Brook Astor, a staple of New York society since her birth 104 years ago, is currently living in abominable conditions in her fancy Park Avenue apartment, according to the New York Daily News. The eldercare she’s being given by her son, 82-year-old Anthony Marshall, is anything but caring. His mother, who suffers from memory loss, skin cancer, chronic anemia, heart problems, spinal stenosis, and has broken her hip twice, is paying him $2.3 million a year out of her $45 million bank account (thanks to late husband Vincent Astor) to look after her. Mrs Astor, who has given over $200 million to NY causes over the years, is known for her generous philanthropy and good manners, but her son’s treatment of her is anything but charitable or courteous. Her grandson, Philip Marshall, has filed court papers claiming his father “has turned a blind eye to her, intentionally and repeatedly ignoring her health, safety, personal and household needs, while enriching himself with millions of dollars.” He says, “Her bedroom is so cold in the winter that my grandmother is forced to sleep in the TV room in torn nightgowns on a filthy couch that smells, probably from dog urine.” Also, Anthony Marshall has had his mother’s French chef replaced by an “unmotivated cook” who prepares such dishes as pureed peas, carrots, liver, and oatmeal. Her weekly doctor visits have been cut down to once a month, and if a medical emergency occurs, her son has ordered the staff not to take her to an emergency room or call 911 without contacting him first. But probably worst of all, he wouldn’t allow her nurses to buy her something new to wear for her 104th birthday, damn him to hell. Strangely, there was no news of any of this over at “The” Mrs Astor.
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