September 27, 2010 / 8:47 PM / 7 years ago

Wyclef Jean treated for exhaustion

MIAMI (Reuters) - Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean was hospitalized during the weekend to treat exhaustion, his publicist said on Monday.

<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>

“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

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