View Full Version : Jazz owner Miller has legs amputated below knees

01-24-2009, 09:00 PM
Yikes! :neutral:



SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Longtime Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller's legs were amputated 6 inches below the knee on Friday.

Jazz spokesman Jonathan Rinehart said Friday's surgery was the result of complications from Type 2 diabetes.

Rinehart said the 64-year-old Miller is recovering in a hospital.

"Larry is doing well and is expected to continue to recover in the coming weeks and months," Greg Miller, Larry Miller's son, said in a statement. The statement said Miller's family would not be releasing any details.

Rinehart said Miller was already using a wheelchair before the surgery.

On Thursday, Gov. Jon Huntsman chose Miller to chair a new commission that will look for ways to increase Utah's low voter turnout and improve ethics in government. Miller did not attend the announcement -- the reason given was that he had a hospital appointment.

In October, doctors found a bone infection and diabetic ulcers on one of Miller's feet. He had outpatient surgery.

Miller had a heart attack over the summer. Complications including kidney failure and gastrointestinal bleeding that required blood transfusions followed, keeping him in the hospital for nearly two months.

Medical problems continued, including a nine-day hospitalization for dialysis to remove excess water weight.

Miller bought a 50 percent share of the Jazz in 1985 and purchased the rest of the team a year later.

Due to his father's health, Greg Miller was selected as the CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group over the summer.

The group owns the Jazz, radio and TV stations, restaurants, car dealerships, movie theaters, advertising and finance firms, sports arenas, a race track, a movie production company, ranches, a real estate development company and a minor league baseball team.

I can't imagine.

01-24-2009, 09:14 PM

01-24-2009, 09:50 PM
My Grandfather died 3 years ago after getting his leg amputated. He was much older, around 87, but one of the main causes was low circulation in his legs due to being seated in a hover round for the previous 2 years.

Really sucks. Hope he gets better. :(

Roaming Gnome
01-24-2009, 10:03 PM
Wow.... Makes me want to definitely take better care of my own type 2 diabetes.

01-24-2009, 10:50 PM
Wow.... Makes me want to definitely take better care of my own type 2 diabetes.
I'm diabetic too, but I don't take pills or shots for it yet, since i'm only 17. I probably should go to a doctor eventually since they haven't checked it since I was like 13.

01-24-2009, 11:33 PM
I can't imagine.

I can. Sounds a lot like what my cousin's husband went through before he died in November.

01-25-2009, 12:20 AM

01-25-2009, 12:40 AM
Why is he being appointed to important political stuff like ethics reform when he's having major health problems?

Major Cold
01-27-2009, 03:01 PM
This is unfortunate.