William Petersen, star of CSI, hospitalized after feeling unwell on set
He was reportedly exhausted from long hours on set for the past 12 weeks
Longtime ‘CSI’ player and star of 'CSI Vegas', William Petersen was taken by ambulance to a hospital on Friday, August 19, after falling ill on the set. Peterson plays the role of Gil Grissom in the CBS drama series, for which he has won Screen Actors Guild Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. He was also nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards as a producer of the show. Petersen has also starred in the films like 'To Live and Die in L.A.' (1985), 'Manhunter' (1986), 'Young Guns II' (1990), 'Fear' (1996), 'The Contender' (2000), 'Detachment' (2011), and 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' (2012).
Petersen was shooting on the set when he started feeling ill and requested a break. But he apparently took a turn for the worse and was rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital. CBS has not commented as yet on the matter. In the past few months, the network has also canceled as well as renewed some of its shows. 'All Rise' got the axe while 'Big Brother' and 'Bull' Season 6 were renewed.
Is William Petersen OK?
"Billy wasn't feeling well on Friday," the actor's representative said in a statement on Sunday, Aug 22. "He is exhausted from long hours on set for the past 12 weeks. He was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure." His representative didn't disclose any additional details about William's health or what issues he experienced that led him to seek medical help.
'CSI: Vegas' is the sequel to the mothership 'CSI series', 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'. The sequel features returning CSI stars Petersen, Jorja Fox and Wallace Langham, who are joined by new series regulars Paula Newsome, Matt Lauria, Mel Rodriguez and Mandeep Dhillon. Kelly Kahl, CBS president expressed excitement for the project, and said at the time, "Twenty-one years ago, we launched CSI and watched in awe as this new cinematic series launched an entire genre and became a groundbreaking juggernaut that still has global resonance today."
"We are thrilled to welcome the next generation of forensic criminalists to the CSI brand and unite them with the legendary characters from the past who we still love, including the extraordinary Billy Petersen and Jorja Fox," he continued. "Crimefighting technology has advanced dramatically over the last several years, and combined with classic CSI storytelling, we can't wait to watch this new CSI team do what they do best: follow the evidence."