Last week, Dick Van Dyke was involved in a car accident in Malibu, but he was lucky to walk away with only minor wounds.
The actor reportedly smashed into a gate while driving in Malibu after losing control of his car. Law enforcement sources claim that when they reacted to a report of a single-vehicle accident, they discovered Van Dyke in control of a 2018 Lexus LS 500.
According to reports, the 97-year-old told the responding police that his automobile had slipped off the road because of the rain. After then, Van Dyke veered off course and crashed into the gate.
The legendary performer, a fixture on screens for many years, avoided significant harm in the incident but was left with bleeding from the mouth and nose, he could have had a concussion.
Despite this, the Mary Poppins actress refused to go to the hospital and was instead treated by paramedics on the scene.
Notwithstanding the fact that there were no drugs or alcohol present, according to sources, the DMV has received documentation from the authorities seeking another test for Van Dyke. His elderly age is among the important considerations in his choice.
Given that the actor will turn 98 later this year, the sheer fact that he is still completely independent and able to get around in a car is truly impressive.
How, therefore, can the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang actor continue to be so active in his latter years? Van Dyke gives his wife, Arlene Silver, credit, according to a recent interview.
There is a 46-year age difference between the husband and wife because Silver is 51. To some people, that might sound a little unusual, but the couple is incredibly happy together, and Van Dyke claimed his youthfulness was due in part to his marriage to someone much younger.
Van Dyke was asked what his secret is, replying:
“Having a beautiful young wife half my age to take care of me — that works! My positive attitude, I get that from my wife.”
The actor also credited “genes” and a healthy fitness routine for keeping him going: “I still go to the gym three days a week and work out. And I advise everybody to do that, because that’s what ages people — it’s just a stiffening up and not exercising their muscles and their lungs. Exercise is the answer.”
Above all else, it’s clear that his marriage to Silver has given him a new lease on life.
“We share an attitude,” Van Dyke explains . “She can go with the flow. She loves to sing and dance, which we do almost every day. She’s just delightful.”
“He is the most perfect human being,” Silver, meanwhile, said of her husband.
“I’ve never met anyone so happy, so genuine, so amazing. He’s just like a happy pill.”
Van Dyke had previously been in two long-term marriages. From 1948 until their divorce in 1984, he was married to Margerie Willett, with whom he had four children. Michelle Triola Marvin and he were together from 1976 till her passing in 2009.
2012 saw the union of Van Dyke and Silver, who were then both 40 years old. Van Dyke first apprehensive about the reaction of the audience to their age difference.
“I thought there would be an outcry about a gold digger marrying an old man,” he mentioned, “but no one ever took that attitude.”
We are overjoyed and glad that Dick Van Dyke avoided suffering major wounds in the car accident. He is a true inspiration and a living legend in his field.
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