Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Has Heart Surgery
NBA great has quadruple bypass, expected to make full recovery
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2015 4:07 PM CDT
This April 1, 2014, file photo shows former Los Angeles Lakers player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at an NBA game.   (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok,File)

(Newser) – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spent his 68th birthday undergoing quadruple coronary bypass surgery, and early reports after yesterday's operation suggest he'll be around to celebrate plenty of other birthdays. Abdul-Jabbar was diagnosed with heart disease only this week, reports the Los Angeles Times, and he underwent the procedure at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. His surgeon predicted a full recovery, and a statement released in the NBA legend's name says he's "looking forward to getting back to his normal activities soon." (He battled leukemia about six years ago.)