Elizabeth Pena -- who became famous playing Ritchie Valens' brother's baby mama in "La Bamba" -- died from complications from alcohol abuse.
According to the death certificate -- obtained by TMZ -- Pena suffered from cirrhosis of the liver "due to alcohol." She had the disease for months, but it became acute shortly before her death.
The death certificate says the 55-year-old had acute gastrointestinal bleeding hours before her death, which caused her heart to stop.
Pena died October 14th at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.
Quarantined Like an Ebola Patient
10/20/2014 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tori Spelling had several of the symptoms, and got treated like an Ebola patient this weekend when she was hospitalized with a bunch of illnesses ... TMZ has learned.
Sources tell us Tori was running a fever, coughing uncontrollably, and having trouble breathing ... when she was taken to Cedars Sinai Hospital. We're told Tori was quarantined from other patients, and medical staff took precautions while treating her.
While it sounds scary ... we're told it's NOT Ebola -- but instead Tori was admitted for a severe case of bronchitis with a sinus infection. Doctors are running blood tests, and a lung specialist is going to check out her bronchitis.
We're told Tori had to cancel a scheduled press tour for the 2nd season of her reality show.
BLOODY SURF ACCIDENT
Hottest Laceration Ever
10/20/2014 8:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rob Lowe became the handsomest piece of shark bait in the water this weekend -- when he gashed his leg open during a surf session gone bad ... and the blood came pouring out.
As you can see in the pic, Lowe ripped open his right knee -- but before he got stitched up, the guy posed for a Instagram pic ... with the blood still streaming down his leg.
In fact, 50-year-old Lowe was so impressed with his wound, he tweeted ... "The amount of blood that can unwantedly come out of one's body is amazing."
Cashing in on Ebola Fears
With Tricked Out Masks
10/20/2014 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If you're looking to stay safe from Ebola in style ... Cam'ron has you covered for less than $20 -- or at least that's what he's advertising.
The rapper's line of Ebola masks -- with his mug plastered across the front -- start shipping in a few weeks ... and while the price might be right, the science behind it isn't.
The website is selling them for $19.99 and says they offer a "soft, fluid protection barrier while the cellulose inner facing assures comfort and breathability." All of that might be true, but it ignores the fact Ebola isn't an airborne virus -- so, the mask is pretty much useless ... for now.
Still, looks cool.
Cause of Death May Remain Mystery
Because NO AUTOPSY
10/19/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We may never know exactly what killed Joan Rivers ... because a decision was made NOT to do an autopsy ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected to the NYC Medical Examiner tell us ... Melissa Rivers was despondent when Joan died and told doctors she did not want an autopsy performed. According to New York law, doctors will honor such a request if there's no evidence of criminality associated with the death.
The Medical Examiner has concluded the cause of death was deprivation of oxygen which caused irreversible brain damage. We're told they determined the "predictable" complication involved the procedure itself and not Propofol.
Here's the problem ... we're told without an autopsy it's impossible to pinpoint the nature of the problem. As one source said, an autopsy might reveal a puncture in the throat or other trauma.
The only way Joan's family might get a definitive answer is if a doctor or nurse owns up to a possible mistake ... and even then it's just someone's word.
So the precise cause of Joan's death may forever stay a mystery.
Country Singer Dustin Lynch
Hit in the Face
With Beer Can
10/19/2014 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Country singer Dustin Lynch got a beer can chucked AT HIS FACE during a concert Friday night ... oh, and did we mention this went down at something called the Mullet Festival?
Lynch was playing the headlining gig at the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival in Niceville ... when some not so nice person threw a can at his noggin and made contact.
Lynch tries to locate the thrower to no avail ... and shortly after the concert tweeted he had to go to the hospital to get stitches.
Save a beer, don't throw it at a cowboy.
'American Idol' Contestant
Joanne Borgella Dead at 32
From 'Rare Case' of Cancer
10/18/2014 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "American Idol" contestant Joanne Borgella died Saturday at the age of 32 ... after fighting for the past year against what she described as a "rare case" of cancer.
Borgella's family broke the news on her Facebook page Saturday ... saying the singer passed away around 5:45 A.M. -- adding, "Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered."
Joanne was the first winner of "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance" using the name "Miss F.A.T." in 2005. In 2008, she was on Season 7 of "A.I." and made it into the top 12 girls category.
Last year, Joanne said her cancer was rare because it had spread to her chest -- the family's post on Facebook described it as endometrial cancer ... a form of cancer that attacks the lining of the womb.
Borgella last updated her social media pages about her battle in September ... and said she was going back to radiation for 2 more procedures.
Goes to Africa ...
I Ain't Worried 'Bout No Ebola
10/18/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
T.I. is either the ultimate entertainer, or dangerously naive -- he's touched down in Africa for a concert he says must go on ... Ebola or no Ebola.
Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... T.I. landed in Tanzania on Friday to headline the Serengeti Fiesta this weekend -- and his management team insists there is no risk of an outbreak, since the country has yet to have had a single Ebola case.
It's true ... Tanzania's on the far east coast of Africa, while the hardest hit countries are in West Africa. It's kinda like canceling a trip to Maine because Ebola's in Dallas.
One not-so-fun fact for T.I. -- just last month an Oxford University study said Tanzania is one of the top 15 countries in Africa at risk for animal-to-human transmission of Ebola.
If T.I. does get worried ... we suggest crowd surfing the way Akon did 2 weeks ago in the Congo.
No Magic Miking for 3 Weeks
10/18/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
2 guys from Texas are on quarantine now ... which means there's gonna be a lot less sweaty dollar bills sticking out of banana hammocks -- and nobody wants that.
I Don't Wear Shades Indoors to Be a Douche ...
I HAVE GLAUCOMA!
10/17/2014 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If you've ever made fun of Bono for wearing sunglasses inside, prepare to feel like an ass -- because the singer just revealed the only reason he's been doing it for 2 decades is because he has glaucoma.
During a recent taping of the "Graham Norton Show" Bono said he's been suffering from the condition for 20 years ... and finally felt it was time to come out with his eye condition.
Bono said he's been getting treatments and will be fine, adding ... "You're not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying, 'Ah, poor old blind Bono.'"
Still no excuse for putting U2's new album on the cloud though.
KO'd By a Chicken Wing
10/17/2014 10:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Boxing legend Leon Spinks was taken down after going a few round with some chicken wings ... TMZ Sports has learned.
We broke the story ... Spinks is currently hospitalized in Nevada -- and now, we've learned Leon's medical problems can all be traced back to a chicken wing meal gone bad.
Leon's attorney tells us Spinks is known to his friends as the "Chicken Wing King" -- and during a recent meal, accidentally swallowed a bone ... which got stuck in his intestine.
Spinks has undergone two surgical procedures so far -- with a 3rd scheduled for later today. We're told Leon is conscious and on the mend.
We're also told ... Leon's current wife Brenda is adamant she has power of attorney over Leon -- despite a claim to the contrary by Leon's ex-wife Betty.
As we previously reported, Betty says Leon empowered her to call the shots regarding his health after they divorced back in 2004.
But Leon's attorney tells us, "Brenda and Leon have a power of attorney agreement. Betty's power of attorney was expressly revoked by Leon."
Get well soon, champ.
$10K DONATION TO DEVON STILL
10/17/2014 8:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pretty cool moment from Ellen DeGeneres -- when she hooked up Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still with a $10,000 DONATION to help his 4-year-old daughter in her fight against cancer.
Still's story has captivated the nation -- his daughter Leah was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma stage 4 cancer in June, and doctors have told her father she has about a 50% chance of survival. Still says she's fighting like hell.
The Bengals announced proceeds of his #75 jersey sales would be used to help raise awareness for pediatric cancer research ... and so far, more than $1 million has been raised.
But Ellen wasn't just wearing his jersey when Still appeared on her show Friday -- she also hooked the NFL player up with a $10k donation to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ... where his daughter Leah is being treated.
There's more ... Ellen also said she'll be getting celebs to sign her jersey which she plans to auction off to raise even more money for Leah's fight.
Check out the clip -- Still also says Leah has told him what career she wants to get into when she grows up ... and it's awesome.
For Ebola Scare
... But Would You Still?
10/17/2014 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Two strippers won't be hitting up the champagne room for the next 21 days because they're in Ebola quarantine ... but once they get out, would you still let them rub their junk on your lap?
Texas flop jockeys Axl Goode and Taylor Cole say they sat 3-feet from Ebola patient, nurse Amber Vinson -- during a flight from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday -- so they called the CDC.
The buffed out strippers were on hold for 81 minutes before they finally got an official on the line. After that, they were placed on a 21 day voluntary quarantine.
So, sometime next month Goode and Cole will be back on their grind. But we gotta ask ...