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Old Jan 13, 2006, 11:43 AM   #1
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Billy Preston recovering after 'catastrophic' infection

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Jan. 12, 2006 05:21 PM

Singer-songwriter and keyboardist Billy Preston is recovering from a recent bout with a serious infection of the sac encasing in his heart.

"Billy had a very catastrophic incident happen to him, but he is doing considerably better," his manager, Joyce Moore, told the Associated Press on Thursday.

Preston, 59, is best known for his work with the Beatles, playing the organ on their song "Get Back." He also toured with the Rolling Stones and was a regular member of Eric Clapton's band. His hits include "Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing," "Will It Go Round in Circles?" and "You Are So Beautiful To Me." advertisement




He has suffered from chronic kidney failure brought on by uncontrolled high blood pressure since 2001, Moore said. He had a kidney transplant in 2002, but the kidney failed and he has been on thrice-weekly dialysis treatments ever since.

Moore said that while Preston isn't "brain dead" as some reports suggested, he remains seriously ill and is not up and walking around. He cannot speak because he has a tracheotomy.

He moved to Scottsdale from Los Angeles about a year and a half ago, Moore said, because he believed he could get better medical treatment in Arizona, home to a branch of the Mayo Clinic.

Moore said he's not hospitalized at the clinic, but is in a facility where he can receive physical therapy and other medical treatment.

Preston is not contemplating another kidney transplant, she said.

"He just decided that he could not go through that again," Moore said.
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Old Jan 13, 2006, 11:47 AM   #2
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OMH I hope he will recover and be better soon
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Old Jan 13, 2006, 11:52 AM   #3
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Very sad news, I hope he makes a good and speedy recovery.
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Old Jan 13, 2006, 12:56 PM   #4
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Ouch, that's pretty unexpected news! I hope he makes a full recovery.
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Old Jan 13, 2006, 02:42 PM   #5
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I'm so sorry to hear that he's sick. I had my picture taken with him and I have it in my music room at home. I hope he gets better real soon!
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This is very sad news indeed. Just a few years ago Preston was fighting for his life. Was it his liver? I am not sure, but whatever he was facing then was very serious. I hope he makes a full recovery.
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Billy had a kidney transplant that failed, I read he said he would not go through another transplant, he is on dialysis 3 days a week, due to chronic hypertension that was not treated...

Good thoughts to Billy, an infection of the myocardial sac or pericarditis can me fatal....
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Old Jan 14, 2006, 07:02 AM   #8
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I'm sorry to hear this.
Good thoughts and all to best to Billy.
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Feel better, Billy.
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Old Jan 14, 2006, 08:00 AM   #10
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I'm sorry to hear that Billy is sick again. Man, I hope he pulls through ok.
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I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SEEING BILLY PERFORM WITH RINGO'S ALL-STAR BAND AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT AN AMAZING SINGER, MUSICIAN AND PERFORMER HE IS! I HAVE ALSO SEEN BILLY RECENTLY ON A LOCAL GOSPEL STATION PLAYING AND SINGING HIS ASS OFF, AS USUAL! GET WELL SOON, BILLY!
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Billy, Get Well Soon. We Need You.
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I saw this in the newspaper yesterday...it was a little unexpected to me. Hope you get well soon Billy!
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It's a bit of a shock to me to hear he's so sick! It sounds like Billy's had a very serious time in hospital lately. All my best wishes go out to him, hope he'll be better soon...
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My prayers are with you, Billy!!!

Get better soon!!!!
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I had no Idea he was even ill! I really hope he gets better soon!
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Billy is a very nice guy. I have had to pleasure to meet him twice. I met him at Beatlefest in 1987 and then a second time at a Ringo concert one time when he came out of the front gate.

We all hope he gets better soon. We lost too many Beatles/Friends!
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