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Bishop Choby of Nashville dies at age 70 after a long illness


Bishop David R. Choby of Nashville, Tenn., known for his pastoral care and ecumenical work, died June 3 at age 70. He is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/courtesy Diocese of Nashville)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) -- Bishop David R. Choby of Nashville died June 3 at St. Thomas West Hospital where he was undergoing treatment for injuries that he sustained in a fall at his home Feb. 7. He was 70.

Visitation was set for June 8 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville, concluding with the Office of the Dead evening prayer service. On June 9, an afternoon visitation at St. John Vianney Church was to be followed by recitation of the rosary.

The funeral Mass for Bishop Choby was to be celebrated June 10 at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Nashville, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery.

When he fell, Bishop Choby suffered a cut on the back of his head and damage to his vertebrae. He was taken by ambulance to Skyline Medical Center for initial treatment and later transferred to St. Thomas West Hospital, where his regular doctors practice.

The bishop underwent a series of tests to determine the extent of the injury to his back when a serious infection developed. He was successfully treated for that infection, and had a surgical procedure in preparation for an operation to repair the broken vertebrae May 12.

Following his spinal operation to repair the vertebrae, Bishop Choby made steady neurologic progress, but the blood infections persisted. Soon after the surgery, he was able to get out of his bed for the first time since the fall, and was eventually able to sit in a chair for long periods of time.

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