Former Boston Mayor Collapses During Speech

Ray Flynn, 69, is battling skin cancer, grieving brother's death
By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Sep 18, 2008 12:05 PM CDT
Ray Flynn, former mayor of Boston and former US ambassador to the Vatican, seen here in a file photo, is hospitalized today after collapsing last night during a speech.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Former Boston mayor Ray Flynn, who’s been fighting skin cancer, collapsed during a speech last night and remains hospitalized, the Globe reports. He is in fair condition. “He hasn’t been feeling well in a long time,” his son said, adding that Flynn, 69, is also grieving the death last month of a younger brother. “He’s been under a lot of stress the last month.”

Flynn, a former US ambassador to the Vatican, was talking about theology in a hot, crowded pub in Quincy, Mass., when he passed out. “He didn't look well, but the speech was going well,” the bar’s owner said. “All of a sudden, he just got weak and fell back against the wall and then down [onto the stage].” Flynn lost consciousness for 5 minutes and came to after paramedics carried him outside.