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‘Dallas’ Star Gets New Liver

August 23, 1995

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Larry Hagman’s damaged, cancerous liver was replaced Wednesday with a transplant during surgery that lasted 17 hours.

Ron Wise, a spokesman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, would not immediately disclose Hagman’s condition.

Hagman, 63, was expected to be hospitalized seven to 10 days, Wise said.

There was no immediate comment from Hagman’s publicist, Richard Grant.

The marathon operation began around 10 p.m. Tuesday and continued overnight. The surgery lasted five hours longer than originally predicted, but Wise said only that everything was fine.

Hagman, star of the old ``Dallas″ TV soap series, was diagnosed three years ago with cirrhosis of the liver, which he blamed on years of heavy drinking.

He was placed on a national waiting list on July 19 after a malignant tumor was found on his liver. Earlier this month, he underwent a hospital procedure designed to give him more time until a donor liver could be located. Physicians short-circuited the artery that feeds blood to the tumor, hoping to starve the cancerous growth.

The donor liver was found Tuesday night, after little more than a month on the list. The average waiting time for a transplanted liver is just over four months, but it varies depending on blood type and other factors.

The donor was not identified.

Hagman is best known as the loathsome J.R. Ewing on ``Dallas,″ which aired on CBS from April 1978 to May 1991. He first gained TV fame as astronaut Capt. Tony Nelson on the 1965-70 NBC comedy ``I Dream of Jeannie.″

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