This is nuts -- Wesley Warren (the man famous for his 132-pound scrotum) has passed away from a non-scrotum health issue.
According to reports, Warren passed away Friday at University Medical Center after suffering two heart attacks in recent weeks.
Warren's friend told the Vegas Review-Journal, Warren's been hospitalized for the last 5-and-a-half weeks for infections stemming from his diabetes, and suffered the heart attacks while in the hospital.
Prior to his surgery last summer to remove the exercise ball-sized growth, Warren used to wear hooded sweatshirts as pants, using the hood as a makeshift scrotum sling.
Warren had suffered from an extreme case of scrotal lymphedema, which causes the scrotum to swell with watery fluid. He appeared on the Howard Stern Show as well as Comedy Central.
Warren was 49.
Cell Tower Could Be the Key
In Mysterious Disappearance
3/13/2014 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A cell tower in Kota Bharu could be the missing puzzle piece in the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 last weekend.
There's a theory ... the aircraft doubled back over Malaysia after it began to cross the South China Sea, and crashed off the opposite coast instead ... somewhere in the Malacca Strait.
Malaysian officials have rejected the theory -- but if it's true (as some still believe) the plane would have passed over the city of Kota Bharu, which contains a powerful Celcom cellular phone tower.
Credible mobile analysts tell TMZ, if the plane flew over the tower there's a high likelihood the tower would contain data transmitted by cell phones inside the aircraft ... if the phones were on.
Roughly 30% of passengers leave their phones ON during flights -- this according to published reports.
So ... the cellular tower could be the critical piece of evidence to either prove or disprove the U-turn theory.
We've reached out to Celcom about possible data transmitted to the Kota Bharu cell tower -- so far, no word back.
Movie Trailer Voice Legend
Dead at 89
In a World ...
3/13/2014 9:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In a world ... where one man ... voices THOUSANDS of the world's most recognizable movie trailers -- it's really really sad when that guy passes away.
Hal Douglas -- the gravelly voice behind trailers for movies like "Philadelphia," "Forrest Gump," "Meet the Parents," "Lethal Weapon," and way way more -- died Friday due to complications from pancreatic cancer ... his daughter said.
Douglas passed away at his home in Lovettsville, Va. He was 89.
In addition to his daughter, Douglas is survived by his wife Ruth and and two sons from a previous marriage.
After Suspected Drunk Driver Plows Through Pedestrians
3/13/2014 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Two people were killed and 23 more injured after a suspected drunk driver, who was trying to evade arrest, crashed through barricades set up for a South By Southwest event and ran over several people.
Five of the injured were listed as critical. The two that died were riding a moped that was hit by the motorist.
According to police, the driver then struck a cab before crashing. He then tried to flee on foot, but he was tracked down by an officer and shocked with a stun gun before being taken into custody.
Some of the victims were hit in front of The Mohawk, where Tyler the Creator was headlining.
The driver now faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.
I'm Back in the Medical Biz!
3/12/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Murray now has a chance to improve his success record in treating patients ... because he's back in business.
TMZ has learned the patients this time around will be children with heart problems. Murray has taken a gig with the Trinidad Ministry of Health, where he'll be consulting with local heart surgeons.
Murray won't get rich off the new job -- he's volunteering his services, but it's definitely a foot in the door. His medical license has been revoked in Texas and suspended in California and Nevada.
The government wants Murray to use his U.S. contacts to help hook up the sick kids.
Truth be told ... Murray was a successful cardiologist in the U.S. ... beloved by many of his patients. Only one blemish on his record ... you know ...
One of the Last Surviving 'Hogan's Heroes' Stars Dies
3/11/2014 5:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cynthia Lynn -- the actress who played Helga on "Hogan's Heroes" is dead, and it's believed she was one of only two surviving members of the cast.
Family members tell TMZ Lynn had been in good health but was taken to the hospital Friday because her leg was swelling up. Doctors told her she had Hepatitis. On Monday night, her organs started shutting down. She died Monday night.
Lynn played Helga -- Klink's secretary -- during season 1, from 1965-66.
"Hogan's Heroes" was one of the most popular shows of its time, running from1965-1971. We did some checking, and Robert Clary ... who played Cpl. Louis LeBeau ... appears to be the final cast regular still living.
Lynn also appeared on "Mission:Impossible," "The Odd Couple" and "The Six Million Dollar Man."
Lynn was 76 years old. Cause of death is multiple organ failure.
Legendary Racehorses Exhumed
From Trackside Graves
3/11/2014 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Forget beating a dead horse, they're EXHUMING them at the Hollywood Park race track ... in an effort to relocate the expired animals before the track is torn down.
One of the horses being dug up is Native Diver ... a former champion who won over $1 million in his career before he died in 1967. He was buried beside the track in a grave marked with a special monument.
But now that Hollywood Park is closed for good, Native Diver's former owner says he doesn't want to see the horse buried under the real estate development that's set to replace the track.
So, he went to USC and asked the archaeology department to help excavate the horse ... which will be moved to Del Mar race track in San Diego before he's placed in a permanent resting spot.
The students who are assisting on the dig have already unearthed Native Diver. According to reports, there are two more horses set for excavation.
William Clay Ford
Owner of the Detroit Lions
Dead at 88
3/9/2014 10:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
William Clay Ford, owner of the Detroit Lions, has died from pneumonia. He was 88.
Ford was the last surviving grandson of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford.
Lions team president Tom Lewand said in a statement, "It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of Mr. Ford and extend our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Ford and to the entire Ford family. No owner loved his team more than Mr. Ford loved the Lions."
Ford owned the Lions since November 1963, during which time the team won only one playoff game.
Sheila MacRae Dead
3/7/2014 5:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sheila MacRae -- who played Alice Kramden on "The Honeymooners," has died.
MacRae did not appear in the original episodes in 1955. She appeared on the wildly popular "Jackie Gleason Show" from 1966 - 1970. The show recreated "The Honeymooners" in featured segments.
The original Alice was played by Audrey Meadows. She died in 1996.
As for MacRae ... she reportedly died in an actor's nursing home in New Jersey. Sheila was 93 years old.
Dr. Jobe was Like Jackie Robinson
They Changed Baseball Forever
3/7/2014 7:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The doctor who invented "Tommy John Surgery" ranks up with Jackie Robinson when it comes to people who changed baseball forever ... so says Tommy John himself.
TMZ Sports spoke with the iconic MLB pitcher after the passing of Dr. Frank Jobe -- the man who pioneered the elbow surgery that saved Tommy's pitching career ... and countless others.
The surgery, which Jobe first performed on Tommy in 1974, was revolutionary ... in which a torn tendon in the elbow is replaced with a healthy tendon from somewhere else in the body.
John was the first major athlete to undergo the procedure ... and went from considering retirement to winning 164 GAMES following the surgery.
But Tommy says Dr. Jobe wasn't 100% confident it was going to work before he went under the knife.
"Before the surgery, Frank said to me 'do you have something else to do? I'm not sure this is going to work.' He knew my wife was pregnant."
Fortunately, the whole thing worked out ... now more than 1/3 of active MLB pitchers have undergone the "Tommy John surgery."
John says ... "Three people changed baseball more than anyone: Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier. Marvin Miller who changed the players union. And Frank Jobe, who revolutionized the medical side of baseball."
Tommy says he was surprised when he learned of Jobe's passing this week ... explaining, "I sent Frank an email a few weeks ago and I told him 'if I get into the Hall of Fame, I want your butt standing next to me.' He was one of the most important people in my career."
Dr. Jobe was 88.
Gay Bar War
Over Shrine Portrait
3/6/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Elizabeth Taylor is causing strife in the gay world 3 years after her death ... a portrait of the late icon is allegedly being held HOSTAGE by a famous gay club, and a lawsuit is brewing.
Jesse Davis -- who worked as a VIP manager for The Abbey in West Hollywood for years -- tells TMZ, ET personally gifted the painting to him in 2009 ... and he thought The Abbey would be the perfect place to display it.
Jesse says the painting quickly became a fixture in the club -- with tourists flocking there for a glimpse -- but when he left in 2011 ... the club would not release the portrait.
The painting hangs on The Abbey's wall to this day, and Jesse's patience has worn out ... either the Abbey returns it or it will be on the receiving end of a lawsuit.
Death on Set
3/4/2014 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tragedy struck on the set of the "Entourage" movie today -- TMZ has learned, a crew member's dog got hit by a car and died.
Sources tell us, Tucker -- a 1-year-old Aussie Shepherd -- somehow escaped from a production trailer and darted onto busy Wilshire Blvd near downtown L.A.
We're told Tucker was immediately taken to a nearby vet, but it was too late. The dog passed away from his injuries. Tucker was surrounded by friends and family at the time of his death.
Goodnight sweet prince.
Murder Trial Begins
I Heard 'Bloodcurdling Screams'
3/3/2014 5:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius arrived to court in South Africa for Day 1 of his murder trial Monday -- and it's already getting intense ... with a neighbor saying she heard "bloodcurdling screams" the night of the shooting.
Pistorius -- aka "Blade Runner" -- shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013 -- and he's been charged with premeditated murder. Oscar pleaded not guilty to the shooting -- and claims it was accidental because he thought Reeva was an intruder who got inside the house.
Today, Oscar's neighbor recounted what she remembered from that night -- "Just after 3, I woke up from a woman's terrible screams. Then I also heard a man screaming for help. Three times he yelled for help."
The neighbor said her husband immediately called authorities.
The entire trial is expected to last about 3 weeks -- if convicted, Oscar faces life in prison.