Tom Higgins, legendary NASCAR writer for Charlotte Observer, dies at age 80

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Kanye West’s Father Ray Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

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Kanye West’s Father Ray Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

Kanye West‘s father, Ray West, is battling cancer … TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Ray tell us he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer — not stomach cancer as has been widely reported. We’re told Kanye dropped everything to help his dad upon hearing the news.

Ray is currently being treated in L.A., and sources say he’s responding well. We’re being told that, for now, it looks like he’s going to be okay.

The diagnosis comes just over 10 years after the death of Kanye’s mother, Donda, to whom he was very close and whose death helped trigger his mental breakdown in 2016.

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Ye and his pops were spotted grabbing lunch at Nobu Malibu in March … a rare sighting of the father and son together.

Ray and Kanye’s late mother divorced when Ye was a young child, but the 2 remained amicable over the years.

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Demi Lovato Didn’t ‘Suffer’ an OD, She Caused It Says Interventionist

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Demi Lovato Didn’t ‘Suffer’ an OD, She Caused It Says Interventionist

Demi Lovato didn’t “suffer an overdose” — she caused it — so says a famed interventionist.

Jeff VanVonderen — who appeared on the A&E show “Intervention” — says Demi’s alarming relapse resulted from choosing to stop using the tools that kept her sober.

It’s tough love for sure, but Jeff says it’s all in Demi’s hands. The good news … he says she was able to use the tools to stay clean for 6 years, so she can do it again if she puts her mind to it.

TMZ broke the story … Demi was in dire straits when she OD’d earlier this week in her Hollywood Hills home. Paramedics found her unconscious and, when she regained consciousness, she refused to tell EMTs what drug caused the 911 emergency.

Demi remains in the hospital and it’s unclear how she feels about reentering rehab.

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Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame Star Won’t Be Removed Despite Violence

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Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame Star Won’t Be Removed Despite Violence

Donald Trump‘s Walk of Fame star has been a lightning rod for violence, but it’s going to weather the storm and stay put because cops and the group that manages the Walk of Fame don’t want it 86’d.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … the LAPD has met with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and both orgs realize they’re between a rock and a hard place. They know by keeping Trump’s star front and center on the famed Blvd., it will be at the center of what has become a civil war between raging Trump and anti-Trump factions.

Here’s the problem … the Chamber and LAPD both agree it would be even worse to remove the star because that would embolden people to deface the stars of celebs they dislike.

So, the decision has been made to keep Trump’s star in its place, knowing it will probably be destroyed again, and possibly again … and again … and again. Even worse, the Chamber and LAPD are keenly aware the warring factions will be using the star as a battleground.

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As we reported, violence erupted Thursday night where protesters punched, kicked and otherwise abused their opponents.

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And, the star has been destroyed twice … most recently this week when a Trump foe went at it with a pickax.

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