Actor and comedian Sinbad has suffered a stroke and is currently recovering, his family said Monday in a statement to the Associated Press.
“It is out of sincere love that we share Sinbad, our beloved husband and father, is recovering from a recent stroke,” the statement said via Sinbad’s rep. “While he is beginning his road to recovery, we are faithful and optimistic that he will bring laughter into our hearts soon.”
The 64-year-old entertainer, whose birth name is David Adkins, got his big break in the 1980s on Star Search, when he was named a finalist on the competition series.
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Sinbad became a household name in the ‘90s for his stand-up comedy specials such as HBO’s Sinbad: Brain Damaged, and as the star of Fox sitcom The Sinbad Show, among other notable television and film roles. He also hosted It’s Showtime at the Apollo from 1989 to 1991. Since then, he has made guest appearances on television shows such as Moesha, Girlfriends, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
In the last several years, Sinbad voiced the character of Uroho the baboon for two episodes on Disney Junior’s The Lion Guard in 2017.
He most recently appeared in the Fox sitcom Rel, which aired in 2018, but was canceled after one season.