HE’S still putting his all into work commitments, but Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s Disease is now “taking its toll” on the actor’s body, it’s been reported.
The 54-year-old learned he had the illness back in 1991, before publicly announcing it after undergoing brain surgery to control his shaking in 1999.
Despite continuing to attend work events, sources have now said that the disease has been getting a lot worse recently and that the star was seen struggling to get into a car outside Hollywood restaurant Craig’s.
“It was heartbreaking,” an insider told RadarOnline.com. “Michael’s bravery knows no bounds. But as the disease takes its toll on his body, even he is beginning to see that his battle is a losing one.
“Michael sees every day as a gift, as well as an opportunity to help other sufferers,” they continued.
The Canadian-American actor – who launched The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research – has spoken openly about his battle.
The source went on: “His Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has done so much and has raised millions of dollars, but a cure remains well out of reach.”
Speaking during a chat with David Letterman, Michael previously described the day he received his diagnosis.
He said: “It was pretty scary. I was 29 years old and so it was the last thing I expected to hear.
“I thought I’d hurt my shoulder doing some stunt because I had a twitch in my pinkie. And the doctor said ‘You have Parkinson’s disease.’ He said, ‘The good news is that you have 10 years of work left’.”
“That was 22 years ago and I’m still working,” he added in the interview, which aired in April 2017.
When asked if the diagnosis was easy or difficult, the Back To The Future star replied: “There are things on the face [of it] that are much worse, that are terminal and really hopeless situations and it wasn’t that.
“I just knew I was going to have to make adjustments and I didn’t know what I was gonna have to adjust to.
“But, to be corny about it, once you accept it and you learn about it and you realise you’re part of a community and you realise you’re in a position to do something and to make a difference and to help, well then it’s just like, quit your b***hin’ and get on with it.”