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Don King

Undergoes Kidney Surgery

Get These Stones Outta Me!

4/17/2015 2:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0417_don_king_tmzLegendary boxing promoter Don King is recovering from kidney stone surgery ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

A rep for the World Boxing Commission confirmed King was hospitalized ... after doctors located several kidney stones in the 83-year-old's body. 

We're told he's recovering at the hospital -- surgery went well and he's doing fine. 

King was recently out in public to speak at an event at Howard University on March 28th and seemed fine. 

We've reached out to King's family for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Quadruple Bypass at Alma Mater

4/17/2015 12:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0417_Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar_tmzKareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent emergency heart surgery -- a quadruple coronary bypass at UCLA Medical Center ... and it sounds like he came through with flying colors.

The hospital says the hoops Hall of Famer was admitted earlier this week, and had the lifesaving surgery on Thursday ... to clear major blockage of his heart. Fittingly, for the UCLA legend ... the surgery was performed by the hospital's chief of cardiac surgery, Dr. Richard Shemin.

Doctors say Kareem is expected to make a full recovery ... and he's already looking forward to getting back to normal life activities soon.

Big Ang

Sister Makes Mea Culpa ...

Sorry, I Hit Up Fans for Cash

4/17/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0416_big_ang_tmzThe sister of "Mob Wives" star Big Ang thought she was doing a good thing by creating a donation page for medical costs, but quickly had second thoughts ... and is now apologizing to Ang's fans.

Janine Detore says "Mob Wives" fans were reaching out and asking how and where they could make donations to help Ang cover bills for her throat cancer treatment. So, Janine created a GoFundMe page. 

But after less than a day a fan wondered why a celeb was asking for money. Detore realized it was a good point. She tells us Ang and the fam can more than handle any expenses insurance doesn't cover -- so, she immediately disabled the page. 

Detore says they only got about $150 during the few hours the page was active. She adds, Big Ang had no idea the page was ever up. 

As for Ang's condition ... she's resting at home and doing very well -- but Janine says doctors are planning another surgery to remove her right lymph nodes ... as a precaution.

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Aaron Hernandez

On Suicide Watch

... After Murder Conviction

4/16/2015 3:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Hernandez has been placed on suicide watch at the prison where he is temporarily being held ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

After Hernandez was convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd, he was transported to MCI Cedar Junction in Massachusetts ... where he will stay until he is transferred to his permanent prison. 

We're told he has been isolated from the general inmate population -- not only for his own protection (since he's a high profile inmate), but so officials can evaluate him ... and determine where he will stay at the prison. 

As far as the suicide watch goes, we're told it's not that uncommon for someone who just got sentenced to life behind bars. Unclear how long Aaron will stay on suicide watch.

Kentucky QB

KNOCKED THE HELL OUT

... By Ex-Kentucky Player

4/15/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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University of Kentucky QB Drew Barker was SOCKED HARD and knocked to the ground ... in a brutal sucker punch attack in the lobby of a university dorm ... and the attacker was a former UK player. 

It all went down on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University on January 25th -- after 3 UK players got into a bar fight with a member of the EKU football team earlier that night. 

19-year-old Barker and some of his teammates went over to the EKU dorm -- where EKU lineman Patrick Graffree entered the dorm, took off his shirt ... and clocked Barker in the side of the head. 

FYI -- 21-year-old Graffree (6'4", 295 lbs) played for UK before transferring over to EKU. 

Police investigated the incident ... but shockingly, no one was prosecuted. 

By the way, Kentucky plays Eastern Kentucky in October. 

'Union J' Singer Josh Cuthbert

Injured in Serious Car Crash

4/15/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Union J Josh Cuthbert Car Accident British singer Josh Cuthbert from the hit boy band Union J was in a violent car crash that was so bad it could have derailed the band.

We're told the 22-year-old and his model girlfriend, Chloe Lloyd, were cruising around London in his Mercedes Sunday when the driver in front of him slammed on the brakes. Josh couldn't stop in time and plowed into the car.

Josh and Chloe were lucky, escaping with soft tissue injuries to their necks and some bruises. The ride is totaled.

FYI ... drivers are supposed to stay far enough behind the car in front of them so they can stop in time if the other driver pulls a bonehead move.

Union J is currently on a European tour with The Vamps. We're told the accident won't sandbag any of the upcoming shows. But turning's gonna be a bitch.


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Sugar Bear

Brother Billy Missing

Police Report Filed

4/14/2015 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0414-mama-june-billy-sugar-tmz-splashSugar Bear's brother is missing, and Sugar Bear and Mama June are so worried we're told they've filed a missing persons report.

Billy Thompson was last seen 3 days ago in McIntyre, Georgia. He's gone off the radar, not returning phone calls or texts.

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The last time Billy was seen was Saturday, at Sugar Bear's home where Mama June's daughter Jessica was getting ready to go to prom.

Mama June's people tell TMZ, they're especially worried because he's been going through hard times lately. He's unemployed and unable to find work. He's also having a hard time seeing his kids in the wake of a bad breakup with his baby mama.

Mama June's people say they've gone to the local police department and filed a report, but so far no luck in finding him. 

Rita Wilson

Double Mastectomy

Second Opinion a Lifesaver

4/14/2015 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0414-rita-wilson-tmz-0Rita Wilson had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. 

The 58-year-old actress says she underwent the procedure last week -- with husband Tom Hanks by her side -- after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma. She says the first test for cancer came back negative, but she got a second opinion which detected her true condition.  

Rita told People, "I hope this will encourage others to get a second opinion and to trust their instincts if something doesn't 'feel' right." 

Wilson had been appearing in the Larry David Broadway play "Fish in the Dark," but has taken a leave of absence.

Solange Knowles

Sitting Vigil With Friend

Injured in Stabbing

4/10/2015 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0410-solange-assistant-stabbing-instagram-getty-01Solange Knowles has dropped everything to fly home to New Orleans to be with a close friend who was stabbed 10 times ... and remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Sources close to Solange tell us the singer has been at Armina Mussa's bedside ever since she was allegedly attacked on Wednesday by her roommate's friend named Arronesia Christophe.

We're told Mussa got into an argument with Christophe ... who is accused of pulling a knife during the dispute, and stabbing Mussa repeatedly ... including in the neck. 

Solange was in court for Christophe's arraignment on charges of attempted second degree murder and aggravated battery. Her bail was set at $50k.

Mussa is a creative director on a compilation album featuring Solange -- and they co-own a clothing boutique in NOLA.

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Taylor Swift

My Mom Has Cancer

She Wanted You to Know

4/9/2015 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0409-taylor-swift-mom-tmz-getty-02Taylor Swift's mother is fighting cancer ... but she's only sharing the news with her millions of fans because her mother asked her to do it.

Taylor tweeted an emotional letter to her nearly 56 million followers on Thursday morning -- announcing, "I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer. I’d like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know."

She goes on to say her mom, Andrea Finlay, was diagnosed after Taylor begged her to get a checkup. Taylor says, "She wanted you to know because your parents may be too busy juggling everything they’ve got going on to go to the doctor, and maybe you reminding them to go get checked for cancer could possibly lead to an early diagnosis and an easier battle."

She doesn't specify what kind of cancer it is ... or what the prognosis is for her mother, who is 57.

Swifties obviously feel close to Taylor's family -- she says her mom also wanted fans to know because she knew they'd wonder why she wasn't at as many concerts.

Taylor added, "She's got an important battle to fight." 

Bobby Brown

Going Back on Tour

But Not By Choice

4/9/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bobby Brown is leaving his daughter Bobbi Kristina's bedside to go back on the road overseas, but if he had things his way ... he'd be cancelling the whole trip.  

According to our sources, Brown is scheduled to play three shows in Australia with Treach and Kay Gee of Naughty By Nature at the end of May -- and, for obvious reasons, he is in no mood to go.

We're told the dates are make-ups for shows he cancelled back in March ... and even though Bobby wanted to postpone again -- so far, the promoters are holding him to his contractual obligation. 

Seems like a good time for an exception to the ole rule ... the show must go on.  

NBA's Chris Copeland

Intensive Care Unit

... After NYC Stabbing

4/9/2015 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Indiana Pacers player Chris Copeland is reportedly being treated in the ICU of an NYC hospital -- after doctors determined his stab wounds included damage to his diaphragm.  

Copeland was attacked after leaving 1Oak nightclub early Wednesday morning -- now multiple media outlets are reporting that doctors expect Chris to be in the ICU for 2 or 3 days. 

According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, doctors are also concerned about the wound to Copeland's elbow -- and wanted to "clear the wound" because it might be susceptible to infection. 

As we previously reported, the suspect in the stabbing -- a 22-year-old Shezoy Bleary -- was taken into custody following the attack

Bleary is facing multiple criminal charges -- including assault in the 2nd degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree.  

'Mob Wives' Star Big Ang

Cancer Surgery Successful

Her Voice Is Saved!

4/8/2015 1:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Huge news for "Mob Wives" star Big Ang -- she won't lose her raspy voice following throat surgery to remove a cancerous lemon-sized tumor from her neck.

Ang's sister, Janine Detore, tells TMZ ... Ang went under the knife Tuesday for the eight hour procedure. In addition to the large tumor, doctors removed her left lymph nodes as a precaution. 

Detore says Ang has been instructed by doctors not to speak for the next three days, but after that her voice should return to normal. 

The family is praying the cancer hasn't spread ... they're waiting for the PET scan results. 

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