Canadian activist and actress Shirley Douglas has passed away at the age of 86

Passed away Sunday of complications from Pneumonia

Canadian activist and actress Shirley Douglas has passed away at the age of 86.

Douglas was the mother of actor Kiefer Sutherland and daughter of Tommy Douglas, the founder of Medicare.

She succumbed to complications of pneumonia Sunday, not related to COVID-19.

Keifer Sutherland sent out a message on twitter saying “My mother was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life. Sadly, she had been battling health for quite some time and we, as a family, knew this day was coming.”

Online messages describe her as a tremendous talent and fearless activist.

She was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003.

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