Washington, Jun 11 : American actor Paul Newman was forced to issue a statement about his health, after rumours that he is battling lung cancer.
The veteran actor laughed off reports that suggested he had just six months to live and that he was under hospital supervision.
The actor and humanitarian insisted that his medical crisis was nothing more than treatment of athlete's foot and "hair loss".
What scared people even further was after a recent photograph of him and lifestyle guru Martha Stewart was posted on her website earlier this week (begs02Jun08), showing the actor as being very frail and in ill health, Contactmusic reported.
Since the reports about his health seemed to be going haywire, his representative Jeff Sanderson had to contact the media to ease the mounting concern over the actor's well-being, insisting Newman is "doing nicely".
Sanderson was not able to say much about the well-loved star's current health situation, but he did say that Newman himself had instructed him to pass on the message.
On Monday (09Jun08), the Los Angeles Times reported the 83-year-old has reportedly been diagnosed with "terminal lung cancer" at New York's Sloan-Kettering Center, where Newman is currently receiving outpatient treatment.
A spokesperson for the hospital said they had no information about whether Newman was a patient there, according to online reports.