Jazz owner Miller has lower legs amputated

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Longtime Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller on Friday underwent surgery to have both of his legs amputated 6 inches below the knee.

Jazz spokesman Jonathan Rinehart said the surgery was the result of complications from type 2 diabetes. He said Miller, 64, is recovering in a hospital.

"Larry is doing well and is expected to continue to recover in the coming weeks and months," Greg Miller, Larry Miller's son, said in a statement. The statement said Miller's family would not be releasing any details.

Rinehart said Miller was already using a wheelchair before the surgery. He said he didn't know why the amputations were required.

On Thursday, Gov. Jon Huntsman chose Miller to chair a new commission that will look for ways to increase Utah's low voter turnout and improve ethics in government. Miller did not attend the announcement -- the reason given was that he had a hospital appointment.

In October, doctors found a bone infection and diabetic ulcers on one of Miller's feet. He had outpatient surgery and Miller's wife, Gail, told the Deseret News in Salt Lake City that he was to undergo six weeks of IV and hyperbaric chamber therapy.

Miller had a heart attack over the summer. Complications including kidney failure and gastrointestinal bleeding that required blood transfusions followed, keeping him in the hospital for nearly two months.

Medical problems continued, including a nine-day hospitalization for dialysis to remove excess water weight.

Miller bought a 50 percent share of the Jazz in 1985 and purchased the rest of the team a year later.

Due to his father's health, Greg Miller was named the CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group over the summer.

The group owns the Jazz, radio and TV stations, restaurants, car dealerships, movie theaters, advertising and finance firms, sports arenas, a race track, a movie production company, ranches, a real estate development company and a minor league baseball team.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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