cold, dead hands

This thought just occurred to me as I was mowing the lawn…

I wonder if anyone actually had to remove a firearm from Charlton Heston’s cold dead hands.

And, if not, I wonder what, if anything, they did have to remove from his cold, dead hands, and whether or not jokes were made.

If, by chance, you worked on the ambulance crew that responded to Heston’s death, could you please leave a comment?

I’d also be interested to know if he really lived in a fortress like this.

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  1. Anonymous
    Posted April 30, 2008 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi. I’m one of the EMTs who responded to this case. I can assure you that no jokes were made. We have our gallows humor, but it’s always serious when someone has died. I can say that Mr Heston was holding a white plastic spork when he died. There was a small tub of mashed potatoes from KFC on the nightstand. He wasn’t cold and there was no prying involved to remove it.

  2. John Comstock
    Posted April 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Heston was in and out of consciousness quite a bit those last few days. As you might imagine, being a hospice worker is often boring work. We sit. We do crossword puzzles. We pat people on the head and keep them medicated. We wait for people to die. So, a few days into this with Mr. Heston another hospice worker and I got bored and we took the old man out into a gully behind his house, dressed him in a space suit, got into gorilla costumes, and waited patiently for him to wake up. He was only conscious for about 90 seconds, but it was the best 90 seconds of my life. When I get a chance, I’ll post the video on YouTube.

  3. Thoreau
    Posted April 30, 2008 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

  4. egpenet
    Posted April 30, 2008 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Moses is dead? I’ve read all five of his books. Rest in peace, Mo’se.

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