Turner, who gave more than $1 billion to support the UN, recently disclosed he has been diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, a progressive brain disorder. He said he is battling forgetfulness and exhaustion.
Ted Turner talks with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer during Turner's 80th birthday party at the St. Regis Atlanta hotel on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Turner was the founder of CNN, the first 24-hour news network. (Photo: BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL TO THE AJC)
Still, he greeted hundreds of people at a birthday bash at the St. Regis Atlanta hotel in Buckhead. He later said he hoped he would remember the words to songs he got on stage to sing: “My Old Kentucky Home” and “Home on the Range.” The crowd sang along with him on the latter.
Jane Fonda and Jim Averitt sing to Ted Turner during Turner's 80th birthday party at the St. Regis Atlanta hotel, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (Photo: BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL TO THE AJC)
Fonda, the actress and one of Turner’s three ex-wives, then took to the stage to sing a song written to honor him, then told him: “You are a good man, Ted Turner, and the world is a better place because of you.”
Turner told the AJC how he hopes to be remembered: "He was a good person and tried to help make the world a better place. …. I'm still working on it. I think it is a little better."