Citing exhaustion, the comic checked into an L.A. emergency room

By Sara Hammel
July 18, 2007 07:45 AM

Dave Chappelle checked into to an emergency room in an undisclosed Los Angeles hospital Saturday because he was suffering from exhaustion, his rep confirmed Tuesday.

The comedian, 33, was treated and released a few hours later, said publicist Carla Sims, the Associated Press reports.

“It was exhaustion; he had been traveling,” she said. “He’s fine.”

Sims declined to provide further details, including the name of the hospital.

In May 2005, Chappelle generated headlines when he walked out on a $50 million Comedy Central contract and abandoned his Chappelle’s Show in mid-production.

As was eventually revealed, he spent two weeks in Durban, South Africa, before returning to his farm – and his wife and two children – in Ohio. “I’m definitely stressed out,” he told Time magazine a week after he disappeared. He called his escape to South Africa a “spiritual retreat.”

Chappelle has since resumed performing live standup, and in April broke the endurance record at the Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles by performing his routine for more than six hours, the AP reports.