Former Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia.
Fordice confirmed his illness Wednesday but did not specify the type of leukemia.
His health has been in question since midway through his first term.
John Arledge, Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Haley Barbour and a former top Fordice aide, said Fordice has always been a fighter and he'll fight this disease with determination.