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B. Smith's widower Dan Gasby is a single man again after his girlfriend, Alexandra Lerner, dumped him.

In a recent interview, a broken Gasby revealed his girlfriend left him after Smith died from complications of Alzheimer's.

"She took off and, uh, whatever."

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He claimed Lerner (pictured left with B. Smith) never lived with him and Smith. "She was there on weekends - twice a month."

Fans of the late lifestyle guru were shocked and saddened after Gasby, 65, allegedly moved his girlfriend into their Long Island mansion while Smith battled Alzheimer's.

Smith was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2013. She announced her diagnosis in 2016 to help raise awareness of the debilitating disease.

B. Smith passed away in February at age 70.

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Smith was only the second Black model to grace the cover of Mademoiselle magazine.

After retiring from modeling, she opened three successful restaurants and published several best-selling cookbooks.

Smith launched her own home goods line at Bed, Bath and Beyond, and she hosted a half-hour television show, B. Smith With Style.
 

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is not the same Joe Biden who served as former President Barack Obama's right-hand man. Today's Joe Biden is a shell of the man he used to be.

He is the subject of mean-spirited internet memes and insensitive nicknames such as "Dementia Joe" and "Creepy Joe."

There is even a website, joebidenhasdementia.com, that documents every instance of Biden's apparent mental decline.

Despite his momentary mental lapses, Biden insists he does not have dementia. But his critics aren't so sure.

What is Dementia?

Dementia describes a group of neurological symptoms affecting memory, thought process, language, problem-solving, mobility and activities of daily living.

What causes dementia?

Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia. Other common causes of dementia include head trauma, Parkinson's disease, strokes, HIV/AIDS, medications, and vascular disorders that affect blood supply to the brain. There are more than 50 conditions that can cause dementia.

Causes of dementia that can easily be reversed include hypothyroidism, vitamin B12 deficiency, Lyme disease, and neurosyphilis. Hearing loss may also be associated with dementia.

What is Senile Dementia?

Senile dementia is the long-term loss of cognitive, physical and intellectual ability caused by degeneration of brain cells. The condition is associated with old age and is incurable. Approximately 10% of people over the age of 65 have senile dementia.

People with senile dementia will exhibit a decrease in cognitive and physical abilities, including inability to concentrate, recall information, problem-solve, speak, or feed and dress themselves without assistance.

Signs & Symptoms

Early signs of senile dementia include memory loss, forgetfulness, insomnia, confusion, disorientation (not knowing day or date), word salad (random words or phrases that don't make sense), fatigue, poor physical coordination (falling down often), withdrawing socially, poor short-term memory.

Late stage signs of senile dementia include gradual weight loss caused by forgetting to eat or lack of appetite, unable to remember family members, wandering and getting lost, loss of all cognitive ability, loss of communication, poor short-term and long-term memory, poor personal hygiene, unable to bathe or dress self, loss of mobility, incontinence (involuntary defecation or urination), violent outbursts, visual and auditory hallucinations.

Treatment

There is no cure for senile dementia. Medications are prescribed to manage the symptoms. The medications are Aricept (donepezil), Excelon (rivastigmine) and Reminyl (galantamine).

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More Info on the Web

13 Types of Dementia, Symptoms, Causes | Medicinenet.com

10 Early Symptoms of Dementia | Healthline

Dementia - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatments | alz.org
 

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Former model, restauranteur, author and television host B. Smith passed away in her Long Island, NY home on Saturday. She was 70.

Smith's husband, Dan Gasby announced her death in an Instagram post on Sunday.

"It is with great sadness that my daughter Dana and I announce the passing of my wife, Barbara Elaine Smith. B. died peacefully Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 10:50 pm, of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in our home in Long Island, New York. She was 70.

Thank you to Dr. Sam Gandy, East End Hospice and additional caregivers who helped us make B. comfortable in her final days. Thank you to all the friends and fans who supported B. and our family during her journey. Thank you to everyone for respecting our privacy during this agonizing time.

Heaven is shining even brighter now that it is graced with B.'s dazzling and unforgettable smile. -Dan Gasby

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Smith was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2013. She announced her diagnosis in 2016 to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding the disease.

Smith was only the second Black model to grace the cover of Mademoiselle magazine.

After retiring from modeling, she opened three successful restaurants and published several best-selling cookbooks.

Smith launched her own home goods line at Bed, Bath and Beyond, and she hosted a half-hour television show, B. Smith With Style.

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Gasby, 65, a former executive producer for the Essence Awards, sparked outrage when he moved his girlfriend, Alex Lerner (left), into the East Hampton, NY home he shared with his ailing wife.

Smith's fans dragged Gasby on social media. He defended his unorthodox living arrangement in several interviews and in social media posts.
 
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In an exclusive PEOPLE interview published in January 2014, Gasby said his wife's diagnosis was "the toughest thing I've ever dealt with."

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Bravo network has reportedly green-lit a reality TV show featuring B. Smith's husband, Dan Gasby, who is involved in an adulterous relationship with his mistress, Alex Lerner. The good news is Bravo's camera crew will be in the house every day monitoring B. Smith.

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ABC7 anchorman Paul Wharton spilled tea about his close friend, restaurateur B. Smith and her husband, Dan Gasby, on ABC’s Good Morning Washington on Wednesday.

Gasby is catching heat on social media for moving his mistress, Alex Lerner, into their home after Smith was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2014.

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Black Twitter is still fuming over B. Smith's husband, Dan Gasby, moving his mistress into Smith's home. Before hooking up with Gasby, and moving in on Smith, Lerner dated Black restaurateur Dard Coaxum (pictured).

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An elderly Alabama woman with Alzheimer's Disease lived with her dead husband's body for about a month, NBC News reports.

According to the county coroner, Jessie Claude Kirby, 75, of Decatur died of natural causes.

Police made the macabre discovery during a welfare check after family members of Kirby and his wife, Doris, 78, notified police that they had not heard from the couple in months.

2 dead dogs in the home appeared to have starved.

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Former Xscape lead singer Tameka "Tiny" Harris, 38, is paying tribute to her late father with intricate tattoos of a heart and roses on her back. Tiny Instagram'd a photo of the 2nd stage of her body art which already included a crown for her estranged husband, rap tycoon T.I. Harris, 33. Words inside the heart reads: "You don't know what it's like to love somebody the way I love you Daddy."

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Yesterday, the sports world was rocked by the heartbreaking news that legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt had been diagnosed with early onset dementia. The winner of eight national NCAA titles with the Tennessee Vols is only 59.

Imagine being 59 and finding out that you will soon wear adult diapers and be unable to care for yourself or maintain control of your most basic bodily functions.

The diagnosis was made after the Hall of Fame coach said she visited with doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after the end of the 2010-11 basketball season.

When Ms. Summitt was given her diagnosis she said she reacted with anger and depression. Then she accepted her diagnosis and eventually shared it with her student athletes. She told them she plans to continue coaching with the aide of her assistant coaches.

"I plan to continue to be your coach," Summitt said. "Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition since there will be some good days and some bad days."

Next to cancer, dementia is the worst type of diagnosis for an energetic woman like Pat Summitt who is so full of life.

Dementia is a gradual loss of cognitive function (altered thought process) which leads to chronic memory loss and disorganized thinking. The onset of the disease usually begins after age 65 and can lead to Alzheimer's disease within 10 years of diagnosis. Dementia is rare under age 65.

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