Ailing Hockey Legend Gordie Howe Takes Turn For Worse
LUBBOCK, Texas (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gordie Howe's family says the hockey Hall of Famer "has taken a turn for the worse" after suffering another stroke recently.
Mark Howe said Sunday his father's most recent stroke occurred about a week ago in Lubbock, where the 86-year-old former Detroit Red Wings star is staying with his daughter. He was at her home last month when an initial stroke caused some impairment.
The younger Howe said chronic back pain, advanced stages of dementia and high blood pressure are taking a toll on his bedridden father.
He said the family is concentrating on making him as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
"The last three to five days he's been suffering considerably," Mark Howe told the Detroit News. "We're doing everything we can. We just don't want him to suffer."
The man known as "Mr. Hockey" set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points that held up until Wayne Gretzky surpassed him in the record book.
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