Don LaFontaine Critical With Blood
Clot; Prayers Urged For His Recovery
August 26, 2008
Don LaFontaine is in critical condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with a blood clot in his lung. Today is his 68th birthday.
"He is fighting for his life," says Don's wife Nita Whitaker, who calls her husband "a warrior."
But she urges the voice-over community to send him "concentrated prayers" for recovery.
"Have your churches, synagogues, temples send out prayers for Don's healing and wellness," she urges. "Light a candle, chant, whatever you do to send that loving energy and light to him."
The industry is indeed reacting today, including with waves of forum and email messages for the great one's recovery.
Known as "The Don" of the voice-over industry and famous for his signature movie trailers, LaFontaine was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai in November 2007 following minor surgery that "nicked" his lung, resulting in a collapsed lung, further complications and a long recovery.
MESSAGE TO ALL
Yesterday, a letter sent by his wife to friends George Whittman and Beau Weaver was made public about LaFontaine's new struggle. She writes:
"Dear friends and family,
"I need your help and I'm reaching out to all of you.
"My wonderful husband is in critical condition at Cedars-Sinai hospital; a blood clot is lodged in his lung and he is fighting for his life.
"This happened on Saturday after I'd taken him in for shortness of breath on Friday. He was doing very well and I left him talking and being funny on Friday evening.
"Without all the details, I got a call on Saturday morning as I was heading there to visit. There has been some lovely improvement yesterday but he is very sick right now.
"We need your concentrated prayers! Have your churches, synagogues, temples send out prayers for Don's healing and wellness. Light a candle, chant, whatever you do to send that loving energy and light to him, I would appreciate. And save a little for the girls and me.
"We have had small miracles already and if we all shout up to God collectively, I know how powerful that can be.
"He is fighting and we all are fighting with him. He is strong and is a warrior so I thank you in advance for your prayers, good wishes and kindness on behalf of my family.
"With a hopeful heart, Nita and family."
We wish Don another miracle. And the power of our voices for him and his family will certainly help.