Wyclef Jean treated for exhaustion

Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:44pm EDT
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MIAMI (Reuters) - Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean was hospitalized during the weekend to treat exhaustion, his publicist said on Monday.

"He has already been released and is at home recuperating," spokeswoman Marian Salzman said. "He will be back to work in about a week, and until then the family requests that he be allowed to genuinely rest."

Salzman would not say where he was hospitalized.

The two-time Grammy Award winner has been busy working on a new album and recently waged a campaign to run for president in his native Haiti. But Haiti's electoral council ruled last month that he failed to meet a requirement that presidential candidates maintain five consecutive years of residency in the country before running.

Jean was born in Haiti but moved to New York with his family at age 9 and now lives in New Jersey. He said previously that his new album, due for release next year, would be titled "If I were President, the Haitian Experience."

(Reporting by Jane Sutton, editing by Philip Barbara)

<p>Haitian singer Wyclef Jean, a candidate for the next presidential election in Haiti, attends a news conference before his concert at the Antilliaanse Feesten music festival in Hoogstraten, August 13, 2010. REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet</p>