Teamsters union President Jackie Presser died Saturday night at a suburban Cleveland Hospital, nearly two months after surgeons removed a cancerous tumor from his brain, doctors said.
Presser, charged in a federal indictment with embezzlement and racketeering, was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest at 10 p.m., at Lakewood Hospital, where he was admitted June 28, said Robert W. Reynolds, director of the hospital's cardiac care unit.Doctors at Lakewood Hospital said cancer and a previous heart condition contributed to his death.
Reynolds said members of Presser's family were at his bedside when he died.
Presser had been admitted to the suburban Cleveland hospital complaining of weakness and dizzy spells.
"This spell was attributed to a blood clot which was detected in tests at Lakewood," Reynolds said.
"His present condition had deteriorated significantly over the last few hours," Reynolds said. "Every means of cardiac resuscitation was attempted without success."
Reynolds said Presser underwent surgery June 30 for the insertion of a filter device aimed at preventing the spread of blood clots in his body.
Presser was extremely overweight and had been dogged by health problems in recent years.
In 1985, he underwent heart bypass surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He returned to the same hospital in January 1987 to have a cancerous lung removed.
In late 1987 and early 1988, he underwent tests and more cancer treatment at the Cleveland Clinic. On May 14, he was admitted to Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, where doctors said they removed a malignant brain tumor.
A Cleveland Clinic doctor said in a deposition filed with U.S. District Court in Cleveland in May that Presser had only six months to live.