A little over a year after Amy Winehouse died from accidental alcohol poisoning, her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, is suffering a similar fate.
The 30-year-old former video production assistant had to be placed in a medically induced coma after suffering multiple organ failure, UK’s The Sun reports. Fielder-Civil was reportedly found choking on his own vomit in bed after an afternoon drinking binge, according to Sarah Aspin, the mother of his 15-month-old son. He is on life support but making some improvement.
Winehouse married Fielder-Civil at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse, in downtown Miami, May 18, 2007; they divorced two years later.
Boozing and cruising
Rick Springfield has pleaded no contest to reckless driving and will serve three years’ probation to end his drunken driving case. The Jesse’s Girl singer’s attorney entered the plea to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving “with driving under the influence conditions.” He was arrested in May 2011 after deputies spotted him speeding in his 1963 Corvette on the Pacific Coast Highway. Springfield will also attend a three-month alcohol education program.
Joe Simpson, father of singers Jessica and Ashlee, was arrested in the Los Angeles area last week on suspicion of driving under the influence, The Los Angeles Times reports. Simpson, 54, – reportedly a first time offender — spent the night in the clink and was released.
Face to face
Ann Curry and Matt Lauer still aren’t besties. Far from it, actually. The newswoman, still employed by NBC, made a return to the Today show set in London, and it was a little tense.
Curry was in London to introduce a report on a still photographer. She did so while sitting on the set next to Lauer; banter seemed polite but distant. Lauer said “nice to see you” at the outset and “good to see you” at the end, but Curry said squat. Interesting to see how network executives will enjoy reading her interview in the August issue of Ladies’ Home Journal (done pre-sacking). She claims that her multicolored dresses were a bone of contention and that she was encouraged to wear “ridiculously” high heels. “I’ve tried to wear clogs and flats on TV, and it hasn’t gone well with my bosses,” Curry — who is one year into a three year, $10 million contract with NBC — told the mag.
Not too handy
Didn’t she learn anything from playing Julia Child? On Thursday, Meryl Streep showed up on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live — quite a coup for the Bravo chieftain, we must say — with a sizeable bandage on her pinkie. The Oscar winner, 63, first joked it happened during scenes with Tommy Lee Jones for their senior sex comedy Hope Springs. But the accident actually happened in the kitchen, in a much more mundane way. Streep used the “sh----y knife, not the good knife,” to split open an avocado. At least her finger doesn’t hurt, she says, because the nerve was destroyed.