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It was the greatest barf of all. Or it least it felt that way to Whitney Houston.
The Grammy-winning diva was hospitalized in Paris Thursday after becoming violently ill on a transatlantic flight with what was apparently a nasty case of food poisoning.
"Whitney Houston was rushed to a hospital in Paris because of severe vomiting. She was sick on the aircraft," Houston's Los Angeles-based publicist, Nancy Seltzer, said in a statement. "She is doing well. She has gastroenteritis."
Gastroenteritis is doctorspeak for food poisoning. Per DrKoop.com, it is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines caused by bacteria and can cause diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
No word on what the offending meal might have been. Seltzer declined to mention what airline Houston was traveling.
Upon landing in Paris, the 41-year-old star was ushered to an undisclosed hospital by her bodyguard. She was treated in the emergency room and expected to be released within a few hours.
Houston has been working hard to get back to hit-making ways after troubled couple of years.
In December 2003, hubby Bobby Brown was busted for allegedly roughing Houston up during a domestic dispute. (Houston later said the whole thing was a misunderstanding, but Brown is still facing trial for the incident.) Then last March, Houston voluntarily checked herself into drug and alcohol rehab.
By the time July rolled around, however, she had regrouped to team with Natalie Cole and Dionne Warwick for a tour of Europe. She also played her first shows in China.
Warner Bros. just released a special-edition DVD of her blockbuster film The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner (which features her octave-shattering greatest hit, "I Will Always Love You"), and she will be seen alongside Brown in his upcoming reality TV show, Being Bobby Brown, which is scheduled to debut on Bravo this summer.
Houston is also due back in the studio next month to put the wraps on her first album since 2002's underwhelming Just Whitney. The album is being overseen by Houston's longtime mentor and J Records boss Clive Davis and is slated to drop by year's end.