Author R.A. Montgomery -- founder of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" book series -- has died.
If you'd like to know more about his death ... go to paragraph 2.
If you'd like to learn the author's history ... go to paragraph 3.
Montgomery passed away at his home in Vermont last Sunday. His family hasn't released the cause of death.
The author created the series in the '70s and more than 200 "CYOA" titles were eventually published. It's one of the best selling children's book series of all time.
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Having Nothin' But A Good Time ...
Fresh Out of Surgery
11/14/2014 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bret Michaels is back on stage, and somehow lovin' it ... just 2 days after going under the knife to have 2 stents ripped out of his body.
If Bret was in pain, he masked it well while he performed in Jacksonville Thursday night. Pretty amazing ... the guy's been in and out of 6 different hospitals over the last couple weeks to deal with complications from his diabetes.
Normally, stent removal is incredibly debilitating ... it can take several weeks to recover.
But Brett's pure bad ass. He's got 6 more shows over the next 2 weeks.
Untouched Ass Photos
11/14/2014 8:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The so-called "untouched" pics of Kim Kardashian's ass circulating online are not real ... this according to the magazine that published the real deal.
The pics that are circulating show what everyone expects to see ... dimplings, rolls, a wider waist and stretch marks. The pic on the left is almost a cartoon version of reality. The pic on the right is a little better, just showing uneven cheeks.
A rep for Paper Magazine tells TMZ none of the photos are authentic. The Chief Creative Officer for the mag said on TMZ Live ... none of the Photoshopping they did was drastic.
The fakes going around are all over the place ... some make her ass look bigger, others make it look smaller.
May Be Forced Off DWTS
11/14/2014 9:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Alfonso Ribeiro -- the front-runner on "Dancing with the Stars" -- may have to pull out of the competition days before the semifinals ... and it's all because of The Carlton Dance.
Our DWTS sources say Ribeiro injured his back during rehearsal Wednesday night as he tried to overcompensate for a groin injury which he suffered on the show, performing his signature move.
The back injury is bad -- he's having trouble even walking. Alfonso skipped rehearsals Thursday so he could get an MRI.
Doctors are telling him the next 48 hours are critical, but they say there's a real chance he can't dance.
MTV Star Diem Brown
Cancer at 34
11/14/2014 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real World/Road Rules Challenge" star Diem Brown has died after a long battle with cancer.
Diem -- who found out she had ovarian cancer 3 weeks before her first appearance on MTV in 2006 -- was reportedly surrounded by family this week in a New York hospital as her condition worsened.
Back in August, the reality star collapsed on set while filming "The Challenge" ... then announced she had been diagnosed with stomach and colon cancer. It eventually spread to her liver and lymph nodes as well.
Diem founded MedGift ... a support registry for other people battling illness.
One of her most inspirational moments on MTV came when she took off a wig to reveal her hair loss due to chemotherapy.
Diem was 34.
Miley Cyrus, Patrick Schwarzenegger
She Snags a Kennedy ... Sorta
11/14/2014 6:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus is officially Kennedy adjacent ... she has formed a perfect union with Patrick Schwarzenegger, famous for his good looks, his father and his Shriver lineage.
Patrick -- a USC student -- took Miley to a USC football game at the L.A. Coliseum, and they clearly wanted everyone to know they're together.
It was pretty obvious earlier in the week, when they went to a Q&A for Maria Shriver's new movie together ... when you hang with the guy's mom, you're definitely banging.
The Cyrus clan in Hyannis Port will be epic.
In other news...
New mom Olivia Wilde was spotted paddleboarding in Hawaii wearing the tiniest black bikini you ever saw!
Prosecuted for Not Paying Child Support
For Molested Daughter
11/14/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mama June stiffed the woman who took care of June's daughter after she was molested by June's boyfriend ... this according to Georgia prosecutors who filed a criminal case against her.
June's mother, Sandra Hale, became the guardian of Anna/aka Chickadee in 2003, a year after Mark McDaniel forced the girl (who was 8 at the time) to perform oral sex on him.
When the guardianship was created, June was required to pay her mom $100 a month in child support. But fast forward to 2009, when the Henry County D.A. filed criminal contempt charges against June, claiming she was way behind on her payments -- $4,144.62 behind.
According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- June was behind "due to willful and continuous refusal to comply."
The D.A. threatened her with jail if she didn't pay. The mug shot was taken in the contempt case.
The D.A. dismissed the contempt charge 3 months after it was filed ... presumably because June belatedly paid.
New England Patriots
Apologize For Racist Auto-Tweet
... Our Bad
11/14/2014 6:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The New England Patriots have issued an apology for one of the biggest Twitter backfires EVER -- when the team celebrated it's 1 millionth follower ... by retweeting a user with a SUPER RACIST handle.
The NFL team decided to celebrate reaching the 1 million follower milestone by allowing creating custom webart for anyone who retweeted the team's original celebratory post.
The Patriots team account would then automatically tweet the custom art for ever single person who took part in the publicity stunt.
Problem is ... one of the users was using the Twitter handle "IHATEN**GERSS."
Long story short ... the Pats Twitter page retweeted the super racist jersey that had been auto-created to their 1 million followers ... and all hell broke loose.
The team eventually deleted the racist piece of art ... and issued an apology:
"We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Our filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future."
[Insert Bill Belichick disapproving scowl here]
Out in Bev Hills
11/14/2014 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian took her Internet-breaking ass out in Beverly Hills last night ... prompting new talk about whether the instantly famous cover shot is Photoshopped -- or how MUCH it was Photoshopped.
Kim stopped and posed for pics outside Kendall James Salon -- but the best part of this video is when she's walking away ... because it's video, and we KNOW it hasn't been altered.
Admittedly, it's not the perfect comparison -- she's wearing clothes, after all -- but it's worth a look ... a long hard look.
Are these asses the same?
In other news...
Way before she became Mrs. Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston was ENGAGED to this Hollywood actor!
Beloved Dog's Death
Triggered Emotional Crisis
11/14/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The death of Richard Simmons' dog played an important part in the depression that has turned him into a shut-in ... a dog he considered his child.
TMZ broke the story ... Richard hasn't been seen in public for almost 11 months ... and the trigger was a looming knee replacement which shut Richard down professionally and socially.
Sources close to Richard tell us his Dalmatian Hattie died within days of his last public sighting back in January. Richard took the dog with him when he was out and about in L.A. and would often brag about her in his exercise classes.
Richard -- who never had kids of his own -- treated Hattie like a child. Richard had several Dalmatians and Hattie was the last survivor.
Richard had a deep bond with the dog, who was 17 when she died ... and it destroyed him.
The knee was the trigger, but the dog was the emotional tug that contributed to Richard's life paralysis.
Nightclub's Freak Show
11/14/2014 4:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
You would think 1OAK would turn away unstable patrons, but if the customer is good for business all bets are off ... because they let Amanda Bynes party there.
Amanda hit up the West Hollywood nightclub Thursday night with a flower-crowned friend. It's impossible to believe people who run the club don't know she's been in a mental facility and is extremely unstable, but hey, everyone's along for the ride to see what Amanda does inside.
Check out all the people watching as Amanda gets in the car. It's amazing the club didn't sell tickets.
In other news...
You're used to Danica Patrick dressing like a dude.
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Haircut Is This?
11/14/2014 7:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Some hunk showed up to an event in Beverly Hills on Thursday night ... with some kind of landing strip shaved into the back of his head. Can you guess who it is?
Seals Deal with Drake's Ex
With Handfuls of Her Ass
11/14/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tyga just upped the ante in his pissing match with Drake ... by grabbing a giant handful of his ex-chick's ass and signing her to co-star in a new music video.
Sources involved in the deal tell TMZ ... Tyga asked Dollicia Bryan to be in his "Make It Work" video specifically because the song includes lyrical jabs at Drake, like -- "Ni**a never was my homey ... all these bitches know you corny ni**a."
Drake's been flirting with Tyga's baby mama Blac Chyna on social media for weeks now -- so, not shocking that Tyga bagged Dollica.
In fact, we're told Tyga flat out told Dollicia he was using her to piss off Drake ... and she jumped at the opportunity.
Exes be trippin'.