Ray J's Hospital Stay for "Exhaustion" Ends

By McCarton Ackerman 05/23/12

Doctors clear the singer after he was found "extremely disoriented" in a hotel room.

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Going to the hospital for being really, really tired is catching. Celebrities like Rihanna have long used the "exhaustion" card to justify their emergency room visits, and now singer/reality star Ray J can be added to the list. The 31-year-old was released from a Las Vegas hospital earlier this morning, after being admitted on Monday for "exhaustion and jet lag" following the Billboard Music Awards. A friend entered Ray J's hotel room the morning after the show, found him "extremely disoriented" and unable to get out of bed, and called paramedics. But Ray J's rep said that the singer truly was exhausted after a 32-hour flight from China—where he performed a concert—and a four-hour drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas the next day to attend the awards show. The rep said that doctors gave Ray J the all-clear after he underwent a variety of tests “to make sure that he did not have a blood clot in his lungs, which is potentially a deadly condition that can occur following a long haul plane flight." Ray J dated Whitney Houston on-and-off for several years after her 2007 divorce from Bobby Brown and has reportedly been struggling to cope with the death of the music legend. But the Houston family hasn't taken kindly to the singer, feeling he was a bad influence on her. Houston's sister-in-law even reportedly threatened to call security after finding out she would be sitting next to him at the awards show.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.