Charlton Heston who was born John Charles Carter in Evanstown, Illinois died today, April 5, 2008 at his home in Beverly Hills, California,with Lydia, his wife of 64 years, by his side. He was 84.
Reports say that the cause of his death is unknown, but Mr. Heston had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease a few years ago.
In an August 9, 2002 statement to CNN he said this:
"For an actor, there is no greater loss than the loss of his audience," Heston said in his statement.
"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."
Heston, a classically trained actor, concluded his videotaped statement by quoting Prospero from William Shakespeare's "The Tempest":
"We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep."
May you rest in peace, Mr. Heston.