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Actor Charlton Heston, film icon and NRA leader, is dead

In 2002, Charlton Heston again showed his strength when he made public with his Alzheimers-like neurological disorder. He offered the following statement.

For an actor, there is no greater loss than the loss of his audience. I can part the Red Sea, but I can’t part with you, which is why I won’t exclude you from this stage in my life… For now, I’m not changing anything. I’ll insist on work when I can; the doctors will insist on rest when I must. If you see a little less spring to my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you’ll know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway.

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Charlton Heston with a rifle at an NRA rally

Charlton Heston, the Hollywood legend who died recently aged 84. In these images from November 2002, Charlton Heston and his nephew Jack Heston at a downtown Los Angeles mission for the homeless.

Above: Charlton Heston and his nephew Jack Heston
as they helped serve Thanksgiving dinners at a downtown
Los Angeles mission for the homeless in November 2002

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