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Jack Herer Continues to Fight for His Life -- Donation Fund FormedTim King Salem-News.com
Rumors circulating Friday afternoon about Jack's passing are not correct. We verified at 4:10 p.m. pacific time that Jack Herer remains in critical condition.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Author and activist Jack Herer suffered a heart attack Saturday after stepping down from the stage at Hempfest, an event celebrating cannabis in Oregon.
Jack has been very busy in recent years republishing his book, and he was also planning to leave soon on a European tour.
Herer is the author of "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" and it is fair to say he is known and loved by millions who are part of, or associated with, the cannabis culture. He is quite possibly the single most important and well known figure in the entire movement.
Jack's heart attack followed his delivery of an impassioned speech to the thousands attending Hempstalk.
The event is described by some friends of Jack's as a "mild heart attack", but Salem-News.com's Dr. Phillip Leveque, says no heart attacks are mild.
We want to be able to give accurate information and we have received many emails from people who care and want to know how Jack, his wife Jeannie, and his son Mark are doing, along with their long list of supporters.
Alabama Compassionate Care reported on Facebook that the latest UNCONFIRMED word is that Jack may have suffered damage to 70% of his brain.
Organizers of Hempstalk had asked the city of Portland to station an ambulance near the event but city officials refused, according to Oregon NORML Executive Director Madeline Martinez.
Dr. Leveque says Jack did go a long time without oxygen. It actually took between twenty and twenty five minutes for ambulance crews to reach Jack after he collapsed.
Salem-News.com called the Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland and were told as of 2:10 p.m. west coast time, by a spokesperson, that Jack Herer is still in critical condition. He is in the hospital's Cardiac ICU.
JACK HERER FUND: There is an immediate need for help with finances for Jack Herer. They ask for you to please spread the word. Donations may be deposited at any US BANK under the JACK HERER DONATION FUND.
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