Jack Hanna, famend animal knowledgeable from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, is stepping again from work and public life after being identified with Alzheimer’s illness. His daughters Kathaleen, Suzanne, and Julie made the unhappy announcement on Wednesday, publishing a heartfelt letter to followers on social media.
Together with household pictures (HERE), they wrote:
“Right this moment, we attain out to share some private Hanna Household information. Docs have identified our dad, Jack Hanna, with dementia, now believed to be Alzheimer’s illness. His situation has progressed a lot sooner in the previous few months than any of us might have anticipated. Sadly, Dad is now not in a position to take part in public life as he used to, the place folks everywhere in the world watched, realized and laughed alongside him.”
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As Government Director of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio, Jack labored tirelessly to enhance “wildlife habitats and centered on connecting the group with animals” since 1978. Regardless of retiring from his position in 1992, the animal lover remained a spokesperson for the zoo till final yr. Rapidly, he turned a beloved TV character increasing viewer’s minds with unique animals and a drive to guard the planet for the awe-inspiring creatures.
All through his prolonged profession, he appeared on numerous TV reveals, together with his personal sequence’ Animal Adventures, Wild Countdown, and, most lately, Into the Wild. The 74-yr-outdated was additionally a frequent visitor on speak reveals reminiscent of The Late Late Present with James Corden, Late Present with David Letterman, and The Ellen DeGeneres Present. Extremely pleased with their father’s achievements, the daughters added:
“He has spent his life connecting folks and wildlife as a result of he has at all times believed that having folks see and expertise animals is vital to participating them in additional impactful conservation efforts. He’s at all times stated, ‘You must contact the center to show the thoughts.’ Regardless that Dad is now not in a position to journey and work in the identical method, we all know that his infectious enthusiasm has touched many hearts and can proceed to be his legacy.”
He actually did contact all our hearts…
Additionally struggling well being-sensible is his youngest youngster, Julie, who has suffered “life-lengthy challenges along with her childhood leukemia.” Recovering from main surgical procedure now, the ladies thanked their mother Suzi for being their rock via these tough challenges. The couple have been married for 53 years — an unbelievable achievement!!
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Our hearts break for this household and Jack’s closest buddies. Alzheimer’s is such a devastating sickness, however fortunately the ladies have left followers of the zookeeper with some hope. They teased:
“Whereas Dad’s heath has deteriorated shortly, we will guarantee you that his nice humorousness continues to shine via. And sure — he nonetheless wears his khakis at dwelling.”
So candy! Sadly due to COVID-19, the household requested for “privateness, which is ironic given Dad’s love of interacting with folks.” Make a journey down reminiscence lane and ch-ch-take a look at his look with John Stamos and Julianne Moore on The Late Late Present in 2015 to recall simply how infectious and interesting his character was!
Sending Jack and his household a lot of love as they get via this difficult time!!
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