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Film director Richard Attenborough moves into care home because of deteriorating health

The 89-year-old director of Oscar-winning film Gandhi is now too unwell to take care of himself, according to family members. He has suffered from health problems from a head wound he sustained in 2008 after falling over and going into a coma. His wife Sheila Sim, 90, also lives at the home, which caters to elderly and sick entertainers. Last year it emerged that she suffers from senile dementia. Lord Attenborough, star of films including Jurassic Park, Miracle on 34th Street, Elizabeth, Brighton Rock and Flight of the Phoenix, sold his house in Richmond, London, for £11.5million last year. His brother, TV wildlife presenter Sir David Attenborough, said: 'It simply isn’t practical to keep it.' Lord Attenborough’s theatre director son Michael, 63, yesterday confirmed his parents' move to the care home in West London. He told the Daily Express: 'The family home has been sold and he has been at a care home with his wife since then.' He added that his father had never fully recovered from the incident in 2008, when he suffered a suspected stroke, and now finds it difficult to communicate and get around. Lord Attenborough joked at the time: 'I scared the living daylights out of Sheila, had some time in hospital. They were all fussing around.' The Oscar-winning director and actor has appeared in 74 films since the 1942 war film In Which We Serve. Gandhi, which he directed in 1982, won eight Oscars.

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