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Criss Angel My Kid & My Mom Saw Me Pass Out

3/13/2017 3:03 PM PDT
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Criss Angel wasn't pulling a publicity stunt when he passed out during his straight jacket act and says the proof is in the audience.

Criss told us his 82-year-old mom and his 3-year-old son were front and center at Friday night's Mindfreak Live! show in Vegas when his trick went horribly wrong. He insists he'd never do anything to scare them, especially his son who's battling leukemia.

As for what caused him to pass out ... Criss has his theory.

Lindsay Kay Hayward I Thought of Shaq During My Ambulance Ride

3/11/2017 1:46 PM PST
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Lindsay Kay Hayward had one specific person in mind during her ambulance ride to the hospital after a health scare ... fellow giant Shaquille O'Neal!

We got the "My Giant Life" star and 6'9" pro wrestler Friday in Vegas after she was hospitalized last week -- for what she thought was a blood clot in her lung -- and she's got a funny way of remembering her time on the stretcher.

Good to see Shaq helped Lindsay stay positive in what could have been a serious problem. Big folks gotta stick together ... in sickness and in health. 

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Criss Angel Rushed to ER After Magic Show Gone Wrong (UPDATE)

3/11/2017 6:21 AM PST
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update_graphic_red_bar6:15 PM PT -- We're told Criss will perform his Mindfreak Live! show tonight at the Luxor Hotel in Vegas as scheduled. However, it is still unclear if he will do the straight jacket act. 

2:34 PM PT -- A rep for Criss tells TMZ  he did in fact lose consciousness Friday night during his straight jacket act and was taken to the hospital for evaluation, where he was released. He's undergoing additional testing Saturday to see if he can perform for tonight's show. update_grey_gray_bar

Criss Angel was rushed to a Vegas ER Friday after passing out during a straight jacket act.

The famous illusionist was performing for his Mindfreak Live! gig Friday night at the Luxor Hotel, where eyewitnesses say the show was canceled 10 minutes into the opening act ... after Criss dangled upside down in a straight jacket and attempted to escape.

After spinning in vain for about 2 minutes, he was quickly lowered down and the curtain closed onstage. We're told he appeared unconscious as guests were ushered out. 

Criss was taken to Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center's emergency room about 4 miles away, and we're told he was discharged the same night. A source tells us he "walked out of here" sometime before 10 PM. 

We've reached out to reps at Luxor for more details on what went wrong during Criss's act ... so far, no word back. 

Jim Calhoun I Spoke with Cliff Robinson 'He's Resting & Recovering'

3/10/2017 7:58 AM PST
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Finally, some news on the health of ex-NBA star Cliff Robinson -- and it's good -- courtesy of Cliff's former college basketball coach Jim Calhoun

We spoke with the former UConn coach who tells us he spoke with Robinson yesterday ... following a medical emergency in Portland earlier this week that left him hospitalized. 

Information on Robinson's health has been minimal -- but Calhoun tells TMZ Sports he's confident the 50-year-old is on the road to recovery. 

"He's resting and recovering," Calhoun said ... "But he had something sitting on the couch, something happened to him medically. They're working on that now. Yesterday he was on the improvement side, which is great news."

Calhoun wouldn't reveal specifics about what caused Robinson's condition but says, "Very simply, he had a situation that came out of nowhere. For a young man, very unusual."

We asked if the prognosis was good ... he replied, "Yes, it is. But like I said, what he had was very unusual for a young guy."

Get well soon, Cliff. 

'Harry Potter' Actor Barely Survives Broken Neck In Head-On Car Crash

3/8/2017 6:13 PM PST

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Jim Tavaré -- best known for playing Tom the Innkeeper in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" -- is in ICU after suffering a broken neck and punctured lung in a nasty car accident.

The 54-year-old actor and comedian also broke 15 ribs and has fractures in his right leg and breastbone ... according to his wife, Laura ... who posted hospital pics. It's unclear where the head-on crash took place.

Laura wrote on Tuesday ... "Jim has asked me to let you all know that he was involved in a serious car accident yesterday, a head-on collision ... He’s had two blood transfusions so far and is about to go in for his first surgery.”

Jim was able to give a thumbs up. Laura hasn't posted an update on his condition.

NBA's Cliff Robinson Hospitalized In Portland

3/8/2017 3:41 PM PST
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0308-cliff-robinson-gettyFormer NBA star Cliff Robinson has been hospitalized in Oregon ... this according to the former All-Star forward's family.

50-year-old Robinson is currently at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, although no further details about what caused the hospital stay were made available.

Cliff played for five different NBA teams, but was a star for the Portland Trailblazers in the early to mid 1990's, where he was an All-Star and a defensive standout.

He later opened a marijuana shop called Uncle Spliffy.

Story developing ... 

Hulk Hogan Put 3 Guys In Hospital During 'Rocky III' ... Says Sly Stallone

3/8/2017 6:21 AM PST

0308-sly-stallone-hulk-hogan-tmzHulk Hogan was such a violent beast as Thunderlips on the set of "Rocky III" ... he accidentally put 3 GUYS in the hospital during the filming of his famous boxing ring brawl with the Italian Stallion.

Stallone has finally revealed the crazy story 35 YEARS after the movie hit theaters ... describing how a young actor named Terry Bollea (6'7", 295 pounds with 24" biceps) didn't know his own strength!

"I remember a violent move where he threw me into the corner , charged across the ring like an ENRAGED bull and leaped so amazingly high Above me,that his shinbone actually came down giant tree on my collarbone , and I tumbled to the floor," Stallone said in an Instagram post.

"I was afraid to look at my shoulder for about 10 minutes ... I said "don't roll me over , don't move me, " because I was sure there was bone protruding through my upper chest!"

That's when Stallone brought up the poor guys who really did suffer injuries ...

"Believe it or not when he jumped into the audience to fight with the stuntmen , three of them had to be treated at the hospital."

Stallone concluded with a message to his old co-star:

"HULK , if you're reading this, it was a privilege to be mangled by such a gentleman."

Another flashback and another reason why it's not such a great idea to always do your own stunts! I met Terry Bollea aka THUNDERLIPS aka HULK HOGAN In the very early 80s when I was directing Rocky III. AT 6feet 7 and 295 pounds with 24 inch biceps ! He was an amazing athlete! Incredibly powerful. I remember a violent move where he threw me into the corner , charged across the ring like an ENRAGED bull and leaped so amazingly high Above me,that his shinbone actually came down giant tree on my collarbone , and I tumbled to the floor. I was afraid to look at my shoulder for about 10 minutes ... I said "don't roll me over , don't move me, " because I was sure there was bone protruding through my upper chest ! Of course there wasn't but I have never felt such a mind numbing pain from a massive hit before or since that day! HULK Just didn't know his own strength. Believe it or not when he jumped into the audience to fight with the stuntmen , three of them had to be treated at the hospital. Great guy, great friend, his presence made the Film very very special. HULK , if you're reading this, it was a privilege to be mangled by such a gentleman.

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Fantasia Barrino Nightmare Tour Bus Accident I Got Burned in my Sleep!

3/6/2017 1:01 PM PST
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Fantasia Barrino suffered 2nd degree burns to her arm when she knocked over a vaporizer in her sleep ... TMZ has learned. 

Sources close to the singer tell TMZ ... she was dozing on her tour bus Sunday with an aromatherapy vaporizer nearby. She uses it to soothe her vocal cords. We're told she thinks she rolled over onto the machine's cord, which caused hot water to spill out on her right forearm.

Our sources say Fantasia was alone on the bus when the accident occurred -- everyone else was inside the Memphis venue getting ready for the show that night. We're told the burns were bad, but docs removed the damaged skin and expect her to heal fully ... without surgery or permanent scarring.

She had to postpone the Memphis gig, but Fantasia plans to resume the tour Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Student PUMMELS Alleged Robber

3/2/2017 7:12 AM PST
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An alleged home invader learned the hard way ... you mess with a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu student, you leave with a BROKEN FACE!!

The dude with the busted grill is Josue Ortiz -- who allegedly tried to steal tools from an open garage in Fort Myers, FL ... when he was confronted by the homeowener.

Unfortunately for Ortiz, the guy defending the casa was Brian Burch -- who's not only physically imposing, but also has wrestling experience and trains at the local GJJ gym.

Burch says Ortiz got violent with him ... so he proceeded to beat his ass.

After smashing his nose, cops arrived and arrested Ortiz ... who left a big, bloody stain on the driveway.

Burch is being hailed as a hero ... especially by his neighbors who say the beating will serve as a crime deterrent. 

Anastasia Ashley Naked and Attacked by Sandflies!

3/2/2017 12:40 AM PST
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Anastasia Ashley lasted 6 of 21 days in the jungle ... but called it quits after a nasty ambush by a swarm of sandflies ... while she was naked.

The pro-surfer/bikini model is currently in Belize after competing on season 7 of Discovery's, "Naked and Afraid." The new season kicks off Sunday on Discovery, but Anastasia's episode will be airing later.

She described the nighttime ambush that cut her stay short. Don't worry, the bites are healing and Anastasia expects to be bikini-ready ASAP.

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Fired ESPN Tennis Analyst Suffers Heart Attack Blames Stress from 'Guerilla' Incident

3/1/2017 9:50 AM PST
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The ESPN tennis announcer who was fired after using the word "guerilla" during a Venus Williams match has suffered a heart attack ... and claims it was brought on by the stress surrounding the incident.

Doug Adler spoke with Clay Travis from "Outkick The Coverage" and said he was rushed to a hospital Tuesday and is still there today.

Adler says his doctors are largely blaming the heart attack on stress -- and Adler says it's because he was branded a racist by people who incorrectly believe he was referring to Williams as a "gorilla" during the Australian Open.

Travis mentions that Adler had previous heart conditions.

As we previously reported, Adler is suing ESPN for wrongful termination. He previously told TMZ Sports he's "anything but a racist."

UPDATE -- A rep for Adler says Doug did NOT have any previous heart conditions. 

The rep adds, "In fact, in Fall 2015 he had a heart test performed and his heart was fine."

Keegan-Michael Key's Ex This Divorce Is Giving Me PTSD ... Thank God for Meds!

3/1/2017 12:30 AM PST
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0228_Cynthia-Blaise_Keegan-Michael-Key_getty_tmzKeegan-Michael Key's estranged wife says his ending of their 17-year marriage was so unexpected, it's causing her serious health problems ... in addition to leaving her in financial ruin.

Cynthia Blaise says she's suffering from severe depression, anxiety, hair and weight loss and PTSD ... according to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ. She says she's been taking 5 different meds since the 2015 divorce filing.

Blaise says she financially supported him early in their marriage with her work as a Hollywood dialect coach -- and even when his career took off, she was at his beck and call.

She says Key made way more than her in the final years of their marriage -- including a $1.2 mil Toyota endorsement deal -- but she's fallen on financial hardship since the split ... due to giving up her career.

We've reached to Michael's rep, no word back. Blaise wants spousal support, a fair split of assets and attorney fees.

Bob Harper Walking My Dog Is the New CrossFit After Heart Attack

2/28/2017 3:04 PM PST

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"The Biggest Loser" host Bob Harper's looking good following his major heart attack, and says he's taking steps toward recovery ... small ones with his dog.

The fitness guru's been posting pics letting fans know he's getting better, but says the only exercise he's allowed to do right now is walk Karl around the city and in the park.

We broke the story ... Bob suffered the heart attack 2 weeks ago and was unconscious for 2 days and hospitalized for 8.

Normally, he'd be competing in the CrossFit Open this time of year. Strolling with Karl's gonna have to suffice for now.

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