Veteran comedian Sinbad recently suffered a stroke. Born David Atkins, his family issued a statement Monday sharing news the 64-year-old is recovering.
“It is out of sincere love that we share Sinbad, our beloved husband and father, is recovering from a recent stroke,” his family told Variety. “Sind 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.”
Sinbad’s career includes his start at comedy on Star Search, which launched his comedy career and his famous ‘Summer Jams’ in the nineties and several successful HBO Specials. Perhaps he is best known for his role as Walter Oakes on The Cosby Show spinoff “A Different World” that ran for six seasons. Sinbad left the popular sitcom that inspired a generation to want to go to college, particularly HBCU’s in 1991. He then starred in his short-lived, self-titled family comedy The Sinbad Show. He also landed roles in movies like House Guest, Jingle All the Way, First Kid, and Good Burger. His most recent work was on the Fox series Rel (2018-2019) while still performing stand-up recently as October.
While it is not known when Sinbad suffered a stroke, the Adkins family thanked everyone as they asked for prayers and privacy.
“Our family thanks you in advance for your love and support and ask for continued prayers for his healing,” they noted. “We also ask that you please respect our privacy during this time. Thank you.”
We wish Sinbad a speedy recovery.
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