Singer Amy Winehouse 'being treated for emphysema'
Jun 22, 2008, 13:28 GMT
British singer Amy Winehouse performs during the Rock in Rio Festival held in Lisbon, Portugal, late 30 May 2008. EPA/MANUEL DE ALMEIDA
London - Troubled British singer Amy Winehouse has been diagnosed with emphysema and is being treated at a London hospital, a British newspaper report said Sunday.
The Grammy award-winning singer's serious lung condition has been attributed to the abuse of crack cocaine and cigarettes, her father Mitch Winehouse told the Sunday Mirror newspaper.
Doctors warned his daughter that she could end up in a wheelchair within a month if she fails to stop using the drugs, he said. The 24- year-old then told him, 'Don't worry about me, dad. I know I've got to stop taking drugs now.'
Winehouse was rushed to hospital after suffering a fit at her home in North London this week, according to the report. She also underwent tests for a lump in her chest, provisionally found to be non-cancerous, according to her father.
The singer's life has been in constant turmoil, with reports of her battle with drugs, a history of bulimia, and her husband, Blake Fielder Civil, 26, awaiting trial for assault in prison.
'Blake has apologized to me for getting Amy into drugs and says he's going to try and put it right,' Mitch Winehouse was quoted as saying.