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Toni Braxton Lupus Can't Stop Me

10/25/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Toni Braxton won't let lupus derail her from tour ... she performed over the weekend with a heart monitor strapped to her chest.

Toni's "The Hits Tour" hit Savannah, Georgia Saturday night where she busted into song with with the monitor in plain view.

We're told doctors urged her to wear it 24/7 to detect chest pain, as well as oncoming heart attacks or strokes.

Toni was hospitalized twice this month ... the result of complications from the autoimmune disease.

She still sounds amazing.

BTW ... Birdman was front and center at Saturday night's concert.


Toni Braxton Back In Hospital ... Postpones Show

10/16/2016 7:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1016-toni-braxton-TMZ-02Toni Braxton can't catch a break -- she's back in the hospital due to complications from lupus, just as she was getting back on the road.

Toni was hospitalized Saturday in Cleveland for what she calls a "minor setback.". Her Saturday night concert was postponed, but the swinger's hopeful her illness will not affect the rest of "The Hits" tour.

The singer seemed to be on the mend, performing in Kansas City Friday night where Birdman made a surprise appearance, but her condition worsened the next day. Toni was just in the hospital earlier this month stemming from her battle with lupus.

Ex-NFL Receiver Hank Baskett Jordan Reed Needs To Hang It Up Think About Your Future

10/14/2016 12:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former NFL receiver Hank Baskett says it's time Redskins TE Jordan Reed starts thinking about his future off the field ... saying "you gotta know when actually it's time to hang it up."

Reed's health became a hot topic this week after he suffered the 6th concussion of his short career during last weeks game against the Ravens. Baskett -- who played 5 years in the league -- thinks Reed should look at the bigger picture.

"If you keep pushing -- especially after 6 confirmed concussions -- I think you gotta think about that a little more," Baskett tells TMZ Sports.

"You gotta think about life. Life is bigger, there's so much after sports. If I was in that situation where I had 6 concussions, I would stop because my family and my health is more important."

Check out the clip.


Former Olympian Jamie Nieto Up And Walking 6 Mo. After Life-Threatening Injury

10/13/2016 3:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former U.S. Olympian Jamie Nieto is kicking rehab's ass ... walking with only a walker just 5 1/2 months after sustaining a life-threatening back injury.

As we previously reported, Nieto -- a world class high jumper -- landed on his head while training ... and suffered severe damage to his back. He was unable to move and required emergency surgery. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Nieto's manager, Paul Doyle, who tells us he's "getting better physically "and is able to stand and walk with only a walker.

"He's had tons of friends visiting him and helping out. A friend from Sweden even flew in to see him. It's been amazing."

Jamie's made remarkable progress ... check out the video.

'Martin' Star Tommy Ford On Life Support ... Wife Says

10/12/2016 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1012_tommy_ford_launchTommy Ford -- who famously played Tommy on the '90s sitcom "Martin" -- is on life support at an Atlanta hospital after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen ... his wife tells TMZ

Ford has been hospitalized since Sunday and his health has declined ever since. 

He is currently on life support and is not expected to make it through the day. Ford's wife, Gina, says the family is still praying for him. 

Earlier, Ford's pal, Anthony Anderson, tweeted Ford had died -- but at the time, he was still alive. We're told Anthony had received inaccurate information, and merely tweeted in support of his friend. He's since deleted the tweet.

Tommy starred in all 5 seasons of "Martin" as Martin Lawrence's level-headed best friend, who often played straight man to Martin's crazy antics. 

He also appeared on "New York Undercover," "The Jamie Foxx Show" and "The Parkers."

Ford also wrote children's books that promoted drug-free and violence-free lifestyles. 


Drake Bailing On Shows ... Bum Ankle Not Healing

10/5/2016 1:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1005-drake-tmzDrake is more banged up than he thought and says his injured ankle is forcing him to postpone his tour.

The rapper broke the bad news Wednesday, telling fans he's putting off at least 3 upcoming concerts. He specifically named Toronto, Philly and one of his Newark shows. Drake says he's been toughing it out, but he's now under "doctor's orders" to take a break. 

Although Drizzy already made a stop in Meek Mill's hometown earlier in the tour -- you gotta think Meek's crew wanted a second bite of the apple. 

Drake used the word "postpone" ... so chances are the shows will be rescheduled, even though he doesn't mention new dates.



Falcons RB Tevin Coleman 'Not Worried' Over Sickle Cell In Denver ... Father Says

10/5/2016 11:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1005-Tevin-Coleman-gettyThe father of ATL Falcons running back Tevin Coleman says his son "intends to play" in Denver this weekend ... despite concerns over his sickle cell condition. 

Coleman had said he was considering NOT playing against the Broncos this weekend since his condition can be exacerbated in low oxygen, high altitude areas like Mile High Stadium. 

In fact, ex-Steelers safety Ryan Clark -- who also has the sickle cell trait -- became extremely sick after playing in Denver in 2007 and needed his spleen and gall bladder removed. 

But Coleman's father, Wister, tells TMZ Sports ... he's been in contact with his son this week and says the current plan is to suit up and play. 

"I don’t think there’s going to be any problems with him playing. He’s never really had a problem and we’re not concerned."

We asked if Tevin's condition has ever been an issue -- and he told us, "He has gotten exhausted in hot weather, but he always played at a high intensity in little leagues and high school."

"He played both sides of the ball and he still had the energy to keep playing."

However, Wister notes his son and the team will keep a close eye on the situation and will take appropriate measures if need be. 

Ben Stiller I Battled Prostate Cancer ... Don't Fear the Finger Test

10/4/2016 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ben Stiller is revealing his prostate cancer diagnosis, and delivering an important message for men -- don't avoid your doctor's finger ... 'cause it could save your life.

Ben went on "The Howard Stern Show" Tuesday ... speaking publicly for the first time about discovering the prostate cancer 2 years ago. He says he beat it after undergoing surgery.

But Ben really wanted to get into the big debate about when to get tested and what kind of test to take. He shared his experience -- in detail -- and believes it could help you.

Check out the clip ... important stuff, but entertaining too.


Hugh Hefner Dead Schmed!!!

10/1/2016 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1001-hugh-hefner-twitter-01Hugh Hefner wants to make it clear ... the only thing in the can over at the bunny palace is film he whips out on movie night.

Hef posted this pic with wife Crystal Friday night, shooting down rumors like the cowboy on the screen.  

TMZ broke the story ... law enforcement officials rushed to The Playboy Mansion Friday after rumors swirled that Hef kicked the bucket. We're told PBM staffers assured cops Hugh was fine, and Hef even gave them an A-Ok call. 



Hugh Hefner Alive Despite Death Scare

9/30/2016 4:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0930-hugh-hefner-tmzLaw enforcement rushed to the Playboy Mansion Friday ... when rumors swirled Hugh Hefner may have died. 

Several news agencies, including TMZ, got a tip the Playboy king had passed away. We called law enforcement to confirm or shoot down the story ... and we were told they were unaware of a death at the Mansion.

We've learned earlier today, cops went to the bunny house and spoke with staff members who said Hef's health remained unchanged. A staff member told Hef the police had come to check on him and he then personally called cops to say he was okay.

Hef has been in frail health over the last few years ... and rarely comes out of his bedroom.

Rob Kardashian Chyna Wants a Rapper ... Not Me, Supersized

9/29/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0928_blac_chyna_rob_kardashian_tmz-gettyRob Kardashian and Blac Chyna have been fighting for months, partially because he's convinced she's going to leave him for a rapper.

Sources close to the parents-to-be say Rob's never been comfortable with aspects of Chyna's past. For instance, we're told he's brought up her relationships with Tyga and Future. Our source says she had to stop listening to certain songs when Rob was around because he once told her point-blank, "You'd rather date a rapper than a fat Armenian."

As we previously reported, Rob's spiraled back into depression, and has put on weight while they've been on the outs. Their convos these days are tense ... especially if Chyna suggests he work out and eat healthy. He takes it as an insult, but we're told she's concerned about his health.

Suffice to say, the days of couples workout sessions are a thing of the past.


Rob Kardashian Family Scared for His Life ... After Massive Weight Gain

9/28/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0927-rob-kardashian-tmzRob Kardashian has given up on life again, retreating to the confines of his home and gaining all his weight back ... so claim members of his family who are worried his life is now in danger.

Our Kardashian sources say ... Rob and Blac Chyna have split, and he's been living at his own home for nearly 2 months, almost never walking out his front door.

We're told Rob has gained back the 50 pounds he lost shortly after hooking up with Chyna ... again hovering around 300 lbs.

Our sources say it's become a vicious cycle. Rob has lost his motivation because of the weight gain, which has renewed fears his diabetes will spin out of control. You'll recall he was hospitalized months ago after a diabetes scare.

Rob is also MIA for his own show. Chyna -- who's 8 months pregnant -- showed up for an appearance to promote "Rob & Chyna" and he was a no-show. He didn't even stop by the baby shower that was thrown specifically for him a few days ago.

One big problem ... Chyna is the one who pulled Rob out of his depression, but now the relationship has become the big problem -- they fight whenever they're together and it just deepens the problems.

As one source put it, "Rob is slipping back into a dark place." We're told the family is praying he "snaps out of it," and they want to do whatever they can to help him.


Ballet Bodies Sued Old Ladies Don't Bend Like Pretzels

9/18/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0913_ballet_lawsuit_getty_tmz-composite-4A Ballet Bodies student plummeted to the ground when her instructor fell asleep on the job ... according to the woman, who also happened to be 65 years old at the time!

The senior citizen is suing the popular Hollywood workout joint for the incident, and in the suit she says the instructor made her attempt an advanced Pilates exercise called an inverted hanging pike. As you might imagine ... it didn't end well.

The woman says her instructor failed to spot her and she ended up falling more than 6 feet onto the hardwood floor -- directly on her head.

She says she suffered whiplash, a concussion and a cervical strain and continues to battle numerous nagging pains and headaches.

The inverted hanging pike is no joke, btw. Imagine your grandma in this position.

Sorry 'bout the visual.


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