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Paul Newman Given Weeks to Live?

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Aug 08, 2008 | 9:41am EDT

Legendary actor Paul Newman has reportedly been given only weeks to live after allegedly completing chemotherapy treatment at a New York hospital.

The Oscar-winning actor, 83, was photographed being wheeled out of the Weill Cornell Medical Center--which specializes in cancer treatment--looking thin and frail last week.

Rumors of his declining health and alleged lung cancer diagnosis surfaced earlier this year, following his withdrawal as director from a production of Of Mice and Men in his native Connecticut.

At the time of the reports, Newman's spokesman denied the actor had cancer.

But according to new claims, the star has spent the last few weeks arranging his business and personal affairs in preparation for his departure from the facility.

A source tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "The sudden move angered his children. It's especially hard for them to come to grips with what's going on. The word they've been given is that he has only a few weeks to live."

Newman is best known for his roles in 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and 1967's Cool Hand Luke.

He has been nominated for 10 Oscars in his 50-year-long career, winning best actor for his role in The Color of Money in 1986.

Just last year, he announced his retirement, saying: "You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention. So I think that's pretty much a closed book for me."

Newman and his wife, actress Joanne Woodward, share three daughters. He is also father to two daughters from his first marriage to Jackie Witte.

A spokesperson for the actor says Newman is "doing nicely", but has neither confirmed nor denied that he has cancer.

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