Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young hospitalized after falling ill

U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young

ATLANTA — The wife of Civil Rights icon, ambassador Andrew Young, said her husband is in the hospital. Young was admitted into Emory University Hospital Wednesday afternoon after falling ill at an event this weekend in Nashville.

His family told Channel 2's Sophia Choi that Young was scheduled to give the keynote speech at Fisk University on Sunday, when he started to feel ill. He never made it to the school.

Choi spoke with Young’s wife, Carolyn, by phone on Wednesday.

“He flew to Nashville on Saturday. The baccalaureate was on Sunday and he never got to the baccalaureate. In the process of getting ready to go to the baccalaureate, he became ill and they took him to Vanderbilt Hospital,” Carolyn Young said.


Andrew Young spent three days at Vanderbilt Hospital.

His wife would not discuss his symptoms with Choi, but she did ask for prayers.

“He is an icon. He is loved by the world. So, we would ask them to pray for him that he would have a speedy recovery. I would really appreciate it,” Carolyn Young said.

Young was the United States ambassador to the United Nations from 1977 until 1979 and the mayor of Atlanta from 1982 until 1990.

In March, Channel 2 Action News sat down with Andrew Young for a one-on-one interview about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

His wife said Young will be fine.

Ernie Suggs with the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this article. Follow MyAJC.com for more updates. Political columnist Jim Galloway contributed to this story.