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Friday, July 23, 2010
Jazz Musician Al Jarreau Hospitalized, Listed in Critical Condition | TheCelebrityCafe.com
Jarreau collapsed during a concert on Thursday night in Barcelonnette, France
There are only two recording artists in the history of the music industry to have been awarded with Grammys in three separate musical categories. One is the late “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, and the other is Al Jarreau, who has been honored in the categories of jazz, pop and R&B.
According to Reuters in the UK, Jarreau collapsed during a concert on Thursday night in Barcelonnette, France as a result of respiratory problems. While he was preparing to perform at the jazz festival, he experienced a dangerously fast heartbeat and received treatment at the concert venue for multiple hours. The “Boogie Down” singer was eventually transported to an intensive care unit via helicopter.
Deputy head of the Gap hospital, Maurice Marchetti, commented on Jarreau’s condition by saying, “He was rushed to the hospital ... his condition is critical. He’s in intensive care. He is still conscious but slightly drowsy because of the medication and the breathing apparatus.”
CNN has reported encouraging news courtesy of the singer’s publicist, who released a statement on Friday that reads, “He is now awake and his first question was to enquire about his wife, Susan, and his second question was to ask about his tour dates. He is always thinking about other people.”
Fortunately, Jarreau’s condition has been stabilized and he hopes to return to performing in the near future.