Former UNC president Friday released from hospital

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — University of North Carolina President  Emeritus William Friday is out of the hospital, more than a week  after he entered for an undisclosed illness.

UNC Hospitals spokeswoman Stephanie Mahin said the 91-year-old  Friday was released from UNC Hospitals Thursday afternoon.

Mahin released no further details.

Shortly after he entered the hospital, Friday had a permanent pacemaker implanted.

A statement from the family said calls and visits will remain restricted as Friday begins an extended period of rehabilitation.

Friday was president of UNC for 30 years, leading the school through integration, the sponsorship of the state education network and its growth into a 16-campus university system.

He also has his own show on UNC-TV called “North Carolina People” that he last taped earlier this month.

Source: The Associated Press