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Demi Lovato awake after reported heroin overdose

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. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Margaret Stewart said earlier paramedics received a call about a 25-year-old woman in need of medical attention at 11:22 a.m. PT Tuesday. The woman was transported to a nearby hospital, but Stewart said she could not confirm the woman's condition or provide any additional details. Los Angeles police were also dispatched, but Officer Carlos Zaragoza said he could not release the woman's identity or condition. Earlier attempts to reach Lovato's sister and mother were unsuccessful. 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 that 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. Fox said it would pull its episode of Beat Shazam featuring Lovato, which was to air Tuesday night, because of the recent news. "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. Our pop culture contributor, Anne T. Donahue, shares her "two goods and a bad" in the world of pop culture for this week. 6:49 Lovato was scheduled to perform in Atlantic City on Thursday. She also has a performance scheduled in Toronto on Sunday with Jason Mraz in support of Kids Help Phone. 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. Celebrities show support 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. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));{lang: 'en-GB'}
 
Emergency crews were searching Wednesday through charred homes and cars for those still missing after the deadliest wildfires to hit Greece in decades scorched seaside areas near Athens, killing at least 79 people and sending thousands fleeing. There was no official indication as to how many people might be missing, and some took to social media and Greek television stations with appeals for information on their loved ones. Fire service spokesperson Stavroula Malliri said the death toll had increased by five to 79. More than 280 firefighters were still in the area to the northeast of Athens in the wider Rafina area, dousing the remaining flames to prevent flare-ups. Another 200 firefighters backed up by a water-dropping helicopter were tackling the second forest fire west of the capital, near Agioi Theodori, where local authorities pre-emptively evacuated three nearby communities overnight, according to the fire department. Flags across Greece were flying at half-mast after the prime minister declared three days of national mourning. The two fires on either side of the Greek capital started Monday within hours of each other, and were fanned by gale-force winds that hampered firefighting efforts. Fast-moving fires The speed with which the fire northeast of Athens spread took many by surprise, and is believed to have contributed to the high death toll. "We couldn't see any fire. The fire came suddenly. There was so much wind, we didn't realize how it happened," said Anna Kiriazova, 56, who survived with her husband by shutting themselves in their house instead of trying to flee through the flames. A house is threatened by a huge blaze during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on Monday. (Valerie Gache/AFP/Getty Images) Kiriazova said they doused their house in the Mati area near Rafina with water from a garden hose, and credited the fact that their window frames were metal instead of wood for their home being spared. "We shut ourselves in the house, we closed the shutters, we had towels over our faces," she told The Associated Press. "The inferno lasted about an hour. I have no words to describe what we lived through." More than 60 dead, many dozens injured as wildfires devastate region near Athens 1:34 Her 65-year-old husband, Theodoros Christopoulos, said the couple decided to take shelter in their home because the narrow roads outside were jammed with cars. "There was a great panic because the whole street was blocked by cars," Christopoulos said. "Shouting, hysteria, they could see the fire was coming with the wind. It already smelled a lot, the sky was black overhead and in no time at all the fire was here." Hundreds of others abandoned cars and fled to nearby beaches, from where they were evacuated hours later by coast guard and private boats. Dozens swam out to sea despite rough weather to escape the intense heat and choking smoke blanketing the area. Searching for loved ones With the number of missing unclear, authorities appealed for people to call them if they were searching for loved ones. Some people also turned to Greek television and radio stations, asking for information from the public for relatives they hadn't heard from since the blaze. The story of one man desperately searching for his children highlights the plight of many families looking for relatives. Firefighters and volunteers try to extinguish flames during a wildfire at the village of Kineta, near Athens, on Tuesday. (Valerie Gache/AFP/Getty Images) Yiannis Philipopoulos appeared on television early Wednesday appealing for help to locate his missing twin daughters, whom he said he had spotted in television footage arriving in the port of Rafina in a fishing boat during the evacuation of people from beaches overnight Monday to Tuesday. Yiannis Philipopoulos said he and his wife recognized 9-year-old Sophia and Vasiliki in the news footage after spending a fruitless day searching hospitals and giving DNA samples at the Athens morgue. He had contacted police, who were helping search for the girls. Philipopoulos said the girls had been with his parents, of whom there was no sight in the footage. Speaking on television stations Skai and Alpha, he said the images gave him hope his children were alive, and urged anyone with information to contact him. The footage showed two girls among other people, many clad just in swimsuits, disembarking from the fishing boat. Philipopoulos said he went with police to the TV station and saw the footage in higher resolution, and was sure the children were his daughters. But he had not heard from them since the fire. The captain of the fishing boat said authorities had recorded the names of rescued people as they disembarked. The names of the two girls, however, appeared not to be among them. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));{lang: 'en-GB'}