Ailing Sen. Ted Kennedy may not return to the Senate, and speculation is brewing that the veteran Democratic lawmaker is setting up his wife, Vicki, to succeed him, according to a report Friday in the Boston Herald.
The article quoted friends of the family who said the Massachusetts senator's brain cancer has worsened and that he is resting at an undisclosed location in Florida.
Anthony Coley, a Kennedy family spokesman, disputed the Herald's report, telling FOX News that Sen. Kennedy is not on his death bed and continues to recover in warmer climates when not traveling back to Washington for Senate business.
Coley added that the report that Vicki Kennedy is in line to succeed her husband couldn't be farther from the truth.
Kennedy, 76, returned to Capitol Hill recently to vote on President Obama's stimulus bill. On Inauguration Day, he was taken by ambulance to the hospital when he suffered a seizure at a reception for the new president.
The Herald said people close to Kennedy expect he may have only a few months to live.
The article said some expect his wife is being groomed to run for his seat. Kennedy has served nine terms in the U.S. Senate.