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Drummer Buddy Rich Undergoes Brain Surgery

March 17, 1987

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jazz drummer Buddy Rich was in good condition after surgeons removed a brain tumor during a four-hour operation, a hospital spokesman said.

The surgery at the UCLA Medical Center was concluded late Monday, said spokesman Michael Burns.

″Surgeons termed the operation satisfactory,″ he said.

The 69-year-old Rich will undergo radiation treatment and was expected to remain at the hospital for at least two weeks, Burns said.

Rich played with some of the nation’s top big bands, including those led by Artie Shaw, Tommy Drsey and Harry James, before organizing his own group 21 years ago.

Rich was first hospitalized a month ago with paralysis on the left side. He re-entered the hospital a week ago after the tumor was diagnosed.

The drummer had been undergoing chemotherapy. Initial reports that the tumor was inoperable were incorrect, said Paul Werth, a spokesman for Rich.

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