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Pat Summitt family: 'Past few days have been difficult'

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Tennessee Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt watches a basketball game from her seat at Thompson-Boling Arena. SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt watches a basketball game from her seat at Thompson-Boling Arena. SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL
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UPDATE: The family of former University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt released a statement Sunday morning acknowledging "the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type progresses."

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The statement from Erin Freeman of Ackermann Public Relations also said, "She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during this time, we ask for prayers for Pat and her family and friends, as well as your utmost respect and privacy. Thank you."


PREVIOUS STORY: Former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt is “struggling” and those close to her are “preparing for the worst,” a source involved in the situation confirmed Sunday morning.

“I don’t think anybody knows whether she will last a day, a month, or a year,” the source said.

Summitt announced in August 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.

As of late Saturday, Summitt, 64, had not been moved from the retirement center where she has been living since late January.

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