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Sinatra hospitalized after apparent heart attack

sinatra January 9, 1997
Web posted at: 3:30 p.m. EST

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Frank Sinatra was hospitalized Thursday after suffering an apparent heart attack, just two days after he was released from the hospital for an unspecified ailment.

"He appears to have had an uncomplicated heart attack and is undergoing tests, observation and treatment and the prognosis is good," Dr. Rex Kennamer said in a statement released by Sinatra spokeswoman Susan Reynolds.

Sinatra, 81, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by paramedics at about 6:30 a.m., hospital spokeswoman Charlie Lahaie told CNN.

Sinatra was resting in a regular hospital room, not in the intensive care unit, Lahaie said.

No further information was released, and the family has asked the hospital not to comment further on Sinatra's condition.

However, a hospital source speaking on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that "this is different than what's been going on in the past."

Sinatra's two recent hospital stays did not involve the heart, the source said. "It's very different this time."

The entertainer, known as Ol' Blue Eyes by admiring fans, returned to his home Tuesday after a 24-hour stay at Cedars- Sinai. The source said that hospitalization was for a prearranged procedure and wasn't a life-threatening illness.

Sinatra spent eight days in the hospital in November for treatment of what was described as a pinched nerve and mild pneumonia.


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