Diddley leaving intensive care after stroke

Tue May 22, 2007 1:48am EDT

Bo Diddley performs in New York in a 2004 photo. A week after suffering a stroke following a gig in Iowa, the rock legend was being transferred on Monday from the intensive care unit to a regular room at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen

Bo Diddley performs in New York in a 2004 photo. A week after suffering a stroke following a gig in Iowa, the rock legend was being transferred on Monday from the intensive care unit to a regular room at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

Credit: Reuters/Jeff Christensen

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NEW YORK (Billboard) - A week after suffering a stroke following a gig in Council Bluffs, Iowa, rock legend Bo Diddley was being transferred on Monday from the intensive care unit to a regular room at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

It is as yet unknown when Diddley will be well enough to return to his Gainesville, Fla., home, where he is expected to continue treatment at the Shands Medical Center at the University of Florida.

According to his publicist, Diddley is still having trouble speaking but appears to have suffered no long-term physical damage from the stroke.

"I was able to speak with him by phone this morning," his business manager, Faith Fusillo, said in a statement. "He wanted to know where his stuff was: his guitar and the money from the gig. I was so happy because this is the Bo that I know and love, and a real indication that Bo is on his way back."

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