Actor Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter on Tuesday to pay a tribute to his father, James C. Reynolds, who has sadly passed following a long-standing battle with Parkinson's disease.
The progressive condition, associated with the degeneration of the brain, affects the nervous system, crippling the use of muscles and body movements. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease which affects more than five million people worldwide.
In memory of his loving father, the Hollywood star shared the following photo:
Although Ryan hasn't been very public about his father's condition, in an interview with the Today show in November last year, he did say that:
"My father really hasn't ever said he has Parkinson's disease. [He] doesn't really talk about it too much [but] in a strange way, it's really kind of brought us together."
He also revealed that his father had been battling Parkinson's for over two decades, having been diagnosed in 1995. And testament to his strength, he chose to continue life as normal, hardly ever speaking about a condition he always knew would one day kill him. Ryan added:
"He comes from a pretty prideful generation and he doesn't really talk about it too much. But he’s maybe said it once or twice out loud."
On Tuesday, along with the touching photograph he shared of his dad, Ryan also urged all his followers and fans to donate to the Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox's foundation, which he has been fervently supporting since 2008. Today, Reynolds is also on the board of directors dedicated to finding a cure for this crippling, degenerative disease.
We send our deepest condolences the Reynolds family in this difficult time.
To find out more and to donate to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, go to the charity's website.