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Jun242011

'Columbo' Star Peter Falk Dies at 83

Jesse Grant/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Peter Falk, who was best known for the title role in Columbo has died, according to a statement released by his family.

"Falk died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home in the evening of June 23, 2011," according to the statement. Peter Falk is survived by his wife, Shera, of 34 years and two daughters from a previous marriage.

The actor suffered from advanced dementia that set on after a series of dental operations in 2007. In 2009, his wife Shera and daughter Catherine engaged in a legal tug-of-war over who should be in charge of his personal affairs; a judge ruled that Shera would retain control.

Falk was best known for his role as iconic cop Lieutenant Columbo in the long-running TV series Columbo. He won four Emmy awards for his work on that show.

Falk also found success on the big screen. He was nominated for Oscars for his roles in 1960's Murder, Inc. and 1961's Pocketful of Miracles.

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