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Prodigy Choked On an Egg While Hospitalized

6/20/2017 1:24 PM PDT

Prodigy choked on an egg Tuesday morning in the hospital, where he'd been getting treatment for a bout with sickle cell anemia ... TMZ has learned.

Multiple sources -- connected to Prodigy and the investigation into his death -- tell us he choked on the egg ... however, it's still unclear if that ultimately caused his death. We're told officials are trying to find out if it was the choking or the sickle cell symptoms he'd been battling for days.

We're told Prodigy had to be pulled out of a fan meet-and-greet event after Saturday night's concert in Las Vegas ... because his security team noticed he was struggling. It appears his sickle cell was exacerbated by extreme desert temps -- it was reportedly as hot as 110 during the concert. The disease made him prone to dehydration and weakened his immune system.

We're told on his way out of the venue, Prodigy told Ice-T goodbye ... and headed to his hotel to get some rest.

His condition worsened -- his publicist says Prodigy had to be hospitalized some time after that.

O.J. Simpson Parole Hearing Set For July Possible Freedom Date Announced

6/20/2017 1:15 PM PDT
Breaking News

O.J. Simpson is one step closer to being a free man ... his official parole hearing date has been set for July 20. 

A rep for the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners has confirmed the date and says if things go well, Simpson could be released as early as October 1.

Simpson will not attend the hearing in person -- he will be videoconferenced in from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. 

69-year-old Simpson was arrested in 2007 on several armed robbery and kidnapping charges after stealing sports memorabilia from a Vegas hotel room. He was convicted in 2008 and has been locked up ever since. 

He was sentenced to 33 years in prison, with the eligibility for parole after 9 years. 

Prodigy From Mobb Deep Dead at 42

6/20/2017 11:03 AM PDT

Prodigy, one half of Mobb Deep, has died in Las Vegas ... TMZ has learned.

His publicist says he was hospitalized "a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth."

The publicist added ... "the exact cause of death has not been determined."

Prodigy was in Vegas over the weekend performing with the Art of Rap tour ... with Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, and Ice-T ... to name a few. Mobb Deep performed Saturday night.

Prodigy and his partner, Havoc, formed Mobb Deep in NYC in the early '90s. Their biggest hits include "Quiet Storm" and "Shook Ones."

He was 42.

Prodigy even broke into the cooking biz last year when he published, "Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook." He talked to us about it on TMZ Live.

Daniel Day-Lewis Quits Hollywood

6/20/2017 12:53 PM PDT
Breaking News

Sir Daniel Day-Lewis -- one of the most iconic actors in the last quarter century with 3 Oscars to his name -- has reportedly quit the biz.

Daniel's rep released a statement saying he will no longer be working as an actor. She added, "He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject."

Daniel showed immense range playing a slew of captivating roles. He won Oscars for Best Actor in "Lincoln," "My Left Foot" and "There Will Be Blood." He also earned 2 nominations for "Gangs of New York" and "In the Name of the Father."

The 60-year-old's legendary career spanned 4 decades. He'll appear one last time in "Phantom Thread" when it's released later this year. Variety first reported the news.

Ex-Patriots Lineman I'M GAY ... Used Football as a Beard

6/20/2017 10:46 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ex-NFL lineman Ryan O'Callaghan -- who played for the Patriots and the Chiefs -- has come out as gay ... and says it was an NFL team staffer who helped save his life. 

O'Callaghan was selected by New England in the 5th round of the 2006 NFL Draft -- and protected Tom Brady in 2007, the year they won the AFC title and went to the Super Bowl. 

O'Callaghan tells he wrestled with his sexuality during his entire football career -- and used football "as kind of my cover for my life."

"Football was the most masculine thing I could do," O'Callaghan told Cyd Zeigler

O'Callaghan says when he knew his football career was ending in 2011, he planned on killing himself. He wrote a suicide note and had guns -- but didn't go through with it. 

Fortunately, Kansas City Chiefs trainer, David Price, noticed he wasn't being himself and advised him to talk to the team's counselor. 

Ryan says he took Price's advice and it saved his life. He later came out to family and friends -- and got the love and support he needed. 

Now, O'Callaghan says he loves life and is glad he decided to go public. 

He also says he never faced bigotry from teammates and believes NFL teams are ready for openly gay players in the locker room. 

DJ Khaled Screwed by Technical Issues ... EDC Denies Sabotage

6/20/2017 11:22 AM PDT

DJ Khaled says they didn't want him to succeed at the EDC Festival in Vegas, but EDC organizers say it just ain't so ... and it was only equipment problems that screwed him.

Khaled was, understandably, pissed off when his Sunday night set went to crap -- after repeated sound issues and tons of stalling ... he was eventually booed offstage. Khaled was furious, calling out EDC crew for holding him backstage for 90 minutes while they tried to fix his sound.

Pasquale Rotella -- CEO and founder of Insomniac, which hosts EDC -- says, "Due to technical difficulties beyond DJ Khaled and Insomniac's control, Khaled was not able to perform at his scheduled time on Sunday night at EDC."

Rotella says Khaled was the consummate pro, arriving on time and ready to perform ... so EDC's definitely not blaming him.

A source connected to the festival tells us there was no “sabotage,” as Khaled claimed.

'Bachelor in Paradise' Warner Bros. Concludes No Sexual Assault

6/20/2017 9:29 AM PDT

The investigation into alleged sexual assault on "Bachelor in Paradise" is over ... and the conclusion -- no sexual assault, TMZ has learned, and the show will go on.

TMZ broke the story ... the show was put on ice after a producer claimed Corinne Olympios was so drunk she was not capable of consenting to oral sex in a swimming pool with DeMario Jackson.

Warner Bros. put the show on hold during the investigation. As we reported, multiple people who saw the video claim Corinne was "fully engaged" and lucid throughout the sexual encounter.

We're told the investigation is now complete and the finding was there was no sexual assault.

We're told DeMario's lawyer met with Warner Bros. lawyers Monday, reviewed the tapes and assured him he was in the clear.

Our sources say filming will resume in the same location in Mexico. The show will air this summer.  

As for the swimming pool incident, Warner Bros. says it will not be released.  

As for Corinne and DeMario ... we're told no decisions have been made on whether they'll be on the show.

Warner Bros. just released this statement.

Scarlett Johansson Romantic Night with Her Lawyer ... Get in Line, Colin Jost

6/20/2017 8:36 AM PDT

The mystery man turns out to be Kevin Yorn, who is not just a high-powered lawyer ... he's Scarlett's lawyer.Scarlett Johansson is living her best dating life possible ... taking a mystery man out on the town in NYC.

ScarJo and the guy we'll just call Lucky, for now, had a romantic dinner at Scalinatella on the Upper East Side over the weekend. Afterward, they strolled the streets and held hands like a couple o' newly dating kids tend to do.

Earlier this year, Scarlett filed for divorce from Romain Dauriac -- but she's clearly not putting herself on the shelf.

Most recently, she reportedly went on a few dates with 'SNL'er Colin Jost.

When he sees the dress Scarlett wore for date night, 3 words gotta come to mind for Colin ... snooze, ya lose.

George Lopez Disses McGregor 'He Won't Touch Floyd'

6/20/2017 9:54 AM PDT

Another day, another guy saying Mayweather is going to kick the hell out of Conor McGregor ... this time it's George Lopez who says the fight is so lopsided, McGregor won't land a single punch.

George was out at LAX when he was asked his thoughts on the superfight set to go down at T-Mobile Arena (sorry, Ice Cube) on August 26.

Floyd's not only gonna win the fight, but George says it won't even be a watchable contest -- because McGregor will be swingin' at air. 

Careful, George, Conor can hear you.

'Wonder Woman' Star Gal Gadot Warner Bros., Look Out She Wants Way More than $300k

6/20/2017 8:06 AM PDT

"Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot has a message for the studio that produced her mega-hit flick ... open your wallet -- wide.

Reports have surfaced Gadot made just $300,000 for each of the 3 movies she made with the studio -- "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "Wonder Woman" and the yet-to-be-released "Justice League."

"Wonder Woman" has become the driver of the 2017 box office, pulling in $570 million worldwide in less than 3 weeks.

We're told the $300k is about right, but sources familiar with the negotiations tell TMZ she has "huge performance bonuses" for "Wonder Woman" and she will end up with many times the base salary.

We're also told Gadot is planning a "major renegotiation" of her deal for sequels ... something common when relatively unknown actors make bare bones deals but then hit it big.

Here's what we know about Hollywood ... she's going to be a very rich woman.

Ken Doll All New Celeb Swagger!! Still No Penis

6/20/2017 9:20 AM PDT

Brace yourself, Barbie ... Ken's kicking some brand new flava!

Mattel just rolled out a bunch of new Ken dolls with a lot more diversity -- new races, hairstyles and body types -- and we're thinking the guys in the factory might have had certain celebs in mind. 

In all, California blonde Ken now has 15 new bros to hang with, and we paired 'em up with their doppelgangers. 

For good measure, we also threw in the new Barbies that have recently come out. We're assuming Ken's still into her ... though, ya never know.

Beyonce, Jay-Z Twins Premature 'Under the Lights'

6/20/2017 6:36 AM PDT

Beyonce's twins were premature and are "under the lights" to normalize ... this according to sources connected with the family.

We're told Beyonce did not go full-term ... which was not apparent on the surface. Beyonce announced her pregnancy February 1.

TMZ broke the story ... the twins have been in the hospital since their birth a week ago Monday with a "minor issue."

Our sources say the babies are "under the lights." They would not be more specific, but that often means the babies have jaundice because of elevated bilirubin levels. The lights are designed to lower bilirubin in the blood to eliminate the jaundice.

The condition is common among preemies and in most cases not dangerous.

Swizz Beatz Big Win in Massive Car Theft Lawsuit

6/20/2017 9:03 AM PDT

No wonder Swizz Beatz went back to bed after learning he'd been sued for $42 million -- he thought it was BS, and now a judge agrees ... she's tossed the car theft lawsuit against him.

The music producer scored the victory Monday, when the judge said the car leasing company, Metro-Gem, couldn't offer any facts to prove Swizz conspired to stiff the company.

As we reported .... Metro claimed it plunked down millions so Swizz's company could acquire fancy cars. It sought $42 mil in damages, but the judge said no dice.

Swizz's attorney, Mathew West, said, "This lawsuit was nothing more than an attempted shakedown of a public figure that had nothing to do with the facts. We are gratified, but not surprised, that the Court agreed with us."

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