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Cheney looks thin at Bush library ceremony

Former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney's thin appearance at the groundbreaking for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas is attributed to a long hospital stay following heart surgery during the summer.

Former VP underwent summer heart surgery

Former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney's thin appearance at the groundbreaking for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas on Tuesday is a result of a long hospital stay following heart surgery over the summer, his spokesman says.

Peter Long said Cheney is hoping to keep the weight off to improve his health after spending several weeks in hospital.

Cheney used a cane at the groundbreaking, though he walked to the podium without it. He used the cane because of a knee injury from playing high school football that acts up occasionally, Long said.

Cheney was one of many former administration officials in Dallas for the groundbreaking of the Bush presidential library and policy institute.