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Ex-baseball star Jose Canseco accidentally shoots finger

former Oakland Athletic and Texas Ranger baseball player Jose Canseco testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, to examine the use of steroids in baseball 17 October 2005 Image copyright AP
Image caption Jose Canseco admitted to regular illegal steroid use as a baseball player in a 2005 memoir

Retired baseball star Jose Canseco has undergone surgery after nearly shooting off his finger by accident, police and his fiancee have said.

Mr Canseco, 50, was cleaning his gun in his Las Vegas home, apparently unaware there remained a bullet in the weapon.

His fiancee told the Los Angeles Times she "heard the gun go off and saw his middle finger hanging by a string".

Known as a power hitter, Mr Canseco gained notoriety after admitting to regular doping during his career.

In a 2005 memoir, he said steroid use was widespread in Major League Baseball.

The Cuban-born right-handed outfielder hit 462 home runs in a 17-year career with the Oakland Athletics, the Texas Rangers, and other teams.

A six-time all-star, Mr Canseco retired in 2001.

Las Vegas police spokesman Lt Mark Reddon said officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 14:30 local time (21:30 GMT) on Tuesday.

Lt Reddon said Mr Canseco was brought to a nearby hospital.

"It will either have to be amputated or have full reconstruction surgery," Leila Knight, Mr Canseco's fiancee, told the Los Angeles Times, adding doctors told him he would never have full use of the left hand again.

There were 16,864 accidental non-fatal firearm injuries in the US last year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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