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Peter Falk dead at 83

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Peter Falk obituary

Peter Falk, star of the hit television series Columbo, has died after suffering from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83 years old.

Peter Falk obituary

Legendary actor Peter Falk, best known for his role as a wisecracking detective on Columbo, succumbed to Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83.

A statement from his family confirmed that Falk "died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home in the evening of June 23, 2011."

While the family did not release a cause of death, Falk has suffered from Alzheimer's that got worse after a series of dental surgeries in 2007.

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Falk was best known for his role on Columbo but had a career that spanned over 50 years and included a Tony Award for his 1972 role in Neil Simon's play The Prisoner of Second Avenue.

He leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Shera, and two daughters from a previous marriage -- one of whom, Catherine, battled Shera for control of Falk's finances after his health began to deteriorate. A judge ruled in Shera's favor.

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