Ted Turner rushed to clinic in Argentina with appendicitis: media

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Posted: Mar 07, 2014 11:41 AM

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Philanthropist and former media tycoon Ted Turner was rushed to a hospital with appendicitis early on Friday in Argentina's Patagonia region, where he owns property, local media said.

After a brief stay in the San Carlos clinic in the picturesque lakeside city of Bariloche, the 75-year-old founder of cable TV powerhouse CNN was flown to Buenos Aires for surgery, according to several Argentine newspapers.

Turner spokesman Phillip Evans told CNN television that Turner was admitted to a hospital for observation while traveling in South America.

"Given it is our policy not to comment on his personal health, no further details will be provided," Evans said.

Workers at the San Carlos clinic confirmed that Turner was there in the early morning hours, and left on foot. Media said he took a private jet to Buenos Aires.

(Reporting by Jorge Otaola and Hernan Nessi, writing by Hugh Bronstein; Editing by James Dalgleish and Jonathan Oatis)