Actor Peter Falk, star of the long-running television show “Columbo” died at age 83, according to various news reports. Local News 8 reports the the family members told KTLA in Los Angeles that Falk died at his home in Beverly Hills Thursday night. ABC News released a statement by the family that said: “Falk died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home in the evening of June 23, 2011.” Falk is survived by his wife, Shera, of 34 years and two daughters from a previous marriage. The actor had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to his daughter, Catherine Falk. In 2009, a judge established a conservatorship for the ailing actor after a court battle between Catherine and wife of more than 30 years, Shera Falk.
Falk won four Emmys for his starring role in “Columbo.”