News & Opinion | June 25, 2018 11:11 am

Buzz Aldrin Sues Family for “Elder Exploitation”

The former astronaut's children say their father is in mental decline and want to be appointed as his guardian.

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Former Astronaut, Buzz Aldrin attends 2017 Ellis Island Medals of Honor Ceremony at Ellis Island on May 13, 2017 in New York City. (John Lamparski/Getty Images)
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Buzz Aldrin, the famous astronaut who has walked on the moon and received the Distinguished Flying Cross in the Korean War and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is facing a battle with his family. At 88, Aldrin has visited the White House to discuss space exploration and envisions humans living on Mars. But he is currently grounded in a legal battle with two of his adult children and a former business manager who he says are trying to grab his legacy and his money. The issue focuses on his private company, Buzz Aldrin Enterprises and his nonprofit, ShareSpace Foundation, overseen by his son and daughter, Andrew and Janice Aldrin. Aldrin said he was shocked when last month, his two children asked a Florida state court to appoint them as his co-guardians because he is “in cognitive decline” and experiencing paranoia and confusion.

If granted, this would give them the ability to make decisions on his behalf and give them control of his finances and business dealings. Andrew and Janice also requested Buzz go through a competency examination by three mental health specialists appointed by the court because they say he is associating with new people who appear to be manipulating him, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Aldrin said to WSJ that “Nobody is going to come close to thinking I should be under a guardianship.” He responded this month with a lawsuit.