By: E&P Staff
Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Jay Mariotti underwent an angioplasty when he fell ill on a reporting trip to cover the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, the tabloid reported Friday.
Mariotti, 47, fell ill Wednesday on the flight to New Orleans. “When his condition failed to improve after he arrived at his hotel, he went to an area hospital, where the heart procedure was performed to clear a clogged artery,” the Sun-Times reported in an unbylined story.
The paper said Mariotti will take time off from his column and his appearances with the ESPN sports-talk show “Around the Horn.” He expects to return to work before the Super Bowl early next month, the paper said.
Mariotti, who has been at the paper for 15 years, signed a three-year contract extension to 2009, the Sun-Times announced this summer. The columnist took extensive vacation time off following a June tirade against him by Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
He is the second high-profile Sun-Times columnist currently in sick bay. Movie critic Roger Ebert has been recovering from cancer surgery since last summer, but has filed a few reviews and features in recent months.