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'American Idol' Contestant

Joanne Borgella Dead at 32

From 'Rare Case' of Cancer

10/18/2014 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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101814_joanne_borgella_launch_v2Former "American Idol" contestant Joanne Borgella died Saturday at the age of 32 ... after fighting for the past year against what she described as a "rare case" of cancer.

Borgella's family broke the news on her Facebook page Saturday ... saying the singer passed away around 5:45 A.M. -- adding, "Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered."

Joanne was the first winner of "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance" using the name "Miss F.A.T." in 2005. In 2008, she was on Season 7 of "A.I." and made it into the top 12 girls category.

Last year, Joanne said her cancer was rare because it had spread to her chest -- the family's post on Facebook described it as endometrial cancer ... a form of cancer that attacks the lining of the womb.

101814_joanne_borgella_hospital_launchBorgella last updated her social media pages about her battle in September ... and said she was going back to radiation for 2 more procedures.

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Nick Cannon and Amber Rose

Alone at Last

10/18/2014 12:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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101814_nick_cannon_amber_rose_launchFirst it looked like Amber Rose was into Nick Cannon ... then she threw everyone off the trail by grinding on Nick Simmons -- but this new video might tell a different story.

Cannon and Rose hit up Knott's Berry Farm Friday night in Buena Park, CA ... and they were spotted in the front row of Xcelerator -- with all the rows behind them apparently cleared out for some reason.

Now we know it's just a ride ... they're not walking hand-in-hand or anything -- but it's still pretty telling that the two of them went to a theme park together, alone.


Plus, Nick Simmons has repeatedly said he and Amber are just friends -- even though it seemed like BS.

So, we gotta ask ...

Kevin Hart

LAX Bus Driver Rehired

... It's the 'Kevin Hart Effect'

10/18/2014 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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101814_kevin_hart_launch_v2Kevin Hart no doubt has power in Hollywood ... he got a suspended National Car Rental driver her job back ... and then got a pass from cops for making an illegal turn.

It all started when driver Genesha Bradley-Douglas stopped her bus at LAX -- leaving passengers stranded for less than a minute -- so she could take a selfie with Kevin Hart.   Apparently National wasn't happy when they saw our video and sidelined her.

But Thursday Kevin made his plea for mercy in a short video directed at National ... and hours later Genesha was back on the bus.

You gotta see this video.  He calls it "The Kevin Hart Effect" ... an effect that also works on cops.

Bruce Jenner

Dating Kris Jenner's Best Friend

10/17/2014 1:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bruce Jenner is dating one of Kris Jenner's best friends ... TMZ has confirmed.

Our Jenner sources tell TMZ ... Bruce has hooked up with Ronda Kamihira ... a divorced, 51-year-old mother of 2.

We're told Kris is "extremely upset" that Bruce is dating Ronda, and -- as one source puts it -- "It really stings because Ronda never told Kris she started seeing Bruce."

And get this ... for years Ronda and the Jenners have been neighbors in Hidden Hills, CA, even spending holidays at each other's homes. 

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The daughters on both sides have become friends.  Ronda's daughter, Spencer, took this pic with Kendall and posted it on her Twitter page.

A Jenner source tells us the talk within the family was that Ronda was weirdly becoming "Kris' single white female." The source says Ronda mimicked Kris right down to her hair.

This pic was taken at Staples Center in L.A., when Bruce and Ronda went to Elton John's concert.

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And here's how awkward this is ... the pic (above) shows Ronda and Kris on vacation together in Dubai just a few years back.

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T.I.

Goes to Africa ...

I Ain't Worried 'Bout No Ebola

10/18/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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TI Africa Concert EbolaT.I. is either the ultimate entertainer, or dangerously naive -- he's touched down in Africa for a concert he says must go on ... Ebola or no Ebola.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... T.I. landed in Tanzania on Friday to headline the Serengeti Fiesta this weekend -- and his management team insists there is no risk of an outbreak, since the country has yet to have had a single Ebola case.

It's true ... Tanzania's on the far east coast of Africa, while the hardest hit countries are in West Africa. It's kinda like canceling a trip to Maine because Ebola's in Dallas.

One not-so-fun fact for T.I. -- just last month an Oxford University study said Tanzania is one of the top 15 countries in Africa at risk for animal-to-human transmission of Ebola.

If T.I. does get worried ... we suggest crowd surfing the way Akon did 2 weeks ago in the Congo. 

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Taye Diggs

Loves Singing

About Everything in Target

10/17/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Taye Diggs wrote a song about loving pretty much everything he could find in Target -- baby kale, butter, fabric softener -- and then he sang it. Over and over and over and .... anyway ... watch the crazy video.

And Taye -- thanks, for the happiest/highest celeb shopping adventure ever! 
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Ray J and Princess Love

Surprise!! We're Back Together

... For Now, At least

10/17/2014 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Princess Love claims she and Ray J are making peace purely for the sake of their dogs -- but during TMZ Live ... it looked like there was more than co-parenting going on between the alleged exes. 

Princess was talking to us about her sex tape, the break up with Ray J, and their dogs reuniting ... when suddenly Ray popped up on camera. In a robe! At 11 in the morning!!

Remember, Ray and Princess Love said he moved out recently after their split, so ... what's the deal?

Watch the clip and make the call for yourself -- but what went down makes us think they're either back together ... or never really broke up.

Justin Bieber

Beware

Lil Twist is Back

10/17/2014 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Justin Bieber knows trouble and apparently likes it ... because he's back with Lil Twist.

Biebs and Twist made a turbulent exit from Playhouse in Hollywood Thursday night. There's good reason why Bieber was behind the wheel ... Twist has already racked up a DUI arrest while driving one of Justin's cars.

Justin's people almost strong-armed the singer into cutting ties with Twist after a series of incidents ... including Twist speeding on an L.A. Freeway which ended with someone getting killed -- when a photog was struck by a passing motorist.  

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Now Twist is bragging on his Instagram, "Just like... that we're bak."

'Love & Hip Hop Hollywood' Star

Yeah, It's My Sex Tape

But You Can't Show It!

10/17/2014 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A pic of Princess Love getting drilled popped up on the Internet ... but the "Love & Hip Hop Hollywood" star says the nude photo is stolen property ... and she's now threatening to sue.

The pic shows Princess Love naked and on all fours -- doggy style -- with an unidentified man behind her.

Lawyers for Love say the photo is actually a screen grab from a personal video Love shot years ago ... and someone snatched it.  Lawyers want all sites that are posting the pic to take it down ... STAT.

The site that originally posted the story got the message and took it down.

As TMZ has reported ... Love is currently going through a nasty breakup with BF and "L&HHH" co-star, Ray J.

Matt Barnes & Gloria

Will Get Back Together

... Says Gloria's Sister

10/17/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Don't put a fork in Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan's marriage just yet ... 'CAUSE IT AIN'T OVER ... so says Gloria's sister Laura Govan -- who knows what it's like to be in a relationship with an NBA star. 

Laura -- who has 4 kids with NBA star Gilbert Arenas -- was out in Calabasas when our photog asked if there was chance her sister would ever reconcile with Matt now that they've separated. 

Peep the video -- it's clear Laura's a "glass half full" type of gal ... and explains why there's no doubt they'll be one happy couple again in no time.

Columbus Short's New GF

He Doesn't Scare Me ...

I Am His Queen!

10/17/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Columbus Short has a new lady in his life who says she doesn't give a damn about his violent past -- and she's not scared because with her ... he's totally submissive.

Columbus's new GF Rashida Russel says they met while he was in Barbados, and the romance continued once they got back to the States (where he was wanted, by the way).

Short is still not divorced from the estranged wife he allegedly threatened to kill -- but his new lady says he's never been abusive, and adds ... "He treats me like a queen!"

He even moved her from NY to ATL where he now lives.

Russell says she's helping to keep Columbus focused while he works on recording music ... by remembering all of his calendar appointments and appearances. Sounds more like an assistant, but hey ... whatever works. 

Mazel!

VH1 Star Real

Still Fighting After Cancer Setback

10/17/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The star of VH1's "Real Chance of Love" has suffered a major setback in his battle with cancer -- it's spreading and doctors put him back on chemotherapy.

Real's cancer has worsened in his liver and lungs ... according to his brother, Chance, who also tells us Real just had surgery to implant a port that will administer the chemo.

Chance says because the tumors in Real's lungs have grown ... doctors have cut him off from smoking medical marijuana for pain management.

As we reported ... Real's health had been improving. But his bro tells us all the recent bad news hasn't dampened Real's positive outlook. He even posted an update on Instagram after his latest surgery. 

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Kevin Hart

Makes Plea to Save Bus Driver's Job

10/16/2014 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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101614_kevin_hart_launch_v2There's nothing Kevin Hart won't do for his fans ... including saving one of them from getting fired -- he just recorded a plea to the rental car company that suspended a bus driver who took a selfie with him on the job.

We broke the story ... Genesha Bradley-Douglas was suspended without pay after she stopped her National Car Rental shuttle bus at LAX and jumped off to snap a quick shot with Kevin.

Kevin is now begging National to put Genesha back on the payroll, telling the company ... "C'mon have some compassion!"

If this pitch can't save Genesha ...

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