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 in a still from "Criminal Minds" in 2017 | Source: Getty Images


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

Shemar Moore and his mother Marilyn at the 16th Annual Race To Erase MS in 2009 | Source: Getty Images


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.

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DREAM VACATION HOME COMING for Momma n Me!!! Denmark.... I lived here as a baby from 4 months old to 3 years old over 48 years ago.... Mom speaks fluent Danish... I only remember ONE word (“Move” in Danish) because my mother was always telling me to “Flytte” (I think that’s how you spell it)... but it means “Shemar move your ass!!” 🤣..... I don’t recognize most of what I’m seeing but I can feel that it was and is a part of me for life!! I was born in Oakland, California... but this is where MY LIFE began... such a beautiful place!!! With a SHIT TON OF BICYCLES😳🚴🏻‍♂️ Momma is soooooooo HAPPY being back here with me!! Makes me happy and PROUD!!! 🧡🇩🇰 Don’t let the wheelchair fool you... momma just being lazy n wants to be pushed around like a Queen... she can still get up shake her money maker!!! 🤦🏽‍♂️😅🤣🤣

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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.


Shemar, who has always expressed a deep love and respect for his mother, has confessed that her loss has left him deeply hurt. He posted a video on Instagram in which he said:

"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, 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."


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.


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."

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HOME SWEET HOME!!! This is Our MOST SPECIAL MOMENT and MEMORY of our trip back here to where it all began in DENMARK🇩🇰... we FOUND our home from 48 years ago where we lived for 3 years... my mother was sooooo EXCITED as we drove through our old neighborhood (ROSKILDE🇩🇰) as she remembered streets and and buildings... she remembered the street we lived on but wasn’t sure if she would recognize the house... but SHE DID!!! The color has changed but all else has stayed the same since 1966.... even I REMEMBERED the stone in the driveway and the back yard where I used to run around naked kicking a soccer ball⚽️... the current owner, a very nice Danish Woman, was kind enough to let me and my mom walk to the back yard and just breathe it in and take a pic together... I am sooooo PROUD to listen to my mom speak Danish to all our old friends (I got NO IDEA what she’s saying tho 🤷🏽‍♂️😳🤣) and listen to her memories and stories.. My mother endured and overcame and Risked soooooo much through her life to give me MY LIFE! She took me around the world all by herself just hoping and trying to give us the happiest life possible together... SHE SUCCEEDED!!! My mother is my hero!!! I am so proud and GRATEFUL for this woman!! To see her smile and be so Happy.. is... EVERYTHING!!!! I LOVE YOU MOM!!! 🧡❤️

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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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