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Cat Power hospitalized, substance abuse not suspected

Jason Oliva

Cat Power at McCarren Park Pool, Brooklyn

The singer was released this weekend, cites undisclosed reasons

Cat Power was hospitalized over the weekend in Miami for undisclosed reasons. The 40-year old singer-songwriter has since been released. Born Chan Marshall, Cat Power has struggled in the past with substance abuse, but according to Matador, the singer’s record label, her hospitalization was unrelated to past issues.

Cat Power’s latest album “Sun” was released September 3, 2012, and a representative from Matador said that Cat Power is “doing well” and that “everything is on schedule,” in reference to the singer’s upcoming world tour set to begin in Miami.

From her hospital bed at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Cat Power tweeted images of her food, saying, “Hospital food has never been so good.” She even went on to post an image of her discharge packet upon release Sunday.

In 2006, Cat Power cancelled a tour after the release of her album “The Greatest.” Shortly after she checked herself into the Miami hospital’s psychiatric ward after suffering a nervous breakdown related to alcohol abuse. Up until then, the singer struggled to keep her head right, often deflecting thoughts of suicide.

In an interview with The New York Times she said, “I was looking at death. I wanted to die.”

Cat Power has long since recovered and has even admitted that she “enjoys life a whole lot more than I used.”

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