Chappelle Treated for Exhaustion

Comedian "fine" after weekend hospital visit
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2007 6:07 PM CDT
Comedian Dave Chappelle is shown in this 2006 file photo in Los Angeles. Chappelle was hospitalized over the weekend for exhaustion, his publicist said Tuesday. The 33-year-old comedian checked into an...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Dave Chappelle, the sketch comedian who's famous for finding success stressful, was
hospitalized for exhaustion over the weekend. His publicist suggested the comedian’s travel schedule was the reason for an emergency room visit Saturday. In May 2005, Chappelle caused a media uproar when he abruptly walked away from his highly rated Comedy Central show, despite a $50-million contract.

Chappelle disappeared, then denied reports that he was being treated at a mental health center in South Africa, where he says he was seeking rest and a respite from fame. Earlier this year, he set a new record with six hours of stand-up at LA’s Laugh Factory comedy club.