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Elder L. Tom Perry’s cancer has spread aggressively; hospice care to begin soon

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Posted at 9:59 AM, May 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-30 00:27:15-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is suffering from terminal cancer and will receive hospice care soon.

"Elder Perry has asked that we share his thanks for the prayers and kindness extended to him by Church members and friends.  Despite earlier treatments, cancer has spread aggressively to his lungs and beyond," said Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for the LDS church, in a statement on the church's website. "Elder Perry is at home.  He will no longer attend meetings, though he is still receiving visits from members of the Quorum of the Twelve, the First Presidency, and close family.  He will begin receiving hospice care in the coming days."

The LDS church announced in April that Perry, 92, had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

Perry was called to his position in the Quorum of the Twelve on April 6, 1974 and he has served in several other church leadership positions in Idaho, California, New York and Massachusetts.

Friday, FOX 13 News' Matt McDonald spoke to several Utahns about their memories of Perry, including one man who experienced Perry's sense of kindness during a snowy encounter. Click here for those interviews.