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Coretta King Suffers Stroke

August 18, 2005|From Associated Press

ATLANTA — Coretta Scott King remained hospitalized in fair condition Wednesday after what two family friends described as a stroke.

The 78-year-old widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was conscious and her vital signs were stable, but she probably would remain in the hospital for at least another day, Piedmont Hospital spokeswoman Diana Lewis said.

The King family declined to discuss her condition but issued a statement thanking supporters.

"Please continue to keep her and us in your thoughts and prayers as she moves toward a speedy and complete recovery," Martin Luther King III said in the statement.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery and poet Maya Angelou said Wednesday that King had suffered a stroke, and Lowery said she was having difficulty speaking.

Angelou, a friend of King's, said she had spoken by phone with King a few weeks ago about her health and planned to go to Atlanta to see her.

"She's my sister friend and I pray for her and her children," Angelou said in New York.

King had canceled some recent public appearances, raising concerns about her health.

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