John Timoney, who served as Philadelphia's police commissioner from 1998 to 2001 is battling late stage lung cancer according to a report by NewsWorks.org.
The 68-year-old native New Yorker is being treated in a Miami hospital and told reporter Bobby Allyn his voice is "completely gone," when asked if he could do an interview.
"I am quite upset about this," former Philly District Attorney Lynne Abraham told NewsWorks.
Timoney was Philly's top law enforcement official from 1998 through 2001. He spent seven years as Miami's police chief after leaving Philadelphia. In 2011 he was hired as a consultant to help launch Camden County's Metro police force and most recently consulting for Bahrain.
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During his visits back to Philadelphia, Timoney is sometimes seen rowing on the Schuylkill River.