Robert Wilson dead at 75 as Owen and Luke Wilson's father passes away following battle with Alzheimer's

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The father of Owen and Luke Wilson , Robert Wilson, has passed away aged 75.

Hollywood actor Luke, 45, confirmed the news to the Dallas Morning News just ahead of the weekend.

He also told the Texas paper that his dad had spent the last few years battling Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting a cause of death.

While his sons are both household names, Robert was a successful TV icon himself.

Not only did he help launch Jim Lehrer’s career with Newsroom through local, public affiliate KERA in 1968 – Lehrer famously hosted PBS’ NewsHour from 1975 2011 – he was also responsible for bringing Monty Python’s Flying Circus to American television screens.

Owen Wilson arrives at the Premiere Of Twentieth Century Fox's "The Internship"

Owen Wilson arrives at the Premiere Of Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Internship”

Owen even once attributed his comedy stylings to his father while promoting Midnight in Paris in 2011.

“He worked with these great creative people with great senses of humor and I remember being at dinner and just hearing Dad’s friends talk,” he said. “I think that was for me and my brothers a big influence on what was funny.”

Robert’s declining health became noticeable that same year when he was unable to attend KERA’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Luke, Owen, and brother Andrew add that anyone wishing to pay their respects can do so by making a donation to PBS.

In a 2015 interview with The News, Owen spoke candidly about his dad’s battle with Alzheimer’s.

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Owen Wilson in Malibu

Owen said: “It’s one of those things where if somebody had said 10 years ago, when my dad and I were joking around, having a putting match, that this is the position your dad’s going to be in, where he basically needs 24-hour care, you’d think, ‘Gosh, I won’t be able to handle that. That’s just not possible.'”

He continued: “But it does happen. Such things just happen in life. You just have to do your best to deal with it. You’ve got no choice but to accept it. And then, you sort of still look for the things to be grateful for.

“He is at home, taken care of, and he has people around that love him.”

Thanks to: mirror – US gossip

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