Sinbad, the talented comedian whose reputation has endeared him to millions of fans on television, in the movies, and onstage, is recovering from a stroke.
The icon, who appeared earlier this year on the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) #FIYAH! livestream series, and during the NNPA’s celebration of Afro Comic-Con, was recently hospitalized.
It’s not clear if he’s still in the hospital or at home in California.
“It is out of sincere love that we share Sinbad, our beloved husband, and father, is recovering from a recent stroke,” the comedian’s family shared in a statement.
“Sinbad is a light source of love and joy for many generations. While he is beginning his road to recovery, we are faithful and optimistic that he will bring laughter into our hearts soon,” the statement continued.
The 64-year-old Sinbad, born David Adkins, is known for his stand-up work and appearances in the sitcoms “A Different World” and “The Sinbad Show.” The entertainer has also appeared in several movies, including “Good Burger,” “First Kid” and “Jingle All the Way.”
According to his biography posted on Fandango.com, Sinbad has dedicated his free time and personal efforts to such causes as the Children’s Defense Fund and the Omega Boys Club. Sinbad also made his bid to increase AIDS awareness with his involvement in the “Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS and You” video in 1992.
His intense dedication to family is evident in his hiring of his brothers and sisters to assist him in numerous endeavors.
“Our family thanks you in advance for your love and support and ask for continued prayers for his healing. We also ask that you please respect our privacy during this time,” the family statement read.