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Helen Bentley insists reports of imminent death are 'exaggerated'

Helen Delich Bentley
Helen Delich Bentley (Jed Kirschbaum / Baltimore Sun)

Former U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley is not going gentle into that good night.

Bentley, 92, issued a news release Monday insisting that "rumors of my imminent demise are greatly exaggerated."

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The former Republican gubernatorial candidate, for whom the Port of Baltimore is named, was released from Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson last week and is receiving home hospice care.

But Bentley is not ready for burial quite yet. She said she's "feeling stronger every day."

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"Dammit, I'm still right here," the statement quotes her. "I'm getting back up to speed. My appetite is back. Next comes my energy What else do you want?"

The statement says Bentley "wants to put to rest misperceptions" caused by a recent series of hospital stays.

"Did I have a brush with the Master? You bet. But I beat him off," she said.

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