CSI: Vegas star William Petersen hospitalised due to exhaustion on set

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Photo credit: Frederick M. Brown - Getty Images
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CSI: Vegas actor William Petersen was taken to hospital on Friday (August 20) after feeling unwell on set.

The star, who is reprising his role as Gil Grissom from the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in the spin-off show, was briefly hospitalised after feeling unwell on the set of the sequel series.

A representative for Petersen has confirmed (via People) that the 68-year-old actor was taken to the hospital "as a precautionary measure", saying: "He is exhausted from long hours on set for the past 12 weeks and was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure."

Petersen has since been released from hospital and is now recovering. Digital Spy has reached out to CBS for comment.

Photo credit: Frederick M. Brown - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frederick M. Brown - Getty Images

Petersen played the role of Gil Grissom in the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation from its start in 2000 until he departed from the main series case in season nine, reprising his role occasionally for guest appearances over the next few seasons.

He will now return to the series in the new CSI: Vegas spin-off, set to premiere on October 6 on CBS, which he will also executive produce as well as star in.

Petersen received a Golden Globe nomination in 2004 for his performance in the show, and the ensemble cast picked up the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2005.

Petersen also has three consecutive Emmy Awards nominations for his role as a producer on CSI under his belt.

Photo credit: Sonja Flemming - CBS
Photo credit: Sonja Flemming - CBS

Original CSI cast member Jorja Fox is also returning to the new show as Sara Sidle, which will see Grissom and Sidle working with colleagues from the past and new recruits in the Las Vegas PD.

Wallace Langham, who played lab tech David Hodge, will also reprise his role alongside newcomers to the franchise Matt Lauria, Paula Newsome, Mel Rodriguez and Mandeep Dhillon.

The series' official synopsis reads: "Facing an existential threat that could bring down the Crime Lab, a brilliant new team of forensic investigators must welcome back old friends and deploy new techniques to preserve and serve justice in Sin City."

In a first look teaser for the show, Petersen teased his role, saying: "I am excited to get back to Grissom again. The way we solved crimes 20 years ago is a lot different than the way they solve crimes now."

CSI: Vegas is set to premiere in the US on October 6 on CBS. No UK broadcaster has yet been announced.

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