SLEEPY EYE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man whose son once fled the state to avoid chemotherapy has died.

A private funeral is set for Friday for Anthony Hauser. An obituary notice says Hauser died last Thursday at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. He was 56.

Hauser, of Sleepy Eye, told reporters at his farm last year that he had a rare and aggressive form of leukemia. He said he was treating the disease with dietary therapies.

In 2009, Hauser’s wife, Colleen, fled to California with their son, Daniel, after a judge ordered the boy to undergo chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Daniel and his mother returned, and he underwent conventional treatment. Family friend Dan Zwakman says Daniel, now 15, remains in remission.

Email and phone messages for Colleen Hauser were not immediately returned Tuesday.

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Comments (7)
  1. JKB says:

    VERY tragic. I am personally very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the family in this most difficult time.

    1. Mike says:

      Prayers didn’t help save him………….
      Herbal therapy didn’t save him………….
      But, medical attention may have………

      1. JKB says:

        Has it occured to you that there may well not have been a cure for this rare and aggressive disease? Sometimes, no matter how advanced medicine is, chemo and radiation doesnt phase some cancers. Some people choose to lead a quality life instead of one dependent on months of treatments that leave them unable to do anything but remain in pain and sickness, delaying the inevitable ending and thousands of dollars wasted. Money, the family could have used.

  2. MPD says:

    I am very sorry for the loss as well and this family will be in my thoughts and prayers tonight. However, this does prove that dietary therapies is not always the right route to solving an illness.

  3. So be it says:

    Fortunately someone stepped in and the son got treated.

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