Demi Lovato Is Awake and Recovering After Reportedly Hospitalized for an Overdose

(NEW YORK) — A representative for Demi Lovato says she is awake and recovering with her family after the pop singer was reportedly hospitalized Tuesday for an overdose.

“Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support,” Lovato’s representative said in a statement Tuesday evening. “Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now.”

The statement did not provide any details on what led to the singer’s hospitalization.

Emergency officials confirmed they transported a 25-year-old woman who lives on Demi Lovato’s block to the hospital after receiving a call at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday.

TMZ was the first to report that Lovato had been hospitalized for a drug overdose, based on its sources, and other outlets including People magazine also reported her hospitalization based on sources.

Lovato indicated in a new song released last month that she relapsed after six years of sobriety. On the song “Sober,” she sings the lyrics: “Momma, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore/And daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor.”

In her YouTube documentary released last year called “Demi Lovato, Simply Complicated,” she openly discusses her cocaine use and battles with alcohol.

Read more: Demi Lovato Talks Drug Abuse and Eating Disorder

Fox said it would pull its episode of “Beat Shazam” featuring Lovato, which was to air Tuesday night.

“We have decided to replace the episode of Beat Shazam with another all-new episode. Our thoughts go out to Demi and her family,” the network said.

Lovato was scheduled to perform in Atlantic City on Thursday.

News crews gathered outside Lovato’s home in the Hollywood Hills, where vehicles were seen entering and leaving Tuesday afternoon. Their occupants did not stop to speak to reporters.

The hashtag #PrayForDemi trended on Twitter and several celebrities posted supportive words Tuesday, including Missy Elliott, Ariana Grande, Brad Paisley, Kesha, Bebe Rexha, Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris, Kehlani and British electronic group Clean Bandit, whose current single “Solo” features Lovato.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that “it breaks my heart that she is going through this. She is a light in this world, and I am sending my love to her and her family.”

The singer-actress, who entered rehab in 2010, struggled with an eating disorder, self-mutilation and other issues. She has spoken out about her battles with drugs and alcohol over the years, and she’s become a role model for young women and men who have faced their own issues.

Lovato, who was a child actress on the TV series “Barney & Friends,” broke on the scene as a teen on the Disney Channel film “Camp Rock” and the network series “Sonny with a Chance.” She went on to become a multi-platinum pop star, launching Top 10 hits like “Sorry Not Sorry,” ”Skyscraper,” ”Heart Attack.” Her 2015 album, “Confident,” earned her a Grammy nomination for best pop vocal album.

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Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek Is Recovering From Surgery to Remove Blood Clots on His Brain

Alex Trebek has provided fans with an update on his health, and though he didn’t answer in the form of a question, he says his “prognosis is excellent.”

In a video shared via the Jeopardy YouTube page, Trebek revealed he had surgery over the holiday break to remove blood clots on his brain caused by a fall he suffered in October. Wearing a Jeopardy hat, Trebek appeared in good health and good spirits, saying, “I expect to be back in the studio taping more Jeopardy programs very, very soon.”

This is not the first time Trebek has suffered a health setback. In 2011, he tore his Achilles tendon while chasing a burglar from his hotel room, and in 2012, he suffered a mild heart attack. More recently, in 2015, he had to host while seated due to a full knee replacement.

However, none of these setbacks have deterred the longtime Jeopardy host, even if they occasionally cause postponements in taping the game show. Trebek has hosted Jeopardy for 33 years and counting, and just extended his contract through the 2019-2020 season (which will be the show’s 36th year on air). For $ 1,000, what is longevity?

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Financial Relief Underway for Black Homeowners and Entrepreneurs Recovering from Harvey

With Hurricane Harvey already projected to cost tens of billions of dollars in damages, it raises the question: Where can black small business owners and African American home owners in Texas turn to get some financial help to pay for sizable losses?


(U.S Border Patrol agents Mario Fuentes, left, and Marc Gonzales search a totally destroyed mobile home for survivors in the wake of Hurricane Harvey near Rockport, Texas, Aug. 27, 2017. U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Image: Glenn Fawcett)


A Troubling Lack of Flood Insurance


Another big concern is how many people in Houston and surrounding areas hit by the storm actually have insurance for damages. At this point, there is no estimated number of flood insurance policy holders in Texas who will collect on their policies, Deanna Frazier, a Federal Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman, told Black Enterprise.


Robert Hunter, director of insurance at the Consumer Federation of America, has told the media that in the hurricane’s path along the Gulf Coast, only two in 10 homeowners have insurance coverage. He estimates some $ 35 billion of damage from just flooding caused by Harvey, paralleling Hurricane Katrina. However, roughly half of the flooded homes hit by Katrina had flood insurance coverage.


Some observers have estimated that Hurricane Harvey, in final damages, could exceed $ 100 billion. FEMA estimates that about one in five households in Texas will be eligible to file a claim with the National Flood Insurance Program. As of Monday (Sept. 4), 73,000 claims have been submitted, and more than $ 13.2 million in advance payments have been issued to insured survivors.



Tens of Thousands to Receive Disaster Assistance


Some 180,000 survivors have been approved for FEMA disaster assistance totaling $ 148 million, allowing them to pay rent while their main homes are not livable, help repair primary living spaces such as kitchen and bedrooms and replace personal property like a car, eye glasses, or handle medical needs.


“We’re helping people, but we still have 393,000 people who have registered and are awaiting assistance,” Frazier says. “We are providing them temporary housing until a more permanent living situation can be found.”


Frazier says the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has about $ 1.7 billion available to pay out claims with borrowing authority for $ 5.8 billion more. The NFIP is a federal program managed by FEMA.


The Trump administration has asked Congress for $ 7.85 billion as part of an initial request for funds for Harvey, with another request expected by late this month, CNN reported.


The official request occurred late last Friday in a letter from President Donald Trump’s budget chief to House Speaker Paul Ryan. The initial amount requested for Harvey relief was higher than the $ 5.95 billion figure administration officials voiced earlier in the day.




Inaugural Aid for Small Businesses Part of Funding Relief Request


Most of the initial request is expected to go to FEMA, which is using cash as the main agency handling disaster relief. The rest, about $ 450 million, will go to the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA is offering low-interest recovery loans to homeowners, renters, and businesses. SBA’s disaster assistance program budget is currently $ 3.3 billion, according to Carol Chastang, a SBA spokeswoman.

The SBA has approved 298 disaster loans for a total of $ 26.7 million. Of those, 279 home loans have been approved for $ 25 million, and 19 business disaster loans have been approved for $ 1.6 million, Chastang says.


Where to Get Assistance


Frazier says FEMA is urging people to register with the agency so they can get assistance as soon as possible. Survivors can submit claims through their local insurance agent who sold them their policy. Any homeowner who had flood insurance may file a claim with the NFIP.


All survivors are urged to register for FEMA assistance, regardless of whether they had insurance or not. Frazier says they can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or register online at


The SBA has opened two business recovery centers; the BRC at the University of Houston and the Port Aransas Community Center.


For details on how to apply for SBA disaster loans, visit SBA’s Hurricane Harvey recovery assistance page or go to the SBA’s site.


Additionally, the Insurance Information Institute offers tips on how to square insurance claims after a disaster.

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Tracy Morgan may be in a wheelchair … but he’s still rocking his signature fashion style — while recovering from the terrible injuries he suffered last month in the NJ Turnpike crash.
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