08:25 AM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 06/11/1999 12:00AM
Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio has been diagnosed with lung cancer and as having recently suffered a heart attack, reports New York TV station WPIX, citing three sources who confirmed the illnesses. DiMaggio has been hospitalized in Hollywood FL for five weeks. The Yankee Clipper, who will turn 84 on Wednesday, was to have thrown out one of the ceremonial first pitches at this year's World Series but was hospitalized just before the series began. He reportedly was to have been released from the hospital about three weeks ago but suffered a setback. His attorney, Morris Engleberg, has said the Hall of Fame outfielder had pneumonia and a lung infection. Recent communications from the attorney reported that DiMaggio's health was improving.
Originally posted 06/02/1999 12:00AM
Just two days after awakening from a coma, Joe DiMaggio ordered his doctors to stop giving public updates on his health. "We allowed Joe to talk this morning, and he was very angry," Dr. Earl Barron said Sunday. "He said, 'No more press.'" Barron, who heads the six-person team treating the Hall of Famer at a Hollywood FL hospital, said he could no longer comment on DiMaggio's health. He refused to say whether his condition had been upgraded from critical to serious, as had been expected. In a nationally televised news conference Friday, Barron reported that the former New York Yankee outfielder, 84, was in a "very dire situation" as he slipped in and out of a coma in his recovery from lung cancer surgery and pneumonia. But on Saturday, DiMaggio was sitting up in bed visiting with friends and family and even said, "Hello."
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