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Canadian actress and activist Shirley Douglas dies at age 86

Canadian actress and activist Shirley Douglas dies at age 86
Posted at 1:02 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 13:02:05-04

TORONTO (AP) — Shirley Douglas, the impassioned Canadian activist and veteran actress who was mother to actor Kiefer Sutherland and daughter of medicare founder Tommy Douglas, has died at age 86.

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.