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‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Star Ed Asner Hospitalized With Exhaustion

Wed, March 13, 2013 3:06pm EDT by Billy Nilles 1 Comment
Ed Asner Hospitalized
SplashNews, Courtesy of CBS

Oh no! After appearing confused on stage on Mar. 12, the iconic actor was hospitalized for exhaustion.

Ed Asner, the iconic TV actor who portrayed Lou Grant in the classic Mary Tyler Moore Show, had quite a health scare on Mar. 12. During a one-man show in Indiana, he appeared confused, struggling to deliver his lines, forcing him to cut the show short. Ed was hospitalized later that day at a Chicago-area hospital for exhaustion!

Ed Asner Hospitalized For Exhaustion

Ed, 83, was taken by ambulance to the hospital for exhaustion and was “resting comfortably” on Mar. 13, his publicist Charles Sherman told the Associated Press.

Ed Struggles During ‘FDR’ Performance

After Ed led an acting workshop on the 12th, he was due to appear as Fraknlin Delano Roosevelt in the sold-out one-man show FDR at the Marquette Pavilion in Gary, Ind. The first sign of trouble appeared when the legend took the stage 45 minutes late.

The Post-Tribune reports that he struggled with his lines and appeared frustrated. As he left the stage, cutting the performance short, he was still conscious, apologizing to the sold-out crowd and promising them that he would return. He, unfortunately, did not, and was driven to the hospital instead.

Valerie Harper, Ed’s ‘MTMS’ Co-Star, Diagnosed With Brain Cancer

Ed’s health scare arose just a week after his MTMS co-star Valerie Harper revealed to People magazine that she had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The 73-year-old actress, who played Rhoda on the legendary sitcom, explained that she learned of her diagnosis on Jan. 15. She is suffering from leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare type of cancer that occurs when cancer cells fill the fluid membrane around the brain.

As she told the publication, according to her doctors, she has only three months left to live. She’s facing her tragic diagnosis with bravery, as she told People, “I don’t think of dying. I think of being here now.”

We hope that Ed gets well soon and continue to keep his co-star Valerie in our thoughts.

— Billy Nilles

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