Hospitalised jazz veteran Al Jarreau is making slow progress in his battle with illness - his condition has been downgraded from critical to stable following his collapse on Thursday (22Jul10).
The Grammy Award winner, 70, was airlifted to a hospital in France after suffering breathing difficulties and fainting moments before he was due to perform at a music festival in Barcelonnette.
He was treated in the intensive care unit at a medical centre in Gap, south east France, but he had regained consciousness by Friday afternoon (23Jul10) and has been taken off the critical list.
Hospital spokesperson Pierre-Yvan Simonoviez says, "His condition stabilised by late morning but remains worrying... He is conscious, awake but tired."