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Roy Rogers Recovering From Surgery

October 24, 1990

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (AP) _ Roy Rogers was sitting up and waving to hospital visitors Tuesday, a day after the cowboy star underwent surgery to repair a a weakened artery, his son said.

Rogers, 78, was driven to St. Mary Desert Hospital on Sunday after complaining of stomach pain while attending church services in Apple Valley, a high desert town 75 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Doctors said an aneurysm, a weakening of the wall of the artery they had been monitoring for several months, had expanded and was bleeding. They performed a bypass in a four-hour operation Monday, said Roy ″Dusty″ Rogers Jr.

″He’s doing real fine,″ the younger Rogers said. ″He had a really good night and the doctor was really thrilled with his progress. He’s sitting up and waving and he’s asking for his butterscotch candy.″

Rogers will remain at the hospital until sometime next week, his son said.

Rogers underwent open heart surgery in January 1978. The triple bypass was performed after tests revealed partial obstructions of his heart’s blood supply. ″Other than his heart problem, physically he’s been in good shape,″ the younger son said.

Rogers starred in 87 Westerns, including 35 with his wife, actress Dale Evans, who wrote their theme song ″Happy Trails.″ His horse, Trigger, is now a stuffed exhibit at the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum in nearby Victorville.

Earlier this month, Rogers joined singer Randy Travis at the Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn., to sing Travis’ ″Heroes and Friends,″ a tribute to Western movie stars.

Among his business ventures is the Roy Rogers chain of fast-food restaurants.

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