Tim Conway is losing his battle with dementia which has left the 1960-70s TV comedy legend incapacitated, according to court documents filed by his daughter on Friday. He is described as “almost entirely unresponsive.”
For months there has been widespread speculation about the six-time Emmy winner’s health, after he failed to be included in the 50th anniversary of the "Carol Burnett Show" of which he has been a longstanding member, Cleveland.com reported.
Finally last week The Blast reported Conway, 84, has been suffering from dementia and that his daughter Kelly Conway requested a court to appoint her conservator of her father’s person in order to handle his medical care amid his waning health.
According to the documents, Tim Conway’s wife, Charlene Conway, is “planning to move him out of the excellent skilled nursing facility he is currently at” and instead place him in one where he won’t have access to “registered nurses at all times and his 24-hour caregiver and speech therapist (to help with swallowing),” according to People magazine.
In her filing, Kelly Conway added that her father cannot “properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, and clothing.”
The Blast said she is asking for guardianship in order to properly administer medications “for the care and treatment of dementia.”
Tim Conway first began working in television in the 1950s, with a Cleveland television station before making his big break in 1961, when he was hired as a regular cast member for the “Steve Allen Show,” according to his official biography.
He went on to appear in various other shows including “McHale’s Navy,” “Rango,” “The Tim Conway Show” and “The Carol Burnett Show,” which earned him four of his six Emmys, Cleveland.com noted.
Tim Conway received his other two Emmy’s for his role as a comic and writer and the remaining two for guest appearances on “Coach”" and “30 Rock.”
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