A medical procedure on his jaw in the 80s in which some nerves were damaged, bypass surgery in 1988, a diabetic, prone to bouts of pneumonia, ravaged his digestive system with booze and painkillers. He had also been treated at the Betty Ford center for alcoholism. “He was very stoic. He was from the old school, where you suffered, and it was, you know, like an art. You just did it – you didn’t talk about it.