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Actor Peter Sellers
'gravely ill' after
massive heart attack
From UPI and AP
LONDON-Actor Peter Sellers, 54,
plagued by heart trouble for the past 16
years; last night suffered a massive
heart attack and then cardiac arrest
that stopped his heartbeat and
breathing. His doctors said he was '
Rushed to Middlesex Hospital after
the heart attack in his hotel suite,
Sellers almost died en route when he
sustained the cardiac arrest.
DOCTORS USING "intensive'
resuscitation" procedures got his heart
beating again in the emergency recep-
tion room but said the British actor-
comedian was far from being out of
"He is gravely ill," a hospital official
His fourth wife, actress Lynne
Frederick, was in Hollywood and the
hospital said it understood she planned
to fly to London to be with him.
THE BATTLE for Sellers' life began
in his suite at the Dorchester Hotel
where the actor was awaiting a reunion
with Spike Milligan and Harry Secom-
be, with whom he made radio history a
generation ago in a series known as
"The Goon Show" to fans.
His secretary, Michael Jefferies,
summoned a nurse after Sellers com-
plained of chest pains. He was taken by
ambulance to the hospital.
Milligan told a reporter that he was
barred from Sellers' room because of
the stricken actor's serious condition.
SELLERS FLEW to London from
France and Milligan theorized the
pressurized cabin might not have been
good for his condition.
Secombe said: "The doctor told- me
that Sellers was nearly dead when he
Sellers, in London to savor the ac-
claim for his latest film triumph, has a
history of heart trouble dating back to a
massive coronary six weeks after he
married actress Britt Ekland in 1964.
HE RECENTLY was hospitalized in
Ireland with a suspected heart con-
Sellers, whose memorable screen
characterizations such as the mad
scientist Dr. Strangelove and the bum-
bling French detective, Inspector
Clouseau, have won him comparison
with Charles Chaplin.
The Goon Show made him a,
household name in radio in 1952 and he
was soon signed for films. His screen
successes included "The Mouse that
Roared," "The Pink Panther," "The
Return of the Pink Panther," "Lolita"
A millionaire star in more than 40
films, Sellers once confessed: "Behind
our masks, we clowns lead very sad
He has been giving his services free
in .a fund-raising campaign by the
British Heart Foundation charity,
which sponsors research on heart at-
tacks and helps pay for heart tran-
The appeal is signed: "Peter Sellers
- heart attack victim."
Hundreds of prospectivedraft registrants across the nation were handed
pamphlets entitled "Selective Service and You" yesterday by
representatives of the Committee Against Registration and the Draft prior
to filling out their green and white forms. It's unlikely the young men
realized those pamphlets were given to them compliments of the Playboy
Foundation-a subsidiary of the same corporation that provides them with
cheesecake photographs of young women on a monthly basis. The foundation
was the sole group of its kind assisting CARD, according to CARD Vice
PChairman David Landau. "The Playboy foundation grant (which totalled a
hefty $1 million) is the largest one that we have received and it comes at a
very critical time for educational purposes," he said. The pamphlet
answered such questions as what are the consequences if a man doesn't
register, what it he registers late, and how can he protest draft registra-
On the outside
Visitors to the 21st Annual Ann Arbor Street Art Fair will be treated to
mostly sunny skies today and a pleasant high temperature in the low 80s. U
AAFC-Bigger Than Life, 7 p.m.; The Sun Also Rises, 9 p.m., Aud. A,,
Michigan Media Summer Film Showcase-Controlling Interest, It's Not A
One-Person Thing; We've Always Done It This Way, 7:30 p.m., MLB 3.
Michigan Theatre-Theatre organ concerts, 1-4 p.m.; Ann Arbor Circus, 7,
9 p.m., 603 E. Liberty.
ECK-introductory discussion, 7:30p.m., 302 E. Liberty.
School of Metaphysics-life and health readings, 7:30 p.m., 219% N. Main
The Venue-panel discussion, "The Artist and The Law," 3-6 p.m.,
Pendleton Rm., Union.
A' Science for The People-"The Prospects for Revolution in the
Unerdeveloped Countries," 7:30 p.m., Pendleton Rm., Union.
Sparatacus Youth League-"The Class Nature of the Soviet Union," 7:30
p.m., Welker Rm., Union.
Macromolecular Research Center-Dr. D. Johnson, "High-Modulus
Polymer Fibers," 4 p.m., 1200 Chem.
Music-An evening of duets from operettas, 81p.m., Rackham.
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