Reports indicate that former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, 70, is seriously ill.
Details, at this point are sparse but news outlets have stated that Klein — who suffers from a serious form of dementia — remains at the Calgary senior's medical facility that has been his home since 2011.
CTV's Don Martin who is in contact with the Klein family, tweeted this on Wednesday afternoon:
Ralph Klein under palliative care.Albertans should brace for the worst as the people's premier prepares to move on. Very sad days ahead.
— Don Martin (@DonMartinCTV) March 20, 2013
In an interview with CTV News Calgary, Martin said that Klein is in "grave condition."
"He’s been sleeping an awful lot. He’s lost a lot of weight," he said.
"He knows fewer and fewer people. It is definitely a sad state of affairs and he is in very grave condition."
Klein exemplified Alberta politics in the 1980s and 90s serving as Calgary's mayor for nearly a decade before serving four terms as Alberta's premier from 1992 to 2006.Read More »from Former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein seriously ill in hospital