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Garrison Keillor suffers a brain seizure, but his show goes on

Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor speaks during a July 2015 interview in St. Paul, Minn.
(Jim Mone / AP Photo)

“Prairie Home Companion” radio show host Garrison Keillor says he has suffered a brain seizure, but this week’s show apparently will go on. 

The 73-year-old Keillor posted on Facebook on Thursday that he had what he called a “whirlwind weekend,” doing two shows at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Virginia and suffering a “nocturnal brain seizure.” 

He said he flew to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where he underwent an MRI scan, which showed what he called a “black hole” where a previous stroke had struck near his brain’s language center. He said a doctor put him on medicine to stop convulsions that make him feel lethargic and that he intends to keep going with this week’s program. 

His publicist, David O’Neill, said Keillor still planned to fly to Atlanta on Thursday to host Saturday’s show. 


Keillor has said he’ll step down as “Prairie Home Companion” host after his broadcast on July 1. 


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