Kiefer Sutherland shares a heartfelt tribute to his mom, Shirley Douglas

Shirley Douglas, Canadian Actor and Activist, Dies of Pneumonia at 86

Kiefer Sutherland paid tribute to his mom, actress Shirley Douglas, who died over the weekend, Sutherland said.

She also was a co-founder of the first chapter in Canada of the Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament.

"Our jobs, we move around a great deal. and that is the reality that my children grew up with - is being left, and not happily", said Douglas, who used a wheelchair in recent years due to a degenerative spine condition that caused her severe pain. "Sadly she had been battling for her health for quite some time and we, as a family, knew this day was coming", Sutherland continued.

Douglas' acting career spanned over five decade.

Her son, actor Kiefer Sutherland, announced the sad news of her death on Twitter and specified that it was unrelated to coronavirus. Last summer he was forced to scrap three shows after suffering a rip injury on his tour bus while overseas. "My thoughts are with you and I wish you peace and strength".

Douglas is also survived by her son, Thomas, and Kiefer Sutherland's daughter, Veep's Sarah Sutherland.

Douglas, though, was foremost a champion for Canada's medicare system.

Before making the announcement of his mother's passing, Sutherland had been pretty quiet on social media - although he did take to Twitter on March 28 to reveal he would cut his own hair, since "given the timeframe of this very bad virus no one will see my haircut" anyway.

"And for me, many things that I see wrong are as obvious as grabbing a child and so what else would you do?"

A native of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Douglas was a longtime resident of Toronto. In 2003, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. She was also arrested in 1969 on conspiracy charges of possessing unregistered explosives after starting a fundraising group called Friends of the Black Panthers, but those charges were eventually dropped and she was exonerated.

This result was she was fun to be around - especially when she started telling stories about how her father worked on what later would become universal health care for all Canadians.

Douglas, who had lived in Toronto since 1977, was nominated for two other Canadian arts Geminis: in 1998 for her leading role in the series "Wind at My Back" and in 1993 for starring in the film '"Passage of the Heart".



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