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As fans of the saga will know Jake Lloyd, the actor behind young Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, has been battling personal issues and David Gremillion has taken the time to sit down with Jake’s mother to discuss how he is doing, with her giving this statement.

“We would like to thank everyone for their kind words, their support, and goodwill. Jake has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but unfortunately he also has a symptom called anosognosia which causes a lack of insight into his illness. This only adds to the struggle he faces, which has been very difficult after the tragic loss of his younger sister, Madison. He has moved closer to his family and we are all working hard to help him with this. He is still a kind and caring person and we hope to have him back to his fun and entertaining self as soon as possible. Jake will continue to make progress with the love and support you continue to show.”

Fantha Tracks want to pass on their best wishes to Jake, in the hope that in time he’s able to return get his life back to where he wants it to be and return to the fandom to see – just as Ahmed Best and Hayden Christensen recently have – that there’s thousands of people who very much appreciate what they gave to us.