Kiefer Sutherland mourns the loss of his mother, actress Shirley Douglas. The 53-year-old actor announced his death on Sunday at the age of 86 via Twitter.
“Early this morning my mother, Shirley Douglas, died due to complications from pneumonia (not related to COVID19),” wrote Sutherland. “My mother was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life. Unfortunately, she had been fighting for her health for some time and we, as a family, knew that this day was coming. ”
The former 24 went on to say that his heart was breaking for families who unexpectedly lost loved ones due to the coronavirus, and urged his fans to “please stay safe.” Kiefer Sutherland Pays Tribute To His Mom, Shirley Douglas, After She Passes Away At Age 86
Although Douglas is known to many Americans as Sutherland’s mother, she was an accomplished Canadian actress who starred in movies, television and on stage. She was also a political activist and daughter of the founder of Canadian Medicare, Tommy Douglas.
Some of her most notable roles in her career included Ms. Starch in the 1963 film Lolita by Stanley Kubrick, Laura in the film Dead Ringers by David Cronenburg in 1988, as well as the role of May Bailey in the Canadian television series 90s Wind At My Back.