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'70s Superstar Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round My Bloodied Finger!!!

9/21/2017 7:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Let's just say Tony Orlando will NOT be knocking three times on a ceiling anytime soon -- not with his left hand, anyway.

The '70s pop star -- who sang 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon' and "Knock Three Times" -- sliced the tip of his middle finger clean off in a garage door accident at his home in Branson, Missouri.

Tony's son, Jon, tells us he was calm and collected -- way more than you'll be when you see the damage. He found the tip of the finger, picked it up and drove himself to a hospital ... like a boss!

We don't know yet how the surgery turned out, but gotta say ... his manicurist is gonna be pissed.

Chance the Rapper VIP Fan Sues ... My Backstage Trip Was a Painful One

9/20/2017 5:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Scoring backstage passes for Chance the Rapper was the worst VIP experience ever ... according to a fan who's suing for a header she took during the Chi-town concert.

The woman says she had a wristband for meet and greet access to Chance during his 2016 Magnificent Coloring Day Festival. Sweet score, right? Wrong ... according to the fan who says she was on her way backstage when she tripped over a chain that was left unsecured, and on the floor of a tunnel.

She says she was slammed to the ground and was injured, though she's not specific about her boo-boos. 

In the suit, she says the concert promoter, AEG Live, had a duty to keep the grounds safe ... but failed miserably. She's suing the music giant for damages.

Chance is not a defendant in the case.

UFC's Luke Rockhold 'I Can't Feel My Feet' ... Gross Post-Fight Swelling

9/19/2017 6:48 AM PDT
Breaking News

UFC superstar Luke Rockhold kicked so much ass this weekend, his foot exploded. 

Well, it certainly blew the hell up. 

Take a look at video of Luke's insanely swollen and bruised right foot -- which he earned during Saturday night's dominant TKO victory over David Branch at 'UFC Fight Night' in Pittsburgh. 

Maybe put some ice on it?

The good news ... Rockhold seems pretty comfortable recovering while chillin' at a rooftop pool in the Steel City.

Could be worse ... could be David Branch's face.

Andrea Bocelli Falls Off Horse ... Airlifted to Hospital

9/14/2017 10:00 AM PDT
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10:26 AM PT -- A rep for Andrea says the singer hit his head during the fall but is back home and doing very well. 

Andrea Bocelli had a scary fall off a horse in Italy ... and had to be rushed to a hospital by helicopter.

Bocelli was riding the horse Thursday near Pisa when he fell. It's still unclear how the accident happened, but he was airlifted to a hospital. One positive sign ... he tweeted to fans, saying, "I feel great. It was just a trivial fall from a horse."

The helicopter ride makes us think he's downplaying this somewhat.

Despite being blind, the Italian tenor famously leads a very active life -- we've seen him windsurfing, skiing and bike riding over the years.

Story developing ...

Selena Gomez In Dire Straits for Months Before Kidney Transplant

9/14/2017 6:19 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Selena Gomez's kidneys were failing long before she received her transplant ... TMZ has learned.

We've learned when Selena was in Chicago for The Weeknd's concert back in May she was rushed to the hospital because of kidney failure. Abel was right by her side.

At that point Selena was already on a kidney transplant list.

She took a break from touring last year to deal with her lupus diagnosis. It's a chronic disease that attacks the body's immune system and the kidneys. She was suffering serious effects from the disease.

Selena now has a new kidney after a transplant this summer, thanks to her donor/best friend Francia Raisa.

Selena Gomez Underwent Kidney Transplant Best Friend Donor

9/14/2017 3:36 AM PDT

Selena Gomez underwent a kidney transplant this summer, and the donor was her best friend.

Selena posted this pic post-surgery of her and kidney donor Francia Raisa. She said, "I'm very aware some of my fans had noticed i was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn't promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of."

Selena goes on ... "So I found out I need to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health."

And then she thanks her friend ... "There aren't words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift."

Pope Francis The Shining

9/11/2017 7:36 AM PDT

Pope Francis needs prayer, and a bag of ice.

The Pontiff could have used a little divine intervention before banging his head on his Popemobile.

One minute he was Popin' it up with the masses, and the next he took one to the eye.

The good news ... he got up and kept doing his Pope thing.

You can't keep a good Pope down.

Delta Air Lines Sued Your Rocky Meal Cost Me My Front Teeth!!

9/10/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Delta Air Lines allegedly destroyed a woman's bottom teeth with a rock-hard meal ... and she's stone-cold serious about making them pay.

The Malibu woman tells TMZ ... she was on a flight from Turkey to L.A. in 2015 when she ordered pita bread with eggplant dipping sauce. She claims when she took a bite, she chomped down on a pebble in the sauce ... and her tooth was obliterated.

She says it left an exposed nerve and when she screamed in pain flight attendants rushed to her aide -- but she claims they offered her a mere $80 worth of airline miles for her troubles.

The woman says she underwent 2 years of "complex dental restoration," and claims Delta's refused to compensate her. According to her lawsuit, she wants $9,999.99 from the airline to cover her out-of-pocket dental expenses.

We reached out to Delta ... no word back so far.

Whole Foods Sued: Your Chicken Clucked Up My Teeth

9/4/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Whole Foods says eat real food ... but one man's now ruffling feathers with a lawsuit, claiming the grocery store sold him chicken with rocks.

Dr. Albert Liu is suing Whole Foods, saying he ordered ready-to-eat Organic Naked Rotisserie Chicken in Vegas but it had 2 rocks inside the chicken's gizzard, or stomach.

In docs obtained by TMZ, Liu says he broke 2 teeth after biting into the rocks. Liu says he complained to Whole Foods and the manager apologized and told him to file a report. Liu says he did, and a different manager the next day said WF shouldn't have sold him the bird.

It's interesting ... it seems chickens do eat rocks, but they "chew" the food in their gizzard 'cause, ya know, they have no teeth.

We reached out to Whole Foods, so far no word back, but check this out. The law in most states says ... if a grocery store or restaurant sells food and something "indigenous" to the item causes injury, tough luck for the consumer. So, if you buy lobster and break your tooth on the shell, you're outta luck.

If you bite down on a foreign object -- say a nail in a steak -- then you have a case.

With the chicken, it turns out they actually eat rocks. So we're not saying Whole Foods will win, but they may have a good argument that rocks are indigenous.  

Lil Wayne Hospitalized for Seizures ... Vegas Gig Canceled

9/3/2017 8:22 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

8:55 PM PT -- A rep for Wayne confirms he suffered multiple seizures and his Vegas show has been canceled. We're told he's currently resting.Lil Wayne was hospitalized yet again this weekend for his ongoing bout with epilepsy and the seizures that come with it, TMZ has learned, and this time it might have torpedoed Sunday night's Vegas gig. 

Multiple sources tell us Wayne was hospitalized Sunday in Chicago after he was found unconscious in his hotel room at the Westin on Michigan Avenue after suffering at least one seizure.

He was rushed to Northwestern Memorial, where we're told he suffered yet another seizure. Our sources say his team tried to have him discharged late Sunday afternoon so he could make it to his Vegas show.

However, doctors advised against the discharge, saying he should be grounded for a few days. Wayne has suffered seizures while flying before, and the doctors felt it was too risky. He very well may still be at the hospital.

Wayne is supposed to perform at Drais Beachclub in Vegas at midnight alongside Rae Sremmurd, although it's unclear if he's still planning to show as of this writing. 

Seizures have plagued Wayne for years. Just last year he had to cancel an appearance in Vegas because of his epilepsy.

We've reached out to Wayne's camp on his condition ... so far, no word back.

Burning Man Guy Runs Into Flames Dies From Injuries

9/3/2017 11:59 AM PDT

2:47 PM PT -- 41-year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell succumbed to his injuries and died Sunday morning after running into the flames of a Burning Man statue ... according to the festival's organizers. Mitchell died after arriving to the burn center to which he was airlifted. His family was notified, and an investigation is ongoing into the circumstances of his death.

A man was airlifted to the hospital this weekend after he ran head-on into a sea of fire at the Burning Man festival ... and it was all caught on camera. 

Here's how it went down ... a guy literally sprinted past fire crews Saturday night that were stationed around one of the giant burning man structures in Nevada, leaving him engulfed in flames. Firefighters leaped to the rescue and treated him on the scene.

He was then transported to an on-site medical facility, and later airlifted to a burn treatment center ... according to the festival's organizers. 

Photos of the incident were captured, and they're pretty graphic. You see what appears to be a long haired man running full force into the blaze ... and then tripping and falling with fire rescuers close behind.

Unclear what his condition is as of Sunday.

Monster Energy Drink Sued BF Tried to Bite Off My Finger ... On YOUR Dime!!!

9/1/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A woman is suing her ex-boyfriend and his employer, Monster Energy Drink, after he allegedly tried to bite her finger off during a work trip.

The woman claims her BF was Monster's head of music marketing and flew her out to the 2016 Country Music Awards in Nashville. In legal docs, she says he got them a hotel room and her plane ticket from L.A. all at Monster's expense.

She claims he was drunk from the moment he picked her up at the airport, and his heavy drinking led to a fight later in their hotel room. According to the suit, he choked her and the only way she could free herself was by poking him in the eye, and when she did ... he bit her thumb.

The woman says the bite got infected, and she had to be hospitalized for 24 hours. She claims Monster knew he had a drinking problem, but didn't do anything about it.

She's suing for damages.

Justin Bieber Swollen Balls Triggers Hospital Lawsuit

8/29/2017 7:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber went to the ER back in May fearing a soccer injury had caused one of his testicles to twist, and that triggered a nasty legal claim between the hospital and a fired employee.

Justin made an emergency run to Northwell Health in Long Island New York, and a staffer named Kelly Lombardo found out about it. The hospital claims Lombardo illegally accessed Justin's medical file in one of the computers ... this after hearing rumors Justin had been admitted for an STD.

According to the lawsuit, the hospital fired Lombardo for being "an immoral employee" who violated Bieber's privacy rights.

Lombardo has just filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, claiming she never accessed Justin's file and simply heard from others he was there for treatment of an STD.

Sources connected to Justin tell TMZ, he did NOT go to the hospital for an STD. They say he had been playing soccer and suffered a painful injury. Justin "WebMD'd himself" into a tizzy and believed he had testicular torsion, a serious condition caused when a spermatic cord becomes twisted cutting off the flow of blood to the attached testicle. It almost always requires surgery.

We're told the doctor examined Justin and quickly realized all that was wrong was a swollen testicle. A relieved Justin then left the ER and went about his life.

As for Lombardo, she's filed a claim with the New York Division of Human Rights, claiming she was singled out and fired because she's a woman.

New York employment attorney David H. Rosenberg tells TMZ that "my client never accessed Mr. Bieber's medical file and yet she was fired for doing so."

For Justin there's a happy ending.

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