Paul Newman has had better days

Posted by Iannucci | 6/10/2008 | 8 comments »
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The Los Angeles Times reports (albeit unconfirmed) that Paul Newman, who among other charitible ventures has worked with the "Hole in the Wall Gang" to make life easier for children with life-threatening illnesses, has himself been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

The acclaimed actor is said to have been diagnosed at New York’s Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he is currently receiving outpatient treatment and is under a leading New York oncologist's care. One of the few to know about Newman's illness is his "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" costar and good pal, Robert Redford.

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Yeah, the man totally hated the IRL for a while there but his love of motorsports has always been unquestionable. And although his movie career has been HUGE it's his charitable work that has made him stand out from other celebrities.

Lung cancer is a beast, so if this is indeed true our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this time that, speaking from experience, will totally suck.

8 comments

  1. AGRfan26 // June 10, 2008 10:22 AM  

    I wonder if that's why he wasn't at the 500 this year, only qualifying... it seems all the good ones end doesn't justify the lives they have lived.

  2. Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. // June 10, 2008 1:00 PM  

    I wondered the same thing AGRfan26 did.

    I hope it's not true. I'll be praying.

  3. Grizzlor // June 10, 2008 1:35 PM  

    These rumors started last December I recall, and most everyone dismissed them. It's still yet to be confirmed or run as anything more than gossip though by the news. Unfortunately it probably is true.

  4. Tabernerus // June 10, 2008 2:59 PM  

    I know whom I'm rooting for at Indy next year, now. :-(

  5. J E Clerk // June 10, 2008 4:12 PM  

    Frank Capua?


    (Newman's character in "Winning")

  6. Anonymous // June 10, 2008 10:52 PM  

    I never knew he smoked.

  7. Carrie // June 11, 2008 8:11 AM  

    Saw on CNN or something last night that his reps denied it.

    FWIW, I hope it's really not true.

  8. Anonymous // June 13, 2008 1:42 AM  

    Lung Cancer is a reason why I've always hated Roger Penske and Team Penske.