Chargers owner Alex Spanos has dementia

December 30, 2008

(ChattahBox) — San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos has announced in a letter that he suffers from dementia.

The 85-year-old billionaire developer and Stockton resident was in the owner’s box for the Chargers’ division-clinching win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but family members wanted to tell the public that his infrequent appearances lately have been because of his declining health.

Spanos wrote in a letter published in the San Diego Union Tribune that his memory is fading, but that physically he feels strong.

My great frustration is that, more and more, my memories come and go, and friends all my life are not recognized,” Mr. Spanos wrote in his letter to his family. “Many of the things I say and do, I can no longer remember even right afterwards. I now understand that, as my memory continues to get worse, my mind will never be what it once was.”

Spanos has been on the Forbes Magazine annual list of the 400 richest Americans for years, and bought an interest in the Chargers in 1980 and acquired the team outright in 1984.


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