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Imprisoned DiMasi weak with cancer, wife says

Former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi has grown frail and thin in a prison hospital in North Carolina, where he is battling a rare form of cancer that went undiagnosed for months as he was bounced from one facility to another, according to his wife, Debbie.

Just 16 months after he reported to federal prison to serve an eight-year sentence for corruption, DiMasi has lost 50 pounds, has suffered bouts of pneumonia, and has a feeding tube attached to his stomach. He sips apple sauce and pudding and cottage cheese, if he can sip at all.

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