Actress Marlee Matlin has thanked fans for their support following the hospitalisation of her father.

The Children of a Lesser God star took to on Thursday (03Oct13) to insist rumours that her father Donald had passed away were false, but revealed he is under doctors' care after falling ill.

After an outpouring of well wishes on the social networking site, Matlin reached out to thank her followers for their kind words.

She writes, "My dad has not passed. He's sick in the hospital. One day at a time.

"Thank you all for well wishes for my dad. We are still keeping a watch during this tough time for him. Family & friends here are the best."