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Shemar Moore from SWAT Can't Hold Back Tears as He Reveals His Mother Has Passed Away at 76

Claudine Varela
Feb 20, 2020
02:44 A.M.

A visibly distraught Shemar Moore announced the death of his mother in a heartbreaking video. The actor revealed his mother had been gone for 10 days but he kept his silence for her.


Shemar Moore is mourning the loss of his mother and he shared his heartbreak in a tearful video. Marilyn Wilson Moore died at the age of 76 on February 8 but it took Shemar 10 days to finally speak up about it.

The actor revealed in an Instagram video that he went offline following his mother’s passing “out of respect” for her.

"SWAT" star Shemar Moore at CBS' Summer TCA Party in August 2015. | Photo: Getty Images

"SWAT" star Shemar Moore at CBS' Summer TCA Party in August 2015. | Photo: Getty Images



A visibly tired and devastated Shemar faced the camera to express his sorrow over losing his mother who he described as “my partner in crime… my Bonnie to my Clyde, everything I’ve ever known, everything I’ve ever worked hard for.”

At one point in the lengthy video, Shemar shared that he was the daughter his mother never had.

“I’m hurting real bad,” he told his followers as he revealed his mother is gone. Then he held up a framed photograph of Marilyn and fought back tears as he spoke of her and the great pain he feels over her loss. He also said he’d been quiet because he was crying a lot. Shemar’s face was a reflection of that grief.



Shemar disclosed that Marilyn “was tired” and that she had Multiple Sclerosis and heart problems. It appeared her death was sudden because he has yet to learn from doctors why his mother unexpectedly passed.

The “SWAT” actor expressed his regret realizing he would be lost without his mother. He credited her for his life and his success. “I don’t know life without this woman,” he said. He also revealed they dreamed together. They still had plans and they “were almost there.”



At one point in the lengthy video, Shemar shared that he was the daughter his mother never had. To prove this, he held up a portrait of himself with his mother and he was putting lipstick on just to indulge her.

He also revealed the name his mother intended for him if he turned out to be a girl - Mayana Lisa Moore. In the end, Shemar resolved to “keep going” as his mother would have wanted him to.

“I’m gonna stand up and I’m going to continue to chase my dreams and be somebody. Mama, here come that man, still.”



Shemar learned of his mother’s Multiple Sclerosis way back in 1999 and it took him a while to accept it. In fact, he told People in 2015 that he was in denial for a long time.

It was only after he learned more about the condition and saw how debilitating it was for his mother that he began to take it seriously. He even made efforts to raise funds to raise awareness about the disease.



According to the National MS Society, MS is an “unpredictable disease” characterized by damage in the central nervous system that “disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.”

Its cause remains unknown but it could be a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Women are more prone than men and it usually reveals itself between the ages of 20 and 50.

In the US, close to a million people are living with the disease. According to WebMD, people who have it live an average of 76 years.

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