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09/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NY Post 's Madoff Cancer Story "Innacurate", Madoff Doesn't Have Cancer, Isn't Dying: Prison Official

This morning the NY Post declared that Bernie Madoff had cancer (headline: Bernie's Cancer Cell: Madoff Dying-- Unless He Can Cheat Death, Too). But a US Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman is now saying that this is not so: "While the NY Post story is full of inaccuracies, and we can't specifically address all of them, we can tell you that Bernie Madoff is not terminally ill, and has not been diagnosed with cancer."

The Post reported that Madoff had been telling other inmates he was dying:

"He's been taking about 20 pills a day for his cancer," said one inmate.

"He talks about it all the time. He's not doing very well."

There's been much speculation as to why Madoff took the entire fall for the scheme -- and rumors of his suffering from pancreatic cancer surfaced many months before he arrived at the Butner, NC, complex in June.