Minneapolis and a half hour in, his crew busted out the vodka. Sipping turned to chugging and you know the rest.

The vodka didn't get in the way of the concert ... which went beyond 1 AM.

Effen awesome!


'American Idol' Finalist Busted In Undercover Drug Sting

10/7/2016 3:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1007-harris-mug-01"American Idol" finalist Curtis "C.J." Harris was arrested in an undercover drug bust for allegedly selling oxycodone and marijuana. 

Law enforcement officials in Alabama tell us Harris was arrested Thursday after allegedly selling drugs to a confidential informant. 

Harris was hit with 3 counts of felony distribution of a controlled substance. We're told he's still in custody and is being held on a $90k bond.

Harris finished 6th during season 13 of the show ... Caleb Johnson took home the crown that year. 

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