Ed McMahon in intensive care for pneumonia

2009-02-27 21:56:57 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - Entertainment News)

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Former television personality and sidekick to Johnny Carson on “Tonight”, Ed McMahon has been placed in intensive care on Friday, his spokesperson said

Minneapolis, Minnesota (CaymanMama.com) — Former television personality and sidekick to Johnny Carson on “Tonight”, Ed McMahon has been placed in intensive care on Friday, his spokesperson said.

McMahon, 85, was suffering from pneumonia and other ailments and had been in the hospital for several weeks, spokesman Howard Bragman said. His wife and family are by his side and appreciate the public expressions of concern.

“It’s serious,” Bragman said. “We’re hopeful.”

Unfortunate circumstances have surrounded McMahon as he broke his neck in 2007, and faced foreclosure on his home in 2008 as his injury left him unable to work. A deal was announced last December that would allow him to stay in his home.

According to the Associated Press, “McMahon was Carson’s announcer and second banana on “Tonight” from 1962 until Carson’s retirement in 1992, introducing him with a resounding “H-e-e-e-e-e-ere’s Johnny!” and bolstering the host with hearty laughs. (Carson died in 2005.)”



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