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Raft Fighting Sisters

We Might Get Fired

Over Viral Video

10/8/2015 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The sisters whose river rafting brawl video went viral are blaming their violent, yet hysterical fight on booze and bitchiness -- and say it could end up costing them their jobs. 

Sisters/sparring partners Jessica and Jasmine Boling tell TMZ their rafting expedition down the Nantahala River in NC went south when they squabbled over who was going to guide the raft.

It also didn't help that they'd been drinking earlier. They say the fight continued long after the clip ends ... and Jasmine had to be dropped off mid-river because she was too wasted and aggro. 

While they eventually hugged it out ... the real problem is they work for the company they were rafting with during the fight. Even though they weren't on the clock, they tell us Big Creek Expeditions isn't stoked about the bad pr ... so they could get fired.

A Big Creek rep tells us they're still deciding what, if anything, to do to the sisters -- who claim they're normally "really sweet." We're sure.


Cameron Dallas

Caleb Bratayley's Fans Deserved

Periscope of Funeral

10/7/2015 8:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The fact Caleb Logan Bratayley was a YouTube superstar, meant the 13-year-old boy's funeral NEEDED to be livestreamed on the web ... according to fellow social media giant Cameron Dallas.

Cameron was leaving BOA Tuesday and we talked to him about Caleb's tragic death from an unknown medical condition.

Earlier in the day, the Bratayley family laid Caleb to rest and Periscoped the entire funeral -- which might seem like a serious case of oversharing, but as Cameron explained the family's millions upon millions of fans were "a part of him."

This is insightful ... especially from a 21-year-old.


Caleb Logan Bratayley

Family Says He Died From

'Undetected Medical Condition'

10/6/2015 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1006-caleb-logan-instagram-01The family of 13-year-old YouTube star Caleb Logan Bratayley says the boy died from an undetected medical condition.

No other details were given, except to say the family will have more definitive answers soon. It's unclear how much the family has been told, but it appears they know generally what triggered Caleb's death.

Caleb's memorial will be livestreamed on Periscope and Facebook.  

Caleb passed away suddenly Thursday night in Maryland.


Caleb Logan Bratayley

13-Year-Old YouTube Star

Dies Mysteriously

10/5/2015 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1005-caleb-logan-instgram-02Caleb Logan Bratayley seemed like a perfectly healthy 13-year-old one hour -- and the next ... the YouTube star was dead, and the only explanation so far is he suffered a "medical emergency."

Caleb -- whose family has racked up more than a billion YouTube views -- died Thursday night in Maryland. Law enforcement sources tell us a 911 call was placed at 7 PM, and police and fire responded to the family's home.

We're told Caleb was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It is a puzzling death because he's only 13. When the family announced the tragedy they only said he "passed away of natural causes." Our sources say it was not suicide, there were no drugs, and there is no history of drug use. The 911 call was for a "medical emergency."

The coroner will conduct an autopsy as part of its investigation.



Don't Fear Me Making Cameo

On 'Walking Dead'

9/24/2015 7:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Pewdiepie and 'Walking Dead' ... the union of YouTube's biggest star and TV's biggest show -- the kind of thing that would blow MILLIONS of superfans' minds -- and we got Pewdiepie to weigh in on the rumor.

Ever since Pewdiepie touched down in L.A. two weeks ago, his fans have been dying to know why he's here. Keep in mind the guy posts tutorials on how to play the 'Walking Dead' video games ... which gets tens of millions of views.

Add to that a video he posted of his pants covered in blood -- and you start to understand why everyone thinks he's about to guest star on either "The Walking Dead" or "Fear the Walking Dead."

Well, here's his answer.



Hey Bros ...


9/10/2015 9:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0910-pewdiepie-splashHeads up Seth Brogan, Selena Bromez, Angelina Brolie and even you Lindsay Brohan -- the biggest bro of all bros has finally touched down in Hollywood, PewDiePie -- and he brought his super hot GF with him. 

Bro ... the YouTube video game god is reportedly in town to shoot a TV show ... and based on his Twitter page , he's pretty pumped about it. 

"Off to LA, got 2 crazy months ahead of me! Exciteddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd"


It's been a HUGE month for the 25-year-old Swede -- real name Felix Kjellberg -- who hit 39 MILLION subscribers on his YouTube page ... and finally racked up 10 BILLION video views. 

Plus, check out his girlfriend Marzia -- aka CutiePieMarzia -- with him at the airport. 

Dude is winning. 

Crazy Road Rage Knockout

'Your Ass Is Grass, Dude'

7/20/2015 7:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It’s a case of road rage justice that left a drunk driver knocked out cold on a sidewalk.

It all went down in Albuquerque, New Mexico … there are two BIG thuds here --- first, the guy in the sliver truck hitting the old man’s son, and then the son hitting the ground ... HARD.

The man in the truck wasn’t arrested, but the guy on the ground ended up in the slammer … booked for drunk driving.

NYC Catcall Viral Video

Woman Sues for $500k ...

Damn, I Was USED!

7/14/2015 10:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Shoshana Roberts, the woman catcalled 100-plus times in an anti-street harassment vid that went viral, is now suing the director of that video.

In case you missed it ... Roberts was secretly recorded walking around NYC while men threw endless whistles and pickup lines at her. The clip got more than 40 million views.

Roberts filed docs against director Rob Bliss and Hollaback! -- the anti-street harassment group -- for using her likeness to promote their agenda. Her attorney says Shoshana did not have a written agreement with Bliss. He wouldn't say if she was paid for the gig, but believes she didn't get everything she was promised. He refused to be more specific.

Roberts is suing for at least $500k.

She's also suing Google, YouTube and T.G.I. Friday's ... which parodied the the catcall vid for one of its ads. Roberts isn't laughing, but we think it's kinda funny. 


Launches Bottle Rocket ...


7/5/2015 3:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Steve-O had a super epic 4th by strapping fireworks to his skateboard and firing rockets all over a skatepark.

The "Jackass" alum was in rare form -- using his board and his nose as the launching pad for a couple of bottle rockets. What's really amazing here is that Steve didn't take out the skaters who were watching his stunts ... but he came really close.

He did catch a few embers in his eyes though.

Patriotism ... it really burns sometimes.

Homeless Man

Featured in YouTube $100 Challenge

Dies from Alcoholism

6/23/2015 2:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

062315_homeless_guy_primary_v2The $100 homeless man who became famous for his generosity has died ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Kenni Thomas Nickel -- featured in a YouTube video that generated 40 million views -- was found dead in an L.A. alleyway. The L.A. County Coroner's Office tells us Nickel died from chronic alcohol abuse. He passed away last month. 

You'll recall, a stranger gave Nickel $100 and then followed him around with a hidden camera to see how Nickel spent it. To everyone's surprise, Nickel used the cash to dish out food and other necessities to homeless people. 

Nickel was 56.


YouTube Star Chuck Testa

Dead Animals Make Awesome Gifts

6/20/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0617-chuck-testa-instagramYouTube sensation Chuck Testa knows the perfect gift to give at a party … the head of a dead animal.

Chuck came bearing a very familiar gift when he showed up at the studio opening for the guys who produced his now famous taxidermy commercial for Ojai Valley Taxidermy.

The viral vid producers, Rhett and Link, tell TMZ that a stone-faced Chuck handed over an $800 stuffed antelope -- which you should recognize as the "antelope driving a car" in the spot. We're told Antie was the life of the party and will be going up on a wall in their new studio.

Death inspires. 

Can anyone bring a dead animal to a party? NOPE … just Chuck Testa.

Teen Poets

LAPD Investigates Death Threat

Over Rape Poem

1/25/2015 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Teen Poets Rape Joke Death Threats
Two up-and-coming poets who once opened for John Legend are the targets of death and rape threats ... and the LAPD is on the hunt for the bad guys.

Belissa Escobedo and Rhiannon McGavin, 16 and 17, performed their poem, "Rape Joke," at the Brave New Voices poetry slam competition in July 2014 --  which was then posted to YouTube and viewed more than 400,000 times.

Apparently it didn't sit well with everyone. Someone has threatened to "stab the fat one in the nose straight up to the brain, effectively leaving her in a state where all she can do is feel pain, but I won't kill her just yet."

Another threat promises to "anally rape the blond one with a rusty-nailed plank, tie her to a f***ing chair ..."

The threats were posted on the YouTube page and that was enough for the LAPD to get a search warrant.  

Cops have not found the people who posted the threats ... at least not yet. But the girls are standing firm ... they will continue to perform poems in public and the videos will stay on YouTube.


Sony Pictures

Caves to More Hacker Demands

Wipes 'Interview' From Social Media

12/20/2014 11:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Looks like the "Guardians of Peace" scored another victory ... Sony quietly gave in to another hacker demand by wiping almost all traces of "The Interview" from its social media pages.

Hackers threatened top level Sony execs Friday saying, "We want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately."

The movie studio almost immediately obliged ... the movie's Twitter page no longer has any tweets, the Facebook page has been deleted and all "Interview" footage has been wiped from its YouTube page.


1:50 PM PST -- The hackers also released a message Saturday afternoon mocking the FBI ... saying, "The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eyes. We congratulate you success. FBI is the BEST in the world."

They included a link to a weird YouTube video featuring a bunch of dancing happy faces titled "you are an idiot."

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