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Armie Hammer

Boxes Ex-NFL Badass ...


11/20/2014 3:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1120-armie-hammer-black-eye-tmz-0Armie Hammer thinks he's such a badass boxer ... he dared to step in the ring against a former NFL linebacker whose nickname was "Lights Out" -- which explains the shiner on Armie's eye.

TMZ Sports got this shot of Armie's bruised face after his sparring match with ex-Chargers star Shawne Merriman -- who's 6'4" and 280 lbs! Nonetheless, we're told Hammer's the one who sought out Merriman as a sparring partner.

The bout went down Wednesday at Unbreakable Performance -- a new gym on the Sunset Strip owned and run by ex-Bears star Brian Urlacher and Jay Glazer from FOX Sports. We're told Armie's been training with Glazer for several months ... and word is everyone in the gym was stoked Armie wanted to challenge Shawne.

We're guessing Armie's agent isn't so stoked about his swollen face -- which makes it even cooler he's doing it. Can't wait for the rematch!


Jose Canseco

My Finger Didn't Fall Off ...

It Was A PRANK!!

11/20/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The mangled finger that "fell off" Jose Canseco's hand during a poker game WILL NOT be popping up on eBay -- 'cause the whole thing was a giant prank ... TMZ Sports has learned.

As we previously reported ... the former baseball star blew off part of his finger last month while cleaning a gun -- but got it reconnected in surgery.

Last week, Jose claimed the reattached digit went rogue ... tweeting, "I was playing in a poker tournament last night and my finger fell off."

Disgusting. Funny. And totally untrue. Jose now admits it was a HOAX.

We contacted Canseco about video he says he shot of the finger fail -- and when push came to shove ... he had to cop to the prank. Jose says he cooked up the plan when he came across the fake finger in a Halloween store.

As for the eBay auction he was pimping on Twitter -- sorry, sickos ... the real deal's still attached.


Michael Johns

Enlarged Heart Killed Him

11/18/2014 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Johns Autopsy"American Idol" singer Michael Johns died from an enlarged heart, but a "fatty liver" contributed to his death ... this according to the Coroner's report.

The 35-year-old singer died suddenly Aug. 1 after his leg became swollen and bruised ... reportedly from a sprained ankle. Family sources claimed the injury had triggered a blood clot, but his best friend claimed the singer drank himself to death.

The Orange County Coroner's report concludes Johns died of natural causes -- the result of a disease called dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that inhibits the flow of blood to the body. The disease caused his heart to enlarge.

As for the "fatty liver" ... it can be caused by excessive alcohol intake, but there are other causes as well. Law enforcement told us ... Johns often drank to excess and did so hours before he died.


Hollywood Street Fight

Dude, Your Foot is DANGLING!!

11/18/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking Bones

Monday night's alright for fighting too -- unless you're the dude whose foot was damn near torn from his body in a brutal West Hollywood street brawl last night.

The fight went down outside DBA Nightclub around 2 AM ... when no fewer than 3 guys surrounded another guy in the middle of Santa Monica Boulevard and unleashed holy hell -- repeatedly kicking and punching the victim.

When he ends up on all fours ... things really get gruesome, because he gets rolled ... and his ankle fully SNAPS IN TWO!!! It's unclear what started the fight --- but it's obvious from the video what ends it. 

Warning to Joe Theismann: You probably don't want to see this.

Solange Knowles

Wedding Day Hives

Make for a Bumpy Night

11/17/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111714_tv_solange_knowles_launchSolange Knowles sure looked great at her New Orleans wedding, but some sort of severe food allergy made her break out in HIVES after the reception. 

And just when ya think she can't catch a break -- her ole elevator mates, Beyoncé and Jay Z, show up to save the day!


I'm Under Attack

... By My Face!!!!!

11/17/2014 6:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

1116-solange-knowles-beyonce-jay-z-akmgsiSolange Knowles looked great during her wedding, but after the reception she broke out in hives ... and by process of elimination, she's either allergic to shrimp, or Jay Z.

It doesn't seem to be a case of nerves ... Beyonce's sister's face appeared smooth and radiant in the wedding photos ... but after the reception -- when she got in a car with Jigga -- all hell broke loose on her face.

According to our sources, Solange suffered some kind of food allergy, though she isn't sure what it was from. We're told the hives were gone in a matter of minutes.

Solange got hitched in New Orleans Sunday -- she married music video director Alan Ferguson.




Richard Simmons

Friends Call BS

On 'Spin' That He's OK

11/16/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Richard Simmons' close friends are now mad, in addition to being extremely concerned for his welfare ... because they believe his spokesperson is shoveling crap with the story that Richard's OK.

The spokesman told the NY Daily News ... Richard is "sad" but not clinically depressed, a shut-in or a recluse.

Now extremely close friends of Richard are pissed ... saying Richard's people are not leveling. For a variety of reasons, they believe something dire has happened.

-- The last contact any of his closest friends had with him is March 10.
-- The mother of an extremely close, long-time friend died a few months back, and Richard never contacted her, which is completely out of character.
--  Richard was close with Joan Rivers and, as one friend put it, "There is no way he wouldn't have gone to her funeral if he was OK."
--  He has abandoned his exercise studio, where he was a fixture. He hasn't been there in months, and everyone there says they have no idea why.

As we reported ... one of Richard's key people told us a looming knee replacement sent him into a massive depression ... exacerbated by the death of his beloved dog. But the close friends say they don't believe knee surgery or the dog would cause Richard to cut himself off from the outside world.

As one friend said ... "If Richard is really OK and is aware people are extremely concerned about him, he'd pick up the phone and tell them to relax.  But he hasn't, and we're worried sick."


'Magnum P.I.' Creator

Glen A. Larson Dies

At 77 From Cancer

11/15/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1115-glen-a-larson-getty-01Glen A. Larson -- who created the hit shows "Magnum P.I.", "Knight Rider" and "Quincy M.E." -- has died from esophageal cancer at the age of 77.

The incredibly successful writer died Friday night at UCLA Medical Center ... according to his son James.

Larson was one of the most prolific producers of the '70s and '80s ... creating a string of iconic hit shows -- including "Battlestar Galactica," "The Fall Guy," "B.J. and the Bear," and "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century."

He also wrote the original "Six Million Dollar Man" pilot and TV movies.

In case you're wondering ... Quincy, Magnum, Rider and Fall Guy alone account for 513 hours of television -- as well as 21 combined seasons from 1976-88.

Safe to say this guy helped define an entire generation of TV watchers.

Iggy Azalea

I 'Smashed' My Face Dunking

(Video Shows Otherwise)

11/14/2014 5:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111414_iggy_launch_v2Iggy Azalea has no tolerance for pain ... 'cause she claims she "smashed" herself in the face while dunking a basketball ... despite strong video evidence to the contrary. 

Iggy was hoopin' around with her BF Nick Young on Friday when she decided to test out her dunk skills. 

She went up. She threw down. Ball sorta love-tapped her in the face. 

So, of course, she immediately went to Twitter and injected faux drama ... 

"Somehow while trying to dunk a damn ball i smashed myself in the face. i won't quit my day job anytime soon. lol."

Derrick Rose feels your pain.

Dierks Bentley

Drunk Fan Vomits On-Stage [VIDEO]

11/14/2014 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111414_dierks_bentley_puke_launch_v2Dierks Bentley sings about being drunk on a plane, but now the country superstar is also an expert on vomiting on a stage ... thanks to a drunk fan -- and the footage is disgustingly awesome!!

Dierks was performing at the Hershey Giant Center in Pennsylvania last night and brought two fans on stage to sing along to "Drunk On a Plane."

The truly gnarly part of this video is that ... we've all been right where this chick was -- just not in front of thousands of people. A rep for Dierks tells us he felt really bad for the fan.

We're pretty sure she did NOT get invited backstage after this.

Bret Michaels

Having Nothin' But A Good Time ...

Fresh Out of Surgery

11/14/2014 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Bret Michaels is back on stage, and somehow lovin' it ... just 2 days after going under the knife to have 2 stents ripped out of his body.

If Bret was in pain, he masked it well while he performed in Jacksonville Thursday night. Pretty amazing ... the guy's been in and out of 6 different hospitals over the last couple weeks to deal with complications from his diabetes.

Normally, stent removal is incredibly debilitating ... it can take several weeks to recover.

But Brett's pure bad ass. He's got 6 more shows over the next 2 weeks.


Alfonso Ribeiro

May Be Forced Off DWTS

11/14/2014 9:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Alfonso Ribeiro Injury
Alfonso Ribeiro -- the front-runner on "Dancing with the Stars" -- may have to pull out of the competition days before the semifinals ... and it's all because of The Carlton Dance.

Our DWTS sources say Ribeiro injured his back during rehearsal Wednesday night as he tried to overcompensate for a groin injury which he suffered on the show, performing his signature move.

The back injury is bad -- he's having trouble even walking. Alfonso skipped rehearsals Thursday so he could get an MRI.

Doctors are telling him the next 48 hours are critical, but they say there's a real chance he can't dance.


MTV Star Diem Brown

Dies From

Cancer at 32

11/14/2014 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Diem Brown Dead"Real World/Road Rules Challenge" star Diem Brown has died after a long battle with cancer.

Diem -- who found out she had ovarian cancer 3 weeks before her first appearance on MTV in 2006 -- was reportedly surrounded by family this week in a New York hospital as her condition worsened.

Back in August, the reality star collapsed on set while filming "The Challenge" ... then announced she had been diagnosed with stomach and colon cancer. It eventually spread to her liver and lymph nodes as well.

Diem founded MedGift ... a support registry for other people battling illness.

One of her most inspirational moments on MTV came when she took off a wig to reveal her hair loss due to chemotherapy.

Diem was 32.


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