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Family says Schott is on life support

CINCINNATI -- Marge Schott, the primary owner of the Reds for nearly 20 years until 1999, is on life support at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati television station WLWT reported Tuesday.

No other information on Schott's current condition was available.

Family members told WLWT that Schott originally checked into the hospital with a knee problem. They said she had taken a turn for the worse after developing "other ailments," the station reported.

Schott initially was admitted to Christ Hospital on Feb. 9 due to a cold, according to a Cincinnati Post report. A longtime smoker, the 75-year-old Schott developed breathing problems during that stay, but a hospital spokeswoman said at the time that Schott's condition was improving.

Schott has been hospitalized for lung-related problems in recent
years. She was in the same hospital last March for pneumonia and
was hospitalized twice in 2001 after complaining of breathing problems.

Schott sold her controlling shares in the Reds in 1999, ending a
stormy tenure that included suspensions for inflammatory comments.
She still owns a limited share in the team.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.