Chevy Chase, the actor, comedian, and supporter of the “I am who I am” movement, recently revealed that he suffers from memory loss due to heart disease.
Chevy Chase’s speech and thought irregularities revealed during a recent episode of the Saturday Night Live-centric podcast “Fly on the Wall,” hosted by Dana Carvey and David Spade, that he suffers from memory loss. Two comedians hosted the show.
Toward the show’s end, Chevy Chase struggles to recall a story about Richard Pryor, an early Saturday Night Live host. Pryor was a stand-up comedian.
Chase pauses after confusion about the dates and says, “I’m trying to remember why I started that [story]… My heart is causing me some discomfort.”
Jane, Chase’s wife, walked in on them, diverting their attention. “I really should have forewarned you about this. Chevy had heart failure in February of the previous year… Simply put, he was disoriented for some time. As a result, he is missing some memories, which are gradually returning…”
Memory problems are not uncommon in people suffering from heart failure. Heart failure “adversely impairs learning memory and delays recall, attention, executive function, psychomotor speed, and working memory,” according to the National Library of Medicine.
Chevy Chase, who is now 79 years old, demonstrated this numerous times throughout the episode. Throughout the episode, he began stories that did not appear to have a clear ending, and he forgot events that should have been obvious.
A good example is when Chase brought up the deceased Phil Hartman and inquired, “How did he die?” Even though Hartman’s murder is widely regarded as one of the most notorious crimes ever committed in Hollywood.
Despite this, Chase shared some amusing anecdotes and warm reflections on Saturday Night Live’s early days. He expressed his admiration for actors such as Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner.
Regardless of the controversy, we wish him the best…
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