April 6th, 2008
01:36 PM ET
12 years ago

Bush saddened by Heston's death

 Charlton Heston had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease.

Charlton Heston had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease.

President Bush issued the following statement on the death of Charlton Heston:

"Laura and I are saddened by the death of our friend, Charlton Heston. Charlton Heston was one of the most successful actors in movie history and a strong advocate for liberty.

"Widely acclaimed for his long, award-winning film career, he also had a profound impact off the screen. He served his country during World War II, marched in the civil rights movement, led a labor union, and vigorously defended Americans' Second Amendment rights. He was a man of character and integrity, with a big heart. For all these reasons, in 2003 I was proud to award Charlton Heston the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nations's highest civil honor.

"Our prayers are with his wife Lydia and the entire Heston family during this difficult time."

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  1. Pier Giacalone

    I wonder how many tears will be shed by the parents of victims of gun violence for this sad man who was clearly more disoriented to the point of being deranged before his altzheimers.

    While for most people, Alzheimers is an unthinkably awful way to leave this world there's something out of balance that people like Heston and Reagan who have so much in their lives that requires repentance on their death beds have their slates wiped clean.

    Lee Atwater is a good example of what happens to such a man without the benefit of shuffling off this mortal coil with a spotless mind.

    Will someone now please pry that gun out of his hand......

    April 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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