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ATLANTA, Aug 19, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was reported in fair condition in an Atlanta hospital after suffering a stroke.

Aside from a condition report, hospital officials and family members have made no public statements on King's general health or prospects for recovery, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Friday.

People close to King, 78, said she suffered a stroke early Tuesday and was taken to Piedmont Hospital that morning.

She has continued her husband's work for equality and civil rights, founding the King Center following his 1968 assassination. She was hospitalized in April with atrial fibrillation and, following doctors' advice to avoid stress, she cut back on public appearances over the summer.

Martin Luther King III said in a statement that "expressions of love and concern" have been pouring in for his mother and the family.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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