Yoko Ono hospitalized with flu-like symptoms: reports

New York (AFP) –


Yoko Ono, the Japanese-born singer, artist and widow of John Lennon, was hospitalized Friday in New York with flu-like symptoms, US media reported.

The 83-year-old went to the hospital on her doctor's recommendation, with what appeared to be "just an advanced case of the flu," her spokesman Elliot Mintz said, according to ABC News.

He made the announcement following rumors that the star had suffered a stroke.

"Only stroke @yokoono had was a Stroke of Genius! :-) She's really fine. Thanks for all the well wishes!" her son Sean Lennon posted on Twitter.

Mintz said that Ono could be released as early as Saturday, according to ABC.

She was admitted to New York's Mount Sinai West hospital after 9 pm (0200 GMT Saturday), he said.

Ono met her future husband Lennon, a member of The Beatles, in 1966 and the two eventually became constant romantic and artistic companions, famous for their "bed-ins" to protest the Vietnam War.

Ono last week released a remix album, "Yes, I'm a Witch Too," that features versions of her songs reworked with other artists.

Contributors include prominent alternative rockers Death Cab for Cutie, punk rocker turned dark electronic DJ Moby and her son Sean Lennon.