Robert Silverberg reports that on May 9 he suffered a heart attack in Siena, Italy. He told Andrew Porter in an e-mail:
Repairs performed, I am home now, and all seems well, though as of this morning it appears recovery will be slow.
I do expect to attend the worldcon.
Several dear friends volunteered to come to Siena last week to assist Karen. This proved not to be necessary but was vastly appreciated.
I would not be surprised to receive many messages of concern. Believe me that these will all be received gratefully but I don’t have the strength right now to make individual replies.
I have made no public announcement of the event before this but I no longer regard it as classified info.
Silverberg’s history includes a previous heart attack in 2013, while on a trip to the UK.
[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]