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Peter Falk's dementia means star 'cannot remember Columbo'

Peter Falk's dementia means star 'cannot remember Columbo'
3rd June 2009

The recent court case to decide the fate of Peter Falk's care found that the star could no longer remember his role as dishevelled detective Columbo.

Mr Falk's razor-sharp TV persona has since left the 81-year-old actor, who has long been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, leaving him unable to care for himself.

The court case took place in order to decide whether or not Catherine Falk, Peter's daughter, could take control of his estate from her stepmother Shera, though Catherine has since abandoned her attempt following a tough battle.

Ms Falk's claim arose out of her inability to see her father, claiming she was being prevented from seeing him following his problems with the neurodegenerative disease.

Shera claimed that Catherine and Peter were never close, using Peter's diary to demonstrate how his daughter was visiting for purely confrontational purposes.

Peter Falk launched his career in style, picking up nominations for best supporting actor at the Oscars for two years running for his debut film Murder Inc and his second feature Pocketful of Miracles.

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