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    Peter Falk Stricken by Alzheimer's; Daughter Seeks Control

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    Just one more thing...Peter Falk's daughter is pulling a Jamie Spears.

    Catherine Falk has filed legal papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking a conservatorship over her Oscar-nominated father, claiming he suffers from both Alzheimer's and dementia and has become unable to care for himself.

    According to court documents, the younger Falk claims the 81-year-old acting legend and erstwhile Columbo "requires full-time custodial care for his health and safety" and is no longer able to protect himself against "fraud or undue influence."

    Falk further asserted that her father can neither "recognize his physical needs" nor "communicate those needs to others who can meet them."

    She also claims he is sadly no longer able to "recognize familiar people, places and things" and "remembers events that did not occur."

    Falk's daughter also revealed that six months ago, the aging star "lost control" of his car and suffered a head injury after crashing into an office building.

    A spokesperson for the actor has yet to comment on the legal filing. A hearing has been set for next month.

    UPDATED: Falk's wife, Shera, filed rebuttal papers Jan. 20 stating that she's shocked by Catherine's legal action, considering she and her father have been estranged for years and that Catherine sued her dad in 1992. Per court documents, Peter Falk didn't attend his daughter's wedding and has not met her children.

    Falk is "happy and healthy under the current conditions at home," contends his wife.

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