It’s understandable why Richard might be concerned about dementia, since his mother Mary Claire sadly passed away from lung cancer in 2014, as she was also suffering from the illness.
speaking about his late mother’s deteriorating health, richard admitted that he and his sister elizabeth were very concerned about her increasing frailty.
‘We both felt a faint sense of dread about the whole situation. she would go shopping and forget what she went for. at the same time, she’d also developed a persistent cough,’ he admitted.
during her battle with the illness, richard admitted that his mother had started to forget her grandchildren, and during her final six months, she no longer knew who richard was, either.
‘Judy came with me to visit her and the children came sometimes, to begin with, but it soon became quite distressing for them as mum had completely forgotten who they were,’ revealed richard.
Young Richard with his mum Mary Claire Looking at photos with his mother