by Barry Anderson

Long-time comedian, Sinbad, is recovering from a recent stroke, the standup comedian’s family confirmed in a statement to the Associated Press on Monday.

“Sinbad is a light source of love and joy for many generations,” the comedian’s family said. “While he is beginning his road to recovery, we are faithful and optimistic that he will bring laughter into our hearts soon.”

Born David Adkins, Sinbad just had a birthday celebrating his 64th birthday, but then just days after he was stricken by a stroke.

According to the CDC, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in men, killing almost the same number of men each year as prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease combined. Stroke is also a leading cause of long-term disability, and men under age 44 are hospitalized for ischemic stroke at a higher rate than women in the same age group.

Sinbad first burst onto the comedy scene in the 1990s, doing stand up gigs all over the country and then eventually gaining fame with his now-classic, HBO stand-up special. His notoriety grew when he landed a role as Coach Walter Oaks on “A Different World.”

He has also acted in several films, including “Houseguest,” “First Kid” and the Christmas comedy “Jingle All the Way.”

Most recently, Sinbad had a main role on the critically-acclaimed Fox series “Rel,” which was created by Lil Rel Howery and Kevin Barnett and based on Howery’s life. Sinbad played Milton, Howery’s widowed father on the show that ran for one season from 2018-2019.

The comedian also appeared on shows like “The Comedy Bang Bang,” “The Eric Andre Show” and voiced characters on Disney’s “The Lion Guard,” “Steven Universe and “American Dad.”

Celebrities and fans alike have flocked to social media to share their love, prayers and get-well wishes to Sinbad.