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Exhaustion blamed as Asner is hospitalized after abbreviated Gary performance

Actor Ed Asner (left) leads class with local theater students instructors West Side Theatre Guild Gary Ind. Tuesday March 12

Actor Ed Asner (left) leads a class with local theater students and instructors at the West Side Theatre Guild in Gary, Ind., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Asner left the stage early due to illness later Tuesday during his Franklin D. Roosevelt performance at

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Updated: March 13, 2013 11:39AM



Award-winning actor and activist Ed Asner has been hospitalized for exhaustion after cutting short his performance at Marquette Pavilion in Gary on Tuesday.

Asner was taken by ambulance from the pavilion. Some people attending the show said Asner had difficulty speaking.

About 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, the actor posted a tweet on his Twitter account: “Reports of my imminent demise are greatly exaggerated. They tell me I am suffering from exhaustion. Thanks for the good wishes!”

Asner’s publicist, Charles Sherman, said the 83-year-old actor, who has been touring the country performing a one-man show for more than three years, was indeed hospitalized with exhaustion.

Sherman said Asner was is “resting comfortably” and is expected to be released from a Northwest Indiana hospital later Wednesday.

The one-man show “FDR,” in which Asner portrays Franklin Delano Roosevelt, started about 45 minutes late, and Asner struggled with his lines as soon as the performance began. Backstage crew members intervened, and Asner spoke briefly before emergency medical personnel arrived and walked Asner off the stage about 15 minutes after the show began.

Asner had conducted a spirited acting class at West Side Leadership Academy in Gary a few hours earlier during an event hosted by MAS Media 7 and West Side Theatre Guild artistic director Mark Spencer.

Lake County Surveyor George Van Til, one of those in attendance at Marquette Pavilion, said Asner seemed confused and frustrated from the beginning. He said Asner was conscious as he left the stage, but was not speaking clearly — although Van Til said Asner apologized to the audience and promised to return when he could.



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