Dr. Armand Hammer, 89, chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp., suffered a broken rib when he slipped while getting out of a bathtub in his Los Angeles home, an Occidental executive said Wednesday.
As a result, Hammer was forced to cancel a trip to Washington to receive a National Medal for the Arts from President and Mrs. Reagan.
"He said he was going to come anyway," said Bill McSweeny, president of Occidental International in Washington, a unit of the Los Angeles-based firm. "But one doctor (Hammer) was overruled by two physicians."
The accident, which McSweeny called "a very heavy fall," occurred Monday and, despite the pain, he said, Hammer hosted a luncheon at Occidental's headquarters before going to UCLA Medical Center to be taped up.