Monday, March 31, 2008
Charleton Heston is 83 yrs old and in the final stages of Alzheimer's Disease. He publicly announced his illness August 9, 2002. Since that time, the Alzheimer's has taken a heavy toll.
Heston is under 24-hour care at his Beverly Hills home he had built with his Ben-Hur earnings. Two years ago, a family friend said, "He's way beyond the point of slight memory loss and forgetfulness... He can hardly comprehend a thing anymore. Chuck can barely communicate... And he can no longer carry out daily activities, like eating and walking, without assistance. His life, pretty much, consists of sleeping and eating... The most tragic thing is when he breaks down and cries for no reason at all. You wonder what he's thinking about, but there's no way of knowing. That's unbearable to witness."
At his 2002 announcement, Heston, who had devoted many years to his country and conservative causes, said, "I'm confident about the future of America. I believe in you. I know that the future of our country, our culture and our children is in good hands. I know you will continue to meet adversity with strength and resilience, as our ancestors did, and come through with flying colors -- the ones on Old Glory."
Another family friend told Parade Magazine, "He’s not plugged into machines and his wife Lydia doesn’t plan to use any to extend his life." His son and daughter visit often.
Charlton Heston made a career of playing larger than life characters - Michelangelo, Moses, Ben-Hur, El Cid, and giving voice to God. It is fitting that his life should end without life extending measures. He was given a role of unknown duration and he will play his scene to the end.
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