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British singer Amy Winehouse arrives with her husband Blake Fiedler-Civil for the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on June 3, 2007. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen) | License Photo

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BLAKE FIELDER-CIVIL: Blake Fielder-Civil, the former husband of the late singer Amy Winehouse, was in a coma in a British hospital, The Sun reported Thursday.


Fielder-Civil, 30, has battled addictions to drugs and alcohol for years and spent time in prison for assault.

The Sun said he was on life support at a hospital in Dewsbury, West Yorks, after he was found choking in bed during a night of binge drinking and consuming drugs.

Fielder-Civil, the father of a 15-month-old boy, had suffered multiple organ failure as a result of the incident, which took place late last month, a few days after the first anniversary of his ex-wife's death.

Winehouse died last year of accidental alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. She was married to Fielder-Civil from 2007-09.

"The doctors say they don't know the prognosis. They said they put him in a coma to help him and due to infection," Sarah Aspin, his son's mother, told the newspaper. "I'm praying he'll survive, but I'm having to prepare myself that he may never wake up."

"Remember Amy loved him. Let's pray for his recovery," Fielder-Civil's former father-in-law, Mitch Winehouse, said via Twitter.


JUDGE JUDY: Judge Judy Sheindlin is the highest-paid television star in the United States, making $45 million a year for her small-claims court show, TV Guide reported.

David Letterman's salary for being star of the chat program "Late Show with David Letterman" is $28 million, while "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" emcee Jay Leno gets $25 million and "Today" host Matt Lauer earns $21.5 million.

Simon Cowell, lead judge on "The X Factor," technically takes home more money than anyone -- a total of about $90 million a year -- when his earnings from producing and owning other projects are taken into consideration, the New York Daily News said.

The highest-paid actor in a scripted drama is Mark Harmon of "NCIS," who earns $500,000 an episode, while Mariska Hargitay of "Law & Order: SVU" is the highest-paid actress, raking in $385,000 an episode, TV Guide said.

JOAN RIVERS: Joan Rivers chained herself to a shopping cart at a Costco in Burbank, Calif., to protest the chain store's refusal to sell the 79-year-old comedian's new book.


Costco declined to carry Rivers' memoir "I Hate Everyone ... Starting with Me," which has made The New York Times bestseller list, because foul language appears on the book's cover.

Burbank store spokesman Drew Sugars told the Los Angeles Times Rivers was talking about her book while chained to the cart Tuesday and refused to leave until police were called.

"She had a whole entourage," Sugars told the newspaper. "Sounds like a staged media event."

Police arrived on the scene and Rivers left peacefully. The Times said no summonses were issued or arrests made.

RYAN LOCHTE: U.S. swim champ Ryan Lochte has been flooded with offers from various reality shows since he won five gold medals at the London Olympics, his agent said.

"I cannot tell you the exact shows, but two different reality-show concepts have been offered and one additional is being discussed," the 28-year-old athlete's representative, Erika Wright, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Wright said Lochte, who is from Rochester, N.Y., is also being offered endorsement deals, including contracts with fashion houses, while comedian-actor-writer-producer Will Ferrell wants him to appear in a comedy video on his Funny or Die Web site.


"I can say things have been quite busy for team Lochte, heating up fast and furious since the Olympics," Wright told THR.

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