Jack Hanna, the famed celebrity zoologist who made a name for himself bringing cute & exotic animals onto TV shows like the Tonight Show, has been forced to retire from public life due to dementia.
“In the letter, Jack’s daughters Kathaleen, Suzanne and Julie Hanna stated their dad was diagnosed with dementia, now believed to be Alzheimer’s disease, and his condition progressed much faster than expected in the last few months.
“Sadly, Dad is no longer able to participate in public life as he used to, where people all over the world watched, learned and laughed alongside him,” his daughters wrote.
His daughters said that while their father’s health has deteriorated quickly, his great sense of humor continues to shine through.”
Hanna came to prominence as the director of the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, where he was the go-to “animal guy” for generations of TV watchers. He is one of nearly 6M Americans who currently suffer from Alzheimer’s.
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