After starring as the legendary Mr. Miyagi in “The Karate Kid,” Pat Morita passed away on November 24 at the age of 73.

His tragic early life may not have been funny, but his amazing resilience made him an icon.

While his disease was a source of grief, his passing was also a reminder of the importance of preserving his family’s legacy.

Here are some facts about his tragic life and cause of death.

Born in northern California on June 28, 1932, Pat Morita’s early life was spent in a hospital, suffering from spinal tuberculosis.

He was later interned at the Japanese-American internment camp in Arizona during World War II. After the war, he returned home to run a Sacramento restaurant.

At age two, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and spent nine years at the Weimar Institute, which treated him for more than a decade.

His family ultimately decided that Pat Morita should enter the show business full time at age 30, so they renamed him after the priest they met in the hospital.

Born in northern California, Morita grew up in Isleton. His parents, Tamaru and Hideo Morita, moved to the United States from Japan after the war.

He was diagnosed with tuberculosis when he was just two years old.

During this period, he was confined to a bed and was in a full-body cast. In spite of his limitations, he cultivated a strong sense of humor and comedic timing.

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