Joan Rivers' personal doctor took a selfie while the comedienne was unconscious during a biopsy ... shortly before her heart stopped beating ... this according to a new report.
The doctor performing the endoscopy had just finished when Joan's personal ear nose and throat doctor began performing biopsy which was done without her consent -- this according to the CNN report.
A staffer at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic reportedly told investigators Joan's doc stopped to take the selfie.
As we previously reported ... Joan went into respiratory and cardiac arrest and never regained consciousness.
The clinic has denied a biopsy was performed.
Still Hospitalized for Seizures
9/16/2014 7:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
August Alsina experienced multiple seizures after collapsing during a concert 24 hours ago ... and remains hospitalized Tuesday night.
A rep for the singer tells TMZ ... August is in the ICU of a New York City hospital and receiving treatment for the seizures. We broke the story when he fainted and fell off a stage Monday night.
The rep says doctors did not find any drugs -- other than marijuana -- in Alsina's system ... and at this point they believe the fainting was brought on by exhaustion and dehydration.
Suffers Scary Collapse on Stage (VIDEO)
9/15/2014 9:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Singer August Alsina fell unconscious right in the middle of his performance Monday night in NYC ... and paramedics are on scene.
BET's best new artist of the year appeared to faint during his gig at Irving Plaza in downtown Manhattan. August was walking near the front of the stage when he suddenly fell over into the crowd.
Witnesses tell TMZ ... he appeared to be out cold when security guards ran to him in the crowd ... and quickly moved him backstage. Paramedics were seen entering the venue to treat the singer -- most famous for "Ghetto" (with Rich Homie Quan) and his "No Love" remix with Nicki Minaj.
Witnesses say August was taken out on a stretcher, but was alert enough to wave to fans on the way out. It's unclear what his condition is now. We've called his reps ... so far, no word back.
Story developing ...
AWKWARD Video Surfaces of Wheelchair Mixup
9/14/2014 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If you thought Kanye West refusing to perform until a wheelchair-bound concertgoer stood up sounded like an awkward scene ... wait till you watch the cringeworthy video.
As we previously reported ... the whole thing went down at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney, Australia Friday night -- and shortly after he stopped rapping, the crowd started booing the person in a wheelchair.
Kanye clearly meant well ... but it's hard to watch the video without feeling bad for Yeezy's fan.
Tells Wheelchair-Bound Concertgoer ...
Stand Up or I'm Not Rapping!
9/13/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West refused to continue performing Friday night at his Australian concert until someone in the crowd stood up with everyone else ... problem is, the person was in a wheelchair.
Kanye was playing a gig at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney when he stopped rapping mid-song ... ordering the crowd to get on their feet before he'd continue.
An eyewitness told the Daily Mail Australia that Kanye said, "I can't do this show until everybody stand up. Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t."
One person in the crowd waved their prosthetic leg in the air and Kanye said they could sit.
Shortly after Kanye spotted another person in the crowd sitting down and once again stopped the show -- then sent one of his employees into the crowd to make sure the person was handicap.
Once the hired gun confirmed the disability ... Kanye said "it's fine" and rapped on.
As you may recall ... Kanye gifted his microphone to a wheelchair-bound concertgoer earlier this summer -- so it doesn't appear like he's got any issue with the disabled.
We also spoke with someone in the crowd ... and they say Kanye clearly didn't mean to offend -- the whole thing is just being blown out of proportion.
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Daughter & Grandkids In Serious Car Crash
9/12/2014 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lyssa Chapman -- who starred with her dad on "Dog The Bounty Hunter" -- was just involved in a serious car crash in Honolulu where she lives, TMZ has learned.
Her mother, Beth Chapman, tells TMZ ... Baby Lyssa was in an accident and had "all our kids in the car." Lyssa has two daughters.
Emergency crews were called to the scene ... it's unclear if there were any injuries or what caused the crash. But pieces of the car were strewn all over the road and the vehicle's airbags were deployed.
We're contacting Honolulu PD for more info ....
Story developing ...
Doctor Who Performed Throat Procedure Fired
9/12/2014 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The doctor who performed the endoscopy on Joan Rivers has been fired by the clinic's board.
Sources at Yorkville Endoscopy tell us Dr. Lawrence Cohen stepped down after the board asked him to do so -- however the board isn't directly blaming him for Joan's death.
A rep for the clinic confirmed he was ousted from his position as medical director.
According to our sources ... the board's issue with Cohen is that he allowed Joan's ENT doc to step in and perform an unauthorized procedure. Reportedly, that procedure was a biopsy ... and Joan went into respiratory and cardiac arrest while it was being done.
Cohen is a world renowned gastroenterologist ... and also co-owner of Yorkville. He's been on administrative leave since Joan's procedure on August 28.
Bringing the Pain
9/11/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
After Dr. Phil Taping
9/11/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Sons of Guns' star Stephanie Hayden opened up to Dr. Phil about her father allegedly raping her and her sister -- and seconds after the interview she fainted and blacked out.
Stephanie sat down with Dr. Phil last week in Los Angeles -- and sources tell us Stephanie fell unconscious into her husband's arms as she walked away from the interview.
We're told someone called 911, but Stephanie had regained consciousness by the time EMTs arrived.
She had mentioned being stressed about discussing Will Hayden's rape case.
As for the interview ... we're told she divulged details for the first time ... about the abuse she claims to have suffered.
The interview airs Thursday. Her father remains behind bars.
Clinic Claims No Biopsy
No General Anesthesia
9/11/2014 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The surgery clinic where Joan Rivers' heart stopped beating is calling BS on a report suggesting her death was caused by a biopsy that should have only been performed at a hospital.
Yorkville Endoscopy broke its silence after the New York Daily News story ran ... saying a biopsy was NOT performed during the ill-fated procedure.
The Daily News story claimed a doctor who arrived with Rivers was performing the biopsy after doctors spotted something on her vocal cords, and her vocal cords seized ... leading to a fatal chain of events.
And Yorkville went on to say they do NOT administer general anesthesia, saying they use "light to moderate sedation."
New York authorities are still investigating cause of death.
Hospitalized in Australia
... Horrible Migraine
9/10/2014 8:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West was rushed to the hospital with a throbbing headache while on tour down under ... but made a quick turnaround and was able to perform the same night.
Yeezus and his entourage rushed to the emergency room Wednesday in Melbourne after playing basketball.
Sources tell us Kanye had a pretty intense migraine. He was released later that afternoon after doctors checked him out and determined it wasn't serious.
The Australian media is claiming Kanye suffered seizure like symptoms ... but we're told it's not true.
He wasn't the worse for wear ... Kanye made it to his show at the Rod Laver Arena that evening ... and ranted like his normal self.
'RuPaul's Drag Race' Winner
Security Beat ME Up
But I Got Arrested For Assault
9/11/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Season 2 winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race" got busted for assault ... but he tells TMZ he's the one who got beat down by a security guard during an autograph session.
James Ross, who goes by Tyra Sanchez, tells TMZ he was signing autographs at the Rainbow-Cactus Company in Virginia Beach a few weeks ago ... when a guy in the crowd started heckling him.
Tyra claims he approached the man to try to calm the situation, but a security guard for the venue suddenly grabbed him, slammed him to the ground, and cuffed him ... though he eventually let him go. He claims he suffered a cut to his head, a sprained shoulder, and bruises.
On Monday, Tyra went to police to file charges against the venue ... only to discover there was a warrant out for HIS arrest. He says he turned himself in, posted bond, and was released.
Tyra says he still plans to take legal action against the guard and the Rainbow-Cactus Company. We haven't heard back from the venue.
'Jaws' From James Bond Dies At 74
9/10/2014 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Kiel, who became famous for portraying the James Bond villain, Jaws ... died Wednesday afternoon at the age of 74 ... TMZ has learned.
Kiel starred in dozens of movies over the span of 50 years ... though his Jaws character became his most iconic role after debuting in 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me" alongside Roger Moore. He returned in "Moonraker" two years later.
The 7-foot-2 Kiel also co-starred with Adam Sandler in the golf classic "Happy Gilmore."
Kiel had broken his leg last week and was in a hospital in Fresno, CA. A family member tells us he passed away this afternoon in the hospital -- and it's unclear if his death was connected to the leg injury.
Kiel's family tells TMZ ... "Though most people knew of him through his screen persona, those who were close to him knew what a kind and generous soul he was. His family was the most important thing in his life and we are happy that his last days were spent surrounded by family and close friends."