Elder L. Tom Perry's Cancer Worsens, Has Spread to His Lungs

Elder L. Tom Perry’s Cancer Worsens, Has Spread to His Lungs

UPDATE: We are sad to report Elder Perry passed away today, May 30, at approximately 3PM in his home. 

Originally reported by Mormon Newsroom

Elder L. Tom Perry, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is suffering from terminal cancer, it was reported Friday. The Church announced last month that Elder Perry had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, but a spokesman said Friday that the cancer had spread. Elder Perry is 92.

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said, “Elder Perry has asked that we share his thanks for the prayers and kindness extended to him by Church members and friends. Despite earlier treatments, cancer has spread aggressively to his lungs and beyond. Elder Perry is at home. He will no longer attend meetings, though he is still receiving visits from members of the Quorum of the Twelve, the First Presidency, and close family. He will begin receiving hospice care in the coming days.”

Elder Perry was hospitalized for breathing difficulties in April, and his cancer diagnosis soon followed.


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