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Former Detroit Lions player and actor Alex Karras has only days to live

Detroit : MI : USA | Oct 09, 2012 at 12:28 PM PDT
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Detroit Michigan. Former Detroit Lions defensive lineman, professional wrestler and actor Alex Karras has been suffering from kidney failure.

Karras is in hospice where caretakers are making sure he is comfortable in his final days before he goes to his Maker.

Karras is one of many former National Football League (NFL) players who are suing the NFL for head injuries playing professional football according to Fox News. The lawsuit was filed in a U S District Court in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in April.

Karras has been diagnosed with dementia for the past few years. Karras exhibited symptons of dementia about 12 years ago where he started to forget how to drive a car and remember recipes. Those were two activites he enjoyed doing.

Karras was born in 1935 in Indiana. He was nicknamed "The Mad Duck." He was a professional wrestler eight days before he signed a football contract with the Detroit Lions.

Karras is best remembered by young fans for his role as an adpotive father on the sitcom "Webster" which aired on television from 1983 through 1987. His second and current wife Susan Clark played his wife on the sitcom.

Karras acting credits include according to IMBd "Blazing Saddles", "M*A*S*H", "Paper Lion", "Babe", "The Odd Couple", and he worked for "ABC Monday Monday Night Football".

Karras is one of the last of the living legends of the golden era of the National Football League.

News sources IMBd.com, Tracey and Maria Parece, Fox News

George Vieto is based in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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