Frank McCourt gravely ill, brother says

July 16, 2009 10:54:31 AM PDT
Frank McCourt is gravely ill with meningitis and is unlikely to survive, the author's brother said Thursday. Malachy McCourt said that his 78-year-old brother, best known for the million-selling "Angela's Ashes," is in a New York hospice, "his faculties shutting down."

"He is not expected to live," said McCourt, himself an author and performer.

Frank McCourt was recently treated for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, but his brother says he had been doing well until about two weeks ago, when he contracted meningitis.

"He was out and about, being active, doing talks and so forth," Malachy McCourt said.

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