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Steinbrenner falls ill while watching play in North Carolina

Posted October 31, 2006

— New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is back at work after being hospitalized Sunday when he became ill while watching his granddaughter perform in a play, his spokesman said.

"George is just fine," spokesman Howard Rubenstein said Tuesday.

Steinbrenner, 76, and his family were watching his granddaughter, junior Haley Swindal, perform in "Cabaret" on Sunday at the Playmakers Theatre on the University of North Carolina campus. He was taken to a hospital and released Monday morning, Rubenstein said.

Rubenstein said there was no air conditioning, and the windows were shut inside the old theater, making it very hot.

Danny Coles, the production's assistant music director, said he noticed some commotion in the audience near the end of the second act. At intermission, the theater was evacuated as a precaution, an ambulance called and the performance canceled because the severity of the incident wasn't known, he said.

Steinbrenner flew back to his home in Tampa, Florida, on Monday and returned to work later that afternoon. Rubenstein said he has spoken to Steinbrenner at least three times since the incident.

"He's in great spirits, and we're all very pleased," Rubenstein said.


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