Ed Asner taken to hospital due to exhaustion

By Steven Mitchell,

Emmy-award winner Ed Asner was hospitalized Tuesday due to shortness in breath during a performance.

According to E!, the actor was having trouble speaking his lines and was escorted off stage 15 minutes into his sold out, one-man show FDR. He was taken from the Marquette Pavilion to a nearby hospital via ambulance.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the 83-year-old was holding an acting class just a few hours before the incident at West Side Leadership Academy in Gary, Ind.. Asner got his show started 45 minutes late and it is unknown if his health had anything to do with it.

The show, FDR, has been touring the whole nation. Asner plays Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the one-man show.

His publicist, Charles Sherman, gave an update Wednesday reported by Reuters.

"He had to be taken off stage due to exhaustion and is resting comfortably at a Chicago-area hospital," Sherman said and “"is expected to be released later today,"

The award-winning actor is best known for his role on the sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Besides the one-man show, Asner voiced Carl Fredericksen in Pixar’s UP and was seen in HBO’s drama series Too Big to Fail.

Asner being hospitalized comes almost a week after his co-star on Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper revealed she has terminal breast cancer.



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