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I wish I had better news (updated)

Tim Hoke, the Komets' longtime TV broadcaster, who suffered ventricular fibrillation Sunday, is not doing well.

He is showing very little sign of brain activity and a decision will, probably, be made Monday on whether to take him off life support.

Ventricular fibrillation is uncontrolled twitching of muscle fibers in the heart, and it can strike suddenly.

Hoke, 66, began calling Komets games in 1989 and retired from that after last season. He was going to retire from his day job at Aqua Indiana this fall and move to Florida.

He is an extremely nice man. Seriously, in the hundreds upon hundreds of times I've seen him, he's never had anything but a smile and a kind word to say.

When you're dealing with me, that's not usually the case.

I believe in miracles. Now would be a good time for one.

* The family has now asked for no visitors because they don't think Tim would want to be remembered that way.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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