Leah Rabin, widow of Israel's slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, has been diagnosed with lung cancer, Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper said Thursday.
72 year-old Rabin is undergoing medical tests in New York to determine the best course of treatment for the disease, her son-in-law Avi Pelosoff told the daily. He said Rabin's doctors from Tel Aviv's Tel Hashomer hospital recommended the tests.
The paper said Rabin's illness was made public when she failed to appear on Sunday in Washington, D.C., at an awards ceremony of the American Friends of Tel Aviv University honoring her for her contribution to Middle East peace.
According to Reuters, Israel's Army Radio said American journalist Mike Wallace, who was master of ceremonies at the dinner, was the first to reveal Rabin's condition when he announced that she would not attend the event.
Rabin's family members were not immediately available for comment, added the agency.
Yitzhak Rabin was gunned down by a right-wing Jewish Israeli in 1995 - (Several Sources)
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