US singer Al Jarreau to move to Marseille hospital

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US singer Al Jarreau was in a stable condition Saturday and would be transferred to a larger hospital in Marseille in southern France, health officials said.

The veteran performer has been hospitalised since Thursday in the Alpine town Gap where thanked the staff for "saving his life", a health official said.

He will be moved to Marseille where he should "rest for two or three days," the official added.

Jarreau -- whose jazz, pop and soul songs have won him seven Grammy awards -- was about to begin a festival concert late Thursday in Barcelonette in the French Alps when he was taken ill with an unduly rapid heart beat.

The 70-year-old wa in a "critical" condition when he arrived at the intensive care unit in Gap but his condition subsequently stabilised.

© 2010 AFP

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