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'Clerks' Star Lisa Spoonauer Battled Illnesses for Years ... Death Still Shocked Family

5/25/2017 12:30 AM PDT
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'Clerks' star Lisa Spoonauer had been sick for years prior to her death last week ... still her family says her death was far from expected.

Sources close to Lisa's immediate family tell TMZ ... she'd been battling several chronic illnesses for 10 years prior to her death Saturday. The illnesses were not disclosed, but were described as degenerative.

We're told Lisa's family was aware of her ailments, but never suspected her condition was bad enough to kill her. Although she'd been in and out of hospitals for years, she died at home.

The coroner says Lisa died of natural causes, which her doctor signed off on -- a sure sign one of her many illnesses triggered the death.

"Clerks" writer and director, Kevin Smith, shared memories of casting her in the movie that changed his life. Lisa was 44.

Devastated to report that #LisaSpoonauer, who played Caitlin in #clerks, has passed away. In 1992, I went looking for Lisa without knowing either who she was or the integral role she'd play in my life. I'd held a night of open auditions at the #firstavenueplayhouse (where we found @briancohalloran and @marilynghigliotti) but the perfect Caitlin Bree never walked through the door. So I popped into an acting class at Brookdale Community College and watched the students from the back. Lisa was easily the most natural and authentic voice in the room. She didn't sound like she was acting at all; she delivered scripted dialogue as if she was inventing her conversation in the moment, like people do in real life. Captivated, I approached Lisa cold in the parking lot after the class and said "This is gonna sound creepy but... Do you wanna be in a movie?" Fearlessly, she replied "Not if it's porn." I told her a bit about Clerks and gave her a copy of the script and my phone number. She called me a few days later and said "Well it's not porn, but everybody talks like it is. It's funny. I'll do it." A complete stranger at first, Lisa quickly became one of the most important people I'd ever meet when she joined Brian, #JeffAnderson, Marilyn, @jaymewes, @samosier, @davidkleinasc and me as one of the chief architects of my first film. We rehearsed for a month straight in the store after hours, where Lisa perfected Caitlin (and fell in love with Jeff). The first night of the shoot, Lisa had to maneuver her way through a seven minute scene with Brian in the video store, when Caitlin finally shows up in the movie. Lisa and Brian CRUSHED it in one long take that still remains one of my favorite scenes I've ever shot - not because it shows off any directorial flare (it doesn't) but because it exemplified how great the performers were since we never had to cut away from their 2-shot. But as strong an actress as she was, Lisa was an even more excellent Mother to her daughter Mia. Whenever we'd Facebook later in life, she'd gush about her baby girl proudly. My heart goes out to Tom, Mia and Lisa's family. Thank you for dreaming my dream with me. You changed my life, Lisa.

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Manchester Arena Explosion Bev Hills Doctors Offer Victims Free Surgeries

5/24/2017 1:14 PM PDT
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The surviving victims of the Manchester Arena explosion have a new ally ... 5,000 miles from the UK.

Face Forward -- a Beverly Hills-based non-profit that helps survivors of violent and disfiguring crimes -- has sprung into action after the nail bomb killed 22 and injured 59.

Face Forward is offering victims free facial reconstructive surgeries. Face Forward is also offering airfare, accommodations, anesthesiologists, medicine and an after-care nurse. The team includes surgeons, doctors, dentists and therapists.

The org's been around for a decade now with big celebs -- from Sharon Stone and Nelly to "Sugar" Shane Mosley -- touting its work.

Some of the most extreme examples ... reconstructive surgery for a Kenyan boy whose face was distorted after he was beaten at an orphanage, and a domestically abused woman who needed to have her jaw wired shut for a year.

Their families can contact the organization here.

Jamie Foxx Oprah Saved Me From Alcohol

5/24/2017 12:33 PM PDT

Jamie Foxx was on a fast track to blowing his career after he made the movie "Ray" ... and Oprah told him so and scared him straight.

The Academy Award-winning actor went on "The Howard Stern Show" and confessed he was drinking and partying way too much back in 2005 when Oprah staged what amounts to an intervention.

O called him and told Jamie straight-up he was ruining his career, saying, "All of this gallivanting and all this kind of s**t that's not what you want to do. I want to take you somewhere."

Jamie met Oprah at Quincy Jones' house after the call for a come-to-Jesus moment, where Sidney Poitier and other black Hollywood actors were on hand to push Jamie toward more sober and responsible living.

Unclear whether he went to rehab, but whatever he did worked. Jamie went on to win the Best Actor Oscar for "Ray."

Kyle Richards Don't Judge Conrad Hilton ... He's Struggling

5/24/2017 7:00 AM PDT
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Conrad Hilton hurled a slew of racial and homophobic slurs when he was arrested earlier this month for violating a restraining order, and his aunt, Kyle Richards, says don't be quick to judge. 

Kyle was leaving Craig's Tuesday night when our photog asked how Conrad's doing after being released to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.  

The 'Housewife' star made it clear .. Conrad's struggling.

TMZ broke the story ... Conrad broke into the home of actress E.G. Daily and violated a restraining order to stay clear of E.G's daughter, Hunter ... his ex-girlfriend.

Charlie Sheen Excited, Humbled by Spike in HIV Tests 'Great to Be of Service'

5/22/2017 10:54 AM PDT
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Charlie Sheen's not willing to take all the credit, but understands his HIV diagnosis likely played a huge part in boosting sales of home HIV test kits.

Researchers are calling it the "Sheen Effect," and Charlie was fully aware of the numbers when we saw him Monday morning at a Malibu gas station. By some counts, HIV test sales jumped up to 95% immediately after his 2015 announcement -- and remained as high as 60% up to a month later.

Charlie's take -- "It's exciting, and it's great to be of service at that level." He also explained how his life has not only changed, but has "been elevated in a lot of ways."

We've gotten a lot of wild Charlie clips over the years -- you're familiar -- but this is a remarkably different side.

Nick Carter's Dad Family Wants Autopsy To Prevent More Deaths

5/21/2017 12:50 AM PDT
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Bob Carter's kids don't want their dad cremated just yet ... they want an autopsy, but not because they believe foul play was involved in his death.

Bob's widow, Ginger, has already signed off on cremation papers. She tells us Bob was in bad health, so she didn't feel an autopsy was necessary. Ginger says doctors already told her the cause of death was a heart attack.

Some of the Carter kids are worried that heart disease might run in their family, but they're in the dark. They're hoping an autopsy would give their own doctors a road map to determine if they also have heart disease ... and if they do they could take early measures to control or even eliminate it.

The medical examiner says a state-funded autopsy isn't in the cards because it only covers foul play. That means if the Carters one, they're on their own. We're told Aaron's agreed to front the $$$.

Ginger's agreeable, so it looks like an autopsy is in the cards.

Tommy Lasorda Dodgers Legend Hospitalized

5/20/2017 12:22 PM PDT
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Tommy Lasorda -- the Hall of Fame former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers -- is in the hospital recovering from an infection ... TMZ has learned.

A Dodgers rep tells us ... Lasorda's been hospitalized twice recently for the same issue. We're told he's recovering well this time, though, and is expected to be fine.

The rep says Tommy should be released from the L.A. hospital by mid-next week.

The 89-year-old Dodger legend has been hospitalized numerous times the past year ... including 10 days in October for various issues. He was released in time to go to Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs, though.

Lasorda's in his 68th season with the Dodgers. He was their manager from 1976-1996 ... leading them to 2 World Series rings.

Get well, Tommy!!

Tom Brady Wouldn't Jeopardize His Health ... Says Rodney Harrison

5/19/2017 7:40 AM PDT
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"At the end of the day, I know [Tom Brady's] gonna do what's best for his health" ... so says Rodney Harrison.

Rodney didn't just play with Tom, they're friends -- and the ex-Patriots star says he knows Tom is always keeping his health as the top priority when he's playing.

Of course, Brady made headlines this week when his wife, Gisele, said Tom has concussions all the time ... but "we don't talk about [them]."

The concern is that Tom is hiding serious brain injuries to avoid missing playing time. 

But Rodney doesn't believe Tom would do that -- saying, "I've known Brady for a long time. He's a great guy."

There is this ... Rodney seems to be suggesting many players could potentially suffer concussions during games and they're not properly diagnosed."

"I think the majority of the time when you hit someone and you get your bell rung ... that can be labelled a concussion. It just depends on the scenario."

Joe Simpson Screw You, Cancer! I'm Getting a Silly FAST Car

5/18/2017 12:20 AM PDT
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Joe Simpson's got a new lease on life, and has no intention of slowing down ... based on the luxury whip he'll be rolling in soon.

The fashion photog just ordered a customized, new Mercedes-AMG GT R -- for well over $200k -- and says it's scheduled to arrive next month. Joe tells us he can't wait to get behind the wheel of the fastest production car manufactured this year.

Simpson got great news recently -- he's clear of prostate cancer after finishing treatments in March. Jess' dad says he realized life is short, "so you have to enjoy the ride!" 

Case in point, he started celebrating with a trip to Cabo recently. Now he says he's looking forward to the ridiculous 577 horses under the hood of his new whip ... and especially its "Green Hell" color!

Nick & Aaron Carter's Dad Died of Heart Attack ... Family Believes

5/17/2017 3:43 PM PDT
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Nick and Aaron Carter's father complained of chest pains and had twitching in his arm before he went to bed and never woke up ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the family tell us ... all signs point to Bob Carter suffering a heart attack when he died Tuesday night. We're told he was working a lot around the house and was out in the hot Florida sun when the chest pains started.

Our sources say the family's grateful everyone was on good terms with Bob.

As we reported ... Nick and Aaron both shared messages about their father's death on Wednesday.

NFL Calls BS On Gisele No Evidence Tom Brady Suffered Concussion

5/17/2017 1:45 PM PDT
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The NFL is disputing Gisele's claims that Tom Brady secretly suffered a concussion during the 2016 season ... saying there's no evidence the Patriots QB suffered any sort of head injury.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy just issued a statement saying, "We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots' home and away 2016 season games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office."

"There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms."

"Today we have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club's medical staff and Mr. Brady."

"The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all our players have and continue to receive the best care possible."

The NFL isn't directly saying Gisele lied during an appearance on "CBS This Morning" -- but they're certainly mounting the case against her.

Tom Brady NFLPA 'Looking Into' Concussion Claim

5/17/2017 9:55 AM PDT
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The NFL Players Association is "looking into" the statements made by Gisele about Tom Brady suffering a concussion last year that was not reported in NFL injury reports.

After Gisele appeared on "CBS This Morning" and told Charlie Rose about Tom's secret history of concussions ... we reached out to the NFLPA for comment.

We were told, "Right now, we have no official statement, but we are looking into."

Gisele's comments have sparked all sorts of questions -- with people wondering if Tom or the Patriots intentionally hid the information from the NFL so Tom wouldn't have to miss game time.

We've also reached out to Tom and the Patriots for comment -- so far, no official comments from either camp.

Gisele Tom Brady Has Concussions All The Time 'We Don't Talk About'

5/17/2017 6:24 AM PDT
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Tom Brady suffered a football-related concussion last year that nobody knew about -- and he secretly gets concussions all the time -- so says his wife, Gisele.

The supermodel appeared on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday and expressed frustration with Tom's health ... particularly the brain injuries he suffers on the field.

"Football ... like he had a concussion last year," Gisele said.

"I mean he has concussions pretty much every [year] ... I mean, we don't talk about. But he does have concussions."

This could be a big deal ... considering Brady was not listed on the NFL injury list for a concussion once in 2016. It begs the question ... was the injury covered up to keep him on the field?

In the NFL, if a player is diagnosed with a concussion during a game, he is NOT allowed to return to the field for the remainder of that game. He may return the following week at the discretion of his doctor. 

"I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through like, through that kind of aggression like, all the time–that cannot be healthy for you, right?"

"I mean I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100, I hope."

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