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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!

Harvey Weinstein 'I'm Not Doing Okay, Gotta Get Help!' And Screw Those Celebs

10/11/2017 10:10 PM PDT
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Harvey Weinstein pled his case for getting a second chance in Hollywood on his way out of town -- but he also seemed to take a parting shot at the celebs who've been bashing him.

Weinstein left his daughter's L.A. home shortly after 3 PM Wednesday, and directed the paparazzi as if he were on the set of one of his Oscar-winning movies. It might be his last film for a while -- Weinstein made it clear he's not in a good place, begged for a second chance and admitted, "I gotta get help, guys."

TMZ broke the story ... Weinstein's now getting that help. He took off on a private jet Wednesday evening, bound for an Arizona treatment facility.

Interestingly, in this video he's leaving his daughter Remy's home ... the same place police responded earlier in the day when she called 911, and said her father was "suicidal and depressed."

As Weinstein bolted for the airport, he told photogs he was "not like those f**king pricks who treat you like s**t." Watch ... sure sounds like he's referring to Hollywood's A-list, many of whom have condemned him over the last 48 hours.

Grudge much?

Jorge Posada Teams Up with 'Despacito' Singer to Save Puerto Rico

10/12/2017 8:06 AM PDT
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NY Yankees legend Jorge Posada has teamed up with some HUGE stars to rescue injured and sick people in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico ... and he's not done yet. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Jorge and his wife Laura -- who just got back from another humanitarian mission to P.R. -- where they brought food, supplies, water and more to people in need. 

But they're not going at it alone -- the Posadas joined forces with superstars like Gloria Estefan, Ray Allen, Luis Fonsi (the "Despacito" guy!), Ricky Martin, Carlos Arroyo, Bernie Williams, Ivan Rodriguez and more. 

The gang has flown into P.R. together to distribute aid to residents. They've also raised more than $300,000 in their YouCaring page.  

Laura Posada says she and Jorge have personally flown to P.R. three times already -- "We’ve brought back in each plane 50 people. And this Friday, we’re going to do that again."

"We’re gonna send a plane with 10,000 pounds and we’re gonna to bring back 15 patients. And these are patients that are critically in need of medical treatment."

Salute. 

Frankie Muniz Binge-Watched 'Malcolm in the Middle' Because of Memory Loss

10/12/2017 7:45 AM PDT
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Frankie Muniz did plenty of Netflix and chill this summer ... not on a hot new show, but on "Malcolm in the Middle" to jog the memory.

We got Frankie at The Grove Wednesday and asked him about his big revelation on "Dancing with the Stars" -- that he's suffering severe memory loss due to multiple mini strokes and 9 concussions from playing sports.

Frankie -- looking healthy and happy, btw -- said drugs and alcohol have ZERO factor in his memory loss, but he does have a remedy for remembering his 'Malcolm' days -- binge-watching!

Ryan Phillippe Back on His Feet ... Mum on Ex-GF's Lawsuit

10/12/2017 12:40 AM PDT
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Ryan Phillippe is back to walking the walk -- with some assistance -- but he's definitely not talking the talk when it comes to his legal battle with ex-gf, Elsie Hewitt

We got Ryan Wednesday at LAX, where he was expertly speed crutching his way to TSA -- and giving us an update on his recovery from what he initially called a "freak accident." You'll recall, TMZ later found out Ryan's leg was crushed by a UTV.

He's still not saying much about the domestic violence allegations Hewitt made in a lawsuit against him. Can't really blame him. As we reported, Ryan plans to countersue for defamation.

Paige VanZant Topless & Drained Candid Weight-Cutting Pics

10/11/2017 1:29 PM PDT
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Paige VanZant says she'll NEVER drop down to fight at 115 lbs ever again -- and says these pics prove just how brutal the weight cut can be.

The UFC star has previously told Ariel Helwani about how she was "killing" herself to make weight for her last few fights -- and claimed she even passed out in her bathroom during the process. 

The bathroom photo she posted on Wednesday appears to be from the incident she referenced on the show. She also posted a pre-fight bikini pic where she looks emaciated. 

"Never again. 125 is my division! I will take over," Paige commented. 

VanZant says weight cutting has affected her overall health -- and has vowed not to go down that road ever again. 

The UFC has recently created a women's 125 pound division -- and Paige says her next fight will be at that weight ... a much healthier weight for her. 

Las Vegas Shooting Victim Sues Stephen Paddock Estate ... Live Nation, MGM Too

10/11/2017 8:26 AM PDT
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12:05 PM PT -- An MGM Resorts spokesperson also tells us:

“The tragic incident that took place on October 1st was a meticulously planned, evil senseless act. As our company and city work through the healing process, our primary focus and concern is taking actions to support the victims and their families, our guests and employees and cooperating with law enforcement ... Out of respect for the victims we are not going to try this case in the public domain and we will give our response through the appropriate legal channels.”

12:00 PM PT-- A rep for Live Nation tells us, "We continue to be devastated by the tragedy at the Route 91 Festival, heartbroken for the victims, their families and the countless people forever impacted by this senseless act of violence and are cooperating fully with the active FBI investigation.  We are, however, unable to comment specifically on pending litigation."

One of the Las Vegas shooting victims has filed the first lawsuit against Stephen Paddock's estate along with MGM Resorts and Live Nation, claiming they're all to blame for her life-threatening injuries.

Paige Gasper, a 21-year-old from CA, filed the suit in Clark County, Nevada ... and in the docs she says the venue and promoter are just as responsible as Paddock because they failed to properly protect concertgoers from mortal danger.

Gasper says she was struck by a bullet that entered her right underarm, cut across her right breast, shattered her ribs and lacerated her liver before exiting her body. She says the bullet incapacitated her, and fleeing concertgoers ended up trampling her, which she partly blames on Live Nation for having an inadequate exit plan.

A Good Samaritan eventually picked her up and put her on a flatbed truck with other victims, and they were raced to a hospital. Gasper is also suing the manufacturers of bump stocks, which helped turn Paddock's semi-automatic rifle into a near fully-automatic weapon.

We've reached out to MGM and Live Nation, so far no word back.

UNLV Hockey Coach Released From Hospital After Shooting ... 'I'll Be Around'

10/11/2017 7:21 AM PDT
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UNLV hockey assistant coach Nick Robone has been released from the hospital ... one week after getting shot in the chest during the massacre in Vegas.  

The 28-year-old -- who was hit with a bullet that barely missed his lung -- released a statement Tuesday thanking hospital staffers, friends and family for helping during his recovery.

"You've all shown me a sense of compassion that I'll be spending the rest of my life (hopefully much longer now) repaying. I'm excited to back in the community helping any way I can."

Robone's brother Anthony -- a paramedic -- was with Nick at the concert and dragged him to safety. He treated Nick on the scene and helped keep him alive until help arrived.

BTW, one of Nick's friends started a GoFundMe page to raise money for medical costs and it's already at $65k. 

Nick posted a message saying, "Ok, you'll be seeing me around now. THANK YOU, for being my staple during all this. Look forward to helping others now. #VegasStrong."

Ralphie May Frail and Pale At Final Meet-and-Greet

10/10/2017 11:35 AM PDT
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Ralphie May was in absolutely no condition to meet fans after his final performance, but somehow managed to do just that ... hours before his death.

The comedian was scheduled to do a meet-and-greet after his final show Thursday at Harrah's in Las Vegas around midnight. Problem was ... Ralphie already showed signs of his deteriorating condition -- no color in his face and glassy eyes.

During the show, we're told Ralphie talked a lot about how he'd been suffering from pneumonia, which clearly had taken its toll -- he couldn't make it up a ramp, forcing him to meet fans backstage.

TMZ broke the story ... Ralphie got back to a friend's house last Friday around 1 AM, and it was the last time anyone saw him before an assistant discovered his body just after noon.

Ralphie died of cardiac arrest. He was 45.

Tom Petty Death Certificate Cause Of Death Still a Mystery

10/10/2017 8:38 AM PDT
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TMZ has obtained Tom Petty's death certificate -- which does not identify his official cause of death. 

The document, filed with L.A. County, says Petty passed away at 8:43 PM on Oct. 2 at UCLA Santa Monica.

The certificate lists the immediate cause of death as "deferred" -- which could mean officials are still waiting for autopsy results.

Here's what else is listed on the certificate:

-- Marital status: Married to Dana Marie York

-- Full Name: Thomas Earl Petty

-- Education: High school graduate

-- He lived in Malibu for 43 years

-- Race: Caucasian

-- Career: Songwriter & musician who worked in the field for 40 years

As we first reported ... Tom was rushed to the hospital after he'd gone into full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing. He was eventually taken off life support, and died last Monday.

He was 66. 

Usher Claims Georgia Woman Rolled the Dice In Genital Herpes Case

10/9/2017 11:08 AM PDT
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Usher has just doubled down on his defense in the Georgia herpes lawsuit ... when you have sex, you assume the risk of STDs.

The singer just filed legal docs disputing the claims of Laura Helm, in which she scoffs at the notion she assumed the risk of contracting genital herpes by having sex with him. She says in her lawsuit she contracted the STD from Usher.

He says, "With a one in six chance that any given partner could have genital herpes, [she] assumed the risk of contracting an STD each and every time she chose to have unprotected sex with a casual, consensual partner."

As we reported, Helm told a friend 2 days before filing the lawsuit each time she had sex with Usher he used a condom, but the lawsuit claims on one occasion the sex was unprotected.

Usher is trying to get the lawsuit tossed out based on assumption of risk.

Ralphie May Body Found in Vegas Bedroom

10/9/2017 9:48 AM PDT
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Ralphie May was found in the bedroom of a private residence, and there was no point in trying to revive him ... he was already dead.

TMZ broke the story ... Ralphie May died Friday from cardiac arrest after battling pneumonia for 6 weeks.

As we reported, Ralphie had performed at Harrah's the night before and afterward went to a private residence. He was in a bedroom -- presumably sleeping -- and was found Friday just after 1 PM.

Paramedics showed but Ralphie wasn't taken to a hospital. He was pronounced dead at 1:28 PM.

The coroner is now investigating, but by all accounts Ralphie died of a massive heart attack. 

Ralphie May Talks Bronchitis, Health Problems Weeks Before Death

10/7/2017 2:10 PM PDT

Ralphie May was so sick a couple weeks before he died that he was forced to call in for a radio interview instead of being in studio ... and he sounded awful.

The comedian's interview with Albuquerque's "Carlos & Kiki in the Morning" from September 22 is telling -- he reveals he's been battling bronchitis for several days and is completely worn down. Still, he tells them he fought through it and did 8 shows in 6 days ... despite struggling to walk.

Ralphie's poor health didn't stop him from doing what he always did best during the call, though -- cracking jokes.

We broke the story ... May died of cardiac arrest Friday at a private residence in Vegas. He was 45.

RIP

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