Former University of Louisville basketball coach Denny Crum is being treated for what doctors believe was a mild stroke.

Family members said the 80-year-old suffered the stroke while fishing with his wife, Susan Sweeney Crum, in Alaska and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Anchorage.

Denny Crum

Susan Sweeney Crum gave WLKY an update on her husband’s condition, during a phone call with WLKY Anchor Rick Van Hoose on Thursday.

“He’s just trying to rest right now. He doesn’t have any lasting effects from the stroke. I think that’s because the clot-busting medicine got in and did what it needs to do,” she said. “It took a little time for all of that to resolve. But right now, he didn’t sleep well last night and right now, he’s trying to get some rest — and hopefully get discharged from the hospital in the next day, or so — and head back to Louisville as soon as we can.”

Crum is undergoing tests, but his condition is said to be improving.

Susan Sweeney Crum thanked those who have been praying for her husband as he recovers in the hospital.

“Well, we really appreciate all the love he’s getting and all the prayers he’s getting; and we look forward to getting back home,” she said. “I’m sure he’s disappointed that he’s not going to catch a bigger fish than some of his friends, but we had a good week of fishing before they got here so, we look forward to getting home.”

Crum’s doctor from Louisville was already headed to Alaska with four other friends to join Crum on the back end of the fishing trip.

They arrived Thursday.

Crum was Louisville basketball’s head coach for three decades.

The hall of famer led the Cards to two national titles.


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