Men’s Health: ‘God’s got this’ Tim Ezell reveals he has Parkinson’s disease

Learning more about Parkinson Disease, and a local media icon revealing his diagnosis to the public.

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Television personality Tim Ezell, of Fox 2 News, wants the television audience to know why he seems so standoffish these days. He was diagnosed with Parkinson disease two years ago.

As you all may be aware, actor Michael J. Fox, is also battling this degenerating condition. Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that causes unintended or uncontrollable movements, such as shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination.

In the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, your face may show little or no expression. Your arms may not swing when you walk. Your speech may become soft or slurred. Parkinson’s disease symptoms worsen as your condition progresses over time.

Although Parkinson’s disease can’t be cured, medications might significantly improve your symptoms. Occasionally, your health care provider may suggest surgery to regulate certain regions of your brain and improve your symptoms.

Here is the story found only on Fox 2 News in St. Louis:

Over the past 25 years, FOX 2 feature reporter Tim Ezell has brought a lot of joy into people’s lives.  He revealed Friday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  It is a brain disorder that causes unintended or uncontrollable movements. The condition typically worsens over time.

Tim is not going anywhere. You will still be able to see him on FOX 2 News in the morning. He wants viewers to be aware of his condition.

Ezell shared the news with viewers during the 9 a.m. newscast. He sat down with Margie Ellisor and delivered this statement. Watch video by clicking here.

“I want to share something with you. Some of you have reached out to me and mentioned that you saw something different in me. Something was a little off, I am leaning, or moving awkwardly. Well, there is an explanation.

Two years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It’s a brain disorder where the cells that produce dopamine, a chemical that coordinates movement, stops working. That leads to a movement disorder. All Parkinson’s patients are different, but my main presenting symptoms initially were lack of balance, slow motion, movement, stiffness, and fatigue. It’s a progressive disease, which means it will get worse over time, but at what rate? Nobody knows.

I do know this. First and foremost, I know that God’s got this. God’s got me, and he will be glorified in and through it. Also know that I have a great team of doctors and I have tremendous love and support from family, my Fox 2 family, friends, including many of you out there,” said Ezell.

If you would like to learn more about Parkinson’s disease, Ezell says that there are two great resources you should use. The local chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

“I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the disease,” said Tim.

You can email Tim if you would like to share your story about Parkinson’s disease or wish him well. Contact him at

In closing, this breaks my heart, I am a fan of Tim Ezell, and I use to look forward to him and his former colleague April Simpson’s wacky antics in the morning, on Fox 2.

Moreover, I am going to keep him in my prayers and hope there soon becomes a remarkable way to deal with this disease.


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