SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Former New York mob boss John Gotti, who is terminally ill with throat cancer, was rushed from his prison cell to a hospital, a longtime family friend said.

Gotti was in stable condition at an undisclosed hospital in Springfield, friend Lewis Kasman said. Gotti was transferred Thursday after some of his lesions began bleeding, Kasman said.

Diane Smith, spokeswoman for the federal prison, said she could not comment on the situation, citing privacy laws. She said Gotti was "receiving appropriate medical care."

Gotti, 60, is terminally ill from head, neck and throat cancer, and has been hospitalized three times in recent months because of complications.