SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church officials say L. Tom Perry, one of the highest-ranking leaders of the faith, will be recieving hospice within a few days as his cancer spreads aggressively.
Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement Friday that the 92-year-old Perry’s cancer has spread to his lungs and beyond despite receiving treatment.
Perry is at home and will no longer attend meetings of the high-level Mormon governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He will be moved to hospice in the coming days.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced last month that doctors discovered cancer in Perry’s thyroid gland.
Perry is the second-most senior member of the quorum. He was named to governing body in 1974.
He spent his professional career as a vice president and treasurer in retail business.
For more information, see the news release from Mormon Newsroom.