Jennifer Aniston’s Mother Suffers Second Stroke in 15 Months (EXCLUSIVE)

Andrea Simpson / December 18, 2012

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Jennifer Aniston’s mother was hospitalized again last week after suffering yet another health crisis, Celebuzz has learned exclusively.

“Last week on Wednesday or Thursday, her mom had another stroke. This was her second one in a year,” a source close to Nancy Dow said.

It’s the latest setback for the Friends star’s mother, who had a serious stroke in late 2011 and has suffered a number of injuries since then, as Celebuzz previously reported.


In fact, Dow broke a bone in her hip and bruised her shoulder after recent spills, according to the insider. The effects of her original stroke limited her physical movement so severely that she now requires 24-hour care.

Fortunately, the 76-year-old’s latest health scare is much less serious than her 2011 stroke.

“Luckily, this one was minor,” said the insider. “She went to the hospital, but she’s already back home. But she’s having trouble talking and is still shuffling around.”

And Dow’s health remains precarious. Said the insider: “It could get worse, and the family fears it may not be long until a bigger stroke comes along.



Aniston and Dow — who was married to Aniston’s father, Days of Our Lives actor John Aniston, until  1980 — have a famously rocky relationship. Their estrangement began when Dow gave an interview about her daughter  in 1996; three years later, she detailed their family feud in a memoir, From Mother And Daughter To Friends.

But despite their friction, our insider says Aniston has not forgotten about her mother in her time of need.

“Jennifer is paying her medical bills,” said the source. “So she’s involved to an extent in her mom’s life and well-being, and they’re getting friendlier than years ago.”

And in September of last year, the 43-year-old reportedly visited Dow in the hospital with her fiance, Justin Theroux. Reports have also indicated that said Dow will be invited to their wedding.

Do you think Jennifer and her mom can bury the hatchet so that Dow can see her daughter walk down the aisle? Let us know in the comments — and click on the gallery above to see Jen’s wedding bling.

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