Elder L. Tom Perry headed to hospice as cancer spreads


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.

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