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Billionaire Murdoch Hospitalized After Back Injury

Billionaire Murdoch Hospitalized After Back Injury
21st Century Fox's Rupert Murdoch (Ian West/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 17 January 2018 04:33 PM

Media titan Rupert Murdoch suffered a back injury while vacationing on his son's yacht in the Caribbean — and had to be helicoptered off the vessel and hospitalized, Vanity Fair reported Wednesday.

According to VF's Gabriel Sherman, the 86-year-old mogul was recovering in a Los Angeles hospital until recently; the accident occurred shortly after the New Year's holiday.

Sherman tweeted Murdoch was vacationing with wife Jerry Hall when he fell on his son Lachlan's yacht.

In an email to senior management last Friday night, Murdoch relayed news of the "painful back injury," Sherman reported.

"I hope you all are having a great start to 2018," Murdoch wrote, Sherman reported, citing an unnamed source who had seen the email. "I suspect it has been better than mine.”

"I am writing to tell you that last week I had a sailing accident and suffered a painful back injury. While I am well on the road to recovery, I have to work from home for some weeks. In the meantime, you'll be hearing from me by email, phone, and text!"

Sherman reported that incident comes at a "delicate moment" for Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, as the company plans to sell its film and television assets to Disney in an historic $52.4 billion Hollywood merger. Murdoch is retaining Fox News.

The mogul had a 2000 health scare, when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Sherman reported, noting he is now fully recovered.

The mogul's mother, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, died in December 2012 at the age of 103.

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Media titan Rupert Murdoch had to be helicoptered off his son's yacht in the Caribbean and hospitalized after suffering a back injury while on vacation, Vanity Fair reported Wednesday.
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