Iconic sidekick Ed McMahon, who has been hospitalized for complications from pneumonia, isn’t doing so well. McMahon, 85, is also battling bone cancer and other medical problems. His family has gathered to be at his side in an L.A. hospital, where sources report that he may not have much time left. So sad!
Ed McMahon is in bad shape in ICU with pneumonia, bone cancer, and other medical problems. There are reports Ed only has days left. Here’s a statement we just got from Ed’s publicist, Howard Bragman. Take it at face value or read between the lines.
“I’m not a medical doctor, I’m a spin doctor, so I’m not able to give a diagnosis here. But, what I can tell you is this: I’ve seen many people come up to Ed over the years and say, ‘You were a Marine.’ Ed would look them in the eye and say, ‘I AM a Marine.’ What that means for his current medical challenges is the same thing it’s meant for every challenge he’s ever faced in life. It means he’s a fighter — not a quitter. It means he’s confronting it head-on with strength, courage and dignity. I would ask that those who care about Ed say a prayer, remain hopeful and send their good wishes, because Colonel McMahon is still fighting the good fight. Ed, his family, and friends are looking forward to celebrating his 86th birthday Friday.”
Ed has been dealing with financial problems stemming from his inability to sell his home, and even appeared in some rather embarrassing TV ads. It’s sad to see what’s happened to him over the years. There was a time when he was on top of the world, between his gig as co-host of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and producer of Star Search. Hopefully his family is taking care of him now. It doesn’t sound like there’s a lot of hope for his complete recovery – but if his publicist is any indication, Ed hasn’t given up yet.
Here’s McMahon with Nancy Sinatra at the “Keeping the Promise to Our Vietnam Veterans” breakfast in Los Angeles on July 11th. Images thanks to WENN.com.