On Friday, Ed McMahon will turn 86. His family and friends hope he makes it.
The former Tonight Show sidekick remains seriously ill in a Los Angeles hospital where he has been battling pneumonia and related ailments for several weeks. When Fancast pressed last weekend for updated information, McMahon’s publicist said, “I’m not a medical doctor. I’m a spin doctor.” Yesterday his rep, Howard Bragman, released an updated statement:
“I’m not a medical doctor, I’m a spin doctor, so I’m not able to give a diagnosis here,” he said. “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 Col. McMahon is still fighting the good fight. Ed, his family and friends are looking forward to celebrating his 86th birthday Friday.”