Saginaw, Mich., Oct 16, 2018 / 10:37 am
Bishop Joseph Cistone died in his home Tuesday morning, the Diocese of Saginaw has reported.
Local officials told reporters they received a 911 call from the bishop's home Tuesday morning, adding that first-responders found the bishop dead upon their arrival. The diocese said in a short statement that the bishop had died in his home during the night.
Cistone, 69, announced Feb. 1 that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, after undergoing tests for a persistent cough he'd experienced for months.
"The good news is that, since I have never been a smoker, it is a form of lung cancer which is treatable and potentially curable," Cistone wrote in a February letter to his priests.