Singer Robert Goulet Awaits Lung Transplant

Life 'hanging on the edge, but he's strong,' says wife
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2007 7:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – Critically ill singer Robert Goulet is sedated and on a respirator awaiting a lung transplant at a Los Angeles hospital, his wife said yesterday. A suitable donor has yet to be found, and a hospital committee has not yet determined that Goulet, 73, would make a good transplant candidate. He fell ill last month flying home from a Las Vegas performance and was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a rapidly progressing fatal illness.

"His life is hanging on the edge but he is very strong," said his wife, Vera. "It's hard to watch him like that. I can't tell you how much I want to see his smile and hear his booming voice again." Goulet made his name playing Lancelot in "Camelot" on Broadway, and went on to produce 60 albums. Before he was intubated he asked doctors to “watch my vocal chords.”