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Houston Family

Bobbi Kristina Breathing On Her Own ...

Browns Were Right

57 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The Houston family is now changing their tune, saying Bobbi Kristina is OFF life support, but they continue to maintain there's no real hope for recovery.

The Houston family now tells TMZ, Bobbi Kristina is breathing without the assistance of a ventilator. They say, "According to the doctors she's breathing on her own but the trach has to stay."

But the family still maintains Bobbi Kristina has "global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive."

It appears the Houston and Brown families have different ideas about how to handle the prospect of long term care ... something that is now a real possibility. 

Bobby Brown

Visits Bobbi Kristina

Conflict Remains Over Condition

4/20/2015 4:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0420-bobby-brown-hospital-meeting-doctor-fameflynet-01A pensive Bobby Brown met with doctors Monday to discuss Bobbi Kristina's condition.

Bobby was outside the DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia, days after he announced during a concert that Bobbi Kristina was off life support and somewhat responsive. Bobby Brown's rep tells TMZ Bobbi Kristina's condition has improved and doctors say she'll have "a long life," although the quality of life will not be known for years to come.  

As we reported, the Houston family says it's not true ... they say she's still on life support and her condition has not changed at all.

We also got this pic of Pat Houston visiting Bobbi Kristina.

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UFC's Corey Anderson

Teeth Bashed In

During Insane UFC Fight

4/20/2015 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Here's UFC fighter Corey Anderson ... GETTING HIS TEETH PUT BACK IN HIS FACE ... after a crazy violent fight with Gian Villante at "UFC on FOX 15" this past weekend. 

By the way, Anderson also suffered something called "HOLE IN HIS CHIN" ... which needed to be stitched up after the fight. 

The 25-year-old sustained the facial injuries in the first minute of the fight, but continued to battle ... until he was knocked out in the closing seconds of the fight. 

The good news -- Anderson got a $50k bonus for being "Fight of the Night" -- which is cool ... but damn, that's gotta hurt. 

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Whitney Houston's Family

Browns Are Wrong

Bobbi Kristina Still Unresponsive, on Life Support

4/20/2015 9:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Bobby and Tina Brown are absolutely wrong ... Bobbi Kristina is not off life support and remains unresponsive ... this according to the Houston family.

Sources connected with the Houstons tell TMZ, they have no idea where Bobby Brown is getting his information that Bobbi Kristina was awake, nor do they know why Tina said she's awake and no longer on life support.  Gossip Cop first reported the conflicting positions between the Browns and the Houstons.

We're told the Houstons are clear ... "She's in the exact same condition she was in when she went into the facility." They say there is "minimal" reaction ... an occasional eye blink, but that's it.

The Houstons say Bobbi Kristina is still on a ventilator.

Bobbi Kristina

Aunt Claims She's

Off Life Support

4/20/2015 6:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0225-bobbi-kristina-instagram-01Bobbi Kristina's aunt is clarifying Bobby Brown's comment that she has awakened from her coma. 

Brown's sister Tina posted on Facebook, "[Bobbi] woke up and is no longer on life support!!!!!:):)God is good!!thanks for your prayers,,still a process,but she is going to be ok:):):):)."

The post dovetails with Bobby's comment during a concert Saturday, in which is he said, "Bobbi is awake. She's watching me." 

If true it's a stunning turn, given that doctors told the family there was no real hope.

BK has been in a coma since January 31.

Don King

Undergoes Kidney Surgery

Get These Stones Outta Me!

4/17/2015 2:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0417_don_king_tmzLegendary boxing promoter Don King is recovering from kidney stone surgery ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

A rep for the World Boxing Commission confirmed King was hospitalized ... after doctors located several kidney stones in the 83-year-old's body. 

We're told he's recovering at the hospital -- surgery went well and he's doing fine. 

King was recently out in public to speak at an event at Howard University on March 28th and seemed fine. 

We've reached out to King's family for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Quadruple Bypass at Alma Mater

4/17/2015 12:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0417_Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar_tmzKareem 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.

Big Ang

Sister Makes Mea Culpa ...

Sorry, I Hit Up Fans for Cash

4/17/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0416_big_ang_tmzThe 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.

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Aaron Hernandez

On Suicide Watch

... After Murder Conviction

4/16/2015 3:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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.

Kentucky QB

KNOCKED THE HELL OUT

... By Ex-Kentucky Player

4/15/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

University of Kentucky QB Drew Barker was SOCKED HARD and knocked to the ground ... in a brutal sucker punch attack in the lobby of a university dorm ... and the attacker was a former UK player. 

It all went down on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University on January 25th -- after 3 UK players got into a bar fight with a member of the EKU football team earlier that night. 

19-year-old Barker and some of his teammates went over to the EKU dorm -- where EKU lineman Patrick Graffree entered the dorm, took off his shirt ... and clocked Barker in the side of the head. 

FYI -- 21-year-old Graffree (6'4", 295 lbs) played for UK before transferring over to EKU. 

Police investigated the incident ... but shockingly, no one was prosecuted. 

By the way, Kentucky plays Eastern Kentucky in October. 

'Union J' Singer Josh Cuthbert

Injured in Serious Car Crash

4/15/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Union J Josh Cuthbert Car Accident 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.


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Sugar Bear

Brother Billy Missing

Police Report Filed

4/14/2015 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0414-mama-june-billy-sugar-tmz-splashSugar 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.

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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

Double Mastectomy

Second Opinion a Lifesaver

4/14/2015 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0414-rita-wilson-tmz-0Rita 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.

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