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Actor Charlton Heston Dies

He was known for his roles in Moses and Ben-Hur and for his tenure as president of the National Rifle Association later in his life.  Academy-award winning actor and activist Charlton Heston has died.

A family spokesperson says Heston passed away last night with his wife by his side.

Heston won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ben-Hur in 1959 and also starred as Moses, Michaelangelo, and other heroes throughout the 1950s and 60s.

He served as president of the National Rifle Association for five years and in 2003 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor, Nation's Highest Civilian Honor.

Heston revealed in 2002 that he had symptoms consistent with those of Alzheimer's. Charlton Heston was 84.

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