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Mama June Shows Rotting Teeth & Collapses ... In Dramatic Intervention

5/23/2019 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mama June needs help -- and her family recognized as much when they confronted her in an intervention, which features MJ in a decrepit state ... rotting teeth and all.

June was sat down by a roomful of family members earlier this month in a staged intervention that went down at her sister's home. With the help of Dr. Ish Major, her family pled with her to straighten out her life ... which appears to mostly be falling on deaf ears here.

One of the more heartbreaking moments ... June's youngest daughter, Alana -- aka Honey Boo Boo -- breaks down crying at one point, saying she wants to move back home.

Check it out ... Mama June has become a shell of herself since she got arrested for possession of crack cocaine in March with boyfriend Geno Doak. Her teeth -- which she'd recently gotten fixed up -- are literally falling apart. She also collapses on camera.

We've also obtained a clip -- that will air this week -- of June's daughter, Pumpkin, and her sister discussing June's arrest from earlier this year. 

Rather than stay away from Geno -- like her family has suggested, and a judge ordered -- she's been shacking up with him since the arrest ... and has been hitting the slots on and off a lot as well. BTW ... we're told Geno wasn't present for the intervention.

As we've reported ... HBB has had to move in with her older sister, Pumpkin, while MJ has allegedly moved into a casino. The preview addresses that issue as well, and a suggestion that could affect June's child for years to come ... if her ma doesn't get it together.

"Mama June From Not to Hot: The Road to Intervention" airs Friday at 9 PM on WE tv ... and the finale will hit next week.

Cardi B Postponed Show's a Win-Win ... I'm Healing and Dealing!!!

5/23/2019 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B's cosmetic surgery complications have led to an unintended bonus ... skyrocketing ticket sales!!!

We broke the story ... the rapper had to cancel her headlining gig at the 92Q Spring Bling Festival Friday night in Baltimore so she could properly recover from her recent liposuction and breast augmentation ... at the encouragement of her doctors.

Cardi admittedly had been pushing it to the limit to honor her commitments despite having work done, telling a Memphis crowd on May 5 she should have canceled because "moving too much is going to f*** up my lipo" ... but she rocked it anyway.

Same goes for performing at Rolling Loud and twerking at her Fashion Nova launch party.

She finally had to postpone this time, though ... but TMZ's learned the whole ordeal's been a blessing in disguise. Event organizers quickly announced a September 8 makeup date, and it's generated way more buzz ... and a better bottom line.

Sources close to the event tell us after Cardi made the call to postpone for health reasons, organizers were worried there would be backlash and the rescheduled show wouldn't sell ... but it's done the exact opposite.

We're told within 30 minutes of our story going up, nearly 2,000 tickets sold ... and an additional 2,600 and counting have sold since. Add these totals to the tickets previously purchased -- which will be honored in September -- and it looks like the show will have no problem selling out its 13k capacity venue.

All publicity is good publicity, right???

Sage Northcutt My Face Is Healing ... Still Hospitalized After Surgery

5/22/2019 6:20 PM PDT
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Sage Northcutt is on the mend ... and he's giving a positive update on his health after undergoing surgery on facial fractures he suffered when he got his ass knocked out in his ONE Championship debut. 

The ex-UFC posted this picture from his hospital bed in Singapore on Wednesday night ... thanking all his fans for their prayers and letting everyone know he's recovering and getting better, day by day. 

Sage looks to be in good spirits, given the circumstances ... he's giving two big thumbs up, and doing his best to smile -- which has gotta be difficult when you have surgery to fix 8 FRACTURES!!! 

Check out that shiner under Sage's left eye ... that's gonna last a while. 

As you know ... Sage's debut was a disaster. The 23-year-old got his face punched out by Cosmo Alexandre, crumbling to the canvas with a thunderous face plant 29 seconds into the match. 

Sage went under the knife over the weekend ... and his coach, Urijah Faber, told us the fighter's injuries were way worse than originally thought because Sage also shattered his cheek into 30 different pieces. 

But, it's good to see Sage getting better. 

NFL's Chris Long Used Weed 'On a Regular Basis' ... During Career

5/22/2019 12:35 PM PDT
Breaking News

NFL star Chris Long -- who just retired over the weekend -- is crediting weed for helping him last 11 seasons in the league ... saying regular marijuana use got him through the pain and stress during his career.

“I certainly enjoyed my fair share on a regular basis through my career,” Long told "The Dan Patrick Show" on Wednesday.

“If not for that, I’m not as capable of coping with the stresses of the day-to-day NFL life.”

We know what you're thinking ... how did Long successfully evade the NFL's rigorous drug testing program for all those years? It's actually pretty simple.

"The league, speaking plainly, knows damn well what they're doing. Testing players once a year for 'street drugs,' which is a terrible classification for marijuana, is kinda silly because players know when the test is. We can stop."

During that period away from weed, Long says players turn to more dangerous alternatives like pills and alcohol to deal with pain and stress ... and he's hoping the league eases up on testing to help.

“We should be headed to a place where we allow players to use what I wouldn’t even call drugs. It’s far less dangerous than players guzzling a fifth of alcohol and going out after a game.”

If you're wondering what Long is doing with his life now that he's retired -- seems like he's got a future in full-time social activism. 

Ric Flair Leaves Hospital In Good Spirits ... After Surgery

5/22/2019 10:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

10:03 AM PT -- The Nature Boy is speaking out for the first time since being rushed to the ER last week ... thanking the doctors and hospital staff for their help, as well as family and fans for showing support during his hospital stay.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ric Flair has just been discharged from the hospital after 7 days of treatment -- and he was wheeled out with a smile on his face!!!

Ric -- wearing a Ric Flair t-shirt (gotta love this guy!) -- was flanked by his wife, Wendy Barlow (in the WWE hat), as the 70-year-old wrestling legend was taken to his car to go home. 

As we previously reported, Flair was rushed to the hospital last week after experiencing a medical emergency. We're told Naitch was having trouble breathing.

Doctors initially postponed a surgical procedure due to complications but ultimately went forward with the operation on Monday. 

We were told the procedure was a success -- and the fact Flair was discharged from the hospital just 48 hours later is probably a good sign!!!

Ric had been having heart issues in the past few months -- and had undergone several procedures over the past few months. 

But, we're told he's been handling everything with a great attitude and has even been chatting up his famous friends who have called to check in over the past few days. 

Now, Ric will focus on his recovery at home ... and he clearly knows his fans (including The Miz) are rooting hard for him!!!

Originally published -- 8:51 AM PT

Ex-NFL Star Robert Smith 'Today Marks 7 Years of Sobriety'

5/22/2019 8:28 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ex-NFL running back Robert Smith is celebrating 7 years of sobriety -- which is amazing -- but he knows he's gotta stay focused so he doesn't relapse again. 

"I am an alcoholic- I always have been and always will be," the former Minnesota Vikings star said in a candid social media post.

"It's not my fault, but it's my problem. Today marks 7 years of sobriety but that can change if I believe for a second that I'm different from every other alcoholic. I'm grateful I know that today. One day at a time."

Smith was a BEAST on the field -- he rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his final 4 seasons before retiring at 28 after the 2000 season. 

The 47-year-old has been open about his struggles with alcohol -- saying he knew he had substance abuse issues back in high school but thought he could control it. 

Smith has admitted he would drive drunk and show up to the Vikings practice facility "stinking like alcohol" ... but somehow managed to hide his problem from team officials. 

Smith says he bottomed out after retiring -- and tried to get sober in 2007 before relapsing in 2011, 

That's when Smith hit rock bottom ... his wife (who was pregnant) moved out and threatened to leave him ... and that's when he decided to make sobriety the highest priority. 

Now, Smith says he's been clean for 7 years and he clearly understands what's at stake if he falls off the wagon. 

But, as Smith said on Twitter, he can't focus too far down the line -- "One day at a time."

The Miz Heartfelt Message to Ric Flair ... 'Keep Fighting!!!'

5/22/2019 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

No characters. No script. 

Just a heartfelt message from WWE superstar The Miz to his childhood hero, Ric Flair -- telling Nature Boy to keep fighting like hell until he's healthy and back with his wrestling family!!! 

The Miz says he found out about Ric's medical emergency like everyone else ... and was crushed when he heard the 70-year-old needed more surgery. 

But, Miz knows Flair's not the kinda guy to lay down and give up ... and tells TMZ Sports, "He just keeps fighting man! Nothing can take Ric Flair down!"

Miz tells us how Ric not only inspired him as a kid, but how continues to influence him now as a pro wrestling superstar. 

Behind-the-scenes, Miz says Ric's even nicer than he comes off on TV ... and always greets him with his signature, "WOOOO!!!!"

So, what's Miz's message to Ric???

"Just always be Ric Flair. You're the best. No one's better. You're the G.O.A.T. Keep fighting. Keep doing well."

As we previously reported, Flair was initially hospitalized on Thursday and underwent surgery on Monday. 

We're told he's expected to make a full recovery and he's been in good spirits. 

Get well soon!!!

Jay-Z Sued By Roc Nation Boxer ... Over Severe Brain Injuries

5/21/2019 3:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jay-Z is being sued by a former Roc Nation Sports boxer -- who blames Hova and the company for the severe brain injuries he suffered after taking 3 fights in 79 days. 

The boxer behind the lawsuit is Daniel Franco -- who claims he signed a deal with Roc Nation Sports back in 2015 ... and won his first 5 fights with Jay-Z's company. 

But, the problems started in March 2017 ... Franco claims he came down with a bad flu before a big fight which sidelined him from training for 3 weeks. 

Franco claims he told Roc Nation he needed to postpone or cancel the March 23 fight -- but Roc Nation pressured him into fighting anyway. 

Franco says he lost badly in the 3rd round and should have taken time off to recover ... but instead, Roc Nation booked him to fight again 50 days later on May 12. 

Then, Franco claims Roc Nation booked him for a third fight just a month later on June 10 ... his third fight in 79 days. 

But, Franco claims Roc Nation never took the steps to make sure he was medically fit to take that third fight ... and it could have cost him his life. 

In the court documents, Franco claims he believes he suffered 2 skull fractures and a brain bleed before the June 10 fight that could have been detected.

Instead, Franco says he fought on June 10 -- and lost again -- suffering major damage in the process. 

Franco claims he was diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage and went into a coma. Doctors needed to remove a piece of his skull to relieve pressure from the bleed. 

After 2 weeks, Franco awoke from his coma but claims he still has severe neurological and cognitive issues ... and is required to wear a helmet at all times to protect his brain. 

In his suit, Franco says Roc Nation and Jay-Z had a duty to protect him -- but instead acted recklessly by scheduling him to fight 3 times in 79 days without "necessary medical testing."

He's asking for unspecified damages. 

We reached out to Roc Nation for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Cardi B Pulls Out of Concert ... Plastic Surgery Taking a Toll

5/21/2019 11:48 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

11:48 AM PT -- Cardi's team tells TMZ ... "Cardi says she's very disappointed and hates to let her fans down, but she wants to reassure them that she'll see them in September!"

10:20 AM PT -- Event organizers have announced the makeup date is September 8.

Cardi B is backing out of a Memorial Day Weekend concert in Maryland, and TMZ has learned it's all because of some serious fallout from her recent cosmetic surgeries. 

Cardi was set to headline the 92Q Spring Bling Festival this Friday night in Baltimore, but now it's been postponed because she's gotta pull out. Sources close to the rapper tell us ... CB needs to recover from her recent liposuction and breast augmentation.

We're told it's gotten so bad, she simply can't perform -- a move her doctors had encouraged, telling Cardi she needs time to let the swelling go down and for her body to fully recover. Doctors are recommending a couple of weeks of R & R.

Cardi's been extremely open about recently deciding to undergo the procedures after giving birth to baby Kulture

Going under the knife didn't stop Cardi from working her ass off ... until now.

She recently performed at Rolling Loud in Miami and was twerking non-stop in L.A. at the launch party for her Fashion Nova clothing line

Cardi told the crowd at her May 5 concert in Memphis she should have canceled because "moving too much is going to f*** up my lipo" ... but she rocked the house anyway.  

Our Cardi sources tell us the surgeries are finally catching up to her ... and the heavy workload proved to be too much, too soon. 

Get well soon!!!

Originally published -- 9:51 AM PT

Ashley Massaro Died By Hanging ... Apparent Suicide

5/21/2019 8:48 AM PDT
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Ex-WWE superstar Ashley Massaro was found hanging in an apparent suicide, multiple sources connected with the situation tell TMZ Sports.  

The 39-year-old was found unconscious inside of her Suffolk County, NY home early Thursday morning -- and she was transported to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead. 

The death is being classified as "non-criminal." 

She is survived by her daughter. 

Massaro is being laid to rest in Suffolk County. The WWE honored Massaro with a full screen "In Memory" slate on Sunday during the "Money in the Bank" pay-per-view event. 

CM Punk called into WMGM on Friday and had heard Ashley had taken her own life (the manner of death had not been publicly disclosed). He implored anyone listening who's struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts to get help.

"Tremendously sad way to go," Punk said ... "thoughts obviously go out to her family, especially her daughter."

"It's May. It's Mental Health Month ... if you're depressed and things aren't going your way, there's no reason to feel alone," Punk added. 

"Just reach out to somebody. Text a friend. Call somebody. There's hotlines. There's ways you can get help."

Here's a link to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

The WWE had put out a statement on the former wrestler on Thursday saying, "We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro,"

"She performed in WWE from 2005-2008 and was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends."

'Game of Thrones' Did Good for the Disabled, But ... Bran the Broken? Really???

5/21/2019 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Game of Thrones" broke down barriers for the disabled community during its 8-year run ... a fact that's earning the show high praise, even though one group says producers made a big flub in the finale.

Felicia Nurmsen -- a top dog at the National Organization on Disability -- tells TMZ ... the hit HBO show gets tons of props for working on behalf of those with disabilities, 'cause it didn't shy away from the subject and served as a pretty accurate mirror to our society, even in a fantasy setting.

Specifically, Nurmsen says she's impressed with the story lines and ultimate fates of 2 of the most prominent characters with disabilities on 'GoT' -- Tyrion Lannister and Bran Stark.

She says even though wheelchair-bound Bran and Tyrion, a little person, were often written off by other characters, they landed in powerful positions in the end by resorting to natural born (or divinely-gained) gifts.

SPOILER ALERT -- if you're not among the 19 mil who watched Sunday night. 

Bran is named King of Westeros and Tyrion becomes his hand.

That said ... Nurmsen can't help but point out the irony that even when a disabled person reaches the highest point -- the Iron Throne -- 'GoT' writers leaned into the narrative that disabled people aren't whole.

Case in point ... Tyrion and co. end up dubbing their new king, "Bran the Broken." You could see that as an attempt to embrace his disability as a good thing, but Nurmsen suggests it's problematic. 

Two steps up, one step back?

Mel B Lotta Fake News About My Eyes ... I'm Not OKAY, But Getting Better

5/21/2019 6:36 AM PDT

Mel B's eye problems are a lot scarier than some media folks are reporting, so she's setting the record straight ... and searching for a cool eye patch.

Scary Spice says she had an awful experience last week -- she went blind in her right eye and her left eye went blurry. She was freaked out and in a lot of pain so she went to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with severe iritis in her right eye and uveitis in her left.

This contradicts reports saying Mel B was doing fine and this has happened many times before ... due to her eye herpes. Mel says those reports are total BS, and the press "needs to get there [sic] silly facts right big time." She doesn't specifically address the eye herpes element in the report. 

The Spice Girl claims this has never ever happened to her before, but the good news is the eye specialists she went to have it under control and she's no longer worried things might get worse.

She says she's now on meds and got heavy duty drops to heal her eyes, but she'll still be dealing with it for the next 3 or 4 months ... which means it'll be an issue on the upcoming Spice Girls reunion tour.

The tour's set to kick off Friday in Dublin, so Mel says she needs to find a "very cool Scary eye patch." She's asking for help on that too ... but not from Madonna.

Formula 1 Legend Niki Lauda Dead at 70

5/20/2019 6:41 PM PDT
Breaking News

Legendary Formula 1 racer Niki Lauda has died ... according to his family.

Lauda, considered one of F1's greatest drivers ever, died Monday ... nine months after undergoing surgery for a lung transplant. 

Niki won the F1 drivers' championship in 1975 and '77 with Ferrari and again in '84 with McLaren ... but he's most famous for crashing and catching fire in 1976 at the German Grand Prix.

Lauda was badly burned in the crash, but he made a miraculous recovery an returned to racing only 6 weeks later. 

Lauda's incredible comeback after dodging death instantly made him the stuff of legend .. and his 1976 rivalry with British driver James Hunt was the plot line of the movie "Rush." 

Niki, who was born in Austria, had a tight working relationship with 5-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. Lauda was involved when Lewis signed with McClaren ahead of the 2013 racing season. 

Niki's family released a statement after his death ... saying, "With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully passed away with his family on Monday."

"His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and will remain unforgettable, his tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage remain."

"A role model and a benchmark for all of us, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather away from the public, and he will be missed."

Lauda was 70. 

RIP

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