Usher Misses Charity Game Due To Exhaustion

R&B singer Usher was forced to pull out of this past weekend's 'NSYNC-sponsored "Challenge For The Children II" charity basketball game after he passed out in a New York City recording studio.

Usher was hospitalized last week after the incident, which his manager-mother Jonnetta Patton has diagnosed as the result of dehydration and exhaustion. Usher Raymond is currently in NYC to finish up recording his third studio album, which is due out on October 31.

"Usher was under a doctor's care for exhaustion and dehydration," Patton said in a statement. "His doctors have prescribed strict bed rest for two weeks and lots of fluids. He would like his fans to know that he is fine and hopes to be back on his feet soon."

In addition to bowing out of the "Challenge For The Children II" event (see "'NSYNC To Hoop It Up With Joe, Aaliyah For Charity"), Usher also had to nix plans for a three-day photo shoot for the

new album cover.

Usher's new, as-yet-untitled record features production work from the likes of Jermaine Dupri, Babyface, and She'kspere.

After appearing in such films as "She's All That," "Light It Up," and "The Faculty" in between music projects, Usher's focus will shift back to the big screen in January, when his new cinematic project, "Texas Rangers," which also features James Van Der Beek and Dylan McDermott, is set for release.