*Jazz singer Al Jarreau is in critical condition at hospital in France this morning with breathing problems after collapsing on stage the night before.
The 70-year-old artist collapsed during a concert in Barcelonnette in the southeast of France, and was suffering from respiratory problems, according to multiple reports. He was rushed to the intensive care unit of a clinic in the southern Alpine town of Gap late Thursday.
“He is still conscious but slightly drowsy because of the medication and the breathing apparatus,” said Maurice Marchetti, deputy head of the hospital at Gap. He described Jarreau’s condition as “worrisome.”
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.