"I've stopped wearing the braces," he said then. "They squeaked and the soundmen could hear them. I took them off and never put them back on. I have pain, but I'm 100 percent OK. But the pain's been with me so long I almost don't notice it."
He had suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2000.
AP Television Writer Frazier Moore and Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle, both in New York, contributed to this report.
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