Dudley Moore's estranged wife says his health is failing - and that's why she is dropping her $10 million lawsuit against him.

"I don't want to be the reason he goes over the edge," Nicole Rothschild told the tabloid TV show "Extra." Rothschild refused to identify the comic's illness but said he had put on weight and could not laugh."He said he was waiting to die. There was really nothing left for him here," she said.

Moore, 63, underwent heart surgery in September because of a blocked artery.

He and his wife, who have a 2-year-old son, have been involved in a bitter divorce, during which she sued him alleging abuse. But she told "Extra" she is dropping the lawsuit and will take whatever settlement he offers.



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