Charlton Heston died on Saturday at the age of 84. He won the admiration of cinemagoers with his portrayal of great men from Moses (The Ten Commandments), Ben Hur (Ben Hur), Michelangelo (The Agony and the Ecstasy) to John the Baptist (The Greatest Story Ever Told) and El Cid (El Cid). He won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ben Hur in 1959. He died on Saturday 5 April at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia at his side.
The actor, who won an Oscar for the title role in 1959’s “Ben-Hur,” died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia at his side, said family spokesman Bill Powers, who declined to comment on the cause of death. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Heston revealed in 2002 in a videotaped statement that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s disease. At the time he said: “I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure”.