LOS ANGELES – Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston (search) got ill on an airliner bound for France and was taken Thursday to a Paris hospital for treatment of apparent food poisoning, her publicist said.
"Whitney Houston was rushed to a hospital in Paris because of severe vomiting. She was sick on the aircraft," said Nancy Seltzer (search), her Los Angeles publicist. "She is doing well. She has gastroenteritis."
Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and the intestines. Seltzer didn't know the source of the food poisoning.
Houston, 41, was traveling to Europe with a bodyguard when she fell ill, the spokeswoman said. When the aircraft landed as scheduled in Paris, the entertainer was taken to an undisclosed Paris hospital, where she was being treated in the emergency room.
The name of the airline and the hospital wasn't disclosed for security reasons.
It wasn't believed Houston would need to be admitted to the hospital, Seltzer said.
Houston is perhaps best known for her rendition of "I Will Always Love You" and her role in the film "The Bodyguard."