Re: Jack's 1943 Illness I may be able to shed a little light on Jack's illnesses. True, he did have pneumonia in Chicago in 1943. Somewhere in the mid-50's he did come down with an acute case of pancreatitis that caused him to miss at least one show. His final illness, of course, was pancreatic cancer.

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Posted ByBarbara on December 31, 2001 at 18:25:46:

In Reply to: Re: Jack's 1943 Illness posted byLaura Leff on December 11, 2001 at 01:31:34:

: : According to Jack's agent Irving Fein (in Fein's 1976 bio book "Jack Benny"), Jack came down with pneumonia in Chicago in 1943 while touring Army camps. His case was so bad that he spent several weeks in an oxygen tent. Fein also wrote that this 1943 bout with pneumonia was one of only two truly SERIOUS illnesses which Jack experienced in his life....the other, of course, being his final bout with pancreatic cancer.

: But, according to Joan on this forum some months ago, it was an attack of pancreatitis. I'm regularly faced with such contradicting facts about Jack and his life; I'll let you decide which one is correct.

: --LL

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