Contrary to numerous but erroneous reports this morning that he had succumbed to his battle with lung cancer, Pat Burns is still alive at his home in Quebec with his family.
Apparently, Burns has even had a little fun with all of the reports, telling Bob McKenzie;
“Here we go again. They’re trying to kill me before I’m dead. I come to Quebec to spend some time with my family and they say I’m dead. I’m not dead, far (expletive) from it. They’ve had me dead since June. Tell them I’m alive. Set them straight.”
Reports yesterday indicated that Burns’ health had taken a turn for the worse in his fight with lung cancer, which he has been battling since 2009.Â He previously battled colon and liver cancer.
Regardless, our thoughts go out to Pat, his family and friends in this difficult time.
Burns led the Maple Leafs to the conference finals in his first 2 years in Toronto after coaching the Canadiens for 4 seasons. The 3-time Jack Adams award winner also coached the Bruins for 4 seasons and won the Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2003.
We all know someone whose life has been affected by cancer. Perhaps today is a good day to make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.