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Singer Al Jarreau has been hospitalized for precautionary breathing issues in France. We found a press release on his site:

To his fans and supporters, Al sends out a warm hello from the small French town of Gap. Last night, July 22, during his pre-concert warmup routine, Al decided to take precautionary measures and admit himself into the hospital, after his body did not adjust normally to mountain altitude. He was scheduled to perform in Barcelonette later in the evening.

As of Friday evening Central European Time, he is in good spirits, once again asking about local dishes he can sample, and looking forward to getting back out on the road. In the meantime, he is thankful for the excellent medical care he has been receiving in Barcelonette and Gap.

Al greatly values the opportunity he has to share his music and joy with fans around the world, and plans to rest a few days, then continue his excellent adventure at next Thursday’s performance in Nuremburg.

The Official Press Release from his European Agent is below:

On arrival in Barcelonette, which is up in the mountains, on Wednesday 21st July, Al became weak from the altitude and unfortunately was not able to perform his concert in Barcelonette the next day.

Al was admitted to an intensive care unit in hospital. 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).

Al is now in a stable condition, and upon medical advice has been advised not to perform, to allow him time to recover. He is hoping to recommence his tour on 29th July at the Serenadenhof in Nurnberg, Germany.

Al deeply regrets having been forced to cancel these 4 concerts and thus disappointing his fans, but is looking forward to returning to perform in these cities some time in the future.