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Attorney: C.W. Bill Young alive but ‘gravely ill’ staff

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U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who announced last week that he was retiring after 22 terms in Congress, is “gravely ill” after back surgery, his family and personal attorney said in statements this afternoon.

The statements were issued shortly after some media outlets issued erroneous reports that Young, R-Indian Shores, had died.

Young, 82, was hospitalized two weeks ago for further surgery on serious back problems that have plagued him for years.

“The congressman took a turn for the worse last evening – he is gravely ill and his condition is guarded,” said David Jolly, Young’s personal attorney.

A family spokesman, Harry Glenn, issued a similar statement.

Young remains at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

He was slated to step down after his term expires in 2014.

Young represents the 13th Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 1970 after serving in the Florida Senate for nine years.

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