LATEST: Movie veteran Paul Newman has been forced to issue a statement after speculation about his failing health reached new highs - with reports suggesting he's battling lung cancer.
Tabloid stories earlier this year (08) suggested the beloved star and humanitarian had just six months to live and was under hospital supervision, but the actor laughed off the rumours, insisting his medical crisis was nothing more than treatment of athlete's foot and "hair loss".
And fears for the star's health were further heightened after lifestyle guru Martha Stewart posted a recent photograph of herself and Newman on her website earlier this week (begs02Jun08), which showed the actor appearing frail and in ill health.
Now, the star's representative Jeff Sanderson has contacted the media to ease the mounting concern over the actor's wellbeing, insisting Newman is "doing nicely".
Sanderson told reporters on Tuesday (10Jun08) he had been instructed to pass on the message by Newman himself, but declined to elaborate on specific details of Newman's current health situation.
On Monday (09Jun08), the Los Angeles Times reported the 83-year-old has reportedly been diagnosed with "terminal lung cancer" at New York's Sloan-Kettering Center, where Newman is currently receiving outpatient treatment.
A spokesperson for the hospital said they had no information about whether Newman was a patient there, according to online reports.