Angela's Ashes Author McCourt Gravely Ill

'He is not expected to live,' brother says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2009 4:58 PM CDT
Frank McCout, in 2007.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

(Newser) Angela's Ashes author Frank McCourt is battling skin cancer and meningitis and is near death, his brother tells the New York Daily News. McCourt, 78, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1996 memoir about growing up in poverty in Ireland, is under hospice care, says his brother Malachy. "His faculties are shutting down. He is not expected to live."