Former "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard has been hospitalized just as his new album hits the stores.

Former "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard has been hospitalized just as his new album hits the stores. Studdard, 26, was in his Birmingham, Ala., hometown last night (Nov. 22) when he fell ill and was taken to the hospital, according to a J Records spokesperson.

Exhaustion was to blame, although more tests were due to be performed. Studdard will likely remain hospitalized through the end of the week, forcing him to cancel promotional activity for his sophomore album, "I Need an Angel." The set was released today.

The artist was scheduled to perform Friday and Saturday at Caesars Atlantic City in New Jersey. According to the spokesperson, Studdard went to the hospital on his own and had been feeling sick over the last two weeks.


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