US jazz singer Al Jarreau critically ill: French hospital

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Veteran US jazz singer Al Jarreau was in a "critical" condition Friday in a French hospital where he was admitted for respiratory problems, health officials said.

Jarreau, 70, who has won several Grammy awards and scores of international music prizes, was taken to the intensive care unit of a clinic in the southern Alpine town of Gap late Thursday, the hospital said in a statement.

"Doctors are concerned about his condition," it said. "He is being given appropriate treatment and they hope to see an improvement in the coming hours."

Jarreau had been due to give a concert at a festival in nearby Barcelonnette.

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.

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