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Fantasia's Overdose -- Aspirin and Sleep Aid

8/10/2010 5:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Fantasia Barrino's overdose last night was caused by a combination of aspirin and a sleep aid ... this according to the "American Idol" champ's manager.

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The rep just released a statement saying Fantasia ingested the medication after feeling "overwhelmed by the lawsuit and the media attention" surrounding her relationship with her on-again, off-again boyfriend Antwaun Cook ... who happens to be married.

The statement continues, "Last night, Fantasia was hospitalized. She took an overdose of aspirin and a sleep aid. Her injuries are not life threatening. She was dehydrated and exhausted at the time. Fantasia is stable now. She will be released from the hospital soon."

The rep also explains that Fantasia "believed" Antwaun Cook  when he told her "he was not happy in his marriage [to Paula Cook] and his heart was not in it."

Here's the statement in its entirety:

Fantasia has always been an open book. Honesty, self-respect, and personal responsibility are values she wears proudly.

Fantasia believed Mr. Cook when he told her he was not happy in his marriage and his heart was not in it. She believed him when he told her he and Mrs. Cook separated in the late summer of 2009. She believed Mr. Cook when he told her he lived elsewhere.


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He even took her there. One of Mr. Cook’s most redeeming qualities was his complete devotion to his children. Fantasia fell in love with Mr. Cook and believed that he loved her.

Fantasia and Mr. Cook dated on and off for about eleven months. The pressure of the constant media attention was hard on their relationship. Fantasia gave inconsistent interviews about the status of her relationship with Mr. Cook because sometimes they were on and sometimes they were off.

When they were on, they spent most of their time together when she was not traveling with work.
Fantasia read Mrs. Cook’s Complaint against Mr. Cook for the first time yesterday. She knows some of the allegations in Mrs. Cook's complaint are totally false. There are others she strongly doubts. There is plenty she does not know.

Fantasia is heartbroken and is sorry for any pain she may have caused.

Yesterday, she was totally overwhelmed by the lawsuit and the media attention. Last night, Fantasia was hospitalized. She took an overdose of aspirin and a sleep aid.

Her injuries are not life threatening. She was dehydrated and exhausted at the time. Fantasia is stable now. She will be released from the hospital soon. Fantasia is a fighter and a survivor. This is not the hardest thing Fantasia has endured.

Fantasia will be stronger, smarter, and better for it. Her work has always inspired her and served as a source of strength. Her new album, “Back To Me,” will be released on August 24th.

The lyrics to “I’m Here” say it best:
“I Believe I Have Inside Of Me
Everything That I Need To Live A Bountiful Life
With All The Love Inside Of Me
I’ll Stand As Tall As The Tallest Tree
And I’m Thankful For Each Day That I’m Given
Both The Easy And The Hard Ones I’m Livin’
But Most Of All
Yes, I’m Thankful For Lovin’ Who I Really Am”

Fantasia sends her praise to God and her eternal gratitude to her fans, friends, and family.

God is good.
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nita    

shame!

1512 days ago
2.

nita    

Keith! stfu! love you Fantasia, GET WELL!

1512 days ago
3.

StarryStarryNight    

the old saying about earrings...

the bigger the loop the bigger the ho.

1512 days ago
4.

Sharon Frye    

There befor the grace of god, leave the poor girl alone!

1512 days ago
5.

Sin D    

Don't know her, don't watch the show...I just hope she is OK. Any post after this one that is negative....just stop it.

1512 days ago
6.

Nancye    

She didn't win bc she's black. That's crazy! She was a standout from the beginning.

1512 days ago
7.

Ehécatl    

Isn´t this just an attention-seeking stunt to put her name into the papers for the release of her new CD?

1512 days ago
8.

Shug    

What happened to "she will get through this with her faith" blah blah blah?? God tell her it would go away with a bunch of asprin and Ambien?? God Poser!

1512 days ago
9.

Are you sure?    

Dehydrated? Does that mean drunk?

1512 days ago
10.

StarryStarryNight    

they just said on tmz live that she was embarrassed by what was being said.

gmab.

1512 days ago
11.

Shame    

Sounds like Guilt to me...

1512 days ago
12.

Bubba    

Who the hell cares? She got her 15 minutes, now put her back in nowheresville where she's been and belongs again. Why doesn't TMZ report on every nobody who OD'ed on aspirin? How 'bout covering actual celebrities?

1512 days ago
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Shug    

The statement goes on to say, "Fantasia will weather this storm with the dignity and grace that she has exemplified throughout a life in which she has repeatedly overcome obstacles and challenges. Fantasia's faith in God, herself and family remain as strong as ever."

So much for dignity and grace...faith in God and family doesnt seem real strong now.

1512 days ago
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ME    

A little hard to believe that it was aspirin (yeah right unless it was a whole frickin bottle) and a sleep aid. I've taken more than that at night and haven't had any "episodes" (codeine, morophine and a sleep aid hello still alive)!!!!!!!!

1512 days ago
15.

Are you sure?    

Sleeping with a married man and quoting the bible?

1512 days ago
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