DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing was diagnosed with inflammation of the intestine and will remain at a hospital for further observation, just days before the struggling city faces a key financial deadline, the mayor’s office said in a statement on Friday.
Monday is the deadline for a panel created by the state of Michigan to recommend what to do to fix Detroit’s dire financial situation. The city and the state have been negotiating to try to stave off the appointment of an emergency manager for the nearly-bankrupt city.
Bing’s Chief of Staff Kirk Lewis said in a statement that he spoke to Bing late Friday afternoon and he was “upbeat.” The inflammation is “a commonly diagnosed condition affecting more than half of Americans over 60 years old,” Lewis said.
Bing, 68, was admitted to Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital on Thursday due to “discomfort” after an early morning dentist appointment. He spent the night in observation.