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Hotel tycoon Leona Helmsley was released from a hospital Saturday, three days after she nearly collapsed while leaving a courthouse where she was sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion.

Helmsley, 71, was admitted to New York Hospital hours after her sentencing Wednesday in U.S. District Court. She complained of palpitations and chest pressure and was suffering from elevated blood pressure.Helsmley's doctor, Rees Pritchett, said she had not suffered a heart attack. He said she suffers from serious vascular disease and that the stress of imprisonment might kill her.