Shemar Moore Once Said His Biggest Dream Was to Beat MS Which His Late Mom Battled for 20 Years
Shemar Moore is in mourning for his recently deceased mother, Marylin Joan Wilson-Moore.
"SWAT" actor Shemar Moore announced that his beloved mother, Marylin Joan Wilson-Moore, had passed away on February 8, 2020.
Shemar has revealed that he will be working to help find a cure for the devastating degenerative disease that blighted his mother's life.
The death of Shemar's mother comes exactly a year after his close friend and colleague's from "The Young and the Restless," actor Kristoff StJohn
Shemar Moore in a still from "Criminal Minds" in 2017 | Source: Getty Images
SHEMAR MOORE MOURNS
Shemar posted several tributes to his mother on Instagram, sharing his grief, and declaring himself committed to helping find a cure for multiple sclerosis in any way he can. The sales of the merchandising from his "Baby Girl" brand is channeled towards research into MS.
Marylin suffered from multiple sclerosis and had heart issues, but her specific cause of death was not announced.
Shemar Moore and his mother Marilyn at the 16th Annual Race To Erase MS in 2009 | Source: Getty Images
A CRIPPLING DISEASE
Multiple sclerosis is described as a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information between the brain and body. Diagnosis of the debilitating condition usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 50 and affects over 1 million people in the US alone.
MS is a condition that impacts the quality of life and mobility of the sufferer progressively. The symptoms can include weakness, poor coordination, imbalance, pain, depression, problems with memory and concentration, and may result in vision impairment.
A DEVASTATING LOSS
"This is real life. Your baby boy is OK, but I'm hurt real bad. It's not a game, it's not a joke, I'm hurting real bad. ... She's gone. This is my whole life, everything I've ever known."
SHEMAR MOORE: "I DON'T KNOW LIFE WITHOUT THIS WOMAN"
Shemar, who was raised by Marylin after his father was jailed for domestic violence when he was a baby, has frequently attributed his success to his mother's unswerving love and devotion to him. He said emotionally:
"Marylin Joan Wilson-Moore was my partner in crime ... my Bonnie to my Clyde. Everything I've ever known, everything I've ever worked hard for."
SHEMAR MOORE ALONE
His mother's death leaves Shemar alone since his relationship with his father is not close. Shemar revealed that although he helps his father, and wants him to be safe and happy, their relationship is dictated on his terms.
A HEARTBREAKING TRIBUTE
In a lengthy and heartbreaking speech during which he frequently broke into tears, Shemar spoke about his mother and told viewers that he was not exploiting her death, but was simply making the woman who made him famous, famous.
In a moving finale, Shemar extolled his followers to cry their tears, but then to "party" and celebrate life, because that was the way his mother lived. He then raised a glass of white wine in her memory, and played Joe Cocker's iconic song "You Are So Beautiful."
A SECOND LOSS.
The death of Shemar's mother comes exactly a year after his close friend "The Young and the Restless" actor Kristoff St.John passed away at the age of 52.
Kristoff, who had been suffering from chronic depression since his son Julian's suicide in 2014, was found unresponsive in his home in Los Angeles on February 3, 2019.
At the time, Shemar had expressed his shock and a profound sense of loss at the death of a man he had admired, and who had mentored him at the beginning of his career.
Shemar is unmarried and is known for keeping his personal life out of the headlines although he was linked romantically to soccer player Shawna Gordon, and to actress Anabelle Acosta.
He started out in YATR, but achieved star status with his role as profiler Derek Morgan in "Criminal Minds." In 2017, Shemar took up the role of Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson, headlining the hit action series, "SWAT."
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