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LFO Singer Doctors Successfully Remove Football-Sized Tumor

10/20/2017 9:03 AM PDT
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LFO singer Devin Lima has a huge weight lifted off his entire body today, after doctors removed a massive tumor as well as 2 organs -- and his prognosis is good. 

Lima's surgery Thursday was considered a huge success since doctors also thought he might lose his spleen and part of his colon. Lima found out 3 weeks ago the tumor was wrapped around his adrenal gland and pushing against all his organs, even his heart. We're told doctors had to remove a kidney and his adrenal gland during surgery.

They're testing the tumor to make sure it's not cancerous, and should have a pathology report back early next week. We're told Devin will remain at the hospital until then.

Devin was in good spirits post-op, even cracking jokes about the football in his gut with bandmate Brad Fischetti ...

Venus Williams to Lawyers I'm Ready to Talk About Fatal Car Crash Case

10/19/2017 3:01 PM PDT
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Venus Williams is finally making herself available to talk to opposing lawyers about the fatal car crash ... and the wrongful death lawsuit.

According to a court doc obtained by TMZ Sports ... Venus will sit for a deposition on November 9 in West Palm Beach. As we first reported ... attorneys for the estate of Jerome Barson said the tennis superstar had refused to respond to their repeated requests since July.

Barson's attorney, Michael Steinger, tells us, "After months of avoiding our repeated requests for deposition and after requesting the court order the same, we are pleased that Ms. Williams realized the importance of her testimony in this very serious case."

Barson is the 78-year-old man who died from his injuries after the June collision. Venus blames a third unidentified driver for the accident.

LFO Singer Devin Lima Tumor Found Going Into Surgery

10/19/2017 8:57 AM PDT
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LFO singer Devin Lima is going into surgery after doctors found a massive tumor -- and the health scare comes 7 years after his fellow bandmate died of leukemia. 

Sources close to the group tell TMZ, doctors went in Thursday morning to remove the benign tumor, which is sitting on his adrenal gland. We're told it was discovered a few weeks ago.

The '90s band was ramping up for a national tour, but that's on hold since Devin will need recovery time. We're told he is expected to be fine though.

LFO member Rich Cronin died tragically from leukemia in September 2010. He was only 36.

Devin seems to be keeping a positive outlook. He and Brad Fischetti promised fans they'll be back on the road ASAP.

'Project Runway' Finalist Mychael Knight Dead at 39

10/17/2017 1:35 PM PDT
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Former "Project Runway" finalist Mychael Knight died Tuesday morning in a Georgia hospital ... TMZ has learned.

Knight died after recently checking into the hospital. We're told he'd been getting treatment for intestinal issues when he passed at around 7:30 AM. While it's still unclear what caused his death, a few months ago Mychael revealed he'd been battling IBS -- irritable bowl syndrome -- and made it clear it was wreaking havoc on his immune system.

Knight was famous in the fashion world after his successful run on season 3 of 'Runway' ... going on to launch his own lines of clothing and lingerie. He also once designed for Starbucks, and even created his own fragrance brand, MajK.

Knight placed fourth during his season on 'Runway,' and won the Fan Favorite Award as well.

He was only 39.

'RHOC' Star Kelly Dodd I Got Rid Of My House ... My Husband's Next!

10/17/2017 10:35 AM PDT
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It took a year, but 'Real Housewives of Orange County' star Kelly Dodd was finally able to unload her remodeled Newport Beach home after cutting the price ... and it just so happens she's also ready to cut things off with her estranged husband, Michael.

The 4 bedroom, 4 bath oceanside home sold for $5 million. It was originally listed for $6.25 million last summer.

Kelly and Michael tried to give their marriage another try after she filed for divorce in 2012. Along the way they flipped this home, but the marriage didn't survive.

We're told Kelly's going through with the divorce finally. She's renting a place in Newport for the time being and is ready to date again.

Anne Frank Center Anne Frank Halloween Costume?! Do We Even Need to Say It?

10/17/2017 10:30 AM PDT
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Some genius thought Holocaust victim Anne Frank would make one helluva Halloween costume for kids -- but the institution named for Anne is just glad the company behind it got a clue. Eventually.

Online retailer HalloweenCostumes.com rightfully caught major flak Monday for selling a "WW2 Anne Frank Girls Costume." The backlash was so swift and severe they pulled the tone-deaf item from their site ... which featured this highly-offensive costume description. 

A rep for the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect -- a nonprofit supporting her legacy -- tells TMZ ... HalloweenCostumes.com's gimmick is offensive and trivializes Anne's suffering and the suffering of millions during the Holocaust.

The AFC says there are more appropriate ways to commemorate Anne's legacy, and it's happy the costume was yanked. HalloweenCostumes.com has apologized for the stunt, but c'mon.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Plants 300 U.S. Flags ... On Front Lawn

10/15/2017 12:35 AM PDT
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame is clearly trying to send a message when it comes to the flag -- the more, the better.

TMZ Sports has learned ... organizers at the HOF in Canton, OH recently planted more than 300 U.S. flags on the lawn as part of a campaign called "Huddle Up, America."

The HOF says the flags are "a sign of unity to bring all Americans together" -- and the campaign was designed to help the football community "work through issues that are important to our families, community and country."

Guessing Trump approves. 

Melissa Etheridge Delightful Mug Shot in Drug Bust ... 70s Rocker Arrested Too

10/14/2017 12:30 AM PDT
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Melissa Etheridge didn't pass the K-9 sniffing test ... Todd Rundgren did, but they both got arrested for drugs on the U.S.-Canadian border.

Melissa and Todd were both pinched -- on separate dates -- in North Dakota after their tour buses were stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. According to docs, Melissa's bus was returning to the U.S. on August 17. After a K-9 unit detected possible drugs, agents found marijuana oil.

Cops say Melissa said she uses it to manage pain from cancer. That's legal in Cali, where she lives, but in N.D. it's still a no-no. She was booked for possession of a controlled substance ... took a super pleasant mug shot, and pleaded not guilty.

As for 1970s rocker Rundgren -- Customs nabbed him on September 9 when his bus was stopped. The dogs missed it, but agents found 2 vapes and containers with liquid THC.

Hello, it's me ... I just got booked for possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

John Mayer This Diamond Chain ... Really Ties My Birthday Together

10/13/2017 10:31 AM PDT
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John Mayer's way over the line with his 40th bday celebration -- 'cause he's hanging with the Dude.

The singer bought an iced out chain pendant of one of his favorite movie characters -- the Dude from "The Big Lebowski." The 18k white gold piece is covered with 41 carats of diamonds. We're told it took IF & Co. Jewelers about 2 months to complete.

Famed celeb jeweler Ben Baller delivered Mayer's gift Monday at LAX. No word on how much John paid, but our sources say it's worth at least 6 figures.

For Mayer, "Anxiety and worry is canceled this week."

We abide.

Tamar Braxton Rushed To Hospital After Bad Reaction To Flu Meds

10/12/2017 11:59 AM PDT
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Tamar Braxton is in the hospital fighting the flu and had a bad reaction to her flu meds ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Tamar started feeling ill earlier this week while promoting her new album, "Bluebird of Happiness," in New York. She bowed out of several public appearances because she could barely speak, prompting her to see an ear, nose and throat doctor.

She was prescribed Prednisone, a steroid for her throat, but her body had a horrible reaction and swelled up. The swelling was so severe once she returned to L.A. she was rushed to the ER on Wednesday night.

Tamar later posted a picture from her hospital bed with her hospital band asking for prayers. We're told she's expected to stay in the hospital for a few days until she makes a full recovery.

Get well soon!

Ben Affleck 'Groping' Was All On Camera and I Liked It ... Canadian Host Says

10/12/2017 10:09 AM PDT
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Ben Affleck did NOTHING wrong by holding and caressing a TV host in 2004, 'cause it was nothing but a gag for cameras ... according to the woman herself.

We spoke to Anne-Marie Losique -- who was aggressively snuggled by Ben in the interview that surfaced amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal -- and she has zero gripes. She's aware many people see it as inappropriate, but stresses all of the heavy flirting ONLY happened on camera.

She says it was a thing she and Ben always did when she interviewed him. Anne-Marie adds ... when the camera was off, Ben was totally professional.

As we reported ... Ben apologized Wednesday to ex-'TRL' host Hilarie Burton for groping her breast in 2003. He's said nothing about the Anne-Marie clip, and based on everything she says ... there's no reason for him to do so.

Harvey Weinstein Flying to Europe Tonight For Sex Addiction Rehab

10/10/2017 4:40 PM PDT
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Harvey Weinstein is boarding a private jet Tuesday night, bound for a rehab center in Europe for sex addiction ... sources connected with the former mogul tell TMZ.

We're told Harvey has decided to take the advice of the people around him and leave immediately. We're told he will enter a live-in facility and will deal both with sex and other behavioral issues.

Our sources say Weinstein is surprisingly calm, considering the PR nightmare engulfing him. As one source put it, "He has his moments where there are bursts, but for the most part he's pretty calm."

We're told Weinstein still believes he can get help, come back and make a fresh start. As a source close to Weinstein put it, "He wants to come back with fresh, new ideas." As we reported, he and his team are in settlement discussions with The Weinstein Co. and the idea of him serving in some outside capacity is still on the table.

O.J. Simpson Staying In Massive Vegas Home ... On Golf Course

10/4/2017 11:23 AM PDT
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O.J. Simpson is living LARGE -- he's currently staying in a palatial 5,000 square foot home in a private Las Vegas gated community ... right next to a golf course.

We're told the owner of the home is Simpson's longtime friend -- a person who even testified for O.J. in the Vegas robbery trial.

The home is 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths -- and includes a pool, hot tub and a private putting green area. It's roughly 20 minutes from the Vegas strip.

We're told Simpson has been hanging out at the house and laying low so far. His daughter, Arnelle, was spotted out on a grocery run at a nearby Trader Joe's earlier this week.

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