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Sproat said doctors removed a breathing tube on Thursday as he came out of sedation and he's now enjoying a diet of soft foods like mashed potatoes and popsicles while he eases back to health.
After Sproat was hospitalized, friends and fans have expressed wishes through text messages and on the Internet. A Facebook page "Prayers for Wild Bill" has nearly 500 members and is updated with news from family members on a frequent basis.
"I just want everyone to know how much I appreciate them," Sproat said. "It really means a lot to me that they're giving me so much support."