Former Beatles, Stones Manager Allen Klein Succumbs to Alzheimers

Mr. Klein’s obituaries describe him as brash, tenacious, bare-knuckled and a firebrand who had a sign on his desk that read: “Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of evil, I have no fear, as I am the biggest bastard in the valley.” Allen Klein, a former New Jersey accountant, became such a well-known character in the music industry that he was lampooned as “Ron Decline” in a part played by John Belushi in the 1978 film “All You Need is Cash.” This film, about a fictional band The Rutles, is a “mockumentary” of Beatlemania and described as a “tragical history tour” by an Amazon.com reviewer.Mr. Klein is said to have died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, one of only several types of dementia affecting elderly people. What is the actual cause of death in a person with Alzheimer’s? Answers to come in next post..

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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