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CSI star William Petersen is rushed to a hospital after a health scare on the set of CSI: Vegas

CSI star William Petersen is rushed to a hospital after suffering a health scare on the set of CSI: Vegas

  • Peterson, 68, fell ill Friday while filming CSI: Vegas in Los Angeles
  • He was taken to a hospital via ambulance out of an abundance of caution
  • A representative for the actor says he has been released and is doing better now
  • They attributed to health scare to exhaustion after several weeks straight of long days on set
  • Petersen starred CSI supervisor Gil Grissom on the original series and leads the new sequel limited series CSI: Vegas


Longtime CSI star William Petersen had to be taken to a hospital via ambulance  on Friday after he fell ill on the set of his iconic CBS series.

The 68-year-old actor was hard at work filming the limited series epilogue CSI: Vegas at the time, TMZ reported on Sunday. 

A representative for Petersen said he was on the show’s Los Angeles set when he started feeling under the weather.

Under the weather: CSI star William Petersen, 68, was rushed to a hospital on Friday after falling ill on the Los Angeles set of his limited series CSI: Vegas, TMZ reported on Sunday.; seen in 2019 in Santa Monica

Petersen then reportedly told the episode’s director that he had to stop working.

His condition apparently seemed serious enough to warrant an ambulance ride to a nearby hospital, though the actor’s representative said it was mainly called to be on the safe side. 

Since then, the CSI mainstay has been released from the hospital and seems to be on the mend.

His representative attributed the health scare to ‘overexertion or exhaustion,’ as he’s been working for the past 12 weeks on his series, and film and television crews tend to work long hours. 

On the mend: A rep for Petersen said he has been released and is doing better now. They attributed his illness to 'overexertion or exhaustion' from working 12 weeks straight of long days; still from CSI

On the mend: A rep for Petersen said he has been released and is doing better now. They attributed his illness to ‘overexertion or exhaustion’ from working 12 weeks straight of long days; still from CSI

Petersen is most identified with his lead role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which he began starring on in 2000.

He played CSI graveyard shift supervisor Gil Grissom for the show’s first nine seasons, and later returned several times throughout later seasons, including for the finale TV movie Immortality. 

Although the series featured plenty of traditional police work, it also showed the investigators using their brains and science to help solve crimes through their detailed physical investigations.

Iconic: Petersen is most identified with his lead role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which he began starring on in 2000, after making a name for himself in 1980s crime film classics

Iconic: Petersen is most identified with his lead role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which he began starring on in 2000, after making a name for himself in 1980s crime film classics

Petersen initially rose to fame with lead roles in the crime classics To Live And Die In L.A. (1985) and Manhunter (1986) the first film to feature the character Hannibal Lecter.

Although he committed to television with the CSI franchise in the past two decades, he still appeared sporadically in films, with his most recent role being in the apocalyptic rom-com Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World.

Petersen has also maintained a stable presence in live theater as a member of the prestigious Chicago-based Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and he co-founded the Remains Theater Ensemble.

Last month, CBS announced that his series CSI: Vegas would premiere on the network on October 6, 2021. 

Coming soon: He's currently reviving his CSI character for CSI: Vegas, a sequel limited series to the original show. It's set to premiere on October 6, 2021; still from CSI

Coming soon: He’s currently reviving his CSI character for CSI: Vegas, a sequel limited series to the original show. It’s set to premiere on October 6, 2021; still from CSI

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