Ever since Frank Fritz left American Pickers, his life has gone downhill. The reality star recently experienced a deadly heart stroke on July 14, 2022. He was admitted to the hospital after his friend found him seizing on the floor. However, the 56-year-old has been released from intensive care and is now in a nursing facility.
Frank’s Long-Time Friend Is Appointed As His Guardian
He will continue to receive care but his life is now a tad more difficult. Why is that? Given how weak Frank is, his longtime friend recently filed for an emergency appointment as a temporary conservator and guardian. After the request was filed on August 18, the Iowa court has now approved the same. So, how is Frank’s new life under the conservatorship?
As per The Sun, Frank’s friend, whose name isn’t known, is appointed as his guardian. However, his finances will be kept in check with the help of a bank acting as a conservator. The bank will keep tabs on and pay for his care in the residential facility and daily living expenses. This includes repairs, health insurance, and property taxes.
Frank Fritz’s Checking Account Has Been Limited To $2000
The conservator will also ensure that the reality star will get proper transportation facilities for his daily activities and medical appointments. Additionally, the bank will ensure compliance with the state and federal income tax. The funds for hair care and clothing will also be dispensed by the conservator bank. There is also a limit of $2000 on Frank’s checking account, given that he is allowed to write checks independent of the conservator.
Given that the American actor is no longer employed with American Pickers, the primary source of earnings is from his Illinois-based antique shop Frank Fritz Finds.
As per the legal court documents, the conservator shall, “maintain control of Protected Party’s business interests, including any partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, or other legal entities owned or controlled by the Protected Party, to engage in any lawful business permitted under the Code of Iowa.”
Frank’s Decision-Making Capacity Is Impaired After Stroke
Frank’s friend, who has been constantly by his side, is assisting him in making decisions after the stroke. He is also required to file for Frank’s initial care plan to ensure that the finances can be managed accordingly. The plan will include everything from the former American Pickers’ star’s living arrangements, current residence, healthcare needs, and facilitating contact with his family.
The court documents further explained, “Because of his stroke, Mr. Fritz’s decision-making capacity is so impaired that he is unable to care for his own safety, or to provide for necessities such as shelter, food, clothing, or medical care without which physical injury or illness may occur.”
Frank Fritz Took A Break From American Pickers In 2020
Frank last appeared on the History Channel show in March 2020. He took a break from the series to recover from the back surgery that landed him with 185 stitches and two rods added to the spine. During this time, the reality star lost about 65 pounds.
Although fans expected him to return to the show, that never happened. Later on, Mike Wolfe revealed that Frank Fritz has quit the show with an Instagram post.
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