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Celebrity zookeeper Jack Hanna diagnosed with dementia

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Celebrity zookeeper and animal TV show host Jack Hanna has been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life, his family said. In a news release Wednesday,...

4/7/2021 9:52:00 PM

The family of celebrity zookeeper and TV show host Jack Hanna said he's been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life. The 74-year-old Hanna was director of the Columbus Zoo from 1978 to 1992 and still serves as its director emeritus.

COLUMBUS , Ohio (AP) — Celebrity zookeeper and animal TV show host Jack Hanna has been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life, his family said. In a news release Wednesday,...

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Celebrity zookeeper and animal TV show host Jack Hanna has been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life, his family said.In a news release Wednesday, his family added that it’s believed he now has Alzheimer’s disease that has quickly progressed in the last few months.

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The 74-year-old Hanna was director of the Columbus Zoo from 1978 to 1992 and still serves as its director emeritus.“Dad advocated for improved wildlife habitats and focused on connecting the community with animals,” the statement signed by his three daughters said. Hanna continued to be a spokesperson for the Ohio zoo until he retired in 2020.

ADVERTISEMENTHanna is also well-known for his live animal demonstrations on talk shows hosted by Johnny Carson, David Letterman and James Corden, increasing the profile of the Columbus Zoo and leading to massive attendance increases over the years. Read more: The Associated Press »

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All the love to the family and making what must have been a hard, but needed decision. 3 WajahatAli It breaks my heart when any vibrant, intelligent person falls victim to dementia. 💔 My apologies for said diagnosis. Below may help: 'A study published in the European Journal of Medicinal Plants revealed that -red cabbage- possesses antioxidant and anticholinesterase activities that can help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease.'. God Bless, John German

This breaks my heart 💔 Fuck :( I was having a bad week and now this. Wish I had met him. 😔😔😔😔😔😔😔😔 Probably one of the people that got a whole generation into animals, I was hoping he’d retire but not this way. This is heartbreaking Jacks the best will be greatly missed.😷 very sad morgfair I’m so terribly saddened by this news. 🙏🙏🙏

God bless you Jack thank you for so many wonderful memories and teaching us so much about animal life Ugh that’s awful! He was so exciting and funny. My son got to take a pic with him at Busch Gardens, it made his day. His voice helped kids to respect and appreciate the wild WajahatAli Hanna is a great man. His work is exceptional

So sad to hear this news. He's such a wonderful gift to the planet and nature. This is tragic news. I'm such a fan of his. Dementia is a heartbreaking illness, and I hope that he has love, animals, and kind people around him so that he can have a peaceful retirement. 🌻 I’m glad they were transparent and told us now instead of waiting til he have a a racist rant that seemingly came from nowhere

Also loved to cheat on his wife but yeah dementia bad Aw, man. He seems like a cool guy. It is so heartbreaking, another iconic person most of us grew up watching TonyTodd54 Damn. Wish you well Jack. Thanks for the memories. 😢🥲 Lovely man! 🐕🐱🦝🦊🐃🐑🦏🐁🦒🐼🐓 I'm wishing him well. His appearances on the Letterman show were the BEST.

😔 I loved watching him on tv thank you for all that you did and I hope your retirement is a nice one we will never forget you ❤️ Such a great person. He was always great on tntradioempire Sending 💜 Oh, no. 💔😭 What a legend! 💔 Jack Hanna you gave all of us SOO many wonderful memories over the years... Thank you for your HUGE heart ♥️ and your wonderful love for animals. WE LOVE YOU!!!!!

I always loved Jack's segments on The Late Show with David Letterman. He was LOL funny every single time. His Animal Adventures are still a Saturday/Sunday morning favorite in my house. This is so sad...if a fit and active person such as Jack can develop dementia, there's not much hope for many of us 😬

Oh. I just love his dedication to animals..God bless him and his family Horrible, prayers with the family. This is so sad! memes_byashley Damn 😭 Never met him, don't really know him, but boy did I ever want to be him.... Thank you, Jack (and your family) so many great years. Sad news Sad news. Wishing him and his family the best.

My heart breaks for Jack and his family. They have been such a big part of all our lives, in central Ohio for as long as I can remember. Always praying for a cure for this terrible disease. So very sad. This is very heartbreaking. This is very sad Sad news. I loved him when he was on Johnny Carson. 🙏🏼 I still watch Jack Hanna in reruns whenever I can. Such an endearing character.

😢 My mom is broken hearted. She was one of those ladies that fell for Jack - just as the advertising intended. Best of luck Sir. *salute* thats sad, at least he has his family around and spent his life doing good. vivien2112 I know someone that has worked with him at the Cincinnati Zoo. She said he’s top notch, such a nice guy ☺️

😔🙏🏽 JackHanna is a national treasure. He has done so much for the animals but for educating us about them. This is so sad, not only for Jack but for his family and loved ones. Watching a loved one 'leave'.. even when their body is still with us... is a gut wrenching. 😢 💔🙏 Thanks,,, jackhanna for a LIFETIME. of Critter learning. In particular When Mr CARSON, would assist. Ain't nothing Like,, Nature In ACTION.. ImbrugliaJim svenfan87 SmilinJack2099 brian1968wg CheckinaCoulib2 johnhotujec ChrisAFilippone AnthonyAngelo99 right fellows?

HumbleAnthem So sad, love him and all he's done for animals and wildlife 😇 Absolutely heartbreaking 💔 To live such a dope life, then get dementia, you can't help but question the universe. Truly sad to hear Oh shoot -- this is just so sad. This makes me so sad. We've watched Jack Hanna for decades. He's one of a kind.

Legend! so sad Robertr369 Oh shit .. Sad to hear. Jack has been the face of animal conservation and served as a gateway to the animal kingdom for generations. ❤ Fond memories of one ou his kangaroos (I think it was a mini kangaroo but forget what they’re called) hopping all over a tv studio and zoo wranglers trying to catch it. Fun times!

His enthusiasm and love for the animals has always been one of the reasons I’ve enjoyed him over the years. Thank you, 'Jungle' Jack Hanna for all that you have done, for instilling a love of animals and nature in so many kids over the years. As a grandchild of an Alzheimer's patient, I am heartbroken for Jack and for his family. I still watch reruns of Jack on Letterman on YouTube. No one is better than Jack with animals and his love shows thru his silliness. God Bless you Jack!

Legend and a class act. I was fortunate enough to have met him on a few occasions and he was always very friendly and warm. He used to hand out autographed photos to people who recognized him wherever he went. Since our Father had Altzheimers Dimentia, Parkinsons, we can totally relate to how you may be feeling. So sorry to hear this news. As a FAN of Jungle Jack, I admire his concern and support for preservation of wildlife everywhere. He is intelligent, funny and compassionat....

That's so sad. Everyone loves Jack! Just awful! I’m so sad. You are the best. I really loved it when Jack was on David Letterman. They both fit like a glove together. Very funny too. I wish you well and hope that you don’t stay away all together for good. I hope that you can receive help so you can live a good life.

I worked at the zoo in 1997 and Jack was the nicest, kindest man. He would come to the zoo regularly and he would take the time to speak to any employee he passed. He made note of each person's name and would usually remember it next time he saw them. I wish him well. 💔 That's heartbreaking, I grew up watching Jack, learning about all of the beautiful animals this planet has. I'm sending love to Jack and his family. ❤🦍🦊🦝🦁🐯🐆🦓🦌🐂🐗🦒🦏🦔🐨🐼🦘🦡🐧🦉🦚🦜🐬

😔 Sad. gglightbulb Wow...my friend has it too and she’s 74, my age! Dementia doesn’t discriminate who gets it. 🙏🏽 We love Jack and watch him all the time. He's been showing signs for years. So sad. Prayers for him and his family. Really very sad news💔😢 I hope new treatments can keep this horrid thief, Alzheimer's from progressing any further...💔

He should become President! Best NursingHome in America I hear. Very sad to hear but what a life. At least he & his family are humble enough to admit their age. Heartbreaking. Love JungleJackHanna & wish him well. Watched him on Letterman & any show he was appearing on. He’s as funny as he is compassionate. Still watch Saturday morning now. Lots of love & hugs to Jack. I hope that horrible disease never advances & he enjoys many years

Love this man. Damn tntradioempire no! Best wished to him and his family. Wonderful person. ColumbusZoo Sad news for those who love Jack Hanna! He leaves a rich legacy for which he & his family can be proud. Loved watching his animal adventures show as a kid 😞 ..dementia thats rough. Very sad to hear this news. I always enjoyed watching him share his love of animals.

That sad! 🙏🏻 Damn :( 74 That feels so young 🥺💔 nudog71 So sorry to hear that💛🦁🐵🐻🐨 I bet Neuralink can fix that. He did alot of charity work including working with an organization that helped my family get a handicap capable van for my cousin who was diagnosed with Rhett syndrome when she was 10 months old. This man is a hero.

I'm sorry to hear this. Free up with him on TV introducing animals not in my area. 😔🙏✌ So sorry to hear this.This disease must be eradicated I cannot imagine the horror of having an independent life, and then your brain betrays you. You lose all sense of who you are. Your family will be there, but you won’t know them, so from your perspective, you’re dying, slowly, afraid, all alone. Give me any fate but that.

DarkStarStorm So sad Awww God bless Jack Hanna. So sorry to hear this. Such sad news! I love JackHanna! He has done so much to educate people on wildlife conservation. Keeping him and his family in my prayers. 🙏❤️ Jack Hanna is my Marlin Perkins and Jim Fowler all wrapped in one! treasures 😢🙏 Bought so much knowledge and excitement about animals from around the world!

you have got to be shitting me. Not Hanna too, such a funny and excellent guest on Letterman. Wish him a peaceful life. Meanwhile they made biden President DanishAndOneill I don't think he's going to understand O'Neill's very targeted monkey humor anymore... Thank you Mr. Hanna for your years a zookeeper. The BEST zookeeper ever!!

That's so sad. Great human 🙏 so sorry to hear this. i have been watching and loving him since his johnny carson days. be well hanna family 3 😢 I met him at the airport when I was in the Marines 18 years ago. He could not have been cooler. Just as friendly as he was on TV. I hope nothing but the best for such a nice person.

Anyone that devotes his life to help animals is a special human being. This is terrible news. Sad 😞 Such great memories of him on the Johnny Carson show. I always enjoyed the animals he brought and he was a great straight man for Carson. Awww thank you, Jack Hanna💙 Jack Hanna and Marlon Perkins 'The wild kingdon'.

So sad. Best to him & family. Animals are great therapy for people with dementia. Cruel disease which doesn’t discriminate. Dementia is such an scary disease. Still we can't fix it. My neighbor is in the beginning stages and she's scared, she says; she has no idea why she's scared. She comes out screaming for help and believes she's in a concentration camp! No family or friends either.

. HolyMidweekWord Jack Hanna brought so much joy and laughter to so many people. 💔 Such sad news. He has given so much to the preservation of wildlife and educated millions of people. I loved watching him on Johnny and David. He provided an invaluable service - and always with a laugh. I am so heartbroken to hear this. The animal kingdom will lose a huge advocate for all our furry friends, great and small.

😓💔 😥 That’s a shame. 😢💞 Wow, he was a big part of my life. Thank you Jack Hanna for making my life better. Oh no he's an icon Like Oh No that's sad to hear! 🤦‍♂️😷 As a young child, Jack Hanna was my role model. I had a chance to meet him when I was in high school and was starstruck. I still tell people that I got to meet my idol. I’m sorry to hear of his diagnosis and wish him peace in his retirement.

This sucks. I liked watching his shows. Oh no! This is heartbreaking. Sending him and his family so much love ❤️ Loved Jack as a kid and had the pleasure of meeting him a few years ago. This fuckin blows Oh no 😢 That’s sad. He was a huge part of millions of children’s lives. So sad to hear this. :( Sending prayers and peace your way.

I hope he’s surrounded by animals for the remainder of his time on earth. Thank you for sharing your wildlife expertise with us. 😥 As a kid he seemed like the real life Dr. Grant from JP or something. I loved watching Hanna and learned so much. 💔 This breaks my heart. He was actually someone I greatly admired as a kid growing up in Columbus. Wishing him the absolute best as he navigates this illness.

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