Star singer, Demi Lovato hospitalized after heroin overdose
Pop singer Demi Lovato is being treated in a Los Angeles hospital after a suspected drug overdose.
The Los Angeles Police Department responded on Tuesday to a medical emergency in the Hollywood Hills, where the Sorry Not Sorry singer lives, BBC has reported.
The 25-year-old was reportedly found unconscious and treated at the scene with naloxone, an anti-opioid medicine.
She is awake and breathing at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a family spokesman has said.
In a single released last month, Sober, she sings: “Mommy, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore. And daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor.”
The song ends with the lines: “I’m sorry that I’m here again, I promise I’ll get help/It wasn’t my intention, I’m sorry to myself.”
The track release followed Lovato marking six years of sobriety in March this year
Her fans say the singer’s battles with bipolar disorder, bulimia and addiction – often documented in her music – have helped them with their own struggles.
It is unclear what drugs Lovato overdosed on. Early reports said it was heroin but this was later contradicted.
Friends who found Lovato reportedly used Narcan – a brand name for naloxone – on her at the scene to help her breathe. Naloxone is an antidote to opioids including painkillers.
The US is in the grip of an opioid crisis. According to health officials, 115 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day and more than 250,000 Americans have died of them over the past decade.
As reports of her condition spread, there was an outpouring of support on social media from other celebrities and musicians. Within hours of the report, tens of thousands of people had tweeted the hashtag #PrayforDemi.
Meanwhile, celebrities across the world have sent messages of sympathy and empathized with her.
See some of the good messages below:
Sending love and prayers to Demi Lovato 🙏
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) July 24, 2018
We should all wrap our arms of love around Demi Lovato. I am so happy you’re alive. Thank God. If I know my monsters as well as I believe I do, we all wish you self-compassion and inner peace. And may you receive the love so many have for you. #ImConfidentInDemi Demi, I love you.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) July 25, 2018