Official Statement

American Diabetes Association® Mourns the Loss of Diabetes Advocate Wilford Brimley

August 3, 2020 | Arlington, Virginia

The American Diabetes Association is saddened to hear of the passing of Wilford Brimley over the weekend. We are grateful for his decades of tireless work and dedication to raise awareness about diabetes and his passionate pleas to get tested and not be ashamed. Through his warm and lively spirit, he helped to combat stigma that is often placed on those living with diabetes. In 2008, we were honored to present Mr. Brimley with an award to recognize his lifetime of advocacy. We will continue to support all advocating for those living with diabetes and their loved ones.  

We encourage the diabetes community to continue this legacy of advocating for the rights of those living with diabetes and the importance of knowing your numbers. During this difficult time our thoughts and prayers are with the Brimley family, his friends and fans.

(AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

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About the American Diabetes Association
Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. More than 122 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For nearly 80 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy and education designed to improve their quality of life. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).