Amy Winehouse Struck with Emphysema

Frail singer vows to enter rehab to battle fatal disease
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2008 11:23 AM CDT
Amy Winehouse sings in concert.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Amy Winehouse has emphysema and may soon be crippled if she keeps smoking crack, her father told the Sunday Mirror yesterday. Winehouse, 24, was diagnosed with the fatal disease after fainting in her London home this week. A terrified Winehouse, who faces the prospect of a permanent oxygen mask, has vowed to go into rehab.

"To think this could be my beautiful 24-year-old daughter's life is preposterous," her father said. "But if drugs mean more to her than breathing properly, then so be it. But the doctors have told her if she goes back to smoking drugs it won't just ruin her voice, it will kill her."