Muhammad Ali is in a hospital battling pneumonia -- but doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
72-year-old Ali was admitted to an undisclosed hospital early Saturday morning ... according to a rep for the boxing legend. The rep says it's a mild case of pneumonia which doctors caught early -- so he's not expected to have a very long hospital stay.
Earlier this month ... TMZ Sports got pics of "The Greatest" hanging with Snoop Dogg at Nevada's high school championship game. Snoop's son and Ali's grandson were teammates at Bishop Gorman high.
Nicki Minaj's Ex-BF
Becoming Suicidal Over Breakup
12/19/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The ex-boyfriend of Nicki Minaj is taking their break-up INCREDIBLY hard ... to the point he's having suicidal thoughts.
Safaree Samuels is confiding in friends that he's an emotional wreck over his breakup with Nicki after a 12-year relationship. He's become a shut-in, spends days and nights smoking weed, and has talked openly about suicide.
Safaree is telling friends he won't get in touch with Nicki because she's now hooked up with Meek Mill. He says it's torture for him, because he believes Meek Mill destroyed his relationship with Nicki over false claims he cheated.
Safaree's friends say they're scared these are more than idle threats. They've urged him to see a shrink. The problem ... he's seeing one whom he says has been giving him meds that make him even more emotional.
Soap Star Crystal Hunt
I Cut a Woman's Face
And it Only Cost Me $3,600!
12/18/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Soap star Crystal Hunt destroys faces and dreams according to the woman she attacked this year ... now she's paying out ... but it seems like a drop in the bucket.
The "One Life to Live" actress went to town on Elizabeth Nam during a bar brawl, cracking a bar glass on her face, requiring doctors, plastic surgeons and even a shrink.
You'd think the bills, along with her pain and suffering, would be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
But a criminal court judge just ordered Crystal to pay a measly $3,600 to Elizabeth in restitution. It's unclear why the amount is so low.
Crystal has pled no contest to assault, and has been placed on 3 years probation and ordered to perform 45 days of community labor.
Sounds like Elizabeth got hit ... and then slapped in the face. But Elizabeth can still file a civil suit.
Crystal's attorney Shepard Kopp tells TMZ that "nothing from any doctor indicates she will require plastic surgery. In fact, the judge on the case inspected Nam's face close up at the sentencing hearing and could barely see any sign of injury. Nam has also admitted to a private investigator that she believes Crystal was only trying to throw water at her and that the glass slipped out of her hand."
NHL Mumps Outbreak
Canadian Officials Chill ...
Mumps Shmumps, Eh!
12/17/2014 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
One of the NHL teams hit by the mumps outbreak is north of the border right now ... potentially exposing opponents to the virus -- but Canadian health officials are pretty damn laid back about the risk.
As we previously reported -- players from the Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, NY Rangers, and NJ Devils ... have come down with mumps in recent weeks. The Ducks played Tuesday night in Toronto ... and are taking on the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night.
TMZ Sports spoke to the Montreal Dept. of Public Health, and shockingly ... officials say they haven't reached out to their hometown team, or any visiting teams to discuss preventing the spread of the virus.
Health officials in Winnipeg -- where the Jets are getting ready for a road trip to play the Wild -- gave us a similar response.
Mumps -- a painful swelling of the salivary glands -- spreads fairly easily from coughing, sneezing or kissing ... and enters the body through the eyes, nose, or mouth.
Meanwhile, the NHL seems to be doing its part -- sending all 30 teams a memo with tips on dealing with the outbreak.
Clinic Overhauls Procedures
To Avoid Repeat Tragedies
12/16/2014 12:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The clinic where Joan Rivers' throat procedure turned deadly ... just filed a plan to make a slew of major changes to avoid getting shut down by the feds.
According to docs obtained by TMZ ... Yorkville Endoscopy is responding to flaws found by the Department of Health and Human services ... by making several upgrades to its procedures.
Among the changes:
- Stricter procedures to credential physicians and observers who are admitted into operating rooms
- The clinic has to perform a full assessment of a patient's weight, allergies, and medical history before administering Propofol
- Supplemental oxygen should be routinely used and immediately available for patients sedated with Propofol
- Anesthesiologists must check vital signs at least every 5 minutes for patients sedated with Propofol
- Unscheduled drills to resuscitate patients using defibrillators/crash carts will be run 4 times a year
Most of the changes relate directly to problems the agency found at the clinic while investigating Joan's death. The Dept. of HHS has signed off on Yorkville's plan.
Yorkville officials had been given a January deadline to get this done ... or the feds could have closed down the clinic.
Nitrous Oxide Made Me Do It!
12/15/2014 12:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen could just attach a DVD of Steve Martin in "Little Shop of Horrors" to explain his defense in a lawsuit claiming he assaulted a dental technician ... because the actor blames it all on the gas.
Sheen just filed legal docs responding to a lawsuit filed by Margarita Palestino, who claims Charlie grabbed her boob and came at her with a knife in October as he sat in a dental chair.
She told cops Charlie's bodyguard claims the star was high on rock cocaine at the time ... something Charlie and his team vehemently deny.They say he was on meds for a shoulder injury and had an adverse reaction to the nitrous, causing him to flail around and accidentally knock over a tray of tools.
The new docs don't mention the shoulder meds but do say he had an adverse reaction to the gas.
Charlie's lawyer says the technician is not only making up stories ... she got fired because she violated HIPAA laws by telling her son Charlie was in the office.
Creed's Scott Stapp
Shocking Audio of a Crumbling Man
12/15/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Clip #1 Stapp made a desperate 911 call last month from the side of a Florida highway, telling the dispatcher he's trying to dodge a group of people out to kill him.
Clip #2 In the same conversation, a panicked Stapp tells a dispatcher 15 vehicles are following him and he's been on the run for 36 hours straight.
Clip #3 Stapp placed a call to the dean of his kid’s school last month, warning that ISIS will attack the people of Florida, and he knows that because the terrorists are members of his family.
Clip #4 Stapp accuses his wife Jaclyn of stealing his truck. The singer claims his wife has blackmailed him, saying she will ruin his career if he blows the whistle on her to cops.
As we reported, Stapp's wife claims Stapp is deep into drugs and is trying to get him committed to a psych hospital for 60 days.
Hospitalized For Weird Wrist Injury
12/13/2014 7:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
According to our sources, Miley had a simple outpatient procedure to remove a cyst that had been giving her problems for sometime. We're told it's a one-time thing and will not require any additional procedures.
Miley Cyrus was hospitalized Friday night for what looks like some kind of weird flesh wound on her wrist ... and she quickly posted pics of the injury -- with a twist.
The 22 year-old singer snapped a photo in an L.A. ER, presumably of the wound -- but just like the rest of her Instagram ... she photoshopped a happy face.
We're told it was a hospital in Tarzana -- the San Fernando Valley -- and she was there Friday afternoon. We don't know what caused the injury.
Miley also posted a pic of herself wearing the gown and noted how hipster it made her look.
Teen Mom Star Ryan Edwards
Severe Bleeding After Head-On Crash
12/13/2014 12:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Teen Mom" star Ryan Edwards was involved in a scary car crash Friday in Tennessee that left him bloody on the side of the road -- and despite the gory scene ... he managed to avoid any major injuries.
Chattanooga PD officials tell TMZ ... 2 vehicles crashed into each other head-on last night -- and right now the cause is still under investigation.
However multiple witness tells us they saw Ryan swerve across double yellow lines -- while apparently speeding -- and smash into another woman's vehicle.
The other driver was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Ryan refused ... instead opting to have a friend pick him up at the crash site.
I've Been Broken by CHICKENPOX!!
12/12/2014 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Angelina Jolie's officially a scratch from all her upcoming media events ... because she's come down with a case of chickenpox.
Angelina just posted a video announcing she will be "home itching" instead of walking the red carpet Monday night in Hollywood for "Unbroken" -- which she directed. The 39-year-old says she was diagnosed Thursday night.
As for how Angie caught the pox -- she's not saying, but c'mon ... she's got 6 kids. One of those buggers must've been carrying.
This caps off a real crappy week that included leaked emails -- sent from mega-producer Scott Rudin to Sony honcho Amy Pascal -- blasting Angelina as a "minimally talented spoiled brat."
Angelina had an awkward run-in with Pascal Wednesday morning. We're not saying Angie was out for revenge, but Pascal might want to get a checkup.
Creed's Scott Stapp
Loses Custody of Kids
12/12/2014 1:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Scott Stapp's downward spiral continues ... he has lost custody of his 3 kids.
A Florida judge has ruled ... the former Creed frontman's soon-to-be ex-wife Jaclyn will have sole legal and physical custody of their 3 kids. There's no indication from the ruling that Scott even gets visitation.
The judge also ruled Scott has no right to stay in the family home -- it's exclusively for Jaclyn and the kids.
Scott has been off the rails for a while ... Jaclyn says he's delusional because he's taking a pharmacy of drugs, including coke, weed and meth. She's trying to get him involuntarily committed for 60 days.
Urban Meyer's Wife
HAIR CATCHES ON FIRE
... During BDay Dinner
12/12/2014 7:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Happy birthday to you ... happy birthday to you ... happy birthday dea ... OH MY GOD YOU HAIR'S ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!"
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer had a minor emergency at his wife's 50th birthday dinner this week ... when she went to blow out the candles and accidentally set herself on fire.
The moment was captured on camera by her daughter Nicki who wrote, "You know you're 50 when your hair catches on fire. Shelley Meyer girl on fire. Literally. The most beautiful mommy in the world! Never a dull moment. #typical"
Don't feel bad Shelley ... you're not the first person this happened to -- just ask Skrillex ... who set his locks on fire during a bday celebration last year.
He's Out to Kill Obama [911 Tape]
12/12/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Scott had just gone AWOL from a mental facility late last month, when his sister-in-law told the 911 dispatcher he was cruising around his neighborhood, shirtless on a bicycle. She says the former Creed frontman claimed to be a CIA agent and his mission was to kill Obama.
Stapp claimed in a rambling video the IRS is trying to ruin his life because he's been trashing Obama.
Jaclyn Stapp, Scott's wife, joins the 40-minute 911 call, telling the dispatcher Scott had printed out 400 - 600 pages of CIA documents which he supposedly found online, put them in a book bag and took off on his bike.
The 2 women were pleading with the dispatcher to snare Scott and take him back to the psych ward.
As cops were dispatched, Scott placed his own 911 call, saying his wife had stolen his truck and that's why he was on a bike.
When cops arrived Scott told them Jaclyn had pilfered $6 mil from him, and when he confronted her she decided to get him locked up. In the end, police determined Scott did not show enough signs of mental instability to warrant a psych hold.
TMZ broke the story ... Jaclyn has filed legal docs trying to get Scott on a 60-day psych hold, claiming he was deep into various drugs, including coke, weed, PCP and amphetamines. Scott posted a video claiming he's drug free.