Bernard Madoff isn't dying of cancer in Butner, according to federal prison officials who dismissed a published report about his being terminally ill.
The New York Post reported today that Madoff, who is serving 150 years at a federal prison in Butner after pleading guilty to defrauding investors of more than $65 billion, does not have much longer to live.
But a statement from the Federal Bureau of Prisons says the rumors of Madoff, 71, having pancreatic cancer aren't true, Bloomberg News reports.
“While the N.Y. Post story is full of inaccuracies, and we can’t specifically address all of them, we can tell you that Bernie Madoff is not terminally ill, and has not been diagnosed with cancer,” Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said in a statement.
The Post story quotes unnamed fellow inmates saying Madoff is taking about 20 pills a day for his cancer.
“I don’t discuss my client’s physical or mental condition,” his defense attorney, Ira Sorkin, told Bloomberg News.
The Post story also reports that Madoff has accepted invitations from Native American inmates to participate in religious purification ceremonies.