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Bobbi Kristina

Found Face Down in Bathtub

Drug Search Completed

1/31/2015 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
0131-bobbi-kristina-tmz-07Bobbi Kristina was face down in the bathtub when she was found this morning, and police searched her home for drugs ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us when Nick Gordon and a friend found Bobbi Kristina she was on her stomach, and there was water in the tub. It's unclear how full the tub was, but we're told it was enough water for a bath.

The significance, of course, is that Whitney Houston died with drugs in her system ... while taking a bath 3 years ago at the Beverly Hilton.

We've also learned police executed a search warrant on the home this afternoon, and we're told no drugs were found.

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Tracy Morgan

Long Hard Recovery

1/31/2015 11:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tracy Morgan is taking it step by step as he continues his recovery from that horrible truck accident.

Tracy is still walking with assistance, showing clear signs the June crash has taken its toll.

He was out in NYC Saturday and didn't want to talk much.  It's clear every step is a struggle.  Tracy was in critical condition after a truck plowed into his limo.  Comedian Jimmy Mack died in the crash.

Brandon Marshall

Cleared for Takeoff

... After Punctured Lung Injury

1/31/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0130-brandon-marshall-airplane-getty-01Chicago Bears fans can take a deep breath, 'cause Brandon Marshall's punctured lung is doing MUCH better ... so say his doctors who allowed the WR to begin flying again ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story ... Marshall had to miss a court-ordered deposition last month stemming from a case in which he's accused of attacking a woman outside of a NYC nightclub in 2012.

Marshall claimed doctors told him it was unsafe to fly since he had just suffered a punctured lung from a hit he took during a Thursday Night Football game. 

But everything's been healing well ... and earlier this month, Marshall told the court he's been cleared for takeoff ... and was willing and able to attend a makeup depo on January 30th. 

Sources tell us Marshall made his appointment and sat for a deposition without a hitch ... or a breathing issue.

In fact, now that he's got the green light to fly, Marshall's been traveling like crazy -- hitting PHX, CHI, NYC and L.A. in just the last few days.

Val Kilmer

Hospitalized For Throat Tumor

1/30/2015 1:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
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5:30 PM PT --
A rep for Val tells TMZ that the actor is currently undergoing tests for a possible tumor. Doctors are encouraged by his progress and hopeful he will make a full recovery.

8:50 AM PT --
Val has released the following statement on his Facebook page -- "Thank you for all your sweet support. But I have not had a tumor, or a tumor operations, or any operation. I had a complication where the best way to receive care was to stay under the watchful eye of the ucla ICU. Friends have assisted who know my spiritual convictions and have been most sensitive and kind for the extra effort in making sure there's minimum gossip and silly talk. I am praying for a speedy return to the boards as they say. God bless you all and please don't worry. Love and deep affection , Val."
update_grey_gray_barVal Kilmer was rushed to a hospital this week after he began bleeding from the throat ... and we're told it's a throat tumor. 

Law enforcement sources tell us paramedics rushed to his Malibu home Monday night after someone called 911 and reported the bleeding.  

The "Top Gun" star was taken to UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Doctors performed surgery and he's currently recovering.

We're told family members have been upset because they feel Val has ignored the problem and allowed it to get worse.

In October Val was in small claims court over a dispute with his former landlord and he told the judge he was unable to speak because his tongue was swollen.

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Kilmer was last seen in public at a Clippers game with his son Jack. Val had his neck covered during the game.

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Devon Still

Crucial Day For Leah ...

Starts New Treatment This A.M.

1/30/2015 7:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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013015_devon_still_launchBig day for Leah Still -- because her father told us the 4-year-old starts a new round of chemotherapy this morning that will hopefully crush her disease so badly, she can finally begin stem cell therapy.  

Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still is out in AZ -- and told us that while the cancer is still in Leah's body, she's fighting like hell to beat it. 

"We're just hoping for the best and just trusting in the doctors to their best for her," Still told us. 

Still also told us why he and Leah decided to write a children's book about Leah's battle with pediatric cancer -- and it's truly inspiring stuff.  

#LeahStrong

'Harry Potter' Star

Hagrid Rushed to Hospital After Flight

1/29/2015 5:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0129-robbie-coltrane-tmz-01"Harry Potter" star Robbie Coltrane got off a plane Thursday and was immediately hospitalized after suffering severe flu-like symptoms during the flight ... TMZ has learned.

A rep for Coltrane -- who played Rubeus Hagrid -- tells us the actor fell ill during a British Airways flight from London to Orlando.

We're told paramedics met Coltrane at the gate, and took him to the hospital ... where he'll remain overnight for treatment. 

Coltrane went to Orlando for a Harry Potter convention ... and we're told Michael Gambon -- who played Dumbledore -- was on the same flight.

Someone on Twitter claims Coltrane was drinking heavily in a London airport lounge before the flight. If it's true, we don't know yet if that contributed to his illness.

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Lindsay Lohan

Doctor Says She Ain't Lyin'

She Has Chikungunya

1/28/2015 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
012815_shawn_holley_launch_v2Lindsay Lohan wasn't lying when she said she picked up the chikungunya virus while vacationing in Bora Bora ... because her doctor says that's exactly what was ailing her. 

Lindsay's lawyer, Shawn Holley, told us as she left the courthouse, the doctor's notes she submitted to the judge this AM validated what Lindsay claimed.

TMZ broke the story ... LiLo was laid up in the hospital last week and her people claimed she had the virus which is carried by mosquitos.

Boxer Jermain Taylor

Mandatory Mental Evaluation

After Arrests, Bizarre Behavior

1/27/2015 9:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Boxing champ Jermain Taylor has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation ... after a string of arrests and strange behavior that clearly raised some red flags with an Arkansas judge. 

Taylor's own attorneys had asked the judge to move the 36-year-old to a state hospital for a full mental evaluation ... after he turned himself in for allegedly firing a gun during an altercation with a family at a Martin Luther King Day parade. 

As we previously reported, Taylor kinda sorta acknowledged he fired the gun in a bizarre YouTube video ... in which he blamed his outburst on the fact that several kids at the parade did not have candy. 

Taylor has been charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a minor for the incident.  Prosecutors believe Taylor is a danger to himself and others. 

The results of Taylor's mental evaluation are scheduled to be presented to the court in April.

"Everybody is saying this isn't the Jermain Taylor they know," Taylor's attorney told ArkansasOnline.com ... "We're trying to figure out who in the heck it is."

Before the MLK incident, Taylor had been arrested in August for shooting his cousin. He was also accused of throwing a brick at a woman in December.

Joan Rivers

Melissa Sues Clinic

Over Mom's Death

1/26/2015 1:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Melissa Rivers has just filed a huge lawsuit against the clinic where Joan Rivers' heart stopped beating ... and Melissa's lawyer says the doctors acted like a bunch of groupies and not medical professionals.

The lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- claims gross medical malpractice, alleging during the 20 minutes doctors tried to bring Joan back to life, they didn't think to perform a tracheotomy, which facilitates breathing.

Melissa says, "The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible," adding, "Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better." 

In addition to suing the clinic, Melissa has sued Joan's personal doctor, Gwen Korovin. According to the lawsuit, she should not have been permitted in the room where the procedure was being performed, yet she jumped in and announced, "I'll go first." 

The suit claims another doctor took cellphone pics of Rivers before the emergency, while she was under sedation, with Korovin in the photos, saying Joan "will like to see these in the recovery area."

According to the lawsuit, Korovin left the room in the middle of the emergency and the allegation is that she left because she knew she wasn't supposed to be there in the first place and "wanted to avoid getting caught."  The suit says Korovin simply abandoned Joan.

And get this. According to the suit, in the middle of the emergency, another doctor took issue with a colleague who wanted to scope the affected area, saying, "Renuka, you're such a curious cat. You always want to know what's going on." The suit says the doctor refused to authorize the scope.

Melissa's lawyer spoke to The NY Daily News, which broke the story, and quotes lawyer Jeffrey Bloom who says, "Had doctors acted as physicians for Joan Rivers instead of groupies, Joan Rivers would have been doing 'Fashion Police' last week." 

Yorkville Endoscopy has been under intense scrutiny and they are set to lose their accreditation at the end of the month.

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Richard Simmons

Cops Visit After Elder Abuse Claim

And He's Fine

1/24/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Richard Simmons had visitors Friday night ... cops who were doing a welfare check because he's been MIA for more than year ... and guess what? He's fine. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 2 LAPD officers showed up to Simmons' Hollywood Hills home at 7 PM. Richard answered the door and showed them in. The cops' feedback -- he couldn't have been nicer and more gracious. They say he was articulate, lucid, relaxed and appreciative of their concern.  

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the visit was triggered by a long-time friend of Simmons who sent an email to the L.A. County D.A.'s Elder Abuse Unit last month and said he believed the 66-year-old fitness guru was being abused.

TMZ broke the story, Simmons went radio silent a year ago. He hasn't spoken to his friends, gone to his fitness studio or been seen in public. His friends say there is no way Richard would shut himself off this way. His manager says Simmons is simply depressed over a knee injury.

But we've learned the 2 cops who spent an hour with Richard say he seemed genuinely happy. Simmons, who now has a beard, told them he was "exhausted" after spending 30 years in the public eye. He said, "I just want to spend time with myself," although he says he's in regular touch with the people in his life who matter to him. He was alone in the house Friday when cops were there.

Simmons was walking with a slight limp, which is consistent with the knee injury. As for why he hasn't been to his fitness studio for the better part of last year, he said, "I've got people who run things. I don't need to be there." Until he disappeared he was a fixture at the studio.

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X Games Aspen

Skier KO'ed

... After SCARY Wipeout!!

1/24/2015 11:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012415_x_games_launch_v2Pro skier Henrik Harlaut was knocked out cold Saturday during an X Games Aspen event ... and the footage is frightening.

It all went down during the Men's Slopestyle finals ... when Harlaut landed a trick the wrong way and took a gnarly tumble -- leaving the 23 year-old motionless as medics rushed in to help.

The Swedish skier eventually sat up before being stretchered off the mountain ... and waved to everyone letting them know he's OK while plastering a giant smile across his face.

You gotta watch the video ... dude looks lucky to be alive.

Jennifer Lopez

Casper's Dog Escapes ...

Attacks Neighbor

1/22/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Casper Smart's dog escaped from Jennifer Lopez's house and bit one of her neighbors ... leaving the woman with a broken hand.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Smart's boxer, named Bear was at JLo's home outside Los Angeles back in December ... when he got loose and clamped down on the neighbor's hand and arm. 

Since the attack, Bear has been quarantined at Casper's nearby Woodland Hills home. Authorities are still trying to determine if the dog poses a danger to others. 

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We've reached out to Casper, but haven't heard back yet.

Whoopi Goldberg

Deal With It 'View' Execs

I'm Staging Sit-In to Save My Back

1/21/2015 2:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0121-tuesday-the-viewWhoopi Goldberg's got back ... problems and it's creating a rift between her, the other "View" co-hosts and producers of the show -- who think Whoopi's new chair is a major eyesore.

When Whoopi returned from her two-week injury sabbatical Tuesday, she brought a new ergonomic chair for support. All the women used the same chair ... so Whoopi's wouldn't look different.

According to our sources, producers felt the chairs looked clunky on camera ... so they yanked them for Wednesday's episode -- but Whoopi stood (or sat) her ground in the new chair.

And yes ... it stood out.

0121-wednesday-the-viewWe're told Whoopi has no plans to change back, so producers are struggling to find a way to make it more pleasing to the eye.

At least they don't have anything else to worry about ...

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