06/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Brooke Astor To Son: 'You Want To See How Soon I Die'

By the year 2000, in the throes of early-stage Alzheimer's, philanthropist Brooke Astor thought her son was out to get her.

"You only want to come to see how soon I'm going to die," Astor, then 98, told Anthony Marshall as he escorted the unwilling patient to a December 2000 appointment with an East 60th Street gerontologist.

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