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May 13, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
At NBC's Upfront presentation Monday at Radio City Hall in New York City, the beleaguered peacock network was betting big on Michael J. Fox.   In a sign of its importance to the network, "The Michael J. Fox Show" was the first new series to be showcased during Monday's 90-minute presentation and was introduced by NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. VIDEO: NBC comedy trailers 2013 It stars the much-loved actor -- who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1998 and left the ABC sitcom "Spin City" in 2000 to spend time with his family and raise awareness of the disease -- as a version of himself: a well-known newscaster afflicted with Parkinson's disease who decides to return to television after several years out of the spotlight.
March 9, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Long Beach police are seeking the public's help in finding a 75-year-old man with Parkinson's disease who has been missing since Friday. Kenneth Charles Heilman left his home on Tevis Avenue for a 4 p.m. doctor's visit near Clark Avenue and Atherton Street. On Monday, police found his Saturn along the route to his doctor's office. Heilman is white, 5 feet 10, with a patch of gray hair and a mustache. He also has diabetes and needs medicine.
September 22, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
An ailing 78-year-old Canadian man committed suicide with Dr. Jack Kevorkian's help after consulting with him several times, Kevorkian's attorney said in Bloomfield Township, Mich. Natverlal H. Thakore of British Columbia suffered from Parkinson's disease, said Geoffrey Fieger, Kevorkian's attorney. He killed himself Saturday night. In a letter Fieger sent to the media, Thakore said he wanted to die in a dignified way. It would be the fourth suicide linked to Kevorkian since Aug. 29.
June 27, 1985 | United Press International
Nobel Peace Prize winner and dissident Andrei Sakharov is alive but suffering from heart ailments and Parkinson's disease, West Germany's Bild newspaper said today. In a report released in advance of its Friday editions, the newspaper said it had obtained two videotapes made at a hospital in Gorky where Sakharov is being treated.
January 14, 1998
Richard H. Strobel, 87, a veteran Associated Press photographer who recorded international news events from the Hindenburg disaster to the Los Angeles murder of Robert F. Kennedy. A photo editor with the wire service for 44 years, Strobel also served as president of the Catholic Press Council. After he retired from AP in 1975, Strobel became a photographer and columnist for the Larchmont Chronicle.
April 13, 2000
Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill died from a rare form of brain deterioration called cerebellar cortical atrophy, not Parkinson's disease as was previously thought, researchers who studied the author's autopsy report in today's New England Journal of Medicine. The results also show that alcohol abuse played no role in his death. During the last 12 years of his life, O'Neill gradually lost the ability to control his hands.
April 9, 1985 | Associated Press
Federal and state health authorities on Monday launched a program to test "designer" street drugs from anonymous donors to detect a potent chemical that leaves some users with irreversible Parkinson's disease. An estimated 300 Californians have been exposed to MPTP, a legal "designer drug" whose structure is nearly identical to Demerol, said Chauncey L. Veatch III, director of the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.
March 21, 1985 | Associated Press
Sir Michael Redgrave, the British film and stage actor and patriarch of the Redgrave acting dynasty, died today. He was 77 and had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for 12 years. Redgrave died at a nursing home in the county of Buckinghamshire west of London. His agent said his son, Corin, was at his bedside when he died.
September 26, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Michael J. Fox is back in prime time, big time, on Thursday night with "The Michael J. Fox Show," in which he stars as a local newscaster with Parkinson's. Ahead of that debut, he spent some time with Rolling Stone magazine and shared some "hard-earned bits of wisdom" picked up through his 30 or so years of fame and his 22 years living with Parkinson's. Thirteen years ago, Fox quit his last full-time television gig - "Spin City" - because doctors told him his acting career was over.
September 15, 1985 | Associated Press
Muhammad Ali took a long walk uptown to Harlem on a recent day and "buses stopped, taxis stopped. Policeman and kids came up to me." In May, the 43-year-old heard cheers of "Ali, Ali," as he entered the Summer Palace in Peking. "There's no one like me," he said during an interview. It was a declaration, stated quietly, matter-of-factly. "I'll bet it'll be a long time before there's another me," added Ali, who was here to talk about a fan club, "Ali's Allies."
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