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Exonerated Man Suffers Heart Attack Two Days After Being Released

Kevin Horan/Stone(NEW YORK) -- David Ranta has suffered a massive heart attack just two days after being exonerated of murder and leaving prison for the first time in 23 years, his attorney told ABC News.

Lawyer Pierre Sussman said that Ranta, 58, was being treated in an New York hospital after suffering a severe heart attack Friday night. He did not provide further details.

Ranta was freed from prison Thursday after serving 23 years of a 37.5 year sentence for the murder of Brooklyn rabbi Chaskel Werzberger in 1990.

Ranta left a Brooklyn courtroom Thursday after a judge said he was free to go and his family cheered. On the way out he told reporters that the sensation of walking freely out of the courthouse was "overwhelming."

"I said from the beginning," Ranta said. "I had nothing to do with this case." When asked what he was going to do next, he responded, "Get the hell out of here."

Ranta had been spending time with his family after his release. Sussman declined to provide details or to identify the hospital to protect Ranta's privacy.

The rabbi was killed after a botched jewelry heist and Ranta was convicted of the killing despite his protests of innocence.

Over the last two decades, the case against Ranta began to crumble. In 2011 an eyewitness, who was a child at the time of the murder, came forward to say he had been coached to pick Ranta out of a line up. A subsequent investigation by the Conviction Integrity Unit of the Brooklyn District Attorney's office determined Ranta's case had been mishandled by police.

On Thursday, Ranta's family, including siblings and his pregnant daughter who was just 2 when he was arrested, were on hand when Judge Miriam Cyrulnik cleared his name. Ranta's parents died while he was in prison.

"It's clear that the effects of this case have been devastating," Cyrulnik said. "To say I'm sorry for what you have endured would be an understatement."

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Former L.A. Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda Has Heart Attack

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda suffered a minor heart attack Monday and is now recovering in a New York hospital, according to a statement released by the team.

The Hall of Fame manager’s wife, Jo Lasorda, said he was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, where doctors inserted a stent to clear a blocked artery.  He is now in stable condition.

“The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger Blue,” Lasorda reportedly joked. “I’m looking forward to being back at the stadium to cheer on the Dodgers.”

He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days, according to his wife.

Lasorda, 84, was in New York to represent the Dodgers at baseball’s amateur draft. Lasorda was videotaped Sunday at a media event at an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn, according to TMZ. reporter Joey Nowak tweeted, “I was at an event with Tommy Lasorda yesterday in NYC, and people said he wasn’t feeling well. Suffered heart attack.”

Hundreds of fans sent their prayers and support for Lasorda via Twitter.

In 2007, Lasorda spoke on ABC News’ Good Morning America about his time in baseball and the modern state of the game:

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Kara Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s Daughter, Dies at 51

Brian Snyder-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Kara Kennedy, daughter of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, suffered a heart attack and died late Friday evening, sources confirm to ABC News. She was 51.

In 2002, Kara Kennedy, daughter of Ted and Joan Kennedy, was diagnosed with inoperable cancer.

With her father’s help, she found a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who removed a portion of her lung as part of the treatment.  Five years later, her mother told the Boston Globe that Kennedy was cancer free and was running five miles a day.

“My daughter was my best friend,” Joan Kennedy said Saturday. “She stayed with me all summer long in Hyannisport. We had a wonderful summer together.

“She was beloved by everybody who knew her. She was beloved by all of her cousins,” she said. “So many people have been calling me today and it makes me feel good to know how much everybody loved her.”

In August 2009, Kennedy gave a touching reading of Psalm 72 at her father’s funeral at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston.

Ted Kennedy often prayed at Our Lady in 2003 while his daughter was being treated for lung cancer at the nearby hospital.

Kara Anne Kennedy was born February 27, 1960. She has two siblings, Teddy Jr. and Patrick, the former congressman.

She was a graduate of Tufts University and was a producer for VSA arts, a nonprofit organization founded by her aunt Jean Kennedy Smith.

She was also on the board for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome along with her cousin William Kennedy Smith.

She was a former producer for the television program Evening Magazine at WBZ-TV in Boston.

She was married to professional sailor Michael Allen in1990 and they had two children, Grace and Max.

On Aug. 12, 2009, she accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on behalf of her father who was terminally ill at the time.

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