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Hagman’s heartbreak over wife’s Alzheimer’s battle

The actor, most famous for his role as greedy oil baron J.R. Ewing in the soap opera, was devastated when his wife of 55 years Maj Axelsson developed the degenerative brain disease, which robs patients of their memory.

Hagman has since moved Axelsson into a care home to receive professional treatment, but insists his wife has retained her “vivacious” spirit and still recognises him.

He tells Britain’s Hello! magazine, “She has had it for six years but we didn’t know that until we looked back on her personality changes and traits.

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“She still knows who I am. She’s always saying, ‘Get me out of here!’ I say, ‘Well, I can’t do it myself any longer.’ I can’t. I just couldn’t. I see her every day when I’m here and when I’m gone she knows, but she forgets… It’s an awful disease. There’s no rhyme or reason. It’s devastating. B***dy awful… She was very vivacious and still is.”

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