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From Fox News:

Alex Karras' condition has deteriorated and the NFL team he played for is extending its sympathies.
The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News reported the former All-Pro defensive lineman and actor has been given only a few days to live because of recent kidney failure.
The 77-year-old Karras has been suffering from dementia. He is among the many former NFL players suing the league regarding the treatment of head injuries. Detroit drafted him 10th overall out of Iowa in 1958 and he was a standout for 12 seasons.
Karras may be even better well known for his work as an actor, including being a lovable father in the 1980s sitcom "Webster." He also played the role of Mongo in the 1974 comedy classic "Blazing Saddles," in which he said, "Mongo only pawn in game of life," and punched out a horse.

Recently, his wife said his quality of life has been made worse because of head injuries sustained during his playing career.
Susan Clark said earlier this year that her husband couldn't drive after loving to get behind the wheel and he could no longer remember recipes for some of his favorite Italian and Greek dishes he used to cook.
Clark, who also played the wife of Karras' character on "Webster," has said he was formally diagnosed with dementia several years ago and has had symptoms for more than a dozen years. She and Karras were among those who filed suit nearly six months ago in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
 

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hdtvfan0001 said:
Very sad.

He was a really great NFL player, and even better person and actor.
Both he and his wife are great people.

I was an extra in an episode of Webester and had the pleasure of meeting both he and his wife, Susan Clark and was impressed with how they treated everyone unlike little Emmanuel and his mother who made it quite clear that he was the star! :sure:
 

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Too sad.

Also 77 is too early for dementia. It can happen at that age, and if he dies, an Alzheimer's test will certainly be done, but I wouldn't be surprised if the autopsy showed brain injury consistent with playing a violent game on a high level.
 

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fluffybear said:
Both he and his wife are great people.

I was an extra in an episode of Webester and had the pleasure of meeting both he and his wife, Susan Clark and was impressed with how they treated everyone unlike little Emmanuel and his mother who made it quite clear that he was the star! :sure:
Always nice to hear about actors that are as nice as the characters they play.

I watched Webster growing up, but Mongo is my favorite once I got exposed to Mel Brooks.
 
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