Lifestyle queen Martha Stewart has dismissed talk of actor Paul Newman's deteriorating health, claiming he is "full of vim and vigor".
A Los Angeles Times article at the beginning of the week (beg09Jun08) reported the 83-year-old star had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, prompting a media frenzy about Newman's health.
The actor and his representatives have been playing down cancer reports since the beginning of the year (08), when a U.S. tabloid claimed Newman had just six months to live - but his spokesman insists the star is "doing fine".
And Stewart, who sparked fresh fears for Newman this week when she posted a photo of the star on her blog looking frail and gaunt, is doing her best to play down speculation about her pal.
Writing on her website, she says: "He is still full of vim and vigor, he is still Cool Hand Luke to me, and of course, my Butch Cassidy!"