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Meghan Trainor’s Father Struck by Vehicle in Apparent Hit-and-Run

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11:42 AM PT — 2/23 Meghan gave her fans an update Sunday, saying, “I’m with my dad now. Thank you for all your sweet messages. It was all very scary but he is the strongest man I know.”

4:26 PM PT — Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … the motorist who struck Meghan Trainor’s dad, Gary, did not flee the scene — they stuck around and talked to cops afterward. We’re told she explained to police that Gary was wearing very dark clothes and that she couldn’t see him before it was too late.

Our sources say no crime was committed here — it appears the incident is being viewed and dealt with as an accident.

LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — Meghan Trainor ‘s father has been hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle in what appears to be a hit-and-run — but, fortunately, it looks like he’ll be okay.

Sources close to the family tell TMZ … Gary Trainor was transported to an area hospital in Los Angeles Friday night, after we’re told he was hit by a car. The accident took place as Gary was crossing a busy street by foot, near the San Fernando Valley — he was admitted to a nearby emergency room.

We’re told he’s currently listed as being in stable condition, so it sounds like he’ll recover from his injuries. No official word on the whereabouts or description of the driver — we’ve got a call into law enforcement to see if they’re looking into it.

Meghan and her dad are super-tight — he mentored her to become the star she is today, and even showed her the ropes of the music game. The guy’s a known piano player himself, and reportedly contributed to one of Meghan’s earlier EPs … being featured on two tracks.

One song he apparently produced was her song “Cupid.” Another song he helped out on for that same “Only 17” record was called “Tumble.” He’s credited with helping launch her career, and has appeared at multiple awards shows and other public events with his kid.

Just as recently as last month, Gary and Meghan were together — on TV, no less — when Gary made a surprise guest appearance on ‘The Voice UK,’ for which Meghan serves as a judge.

Gary’s currently at least 70 years old, according to online records.

Originally Published — 2/22 1:25 PM PT

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Joe Exotic Prison Has 2nd Highest ‘Rona Rate

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Joe Exotic Prison Has 2nd Highest 'Rona Rate

FORT WORTH (TMZ) — The prison Joe Exotic is currently being held at is the second leading hotbed for coronavirus in the entire federal prison system — but not to worry … Uncle Sam’s got a plan.

The ‘Tiger King’ star has been locked up at FMC Forth Worth in Texas, and as of Tuesday … there was a total of 298 confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates, making it number 2 behind a federal CA facility at 570 inmate cases.

If that sounds troubling, it should … we’ve seen jails and prisons across the U.S. getting besieged with the virus — and some of the inmates are suffering. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has assured us they’re going above and beyond for their prisoners, staff and visitors alike at Joe’s facility to keep them safe and healthy.

As for Joe … his people have repeatedly told us … he’s virus-free.

The agency tells TMZ there’s a comprehensive action plan in place at all of their institutions — which includes reducing inmate transfers, increasing screening and testing, minimizing unnecessary movement on the inside and temporarily canceling social and legal visits, not to mention training for BOP employees. They will also do regular temperature checks.

The trick is … as little congregating as possible. BOP says it’s trying to keep guards at one post for as long as possible to avoid unnecessary interaction.

BOP also tells us they’ve made sure everyone — prisoners and staffers — have received surgical masks. BOP says it has things under control — so far fewer than 5 deaths at the Fort Worth facility … but with nearly 300 cases, it’s gotta be viewed as a full-fledged outbreak.

So … guess that means Joe’s in good hands??? Here’s hoping so.

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Anderson Cooper Reveals He’s a Dad, Welcomes New Baby Boy

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Anderson Cooper Reveals He's a Dad, Welcomes New Baby Boy

NEW YORK CITY (TMZ) — Anderson Cooper is the proud new father of a baby boy … revealing Wyatt Morgan Cooper to the world.

The CNN anchor took to Instagram Thursday night to reveal earlier this week Wyatt was born via surrogate. Cooper said, “As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son’s birth.”

As for Wyatt’s name, 52-year-old says it’s in honor of his dad, who passed away when he was just 10, saying, “I hope I can be as good a dad as he was.”

Anderson also shared a sweet message about his surrogate, saying, “Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children.”

Finally, Anderson says, “I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.” His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt died last year.

Wyatt is Anderson’s first child … Congrats!!

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Madonna: I Have Antibodies … Gonna Breathe in COVID-19 Air

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Madonna: I Have Antibodies ... Gonna Breathe in COVID-19 Air

Madonna has revealed — via her “Quarantine Diary” — that she’s tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, and already has a bizarre plan for using them.

The Material Girl’s known for posting some eccentric material on her Instagram, but she’s kicked things up a notch during lockdown … the latest being heading outside to “breathe in the COVID-19 air.”

Yep, Madge says now that she knows she has the antibodies, she’s going out for a drive and rolling down the windows. She included the hashtags #staysafe #staysane with her video post.

It’s unclear exactly what M hopes to accomplish by sucking in virus air on her drive, but if she truly has antibodies it means she likely already had the coronavirus. Most scientists agree she should have some COVID-19 immunity, but it’s unclear for how long.

Madonna’s been doing her part in coronavirus relief efforts — both by donating a million dollars and joining the REFORM Alliance in sending 100,000 surgical masks to jails and prisons.

She’s throwing caution to the wind, though, with her own health.

Hey, she’s got a pocket full o’ antibodies and she’s gonna spend ’em!!!

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