The Designated Survivor star tweeted his mom Shirley Douglas had been in poor health for soem time and her death was not related to COVID-19. Douglas appeared in Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita and David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers. She is also survived by son Thomas Emil Sicks from her first marriage.

The actress and activist was a longtime resident of Toronto. She shared Kiefer and his twin sister Rachel with ex-husband Donald Sutherland.


Sutherland said she died due to complications from pneumonia unrelated to COVID-19.

My mother was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life,” he wrote. “Sadly she had been battling for her health for quite some time and we, as a family, knew this day was coming. To any families who have lost loved ones unexpectedly to the coronavirus, my heart breaks for you. Please stay safe.


Douglas, who celebrated her birthday three days ago, was married to actor Donald Sutherland from 1966-1971. They had twins, Kiefer and Rachel.

The actress was known for starring in Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film Lolita and David Cronenberg’s 1988 feature Dead Ringers. She won a Gemini Award, Canada’s equivalent of the Emmy Award, for the 1999 TV film Shadow Lake. In 1999, she and son Kiefer costarred in the drama film Woman Wanted, which also featured Holly Hunter.