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Playwright August Wilson has liver cancer

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SEATTLE, Aug 26, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson is being treated for liver cancer in Seattle.

A statement released Thursday by his personal assistant said "prognosis is serious, but Mr. Wilson is dealing with the matter head-on. Those close to Mr. Wilson remain optimistic regarding his situation," the Seattle Times reported Friday.

Further details about Wilson's illness were not disclosed, the Times said.

Wilson assistant Dena Levitin told the newspaper Wilson, 60, had been recently working on rewrites of "Radio Golf," which is running at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

Wilson's "Fences" and "The Piano Lesson" have earned Pulitzers and many of his plays have been nominated for Tony Awards, the newspaper said.

A Pittsburgh native, Wilson has lived in Seattle with his wife and daughter since 1990.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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