US singer Jarreau's health 'improving' in French hospital
US singer Al Jarreau's health is improving, doctors said Sunday in the French hospital treating him after he fell ill as he was about to go on stage.
"The state of his health is improving," said a spokesman at the hospital in the southern city of Marseille. "The problem is that he wants to get out but doctors plan to keep him here for another few days."
Jarreau -- whose jazz, pop and soul songs have won him seven Grammy awards -- was about to begin a festival concert on Thursday at Barcelonette in the French Alps when he was taken ill with an unduly rapid heart beat.
The 70-year-old was in a critical condition when he was transported by helicopter to an intensive care unit in nearby Gap -- where he was treated for breathing and heart problems -- but his condition later stabilised.
He was transferred on Saturday to a larger hospital in Marseille.
The Milwaukee-born singer's lengthy career has encompassed many musical styles. He has won Grammy Awards in the genres of jazz, pop and rhythm and blues and released more than 20 albums between 1975 and 2009.
Jarreau's affable ever-smiling personality and range of musical styles have made him popular with a wide audience all around the world.
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