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Johnny Manziel In Concussion Protocol ... Blames Complications from Rx Meds

8/15/2018 11:00 AM PDT
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The Montreal Alouettes have placed Johnny Manziel in the concussion protocol following a massive hit he took on Saturday -- though the QB says it's Rx medication that's making him feel off.

Manziel took a monster shot at the goal line in Saturday's game against the Ottawa Redblacks -- his body went limp, he fumbled the ball and looked woozy after the play. However, he stayed in the game. 

Manziel missed practice on Tuesday and Wednesday and now the team has issued a statement saying the QB has medical concerns. 

"On Tuesday morning Johnny Manziel mentioned to our medical staff that he felt symptoms that could be associated with the prescribed medication he uses for a previously diagnosed medical condition."

FYI, Manziel has previously stated that he takes medication for bipolar disorder. 

However, it's clear the team believes Manziel's condition may not be solely related to the meds -- suggesting he may have suffered a concussion in Saturday's game. 

"In view of the hit he received on Saturday and the potential mitigating side effects of his prescribed medication, the Alouettes medical staff has placed Manziel under the CFL concussion protocol for further observation and precautionary reasons."

"Manziel will be closely observed and assessed over the next few days."

Montreal doesn't play again until Saturday -- but it doesn't seem like he'll be playing. 

Khalid Aretha's the True Queen of Soul ... 'Deserves' the Crown

8/15/2018 8:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Quadruple platinum singer Khalid tells TMZ ... Aretha Franklin will be remembered as a strong woman who's accomplished so much -- and will forever be known as the "Queen of Soul."

Remember, there was a controversy about Aretha's royal title a while back -- when Beyonce called Tina Turner the "Queen" at the 2008 Grammys. 

Aretha -- who's been called the Queen of Soul since the '60s -- was so pissed at the time, she issued a statement saying, "I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyonce. However, I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy."

Well, there's no controversy for Khalid -- saying Aretha clearly deserves the crown. 

Matt Stafford's Wife Crushin' Weights At 38 Weeks Pregnant!

8/15/2018 7:05 AM PDT
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BEAST!!!

Here's Matt Stafford's very pregnant wife, Kelly Stafford, gymin' for 2 in Detroit this week -- rippin' off set after set while 38 weeks preggo!!!

Kelly (who's pregnant with baby #3) hit up Elite Training USA and crushed everything from the battle ropes to the weight sled and even some modified deadlifts!!!

Kelly is calling the routine, "Operation GET BABY OUT."

Meanwhile, Matt's working pretty hard too -- gearing up for the NFL season with the Detroit Lions. 

Kelly is technically due in 2 weeks -- but she's at full term now and clearly she's ready to celebrate a birthday.

Good luck! 

Jada Pinkett Smith 72-Yr-Old Bodybuilder Pal Challenges Will to Push-Up Contest!!!

8/15/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jada Pinkett Smith's new friend is a shredded 72-year-old bodybuilder who is fit to DESTROY Will Smith ... in a push-up contest!!

We talked to Dr. Josefina Monasterio whose determination for body wellness is giving Jada all the feels. We're not sure big Willy will feel the same way as his wife though, now that Josefina's calling him out and challenging him in the gym.

Check it out ... the good doctor has more than push-ups in mind for Will -- and says now that she has Jada's digits, it won't be easy for Will to dodge her challenge.

If you're wondering how she and Jada connected -- Jada recently reposted one of Josefina's videos to her Instagram feed. Some of Jada's fans mistook Josefina for Jada's mom, Adrienne Banfield-Jones (she's not) ... they're both super fit. Anyway, they both set the record straight with a FaceTime hookup.

Demi Lovato OD Likely Triggered By Oxy Laced With Fentanyl

8/14/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Demi Lovato's near-death OD began at 4 AM July 24, when she texted a drug dealer to come to her house ... sources tell TMZ.

Sources with direct knowledge tell us, Demi had been at a party in WeHo following a birthday celebration at Saddle Ranch on the Sunset Strip. After the drug dealer got the text, he came to her house and we're told the 2 of them freebased Oxycodone on tin foil.

Our sources say unbeknownst to Demi, the drug dealer had a bad habit of buying dirty drugs from Mexico ... and the batch in question appeared to be laced with fentanyl -- that's the same drug that killed Prince and Lil Peep.

We're told the dealer fled her home when he noticed she was in bed, breathing very heavily.

Our sources say Demi had been using the dealer since April.

TMZ broke the story ... someone on Demi's staff found her around 11:30 AM on the 24th. She had to be revived with Narcan.  

Demi was hospitalized for 2 weeks and then went to an out-of-state rehab facility. Last Friday, she and her mom flew to Chicago for a few days where she received treatment from a renowned addiction specialist.  

Indians' Leonys Martin Stable Condition ... After Life-Threatening Infection

8/14/2018 8:18 AM PDT
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Great news for Leonys Martin ... the Cleveland Indians outfielder is expected to make a full recovery just days after being hospitalized with a life-threatening bacterial infection.

Martin was placed on the 10-day disabled list last week after falling ill. He complained that he wasn't feeling well, but clearly didn't know the seriousness of the situation at the time. Doctors later discovered Martin had a bacterial infection that had entered his bloodstream and was causing his organs to shut down. 

The Tribe released an update on Martin's health on Tuesday ... saying he's "made considerable progress and is currently in stable condition."

"The medical team is optimistic that he will make a full recovery, but progress is expected to be slow," the team says.

"The collective focus is to help Leonys return to full health, and there have been no considerations regarding a timeline for his return to baseball activities."

Get well soon. 

'Vanderpump Rules' Star Younes, Welcome to Life w/o Kourtney!!!

8/14/2018 7:27 AM PDT

8:55 AM PT -- Jax just replied to our story, saying, "Come on it’s kind of funny, wasn’t trying to be a dick. It happens to be best of us. Drake should make a song though 'started at the top now we here'. Maybe next album?"

"Vanderpump Rules" star Jax Taylor took glee in watching Younes Bendjima slum it like all the normies after Kourtney Kardashian dumped his ass.

Jax posted this photo Monday night at an L.A. gym, as Younes contemplated his water bottle and his next exercise.

TMZ broke the story ... Kourtney pulled the plug on her relationship with the 25-year-old model last month ...shortly after their trip to Italy.

Maybe that bottle of Smartwater will knock some sense into him.   

Steven Tyler Big Prayers for Aretha

8/13/2018 2:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Aretha Franklin has just about everyone praying for her -- and that includes Steven Tyler, who's got a sweet message for the Queen of Soul. 

We got Aerosmith's frontman and his girlfriend, Aimee, on the streets of NYC Monday and it seems our camera guy broke the news that Aretha was gravely ill from cancer and not expected to last the day. Although shocked ... he was eloquent and heartfelt.

Steven -- who's about to officially announce a Vegas residency with his band that starts next Spring -- offers out a sick rendition of Aretha's most famous song.

Jim Neidhart Collapsed from Apparent Seizure ... Banged Head

8/13/2018 1:55 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart's wife told emergency personnel the ex-WWE superstar collapsed while appearing to have a seizure early Monday morning ... and slammed his head when he fell to the ground. 

Elizabeth Neidhart told investigators Jim was having difficulty sleeping and got out of bed to change the thermostat. But, when Jim went to touch it, he "turned weirdly as if he were about to dance."

"He then fell towards the wall and ground," the investigation report says. 

Elizabeth called 911 thinking he was having a seizure since he "suffers from seizures and takes medication for it."

Neidhart's wife says Jim's last seizure was Dec. 2017 -- and she notes doctors also believed he may have had Alzheimer's as well. 

When officials arrived to Jim's home -- they found the 63-year-old on the floor with a 4-inch gash on his face. 

Investigators found medication at the home, but note "none of the medication appeared to have been abused."

He was pronounced dead a short time later. 

Aretha Franklin Gravely Ill from Cancer

8/13/2018 6:19 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

9:58 AM PT -- Our sources say doctors have informed Aretha's family today (Monday) is the day "Aretha will pass."

Aretha Franklin is gravely ill and friends and family are gathering for their final goodbye ... TMZ has confirmed.

A source very close to Aretha and a longtime dear friend tells TMZ he was told a week ago, "Prepare yourself, she's dying." The source adds Aretha was down to 86 pounds and her health was failing. The source says 2 weeks ago everyone in Aretha's circle was told "she could go any time."

Another source -- someone who has been close to Aretha for decades -- tells TMZ she has been battling cancer. 

Franklin, who is 76, has been in poor health over the last few years. She has performed, but only on a limited basis ... most recently last November at an Elton John AIDS Foundation event.

The news that her health is failing first came from Roger Friedman over at Showbiz411, and WDIV TV in Detroit says Aretha's family confirmed she is gravely ill.

Story developing ... 

Charlotte Rae Died of Cardiac Arrest

8/13/2018 9:57 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Charlotte Rae died after going into cardiac arrest ... and she was also battling salivary gland cancer ... TMZ has learned.

According to the "Diff'rent Strokes" and 'Facts of Life' star's death certificate, Rae's immediate cause of death is listed as cardiopulmonary arrest, while metabolic acidosis -- an abnormal acid buildup -- and carcinoma of the right parotid gland were contributing factors.

In line with her announcement she had been diagnosed with bone cancer last year, the death certificate, obtained by TMZ, does not include any other significant conditions.

As we reported ... Rae passed away last Sunday in her L.A.-area home. She played the beloved character Mrs. Garrett on "Diff'rent Strokes" before starring in the spin-off, "The Facts of Life."

Charlotte was 92. RIP 

Bret Hart 'Stunned and Saddened' Over Jim Neidhart's Death

8/13/2018 8:25 AM PDT
Breaking News

Bret Hart says he's "stunned and saddened" by the death of his former tag team partner and brother-in-law, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart ... saying, "I just don't have the words right now."

Hart also posted a photo of his old friend with their tag team wrestling championship belts. 

Bret and Jim started The Hart Foundation tag team group in 1985 -- and are widely considered one of the best tag teams of all time. 

Ric Flair also posted a tribute -- saying, "My Good Friend Jim Neidhart, A World Class Athlete And A Man Among Men. Rest In Peace."

Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake added, "Devastating news Jim Neidhart my friend has passed away!! I can hardly believe it. Rest In Peace Brother until we meet again!!!"

The Iron Sheik wrote, "ONE OF MY OLDEST FRIENDS IN THE BUSINESS JIM NEIDHART. WE TRAVEL TOGETHER I LOVE HIM FOREVER LIKE A BROTHER. GOD BLESS FAMILY I NEVER FORGET YOU BUBBA."

Sgt. Slaughter said ... "Saddened To Hear Jim Neidhart Has Passed. My Prayers Are With His Families. Guess God Needed An “Anvil” Angel RIP Jim."

Actor Tab Hunter Died From Heart Failure ... Also Had Prostate Cancer

8/13/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tab Hunter -- the 1950s heartthrob actor -- died after his heart gave out but, according to his death certificate, he was also battling a debilitating disease ... prostate cancer.

According to the doc -- obtained by TMZ -- Tab died from cardiogenic shock ... which is when the blood suddenly can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Another contributing factor to his death was a massive pulmonary embolism. The doc also says he had prostate cancer.

As we reported ... the actor known for his surfer-boy looks and roles in "Damn Yankees" and "The Burning Hills" died last month -- 3 days shy of his birthday -- at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Tab always felt he would have been blackballed from Hollywood if people had discovered he was gay, so he later revealed in his memoirs that he had studio setup relationships with women.

Tab was 86. 

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