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Former California Rep. Diane Watson is recovering from a heart attack she suffered last week, friends and former aides said.

The 78-year-old Los Angeles Democrat was released Monday from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized following the April 18 heart attack, a former aide said. She is now recovering at her home in Los Angeles.

"She's doing excellent and is in good spirits," Michelle Chambers, a former Watson aide who is still close to the Los Angeles Democrat, told The Bee. "She's doing very well."

Watson retired in 2011 after serving a decade in Congress, most recently representing the 33rd Congressional District. She had previously served 20 years in the state Senate.

Sen. Rod Wright, D-Inglewood, told Senate colleagues of the news during today's floor session, asking members to pray for her recovery.

"She's on the mend, but all heart attacks are really serious and this was," he said.



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