New York plague survivor dies of unrelated illness

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man who nearly lost his life in New York City's first instance of bubonic plague in more than 100 years has died of an unrelated illness.

The wife of 65-year-old John Tull told The Associated Press that her husband died Wednesday in a Santa Fe, New Mexico, hospital. Lucinda Marker says Tull was diagnosed a month ago with a rare cancer. She says doctors didn't believe it was related to the plague.

According to doctors, the couple was infected by fleas at their Santa Fe home. Both came down with flu-like symptoms during a visit to New York and were diagnosed with the plague.

Marker recovered within days, but Tull was hospitalized for more than two months. He fell into a coma and both of his feet were amputated.