Jimmy Doohan’s wife, Wendy, released a statement (I’m a luddite with links) stating that the 84-year-old actor is suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s. She said that he still recognizes friends and family, and still has moments when he is as “sharp as a tack,” but most often has trouble “remembering words,” and gets frustrated doing interviews, conventions, etc. Next month, he will make his final public appearance at a “Beam Me Up, Scotty,” celebration in L. A., after which he will be presented a star on the “Walk of Fame.”
In recent years he has suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and diabetes.
He is the father of seven children, the youngest is only FOUR years of age (his wife Wendy is but 47). I feel most for this child, having to watch her father “leave” her while still technically alive. Thank God for small favors–my father died instantly of a heart attack when I was but four years old, and did not suffer.
Doohan has had a long career, and served on D-Day (and was wounded) in the Canadian Artillery.