Beloved actor Peter Boyle
is fighting reports he's close to death after being diagnosed with heart disease. The 70-year-old star, who became a TV favorite in Everybody Loves Raymond
, has reportedly been denied a new heart because of his age and friends fear for his life.
But the actor is refuting the claims, made in tabloid the National Enquirer
, and his publicist Meghan Prophet insists he pulled out of a charity benefit in July because he was battling the flu and reports have made too much of his health. Boyle has suffered a stroke and a mild heart attack in the past, and friends tell the Enquirer
they don't believe the actor is fully fit.
A source tells the tabloid, "The general consensus is that he's too old and in too poor of health to qualify for a donor heart and even if they found a heart for him, they are afraid he is too weak to undergo major open heart surgery."
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