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Ed McMahon Hospitalized With Pneumonia & Cancer



    Ed McMahon Hospitalized With Pneumonia & Cancer
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    Ed McMahon is reportedly in "serious condition."

    Ed McMahon is in intensive care, reportedly suffering from pneumonia and bone cancer, according to The New York Daily News.

    The "Tonight Show" sidekick, sweepstakes mainstay and "Bloopers" host  has been hospitalized for weeks, it was revealed yesterday.

    McMahon's representative, Howard Bragman, confirmed that McMahon has been hospitalized with pneumonia and other medical issues for nearly a month, after TMZ had initially reported he was in "serious" condition earlier in the day.

    Bragman said McMahon had been hospitalized for three weeks with a respiratory infection and added, "We appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers." His wife, Pam, and other family members are at his bedside, added Bragman.

    McMahon, who will turn 86 on March 6, was in the spotlight last year because his house was on the verge of foreclosure. Donald Trump offered to buy McMahon's home but let him continue to live in it, but McMahon said he was able to renegotiate the mortgage.

    McMahon blamed his financial problems on a broken neck that he suffered in 2007, which kept him out of work, according to Reuters.

    When Bragman confirmed the hospitalization, he said, "He's not at Cedars-Sinai" -- McMahon is suing Cedars-Sinai for alleged malpractice and elder abuse.

    In addition to co-hosting "The Tonight Show" from 1962 to 1992, he hosted "Star Search" from 1983 to 1995. The show became a launching pad for future stars in Hollywood such as Usher, Rosie O'Donnell, Ray Romano, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake. He would also become the spokesman and presenter for American Family Publishing sweepstakes. McMahon also takes part in "Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon" to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.