TV icon Peter Falk, best known for his role in the series “Columbo” has died of Alzheimer’s at age 83. He died on June 23,at home, in Beverly Hills, California, according to a statement released on Friday by Larry Larson, who is a family friend.
Peter Fak has been diagnosed with the most common form of dementia, Azheimer’s disease, in 2009. His personal physician had reported back then that Falk had slipped into dementia after a series of dental surgeries he had suffered in 2007. Dr. Stephen Read stated that is was not clear what the factors in the operation that triggered the illness were. It could have been the anesthetics or something else. The actor’s mental condition worsen over time. Read said that at one point he couldn’t even remember the character that made him famous, detective Columbo.
Peter Falk has died leaving behind two daughters, Catherine and Jackie, a wife, Shera Danese, and countless friends and fans. He once said bout death that it was “just a gateway”. His memoirs were published in 2006 under the name “Just One More Thing”, the famous quote of all times of his character in the movie, Columbo. In every show, the detective would turn around to another character, generally the suspect, and said “Ahhh, there’s just one more thing…”
A large number of actors paid a tribute to Falk. One of them is actor-comedian Michael McKean. He said “Falk’s assault on conventional stardom went like this: You’re not conventionally handsome, you’re missing an eye and you have a speech impediment. Should you become a movie star? Peter’s correct answer: Absolutely.”
Rob Reiner, the director of the movie “The Princess Bride” in which Falk starred, said “there is literally nobody you could compare him to. He was a completely unique actor”
Today we lost someone who is very special and dear to my heart. Not only a wonderful actor but a very great friend, Gena Rowlands said. She co-starred with Falk in the movie “Woman Under The Influence” in 1974.
The best way to remember Peter Falk is to celebrate his life and his great work.