Tom Kane, best known for his work as a Star Wars voice actor, has been left unable to speak after suffering a stroke, his family has revealed.
The 58-year-old, who voiced Jedi master Yoda in The Clone Wars, suffered a stroke two months ago that left him with ‘right-sided weakness’ as well as damage to the speech centre of his brain.
Sharing the heartbreaking news in a Facebook post, Kane’s daughter Sam wrote: ‘This means right now he cannot efficiently communicate verbally, nor read or spell. He is still competent and very much himself, but can only get out a few words right now.
‘As many of you might know about strokes, it is possible for him to gain these functions back and we have found him excellent care in Kansas City for speech, occupational, and physical therapy, but for now, we have been warned by his Neurologist that he may not do voiceovers again.’
Sam added that despite his health ordeal, Kane ‘still remains in good spirits’ and his ‘extreme stubbornness’ means he is already showing improvements with his speech.
‘He is fully on board with me sharing this and he will see anything you guys post,’ she also clarified.
Alongside the message, Sam shared family photos of Kane including one where the actor is posing next to a sign on a whiteboard that says: ‘Merry f*****g Christmas.’
Kane has enjoyed a stellar career in Hollywood, notably for his work on the Star Wars animated series The Clone Wars. He also voiced the character Admiral Ackbar in the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Other credits include Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls, FX’s Archer, and even popular video games such as Call of Duty and Star Wars and Marvel games.
Fans passed on their well wishes to Kane in light of the sad news, with one commenting: ‘Tom – you are one of my most favorite guys ever – sending love and healing thoughts.’
‘Fight hard and true, Tom. We have faith in your total recovery. May this year provide all that you need to succeed,’ another said.
One fan added: ‘Hi Tom, so sorry to hear what you e been goi g thru. We love you and praying you get better ASAP!!’
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