Comedian Sinbad on ‘road to recovery’ after recent stroke

by 24USATVNov. 17, 2020, 1 a.m. 20
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Sinbad is recovering after suffered a recent stroke, his family told Variety.

The comedian, born David Adkins, became a household name in the ’90s. He starred in Fox’s “The Sinbad Show" and comedy specials for HBO and in the movies “Jingle All the Way” (1996), “Coneheads” (1993), “Goodburger” (1997) and “First Kid” (1996).

“Sinbad is a light source of love and joy for many generations,” his family said in a statement Monday. “While he is beginning his road to recovery, we are faithful and optimistic that he will bring laughter into our hearts soon. 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.' Thank you.”

Adkins, 64, had been performing at stand-up shows as recently as October after being off stages since late February.

Starting in 2018, he appeared on the Fox series “Rel" alongside Lil Rel Howery, playing Rel’s father, Milton. He also voiced characters in the animated series “American Dad," “Steven Universe" and “The Lion Guard.” Earlier in his career, from 1987 to 1991, he played Coach Walter Oakes on NBC’s “A Different World."

Brock Pierce, who appeared alongside Adkins in “First Kid" when he was 14, issued a statement sending well wishes to his former co-star.

“I would not be where I am in life if not for him," he said. “I am eternally grateful to Sinbad, as a mentor and a friend. Throughout his life, he has proven, time and time again, that one can do well by doing good for others, and I wish him a speedy recovery and good health in the future.”

“Family, please let’s pray for my dear friend Sinbad,” the drummer Sheila E. tweeted. “Recently suffered a stroke. Plz keep him lifted in prayer. We need him to make us laugh again.”

“Sinbad is & always has been one of the greats of comedy, along with being a truly wonderful person,” tweeted comedian Elayne Boosler. “Everyone is sending the strongest wishes for a full and fast recovery. Hang in there, the world needs your brand of beautiful humor and kind humanity. Much love to u & ur family.”

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