INVERNESS, Fla. (AP) – The son of Hall of Famer Ted Williams has been diagnosed with leukemia, according to a newspaper report.

John Henry Williams, 35, told the Citrus County Chronicle yesterday that he was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia earlier this month at UCLA Medical Center. He told the newspaper that he has already started chemotherapy.

“The whole goal is get the leukemia in remission,” Williams said from Los Angeles for a story to be published Friday.

Attempts made by The Associated Press to reach Williams were unsuccessful. Calls placed to the home of John Henry Williams’ attorney, Eric Abel, were not immediately returned.

After Ted Williams died July 5, 2002, John Henry Williams was at the center of a controversy surrounding his father’s remains. Williams had his father’s body taken to an Arizona cryonics lab, setting off a battle with his half-sister, who said her father had wanted to be cremated.

The matter was settled in December, when Bobby Jo Ferrell, Ted Williams’ oldest daughter, dropped her objections. A telephone call to Bobby Jo Ferrell’s home on Thursday evening was not answered.

John Henry Williams’ other sister, Claudia Williams, told the newspaper she is in Los Angeles for tests to determine if she is a match for a possible bone marrow transplant.

“It’s not good, not good at all, considering his age,” Claudia Williams said.

About 10,500 new cases of acute myelogenous leukemia are diagnosed each year in the United States, with remission occurring in 70-80 percent of those patients.

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