A little over a year after Amy Winehouse died of alcohol intoxication, her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, is reportedly in a substance-abuse-related coma, according to the Guardian. The onetime video production assistant’s current partner, Sarah Aspin, found him choking in bed and apparently suffering from organ failure on Friday and had him rushed to a hospital.
“The doctors said they put him in a coma to help him and due to infection,” Aspin, who is the mother of Fielder-Civil’s 15-month-old son, told the U.K. tabloid the Sun. “I’m praying he’ll survive, but I’m having to prepare myself that he may never wake up.”
Fielder-Civil has had a long and public history with drug abuse that he shared with Winehouse, his spouse from 2007 to 2009. During that period, he served time in prison for attempting to pervert a court of justice, and since then he returned to jail on charges of burglary and possession of an imitation firearm. Fielder-Civil is receiving none of Winehouse’s multimillion dollar estate.
On Thursday of last week, Aspin claims Fielder-Civil met with a probation service before joining a friend for a drink. He came home slurring his speech, so she put him to bed, believing he may have taken drugs as well. When she woke up the next day, he was choking on his tongue.
“I am devastated, just devastated, at what has happened,” Aspin told the Sun. “I just want to cry all the time — but I have to be strong for our son, Jack.”
Despite the fact that Winehouse’s father, Mitch, blasted his daughter’s onetime beau in his new memoir, he tweeted, “Terrible news about Blake this morning. Remember Amy loved him. Let’s pray for his recovery.”
On the anniversary of Winehouse’s death, SPIN dug out rare footage of the singer shot by Fielder-Civil.