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Gordie Howe hospitalized, did not have stroke: report

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Hockey legend Gordie Howe was hospitalized Monday but did not have another stroke, CBC reported Tuesday.

Tests revealed Howe, 86, was dehydrated and fatigued, the report said.

“[It was] likely dehydration with superimposed fatigue,” his son Murray Howe wrote in an email, according to CBC Sports. “Plan to discharge him home tomorrow. He's alert and ate well tonight. I spoke with him briefly on the phone. He's still him. Just worn out.”

Gordie Howe was staying at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas, when he had a major stroke Oct. 26. He was able to walk a week later but had a minor stroke in early November.

Cathy Purnell, Howe's daughter, told The Associated Press her father was stable and "'a little bit alert" Tuesday morning, and that doctors at a Lubbock hospital where he was taken performed additional tests.

"He's a fighter," she told the AP. "The man is tough. He has this will to keep going, all things considered."

Mark Howe, another of Gordie's sons, told the Detroit Free Press on Sunday that Gordie had been dealing with severe back pain but a recent epidural relieved that issue.

"We were able to get rid of his back pain, so basically he's kind of resting comfortably," Mark Howe told the newspaper. "I'd say he probably has more good days than bad days. I mean, it's hard. He's not walking. Speech is extremely, extremely difficult.

"He knows what we're saying. He understands what's going on. When you're there with him, you can interact; it's still a nice thing."

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