WASHINGTON — Suspecting a blood clot, doctors wanted to operate on U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young but warned him it was highly risky and he might die.
So at 2 p.m. on Oct. 13, Young gathered his family around him at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and told them he did not want to have the surgery.
"He said he was sorry he couldn't take the pain anymore and was it okay?" his wife, Beverly, said in an interview Sunday with the Tampa Bay Times. "He was willing to keep fighting. But the kids all said, 'Dad you don't need to be in pain because of us.'"
Five days later, at 6:50 p.m. Friday, Young was pronounced dead, ending a political career that spanned five decades. He was 82.
"The cause of death was complications related to a chronic injury," a family statement read, but many wondered how a back injury could lead to death. Mrs. Young provided a fuller understanding Sunday.
"His whole body started shutting down," she said.
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