- Associated Press - Saturday, July 21, 2018

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin is expected to be noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction.

Organizers haven’t heard one way or another if Aldrin is attending Saturday evening’s Apollo Celebration Gala at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but they expect him to be a no-show.

Aldrin’s expected absence comes a month after he sued two of his children and a former business manager, accusing them of misusing his credit cards, transferring money from an account, and slandering him by saying he has dementia. Just weeks before, his children had filed a petition claiming their father was suffering from memory loss and confusion.

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