American Idol Star Hospitalized Again

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March 11, 2011 | 7:35am EST

American Idol producers were forced to go on air without one of the show’s most high-profile contestants on Thursday after Casey Abrams was admitted to hospital for the second time in as many weeks.
Abrams received medical treatment late last month after suffering stomach pains and he checked into hospital in Los Angeles again this week, missing Thursday’s results show.

Host Ryan Seacrest explained Abrams’ absence by telling viewers, “He is unfortunately sick and in the hospital right now.”

The singer later posted a message on his page to reveal he underwent a blood transfusion at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is “feeling better”.

No details about his condition have been revealed, but he is rumored to be suffering from inflammatory bowel condition ulcerative colitis.