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Richie Sambora's 'Bad Medicine'

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Richie Sambora

Seems Richie Sambora can't catch a break these days. Oh, wait . . . Just weeks after Heather Locklear filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, the Bon Jovi guitarist is nursing a broken left arm suffered during a nasty spill in his Los Angeles home. Now all he needs is some "bad medicine," stat.

Per the band's Website, the 46-year-old Sambora took the tumble last week. He was treated at a local hospital and his arm was put in a sling. The good news is Sambora's bad break will not force Bon Jovi to cancel the upcoming stadium dates.

The Japanese leg of the Jersey boys' "Have a Nice Day" World Tour, kicks off on April 8. Sambora is expected to be fully healed for those dates, as well as band's busy spring, which also includes a month long European swing launching in Dusseldorf on May 13 and finishing up at London's Wembley Stadium on June 11.

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Bon Jovi, touring in support of the its latest album, "Have a Nice Day," just wrapped the North American leg in Las Vegas on March 11. Even though he's supposed to make a full and fast recovery, we recommend Sambora hold on to his sling--it could gain him some sympathy points in his divorce tete-a-tete with Locklear.

According to papers Sambora filed two weeks ago, he wants joint custody of the couple's daughter, eight-year-old Ava Elizabeth and sought to enforce a prenuptial agreement signed before their 1997 wedding. The estranged spouses are seeking a private judge to handle the proceedings, which would enable them to avoid the prying eyes of the media and the public.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Film Set Mishap

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio suffered a minor leg injury while filming in Mozambique, his publicist said. The accident happened Friday, April 21 on the set of "Blood Diamond," Ken Sunshine said in a statement. He provided no details. DiCaprio "received medical attention and was back at work on Saturday, April 22," Sunshine said.

As a precaution, he was flown to the Nelspruit Medi-Clinic in neighboring South Africa for X-rays, the Johannesburg-based newspaper, The Citizen reported. He was accompanied by a medic and bodyguards, the paper said. Hospital officials were not immediately available to comment.

"Blood Diamond," a Warner Bros. Pictures action drama directed by Edward Zwick, went into production in South Africa and Mozambique in February. Set against the backdrop of Sierra Leone's bloody civil war, it tells the story of a South African mercenary, played by DiCaprio, and a local fisherman who join forces to recover a rare pink diamond.

The film also stars Academy Award-winner Jennifer Connelly as an American journalist and Djimon Hounsou as the Sierra Leonean fisherman.

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Medical Surgery News

Skynyrd Singer Undergoes Emergency Surgery

by Josh Grossberg

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Johnny Van Zant

Apparently, Johnny Van Zant couldn't stomach another day on the road. Lynyrd Skynyrd was forced to alter its touring plans after its frontman underwent an emergency operation on Thursday, May 18, to have his appendix removed.

According to the band's camp, the 46-year-old "Free Bird" singer went under the knife around 10 p.m. at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California after complaining of severe abdominal pain. He'll be out of commission for at least a week as part of his recuperation.

"Mr. Johnny Van Zant underwent surgery at Stanford University Hospital for appendicitis. He will remain hospitalized for the next one or two days recovering," physician James T. Badger said in a statement released by Skynyrd's publicist.

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After giving Van Zant an ultrasound on Thursday, doctors told him his appendix was inflamed and had to be taken out immediately, necessitating the surgery. As a result, the legendary Dixie rockers announced the cancellation of three stops on their latest trek.

Cancelled shows include Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California on Friday, a gig at the U.S. Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms, California on Saturday and a concert at Sunset Station Casino in Henderson, Nevada on Sunday. It's not yet known whether those dates will be made up.

"I would like to thank all my friends and fans who have expressed concern and sent their prayers," Van Zant said. "I look forward to getting back on the road." The crooner will also miss Tuesday's Academy of Country Music Awards. He and brother, Donnie, are up for Duo of the Year for their collaborative effort as "Van Zant."

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Lynyrd Skynyrd

After seven nominations, Lynyrd Skynyrd was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March. Upon accepting the honor, current band members paid touching tribute to Skynrd's original singer and Johnny's older brother, Ronnie Van Zant.

In one of music history's greatest tragedies, Ronnie Van Zant was killed in a plane crash in 1977, along with guitarist Steven Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines and road manager Dean Kilpatrick.

The group, famed for such classic rock staples as "Freebird," "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Gimme Three Steps," reunited in 1987 and soldiered on, with Johnny assuming vocal chores. They continue to be a workhorse on the road, playing hundreds of shows each year.

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Hospital News

Supremes' Mary Wilson Suffers Heart Attack

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'The Supremes' Mary Wilson

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Mary Wilson, a founding member of the '60s Motown group, The Supremes, suffered a heart attack on Tuesday, May 16, in her home in Las Vegas. Wilson, 62, remained hospitalized after being rushed to the hospital by a family member, complaining of chest pains, according to her publicist, Jay Schwartz.

Wilson suffers from hereditary high cholesterol, Schwartz said. The singer is scheduled to have elective heart bypass surgery on Monday, May 22. She encourages the public to have their cholesterol checked regularly, stressing prevention as the best course of action.

A Cultural Ambassador for the United States who performs over 150 concert dates per year, Mary sang alongside Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, topping the charts in the '60s with such hits as "Baby Love" and "Where Did Our Love Go." Wilson has been leading a fight in several states to stop copycat groups from profiting from established musical acts.

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'Dancing' Stacy Keibler's Seizure Scare

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'Dancing With the Stars' Stacy Keibler

NEW YORK, New York - "Dancing with the Stars" alum Stacy Keibler suffered a minor seizure at the ABC Upfronts -- the Fall schedule presentation to advertisers. Keibler was sent to the hospital on Tuesday, May 16, where doctors ran tests and released her with a clean bill of health.

"Stacy had a seizure Tuesday evening," according to statement released from Keibler's publicist. "She was taken to a hospital in New York City. The appropriate tests were performed. She checked out in good health."

Doctors told Keibler that she is allowed to do whatever activities she wants to and is not ill, her rep added. Contrary to reports, Keibler did not frighten anyone around her, as few people were actually nearby when she had the seizure.

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'7th Heaven' Geoff Stults

Keibler's boyfriend, "7th Heaven" actor Geoff Stults, was already scheduled to be in New York so he was by her side during her medical ordeal. Keibler's publicist noted the long-legged beauty is perfectly fine following her health scare and was back to an event by Thursday night.

Keibler is said to be "resuming her life as usual" and is currently in Baltimore this weekend to host the annual Preakness Stakes Celebration, the second leg in the Triple Crown of horse racing.

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Hospital News

TV Producer Aaron Spelling Suffers Stroke

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Aaron Spelling

LOS ANGELES, California - Prolific television producer Aaron Spelling, whose shows include "Beverly Hills 90210," "Dynasty," "Charlie's Angels," "Love Boat" and "Melrose Place," suffered a stroke over the weekend and was briefly hospitalized, his spokesman said.

Spokesman Kevin Sasaki said the 83-year-old Spelling, whose series helped shape prime time television and boost the careers of such stars as Heather Locklear and Nick Nolte, was being cared for at home. Sasaki said he had no details of the extent of the stroke but said that the fact he was released from the hospital was a positive sign.

Spelling is the father of actress Tori Spelling, who starred on "Beverly Hills 90210," and actor Randy Spelling. Among his other television series are "Fantasy Island," Burke's Law," "Starsky and Hutch" and "Hart to Hart."

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Hospital News

'Sixth Sense' Star Hospitalized After Crash

by Gina Serpe

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Haley Joel Osment

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, California -- He may see dead people, but roadside columns are a trickier beast for actor Haley Joel Osment. "The Sixth Sense" star was hospitalized in Pasadena early Thursday, July 20 after reportedly losing control of his car, hitting a brick pillar and flipping his vehicle.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, the 18-year-old actor was en route to his home in the Los Angeles suburb of La Canada-Flintridge at roughly 2:10 a.m. on Thursday when his 1995 Saturn--yes, Spielberg's former muse drives an 11-year-old car--jumped the curb, collided with a four-foot brick mailbox pillar and overturned before coming to a stop.

Sergeant Bob Patterson said that Osment was not wearing a seatbelt during the crash and looked "banged up and scraped up" when cops pulled him from the vehicle, though the "A.I." star was still alert and talking coherently. According to Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Greg Sisneros, the onetime Oscar nominee was alone in the car at the time of the accident and no other vehicles were involved.

Osment was admitted to Pasadena's Huntington Memorial Hospital, though there's no word on either his current condition or what caused him to lose control of his car in the first place. But the curse of the former child star may not be to blame: There are no signs that either drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, per the sheriff's department.

Osment, whose workload has dwindled with his age, recently wrapped production on the coming-of-age drama, "Home of the Giants." The actor stars as a fledgling journalist covering his high school basketball team's run for the state championship, only to uncover possible corruption among the players. The film is set for release later this year.

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Actor Daniel Baldwin Faces Charges After Crash

by Eric Berkowitz

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Daniel Baldwin

LOS ANGELES, California -- Actor Daniel Baldwin faces reckless driving charges after he drove a rented Ford Thunderbird at speeds of more than 80 mph through traffic and crashed into two parked cars on Wednesday, July 19, police said. Baldwin was examined at a hospital after complaining of back and neck pain.

Baldwin was detained for questioning after the crash, Officer Martha Garcia said. "He was not arrested," she said. "He was detained for questioning, then afterward they determined they were going to file charges. It was a misdemeanor and not a felony. If it were a felony, he would be arrested."

Shortly before 1 p.m. on Wednesday, police officers said they observed Baldwin's car traveling at more than 80 mph. The car weaved in and out of traffic and ran a red light before striking the two parked cars, including a Hummer that was pushed about 20 feet by the impact, authorities said.

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Daniel Baldwin

Baldwin refused to cooperate with a police officer, who drew his gun to get the actor to comply, Officer Jason Lee said. An unidentified woman in the car was not injured and went to the hospital with the actor, authorities said.

Baldwin, 45, was driving with a suspended license, said Lee, adding detectives planned to forward the case to the city attorney's office for misdemeanor charges. An after hours message left for Baldwin's attorney was not immediately returned.

Baldwin, brother of Alec, Stephen and William, has appeared in such films as "Car 54, Where Are You?" and "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman." He has also appeared in episodes of "NYPD Blue" and "Touched by an Angel."

In April, prosecutors declined to file felony charges against Baldwin after his arrest in a cocaine possession case. Police said they found the actor and another man in a Santa Monica hotel, along with cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

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Alcohol Suspected in Osment Crash

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department official tells "Access Hollywood" that they suspect alcohol was involved in the collision involving Haley Joel Osment early today. A blood sample was obtained after the young actor was taken to Pasadena's Huntington Memorial Hospital this morning. The sample will be tested and results will be known within three weeks.

If alcohol was indeed a factor, they will take the case to the District Attorney for prosecution. The sample will also be tested for the presence of drugs. Requests for a statement by "Access Hollywood" to Osment's manager have not yet been returned.

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'Sixth Sense' Star Hospitalized After Crash

by Gina Serpe

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Haley Joel Osment

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, California -- He may see dead people, but roadside columns are a trickier beast for actor Haley Joel Osment. "The Sixth Sense" star was hospitalized in Pasadena early Thursday, July 20 after reportedly losing control of his car, hitting a brick pillar and flipping his vehicle.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, the 18-year-old actor was en route to his home in the Los Angeles suburb of La Canada-Flintridge at roughly 2:10 a.m. on Thursday when his 1995 Saturn--yes, Spielberg's former muse drives an 11-year-old car--jumped the curb, collided with a four-foot brick mailbox pillar and overturned before coming to a stop.

Sergeant Bob Patterson said that Osment was not wearing a seatbelt during the crash and looked "banged up and scraped up" when cops pulled him from the vehicle, though the "A.I." star was still alert and talking coherently. According to Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Greg Sisneros, the onetime Oscar nominee was alone in the car at the time of the accident and no other vehicles were involved.

Osment was admitted to Pasadena's Huntington Memorial Hospital, though there's no word on either his current condition or what caused him to lose control of his car in the first place. But the curse of the former child star may not be to blame: There are no signs that either drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, per the sheriff's department.

Osment, whose workload has dwindled with his age, recently wrapped production on the coming-of-age drama, "Home of the Giants." The actor stars as a fledgling journalist covering his high school basketball team's run for the state championship, only to uncover possible corruption among the players. The film is set for release later this year.

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Celebrity Illness

Musician Freddy Fender Diagnosis: Incurable Cancer

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Freddy Fender

Musician Freddy Fender has incurable cancer, discovered after tumors were found on his lungs, and his wife said they are "hoping for a miracle."

"I feel very comfortable in my life," Fender told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times for a story published Wednesday. "I'm one year away from 70 and I've had a good run. I really believe I'm OK. In my mind and in my heart, I feel OK. I cannot complain that I haven't lived long enough, but I'd like to live longer."

Fender started his career in the late 1950s and hit the charts with "Before The Next Teardrop Falls," "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and "You'll Lose A Good Thing." He has won three Grammy Awards, the most recent in 2002.

He was to have surgery in early January to remove the upper left lobe of his lung because of a fungal infection, but surgeons found two large tumors and left the lobe intact. Fender underwent chemotherapy in late January but stopped because of its side effects. A scan later found nine more tumors.

He was resting at his home in Corpus Christi, said Vangie Huerta, his wife and manager, adding that she did not ask doctors to estimate how long he might live. Fender, who has canceled all performances, has decided to resume chemotherapy at a lower dosage.

"We can prolong his life with medication or chemo, but it's not a cure," his wife said. Fender received a kidney from his daughter in 2002 and a liver transplant in 2004. He has had problems with diabetes and hepatitis C.

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Hospital News

'My Sharona' Singer Undergoes Brain Surgery

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The Knack's lead singer Doug Fieger

The Knack lead singer Doug Fieger, perhaps best known for the 1979 hit, "My Sharona," underwent successful brain surgery on Thursday, August 3, his doctor reported. Fieger, 53, had two brain tumors removed during the operation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, publicist Guy McCain said.

Dr. John Yu said the surgery was successful and Fieger was expected to have a full recovery, McCain said in a statement. The Knack's upcoming concert tour has been postponed, McCain said. The tour had included stops August 11 at the Corbin Music Festival in Corbin, Kentucky and September 2 at the Oregon State Fair in Salem, Oregon.

The Knack were formed in 1978. Their albums include "Get the Knack" and ". . . But the Little Girls Understand." Singer/Songwriter Fieger has said that "My Sharona" was inspired by a girlfriend of four years.

"I had never met a girl like her ever," he told The Associated Press in a 1994 interview. "She induced madness. She was a very powerful presence. She had an insouciance that wouldn't quit. She was very self-assured . . . She also had an overpowering scent, and it drove me crazy."

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Accident and Hospital News

John Glenn Hospitalized After Car Accident

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former senator and astronaut John Glenn and his wife were recovering at a hospital on Saturday, August 5, after a car accident a day earlier, Glenn's former press secretary said.

Glenn, 85, and his wife, Annie, 86, were in fair condition on Saturday, August 5, at Grant Medical Center, nursing supervisor Louis Tejada said. They were expected to be released on Sunday, August 6, after a few final tests, said Dale Butland, a friend of the couple who formerly worked for Glenn.

Glenn and his wife were returning home from a fundraiser at a suburban Columbus country club late on Friday, August 4, when he tried to make a left turn onto a highway ramp, Butland said. "He saw a lot of cars in the distance, but did not see this car that was right up on him," Butland said.

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Former astronaut, Ohio Senator John Glenn arrives

at Grant Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

The oncoming car hit the front end of Glenn's car. The driver, Amy Myers of suburban New Albany, was not injured and told The Columbus Dispatch that Glenn was "very sincerely sorry." Police cited Glenn for failure to yield, Butland said.

Butland said Glenn was sore, especially in the chest where he was hit when his car's air bag deployed. He and his wife suffered bumps and bruises. "They are very, very grateful that nobody was hurt more seriously, including the other party involved in the accident," Butland said.

Glenn, who served in the Senate from 1974 to 1998, first made headlines in 1962, when he piloted the first manned orbital mission of the United States. He went back into space in 1998, at the age of 77.

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Thanks for the update, Rej! Please keep us posted if you hear anything further on this great man's progress. Can you tell how much respect I have for this man. He truly represents a generation and time in my life that was magical and carefree . . . okay, somewhat carefree.

It's nice to see someone own up to a mistake even an honest one but I wouldn't expect any less from this "Ah, Shucks" G.I. Joe-type of man. I'm not sure his politics and mine always agree but I do have a level of respect for the man and the manner in which he conducts his own life.

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Rehab News

Funnyman Robin Williams Tackles Serious Problem

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Robin Williams

Robin Williams has "found himself drinking again." In response, the Oscar-winning actor is taking "proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family," publicist Mara Buxbaum said Wednesday.

Williams, 54, began drinking again "after 20 years of sobriety," Buxbaum said. The announcement came in the wake of a National Enquirer story claiming the 54-year-old Williams recently checked into a rehab facility in Oregon run by the famed Hazelden program.

The statement from Williams' camp does not mention the R-word, and does not elaborate on what the "proactive measures" entail. Last week, Mel Gibson likewise eschewed the R-word in announcing that he'd "begun an ongoing program of recovery" in the wake of his infamous drunken-driving arrest.

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Robin Williams with his family

Williams' latest movie, the thriller "The Night Listener," opened last Friday, taking in an underwhelming $3.6 million over the weekend. According to the Internet Movie Database, the ever-industrious actor, who already starred this year in the family comedy "RV," has at least three more movies due out in 2006, including the animated feature, "Happy Feet."

Williams, who Oscar'd in 1998 for "Good Will Hunting," "looks forward to returning to work this fall to support his upcoming film releases," Buxbaum said. Long a family-friendly brand sold in hit comedies such as "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Patch Adams," Williams exposed a darker side in movies like "One Hour Photo."

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Robin Williams

"I'd been going dark and nasty, but the audience just didn't buy it," Williams said recently in the London Mirror. In his 1986 comedy album, "A Night at the Met," Williams riffs on alcohol, marijuana and cocaine--and why none are particularly productive hobbies.

In his personal life, Williams was believed to have ditched his hard-partying ways after the 1982 death of John Belushi. Williams, then 29, was one of the last people to see Belushi alive before the "Saturday Night Live" star's fatal drug overdose.

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Ann Curry Loses by a Nose

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Ann Curry attempts to cover up her broken nose live on 'The Today Show'

Ann Curry suffered a nasty injury Wednesday, August 30 on "Today." Nope, it didn't happen in the Middle East. It happened at 30 Rock in the Big Apple. Curry was going through a revolving door (this is not a veiled reference to talent) in between segments on the show, when she hit her face on the door, breaking her nose.

Curry finished the show with a broken schnoz. Curry, ever the trooper, did not show up for work on Thursday, August 31. But it's not because she's too vain or a wuss. Ann was in New Orleans, interviewing Brad Pitt.

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DeGeneres Escapes Injuries in L.A. Crash

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Ellen DeGeneres

LOS ANGELES, California -- Ellen DeGeneres walked away from a three-vehicle collision on Friday, September 1, caused by a suspected drunken driver, police said. "She had a little neck and back pain, but it doesn't look like it was anything serious," said Sgt. Ken Buscarino of the Los Angeles police said after Friday's accident.

The collision occurred just before 4 p.m. on Sunset Boulevard, Buscarino said. The talk-show host stopped her 2006 Porsche Carrera at a light, followed by a 2002 Buick Le Sabre with two men in their 20s. A 2002 Porsche Carrera driven by a 52-year-old woman slammed into the back of the Buick and caused a chain reaction, police said.

The woman was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and had minor cuts on her leg, police said. The two men in the Buick suffered scratches. DeGeneres' passenger, a woman in her mid-30s, complained of minor back pain. DeGeneres' car sustained moderate damage.

No one required medical attention at the scene, Buscarino said. Messages left for DeGeneres' representatives early Saturday were not returned.

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Courtesy TMZ.com

Lindsay Lohan was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital in New York late Friday night after breaking her left wrist at a Fashion Week party. The actress was attending an event at the Milk Studios in New York when she fell and broke her wrist in two places, says her rep, Leslie Sloane Zelnick. According to People, Lindsay's mother Dina Lohan drove in from her home on Long Island to meet her daughter in the hospital. (With regard to yesterday's report of Dina and Lindsay's spat at a restaurant, Sloane Zelnick tells TMZ that Lindsay "loves her mother very much" and wishes people "would leave her alone.") The accident is being investigated because Lindsay claims Milk Studios hadn't been careful enough in preventing people from slipping.

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Lindsay, Little Sister, and Mom Dana

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Update

Williams Checks Out of Rehab

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Robin Williams

Comedian Robin Williams has checked out of rehab and moved in with a sober friend in a bid to save his marriage to his wife Marsha. The "Good Will Hunting" Oscar winner, who is battling alcoholism after more than 20 years of sobriety, checked himself in Newberg, Oregon's Hazeldon Springbrook clinic in July. However, Williams is determined to win back his spouse so has moved in with a non-drinking friend "to ensure he doesn't fall off the wagon," reports British newspaper The Sun.

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'Scrubs' Actress Fractures Pelvis

Actress will be on crutches for a few weeks

September 25, 2006

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Judy Reyes on 'Scrubs'

Judy Reyes, who plays sassy nurse Carla on the medical comedy "Scrubs," found herself visiting the hospital in real life.

The actress had fallen accidentally at home and fractured her pelvis on Wednesday, Sept. 20, reports People.

At first, Reyes didn't think her injury was that serious and even went into work the next day.

"She had surgery to repair it on Thursday," says spokesperson Monique Ward. "She didn't realize it was as bad as it was and still went to work. Once there, she realized she needed medical treatment. She went to a hospital from the set. She's going to be fine."

Reyes will be released from the hospital on Monday.

Although she'll be on crutches for the next six weeks, she'll continue to shoot a few of the less taxing scenes, while the filming schedule is rearranged so she can complete the remainder later.

Reyes, 37, is also known for playing Tina Rivera on "Oz" and a homeless woman in the Hallmark Channel's "Our House" telefilm.

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Health News

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Reveals Illness

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Steven Tyler has apparently been living on the edge more than he previously let on. In an interview with "Access Hollywood" set to air Tuesday night, Aerosmith's sinewy singer reveals that he has quietly been battling hepatitis C, a blood-borne infection that can potentially lead to fatal liver damage, including cirrhosis or liver cancer.

Per the New York Daily News, the 58-year-old Tyler tells host Nancy O'Dell that he was diagnosed three years ago but had contracted hepatitis C several years earlier without manifesting any symptoms. He subsequently endured a year's worth of pills and injections containing the antiviral drug interferon.

"I've been pretty quiet about this," Tyler says, adding that his physician recommended he undergo the strict interferon regiment three years ago when the group took a break. "You know, it really hurt. It was a bad, bad period."

Now, though, the frontman says he's back in the saddle, health-wise. "It is nonexistent in my bloodstream . . . where it's like a complete cure," says Tyler.

The virus is often transmitted through dirty needles and typically affects addicts in high numbers. While there is no vaccine or known cure, hepatitis C can be controlled and even reduced in the bloodstream by powerful antiviral drugs such as interferon that strengthen the immune system.

No word on whether the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vocalist will discuss how he contracted hepatitis C , but he has long history of drug abuse.

Back in the late 1970s, he and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry were known as the Toxic Twins for their heavy consumption of drugs, including heroin. Their addictions got so bad the Boston band nearly took a permanent vacation from the rock scene two decades ago. But the group's masterminds cleaned themselves up and launched a hugely successful comeback in the late '80s.

Tyler also admits that his health crisis and subsequent treatment put a big strain on his 17-year marriage to fashion designer Teresa Barrick.

"I had a little problem at home, to say the least," the "Cryin'" crooner says on Access. "I would run upstairs at night, you know, to put the kids asleep and wake up at 3 in the morning with a nosebleed--you know, just passed out from the interferon, the treatment. It's a shot and pills and all of that. But the good news is I stood the test of time."

The couple, who have two teenage children, ended up divorcing last year. Tyler tells Access he plans to talk more openly about his struggle with hepatitis C in the future to raise public awareness.

"Hepatitis C is the one that, of all the people in this room, at least three have it and don't know it," he says. "It's the silent killer. I may go on Oprah and talk about this. I hope you don't mind me mentioning that."

The musician joins an estimated 4.5 million Americans who suffer from hepatitis C, including fellow celebs Pamela Anderson, Naomi Judd and Larry Hagman.

The disclosure caps a difficult year for the rocker. In March, Tyler underwent a successful procedure to repair a broken blood vessel on his right vocal cord, forcing Aerosmith to scrap 12 dates in the spring.

And one month ago, 54-year-old bassist Tom Hamilton revealed that he's being treated for throat cancer but planned to rejoin the band on the road in the coming weeks.

But Tyler is F.I.N.E. now. He's doing a guest shot Monday as Charlie Sheen's hard-partying neighbor on CBS' "Two and a Half Men," and Aerosmith is currently on the Route of All Evil tour with Motley Crue.

The jaunt is in support of "Devil's Got a News Disguise," Aerosmith's latest greatest hits compilation arriving in stores on October 10. The band plans to return to the studio to begin work on a new album in February.

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