CANADIAN ACTRESS AND ACTIVIST SHIRLEY DOUGLAS DIES AT AGE 86

Shirley Douglas, the impassioned Canadian activist and veteran actress who was mother to actor Kiefer Sutherland and daughter of Canada medicare founder Tommy Douglas, died Sunday. She was 86.

Sutherland announced his mother’s death on Twitter, saying she succumbed to complications surrounding pneumonia. He said it was not related COVID-19.

Shirley Douglas Dies
Shirley Douglas poses with her children Kiefer Sutherland and Rachel Sutherland after she received the ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence at the 11th annual ACTRA awards in Toronto

“My mother was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life,” said Sutherland. “Sadly she had been battling for her health for quite some time and we, as a family, knew this day was coming.”

Sutherland announced his mother’s death on Twitter, saying she succumbed to complications surrounding pneumonia Sunday. In addition to acting, Douglas tirelessly supported a variety of causes throughout her life, including the civil rights movement, the Black Panthers and Canada’s public health care, which was pioneered by her politician father. She won a Gemini Award for her performance in the 1999 TV film “Shadow Lake,” and was an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honor.

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