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BLOOD INFECTION PUTS DJ CANO IN HOSPITAL’S ICU

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Radio personality Richard Cano is in serious condition at LDS Hospital with a blood infection that caused heart and respiratory failure.

The disc jockey, a member of the "New Breakfast Bunch" with co-host Kevin McCormick on KUTQ, became ill June 6. According to his wife, Sharilyn, he initially thought it was the flu. Within 12 hours he was barely conscious and was admitted to the hospital.Sharilyn Cano said her husband was immediately placed on life support and woke up only a few days ago. His condition was upgraded from critical to serious Tuesday and he remains in intensive care. She said this type of bacterial infection is one of those illnesses that can get into the bloodstream even through just a hangnail.

"He's very despondent . . . Down in the dumps," Sharilyn Cano said of her husband's attitude since he woke up.

She had lots of praise for her family, neighborhood and KUTQ for their supportiveness. She also credited LDS Hospital for its excellent care.

"He'll be back on the radio," Sharilyn Cano promised, saying that KUTQ has committed to keeping his job open until he returns.

He had been one of the "Morning Guys," the state's most-listened-to morning radio team, while at KKAT. He left KKAT earlier this year when the station made a change in its morning show after Cano's DJ partner, Ken Simmons, was arrested for lewdness at the South Towne Mall. Cano then worked briefly at KRGQ before being hired by KUTQ on May 2.

Cano is one of Utah's most outrageous radio personalities who also boosts a deep, authoritative voice. In Cano's absence, KUTQ's McCormick has gone on vacation. Other DJs have been filling in.