Tom Snyder Diagnosed With Leukemia

Talk-show legend Tom Snyder (search), who successfully battled heart disease four years ago, now has leukemia.

The onetime WNBC and WABC news anchor and host of NBC's "Tomorrow" (search) — predecessor of David Letterman's late night show — got the bad news after bouts of "uncontrollable sweating" and "general lack of stamina."

"I have been diagnosed with something called chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Jesus H. Christ!" the 68-year-old wrote on his Web site.

"My doctors say its treatable.

"They say ... people can live with it for 30 years," said Snyder, whose outspokenness and brusque style made him one of the nation's top-rated interviewers in the 1970s.

"Notice, they don't say people will live 30 years but they can live up to 30 years ... I will be 69 next month; I ain't looking for 30 years — but 15 more would be nice!"

Snyder's younger brother, John, has been diagnosed with the same disease.

Off the topic, he remains as acerbic as ever.

"Early-morning network TV is not news anymore; it's a joke!" he offered. "I miss Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw. And I pray, in my own stupid way, for Peter Jennings to get well soon."

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