Kareem 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
Sugar 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.
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 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.
Taylor 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."