Brown had severe chest pains Tuesday night and was admitted to Tarzana Regional Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley.
"This morning they did diagnose him as suffering from a mild heart attack ... they attributed (it) to stress and diet," said his attorney, Phaedra Parks, in Atlanta.
His father and brother stayed with Brown. He was released Wednesday morning in good condition, Parks said. "He is in great spirits, he's doing very well," she said. "He's speaking with family members." Brown thanked fans for their good wishes and hoped to make a scheduled performance Saturday in Los Angeles, his attorney said.
That must've been one mild heart attack.
Brown, 38, lives in Southern California. He is the former husband of Whitney Houston and is seeking custody of their teenage daughter.
YOUR DAILY BRITNEY UPDATE: At some point, even Britney Spears is going to get sick of hearing about Britney Spears.
Nevertheless, there is some news to report. Jive Records announced Wednesday that Spears' new CD, "Blackout," will be released two weeks early, on Oct. 30, citing Internet leaks. Which really means they want the record out before their top-shelf star goes on a four-state killing spree.
Spears' new song, "Gimme More," just jumped from No. 68 to No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 last week -- despite the pop star's daily nuttiness, er, personal woes.
TMZ.com reported Wednesday that an "insider" told Life & Style magazine that Spears hit Federline "several times during their marriage," and her violent tendencies were why he asked the judge to order her not to use corporal punishment on their kids. An unnamed person in Spears' camp said "This is just another attempt to make Britney look like a bad mom."
DANNY PARTRIDGE ON DEFENSE: Former "Survivor" contestant Jonny Fairplay sued Danny Bonaduce on Tuesday, alleging battery and emotional distress after Bonaduce tossed Fairplay over his shoulder at a recent reality television awards show.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, also named the producers of the awards show, the Fox Reality Channel. Fairplay, whose real name is Jon Dalton, was presenting an award at Fox's "Really Awards" on Oct. 2, when Bonaduce unexpectedly approached him onstage.
When Fairplay ran and jumped into his arms, Bonaduce tossed him over his shoulder. Fairplay hit the floor head first and was hospitalized for injuries to his face and mouth.
Fairplay, 33, wants damages for medical expenses, emotional distress, lost earnings and punitive damages. And because he can. The D.A.'s office didn't press charges, because his "actions fell within the realm of self-defense," Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Boxer wrote last week.
THE HASS OFF THE WAGON: Recovering alcoholic David Hasselhoff was hospitalized Tuesday after suffering a relapse of alcoholism.
The "Baywatch" star checked himself into an unnamed clinic. He was expected to be released Wednesday, Hasselhoff's representative Judy Katz confirmed to TMZ.com.
Hasselhoff won full custody of his two teenage daughters following a bitter court battle with ex-wife Pamela Bach in June. It's unclear what effect his hospitalization will have on this custody arrangement. He addressed his alcohol abuse earlier this year after his teenage daughter videotaped him slurring words while lying on the floor eating in a Las Vegas hotel.
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD NOMINEES: Anti-war writer, former U.S. poet laureate and Berkeley resident Robert Hass is a finalist for the National Book Award for his "Time and Materials," which includes several poems critical of the Iraq invasion.
Fiction nominees include Mischa Berlinski for "Fieldwork," Lydia Davis for "Varieties of Disturbance," Joshua Ferris for "Then We Came to the End," Denis Johnson for "Tree of Smoke," and Jim Shepard for "Like You'd Understand, Anyway."
Winners in the four competitive categories -- fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature -- each receive $10,000. The results will be announced at a Nov. 14 ceremony in Manhattan.
Here is the the complete list of nominees:
Fiction: Joshua Ferris for "Then We Came to the End," Lydia Davis for "Varieties of Disturbance," Mischa Berlinski for "Fieldwork," Denis Johnson for "Tree of Smoke" and Jim Shepard for "Like You'd Understand Anyway."
Nonfiction: Edwige Danticat for "Brother, I'm Dying," Christopher Hitchens for "God Is Not Great," Arnold Rampersad for "Ralph Ellison: A Biography," Woody Holton for "Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution" and Tim Weiner for "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA."
Poetry: Robert Hass for "Time and Materials," Linda Gregerson for "Magnetic North," David Kirby for "The House on Boulevard St.," Stanley Plumly for "Old Heart" and Ellen Bryant Voigt for "Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006."
Young People's Literature: Sherman Alexie for "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," Brian Selznick for "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," Kathleen Duey for "Skin Hunger," M. Sindy Felin for "Touching Snow" and Sara Zarr for "Story of a Girl."
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