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Jets Legend Mark Gastineau Diagnosed with Dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

1/19/2017 4:32 PM PST
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0119-mark-gastineau-gettyNY Jets legend Mark Gastineau says he's been diagnosed with dementia, alzheimer's and parkinson's ... and suggests it was caused by football.

The 60-year-old appeared on 'Sports Zone' on WOR radio and revealed his health issues -- while also saying he's working to help young players avoid the same fate.

"I want to get out and I want to help other kids & youths coming into the game," Gastineau said.

"There's techniques out there that if I would have had them, I know that I wouldn't have the results that I have now."

Gastineau says he does NOT regret playing football -- he just wants to help make the game safer moving forward.

"I don't want [my health] to overpower or overshadow the 'Heads Up' program" -- a program that promotes youth safety in football.

"I want it to be a warning to mothers and fathers to be able to put their kids into safe places to be able to carry on a team sport that I think is going to be way far beneficial to them then if they didn't have that in their lives."

Jackie Evancho Transgender Sister Undergoing Reassignment

1/18/2017 10:53 AM PST
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Jackie Evancho's transgender sister will undergo surgery to begin reassignment the same week Jackie belts out the national anthem at Donald Trump's inauguration ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the Evancho family tell us Jackie's sister, Juliet, "can finally be herself" after she goes through the procedure in Philly. We're told the surgery had been in the works for months, and her absence from the inauguration is NOT in protest to Trump or Mike Pence's stance on LGBTQ rights.

We caught up with Jackie Wednesday in D.C. ... where she talked about Juliet's big day.

George H.W. Bush In ICU with Pneumonia Barbara Also Hospitalized

1/18/2017 10:25 AM PST
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0118-george-barbara-bush-getty-01George H.W. Bush was just admitted to intensive care unit with pneumonia and his wife, Barbara, was also admitted.

H.W.'s office says he's in stable condition, but as a precaution doctors performed some sort of procedure to clear his airway. He received anesthesia and was moved into the intensive care unit.

H.W.'s resting comfortably where he will remain, at least for the short term.

Meanwhile, Barbara Bush was also admitted to the Houston hospital Wednesday morning after experiencing what H.W.'s office says is fatigue and coughing.

Story developing ...

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Martin Shkreli Takes Poop to the Face

1/15/2017 7:11 AM PST

Martin Shkreli has taken a lot of crap for raising the price of the HIV/AIDS drug Daraprim ... and now that's happened literally.

Shkreli was holding court at UC Davis Saturday when a protester hurled dog poop and hit his target ... in the face!!!

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Daniel Jacobs I Beat Cancer And I'm Gonna Beat GGG Too!

1/15/2017 12:15 AM PST
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WBA boxing champ Daniel Jacobs says he's sure he's gonna beat GGG in their upcoming fight and all because he's already bested an opponent way tougher than Golovkin ... cancer.

Jacobs was diagnosed with osteosarcoma -- a rare form of bone cancer -- in 2011 and missed nearly 19 months from the sport before resuming his career.

We got Jacobs in L.A. and he told us that fight was the toughest of his life ... and because of that ordeal he has absolutely ZERO fear of GGG, who's knocked out his last 23 opponents.

The two men are set to square off May 18 in MSG ... and besides his record against cancer, DJ has one more reason you should bet on him to win ... and it's a solid one.

'Project Runway' Finalist I Need to Be a Skinny Bitch ... I'm Getting Lipo!!

1/14/2017 12:10 AM PST
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Michael Costello, fashion designer to the stars, is slimming down to comply with what he calls the industry standard -- "skinny bitch" -- and he's using lasers to do it.

Michael finished 4th on Season 8 of "Project Runway" and told us about the moment at a friend's wedding when he knew it was time to fight the fat. One button can change a lot.

He went to Dr. Rollins at Elite Body Sculpture in Bev Hills on Friday to get Airsculpt Laser Liposculpture on his stomach and waist. The procedure uses lasers to soften up your fat, then they vacuum it out. Michael says he dropped 2 sizes instantly.

Michael recorded the good doc going to work on him. Check it out ... if you can stomach it.

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Ray J 'Celebrity Big Brother' 86'd Me for Bad Teeth!!!

1/12/2017 12:30 AM PST
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Ray J has been fired from "Celebrity Big Brother" because the show was super concerned over his dental problems, sources connected with Ray tell TMZ ... but it just doesn't add up.

Our sources say producers contacted Ray's manager, David Weintraub, Wednesday and told him Ray couldn't continue because they felt he needed extensive dental work and significant recovery time.

That's the line they gave, we're told, but that makes no sense because the decision to give him the axe was made BEFORE he even saw a dentist.

We're told the show will pay Ray the balance due ... in the high 6 figures. But Ray was cruising in a very sweet ride Wednesday night and said he's still itching to get back in the house.

Lindsey Vonn Announces Return To Racing ... 8 Weeks After Breaking Arm

1/11/2017 4:13 PM PST
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0111-lindsey-vonn-tmz-01Well, that was quick! 

Just 8 weeks after breaking her humerus bone, Lindsey Vonn says she's ready to return to competitive racing ... starting THIS weekend!

The Olympic skier has been documenting her recovery ever since her crash during a practice run in Colorado ... and revealed she suffered nerve damage to her right arm. Vonn says she couldn't even move her hand at first. 

Now, after 300 hours of physical therapy, Vonn says she's ready to compete at the World Cup circuit in Austria this weekend.

Break a leg ... (but not really!). 

Allen Iverson Michael Jordan Is Too Old ... For 3-On-3 League

1/11/2017 12:25 PM PST
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Michael Jordan is too old to compete in Ice Cube's new 3-on-3 league for retired NBA players ... so says Allen Iverson, who tells TMZ Sports MJ's teeth are a little too long to still get it in on the court.

We got Iverson out in NYC at the official news conference for the BIG3 summer league (AI's gonna be playing and coaching) and wanted to know if we could look forward to Michael Jordan showing up.

Why ask Iverson? Allen made his NBA bones against MJ back in '97 crossing over His Airness in a moment most saw as Iverson's arrival, and the beginning of Jordan's departure.

Iverson says Jordan won't get his shot at revenge ...  because at 53 he thinks Father Time is playing lockdown defense on MJ.

Thank you, Iverson ... if Michael wasn't thinking about playing before ... we GUARANTEE he is now.

Charles Manson In 'Bad Shape' Back in Prison

1/9/2017 1:00 AM PST
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0108-charles-manson-SPLASH-02Charles Manson is back in Corcoran State Prison, and we're told he might not survive his health crisis.

TMZ broke the story ... Manson was taken to a Bakersfield hospital a week ago for significant intestinal bleeding. Doctors wanted to perform surgery, but Manson refused. Late last week he had a change of heart, but doctors determined he was so weak he might die on the operating table.

The surgeons went back and forth, planning the surgery again ... but ultimately cancelled it.

We're told there was nothing more the hospital could do, so Manson was taken back to Corcoran -- largely for security reasons.

As for the 82-year-old prisoner's condition, one source familiar with the situation said, "He's not good. His health is failing."

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Charles Manson Healthy Enough to Go Under the Knife

1/7/2017 1:03 PM PST
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0109-charles-manson-gettyCharles Manson is finally strong enough to undergo a surgery that will repair a lesion in his intestines that has caused significant bleeding ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story ... Manson was rushed almost a week ago from Corcoran State Prison to a hospital in Bakersfield, CA for an operation. We're told Manson refused the surgery, but on Thursday had a change of heart.  

Hours before the scheduled operation, doctors determined they couldn't put the 82-year-old under and operate because he was too weak ... so the surgery was scrubbed.

We're now told Manson's regained his strength and doctors have green lit the procedure, which will now go down later today.

Our sources say Manson will also receive a blood transfusion.

Charles Manson Grandson Blocked From Visiting Hospital

1/7/2017 12:30 AM PST
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Charles Manson's grandson wants a face-to-face with his infamous grandfather while he's hospitalized ... and is worried he may never get to tell the murderer he loves him.

Jason Freeman -- son of Charles Manson Jr. -- tells TMZ he's been working with lawyers to try and get access to his grandfather's bedside in Bakersfield ... but so far no luck.

As we previously reported ... doctors refused to operate on Manson's intestinal bleeding because the 82-year-old is too weak.

Charles Manson Too Risky for Surgery

1/6/2017 11:24 AM PST
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0103-charles-manson-polarisCharles Manson was supposed to have surgery Thursday night for intestinal bleeding, but doctors determined he was too weak and the procedure too risky ... TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation tell us ... Manson was taken from Corcoran State Prison to a Bakersfield hospital a few days ago because of a lesion in his intestines that was causing significant bleeding.

We're told doctors wanted to perform surgery shortly after the 82-year-old arrived at the hospital but he refused. 

Our sources say Thursday Manson had a change of heart and agreed to the surgery, but during pre-op late yesterday doctors determined he needed to go under the knife ... but felt it was life-threatening because his condition was too weak.

Manson remains at the hospital and doctors are trying to figure out their next move.

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