Melissa Rivers has just filed a huge lawsuit against the clinic where Joan Rivers' heart stopped beating ... and Melissa's lawyer says the doctors acted like a bunch of groupies and not medical professionals.
The lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- claims gross medical malpractice, alleging during the 20 minutes doctors tried to bring Joan back to life, they didn't think to perform a tracheotomy, which facilitates breathing.
Melissa says, "The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible," adding, "Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better."
In addition to suing the clinic, Melissa has sued Joan's personal doctor, Gwen Korovin. According to the lawsuit, she should not have been permitted in the room where the procedure was being performed, yet she jumped in and announced, "I'll go first."
The suit claims another doctor took cellphone pics of Rivers before the emergency, while she was under sedation, with Korovin in the photos, saying Joan "will like to see these in the recovery area."
According to the lawsuit, Korovin left the room in the middle of the emergency and the allegation is that she left because she knew she wasn't supposed to be there in the first place and "wanted to avoid getting caught." The suit says Korovin simply abandoned Joan.
And get this. According to the suit, in the middle of the emergency, another doctor took issue with a colleague who wanted to scope the affected area, saying, "Renuka, you're such a curious cat. You always want to know what's going on." The suit says the doctor refused to authorize the scope.
Melissa's lawyer spoke to The NY Daily News, which broke the story, and quotes lawyer Jeffrey Bloom who says, "Had doctors acted as physicians for Joan Rivers instead of groupies, Joan Rivers would have been doing 'Fashion Police' last week."
Yorkville Endoscopy has been under intense scrutiny and they are set to lose their accreditation at the end of the month.
Bravo Star Greg Plitt
Company Warns ...
Drink Won't Make You Superman
1/23/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bravo star Greg Plitt's favorite energy drink will not give you superpowers ... so says the company that makes WheyUP -- the product Plitt was plugging when he was hit by a train.
The pre-workout drink contains protein and caffeine, but Shadow Beverages and Snacks wants to stress what should be obvious -- it would never give anyone the ability to outrun a train.
Even though a bunch of empty WheyUp bottles were found near the tracks ... a company rep tells us Plitt wasn't drinking all of them -- he was crushing most of them with a hammer for the promo shoot.
Plitt was a co-owner of WheyUp, and the rep says he had full creative control when it came to his video shoots.
Spurs Star Danny Green
To Wear Stuart Scott Shoes
1/22/2015 3:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
San Antonio Spurs star Danny Green has been given the green light to rock a special pair of sneakers dedicated to Stuart Scott for TONIGHT'S GAME ... the NBA tells TMZ Sports.
Green had approached custom shoe designer Jake Danklefs and ordered up a special pair to pay tribute to his fellow North Carolina Tar Heel ... and was only waiting tor permission from the league.
Well, we spoke with Tim Frank -- Senior V.P. of Communications for the NBA -- and asked if everything was a go for tonight and here's what Tim said:
"He is ... Danny was asked and given permission to wear them for one game. Unlike some reports you might have read, he was never told 'no.'"
It's a great night for Green -- since the Spurs vs. Bulls game will be nationally broadcast on TNT.
Bravo Star Greg Plitt
Life After Death
... On Bravo
1/22/2015 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bravo star and fitness instructor Greg Plitt will live on after death ... we've learned the network will air the episodes he shot shortly before his death.
Plitt -- who was hit by a train Saturday -- shot multiple episodes for "Friends to Lovers," which features 2 friends who attempt to take their relationships to the next level.
Production sources tell TMZ ... the network will air 3 to 4 episodes in which Plitt tests the waters with long-time bud Melanie Marden.
We don't know if they hook up on the show, but everyone involved knows it will be tough for Melanie because she'll have to go solo promoting the show.
We're told the episodes will hit the air in the next few weeks.
Cory Monteith's Estate
Dad Confesses He Was a Deadbeat
1/20/2015 4:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Cory Monteith's father could be cut off from the "Glee" star's estate funds ... after admitting he abandoned his son for most of his life.
In new court docs ... Joe Monteith, cops to not communicating with his son from the time he was "nine years old until his twenties" -- and to ditching on child support payments. Cory's mother says under the law... Joe's confession means he doesn't deserve a cent from the estate.
The docs reveal Cory's estate is worth $810,000 -- and his old roommate, Zachary Larson, will be in charge of paying off various debts ... such as $80K in taxes and another $15K to unnamed creditors.
Since Monteith did not have a will when he died in 2013 from a drug overdose -- the lion's share of his estate will go to his mother.
'Mortal Kombat' Actor
Dead of Apparent Overdose
1/20/2015 2:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Shahlavi, who appeared in popular TV shows including "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" and "Arrow," died of an apparent overdose ... TMZ has learned.
Shahlavi was found dead January 14 at his L.A. home and law enforcement sources tell us ... it appears he overdosed on prescription meds.
We're told the 42-year-old actor sadly had a history of drug and alcohol abuse.
He pursued a stunt career in Hong Kong in the '90s and eventually came to the U.S. to pursue acting.
In addition to the various shows, Shahlavi starred in the 2012 TV movie "Aladdin and the Death Lamp." He also had a classic fight scene in the cult movie "Ip Man 2."
We're told the L.A. County Coroner is conducting toxicology tests before determining the exact cause of death.
"Arrow" star Stephen Amell -- who fought Darren on the show's first episode -- called him a "great dude & a patient, thougtful partner."
RIP Darren Shahlavi. 1st guy I ever fought on Arrow. He was a great dude & a patient, thoughtful partner. Fight looked good because of him.— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) January 20, 2015
Died in Superman Stunt
Trying to Outrun Train
1/20/2015 1:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bravo star and fitness instructor Greg Plitt did NOT die from stumbling on a railroad track Saturday ... he was fatally struck by a train after trying to outrun it ... to prove the effectiveness of an energy drink.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... they have reviewed video of the accident and it shows Plitt standing on the tracks as the train barrels toward him. Shortly before the train reaches Plitt he assumes a runners stance and bolts down the track.
The video shows the train closes in on Plitt as he races at breakneck speed, but he loses the battle and the train "clips" him ... throwing him off the track to his death. It happens quickly and after getting struck he disappears from the video.
And law enforcement tells us they found multiple energy drink bottles near the track and authorities think Plitt may have been hopped up from the caffeine. We're told he was shooting a commercial for the product.
One of the investigators interviewed someone involved in Plitt's video shoot who said Plitt was trying to make the point that the energy drink makes you like Superman ... able to outrun a speeding train.
Pro Surfer Ricardo Dos Santos
Dies From Gunshot Wounds
... After Brazil Attack
1/20/2015 12:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Brazilian pro surfer Ricardo Dos Santos died Tuesday -- one day after he was shot multiple times ... but the details surrounding the shooting are sketchy at best.
No one seems to be disputing the fact that Ricardo -- a 24-year-old rising star in the sport -- was shot and died as a result of his injuries.
But there seems to be conflicting reports about who fired the shots and why.
There are some reports that say Ricardo saw two men using drugs on the beach and asked them to stop -- when one of the men suddenly began to open fire.
Another report says Ricardo was doing home repairs with his grandfather when he got into it with some other men over a pipe that was being used in the project ... and the men shot him.
Tributes have been pouring in from all over the surf community -- with Kelly Slater dedicating a surf session to his late friend.
There are reports that a man was taken into custody in connection with the shooting. We're working on confirming the details.
'Work Out' Star Greg Plitt
Chasing Adrenaline High During Train Death
1/19/2015 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bravo's "Work Out" fitness star Greg Plitt was attempting to pull off a dangerous thrill seeking stunt -- just to sell sports drinks -- when he was hit and killed by a commuter train.
Law enforcement sources tell us Plitt was shooting a commercial for a new sports drink -- near the Burbank, CA Metrolink station -- when he attempted to outrun an oncoming train.
Sources close to Plitt say he had worked out near the tracks many times before -- but this shoot turned tragic when he tripped and fell on the tracks ... and couldn't recover in time to get out of the way.
As for why he was on the same track as the speeding train, our sources say Plitt was a highly driven adrenaline junkie. A promotional video for his website is especially eerie now ... since the whole thing was shot in the shadow of a rail yard.
The coroner says Greg's official cause of death is multiple blunt force trauma.
Rock Icon Kim Fowley
I Want My Corpse in Magazines
... With Fetish Models
1/19/2015 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Famed music producer Kim Fowley, who died last Thursday, had a last wish ... he wanted to be abused and mutilated by fetish models.
Fowley -- who worked with The Runaways, KISS and Alice Cooper -- made plans in 2012 with the publisher of "Girls and Corpses" Magazine to feature his dead body on the cover.
According to emails Kim sent the publisher, a photog, and his then-girlfriend -- the singer/songwriter wanted a full spread featuring a group of fetish models violating his corpse.
Kim said, "Snow [his GF] and her fetish friends, could mutilate the body, providing real blood & guts and set my bones and blood on fire." He also said he'd fund the whole thing.
The publisher passed on the really gory stuff, but agreed to shoot his dead body with girls on top for the cover.
But here's the snag. Kim moved on, found a new girlfriend who he married, and she has control of the body. But they can't find her to allow them to shoot the body.
And when it comes to corpses, even a good composer decomposes over time.
Bravo Star Greg Plitt
Struck By Train
1/18/2015 6:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
5:45 PM PST: Cops say two men were filming Plitt on the tracks when the train conductor spotted him in the way. He attempted to stop and began sounding his horn -- but Plitt remained on the tracks.
Investigators seized video of the incident as evidence.
Fitness instructor Greg Plitt -- who appeared on the Bravo show "Work Out" -- died Saturday after he was struck by a train.
The 37 year-old was hit by a Metrolink train in Burbank around 4PM ... and according to KABC he was with some friends who may have been shooting video at the time.
One passenger reportedly said Plitt had a camcorder in his hands when he stumbled over the tracks.
Law enforcement tells us they believe Plitt was shooting a workout video at the time.
The incident is under investigation.
Plitt has modeled for Calvin Klein, Old Navy and Under Armour ... and images of his body were used to help create the physique of Dr. Manhattan in "The Watchmen."
Of Killing Homeless Ex-MLB Player
1/15/2015 3:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The man who stabbed a former MLB player to death has been convicted of 2nd degree murder in a L.A. courtroom ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Rod Craig -- who played 4 seasons in the league back in the early '80s -- was living on the streets back in 2013 ... when he tried to stay at a homeless encampment but was turned away by other transients.
According to investigators, 55-year-old Craig tried to kick a dog as he left the encampment ... infuriating several people who chased after him and attacked ... with one of attackers stabbing Craig in the chest.
The man who wielded the knife, 33-year-old Billy Morales, was convicted of 2nd degree murder and now faces 16 years to life in state prison.
Terminally Ill Fan Dies Day after Visit
1/13/2015 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The terminally ill fan Eminem visited over the weekend, passed away Monday afternoon ... just about 24 hours after he got to meet his favorite rapper.
17-year-old Gage Garmo -- who was battling a rare type of bone cancer called Osteosarcoma -- died the day after Em arranged a secret visit to Gage's home Sunday ... and spent an hour talking and hanging out with him.
Gage's family said the visit really raised his spirits.
A candlelight vigil was held last night by friends and family at Rochester High School -- where he'd been the football team's manager.