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Man pummeled by butting bull dies in hospital

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) -- An elderly North Carolina man battered by an angry bull that escaped from its pasture has died, and the animal is headed to a slaughterhouse.

Ricky House of Spring Lake said Tuesday that his 82-year-old father John A. House died Dec. 23 after life-support machines were removed. John House was hospitalized three days earlier after failing to coax one of his Angus bulls back into its pen on the family's 12-acre Fayetteville farm.

Hours before his father was injured, Ricky House says he had made an appointment to take the bull to a slaughterhouse because he was tired of coping with the animal's aggressive disposition.

Ricky House says his father's funeral is set for Thursday.

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