Former Gov. Edwin Edwards has been hospitalized with pneumonia, his biographer confirmed Tuesday.
The diagnosis is a repeat of the illness which sent the 89-year-old former governor to the hospital about this same time last year.
Edwards' biographer Leo Honeycutt said Edwards was admitted to the hospital Sunday and may stay there through the end of this week. Honeycutt said he spoke with Edwards on Tuesday and he sounded well.
Last year when he was sent to the hospital for pneumonia, Honeycutt, who authored an authorized biography of the former governor, said it seemed that Edwards had suffered with some kind of upper respiratory problem every year.
Edwards is the state’s only four-term governor. He served nine years in federal prison for racketeering, extortion, money laundering, mail fraud and wire fraud.
In 2015, he attempted a political comeback, running for the 6th Congressional District seat now held by Garret Graves.
Edwards and his wife Trina, whom he met while in prison and married shortly after being released in 2011, celebrated the birth of a son, Eli, in August 2013. He is Edwards' fifth child.
- with reporting by Eric Paulsen