Source: US Weekly
- Comedian and actor Richard Lewis confirms his career is over after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
- The actor is well known for ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’, and more.
Richard Lewis has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s but insists he’s ‘cool’
Veteran comedian and Curb Your Enthusiasm actor Richard Lewis revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in a Twitter video on Sunday.
The 75-year-old actor explained that he had just wrapped season 12 of Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David
“The last three and a half years I’ve had kind of a rough time and people said, you know, I haven’t heard from you, are you still touring? Here is what really happened.
“I said, you know, I’m at the top of my game. After almost 50 years, I’m going to quit, and I felt good about it. And then, out of the blue, shit hit the fan.
He has been busy with his recovery and therapy after undergoing four successive surgeries and a hip replacement.
“It was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe it. It was bad luck, but that’s life.
He added that a few years ago he started walking stiffly, shuffling and seeing a neurologist because of it. He then underwent a brain scan which confirmed his Parkinson’s disease.
However, he remained optimistic and told his fans that he was fine.
“I’m cool. Luckily I got it late in life and they say it’s progressing very slowly, if at all, and I’m on the right meds, so it’s fine.
“So I guess I just wanted you to know that’s where I was.” I’m done with stand-up, just focusing on writing and acting.”
The actor then explained:
“I have Parkinson’s disease, but I’m under a doctor’s care and I’m fine and I love my wife, I love my little pup, and I love all of my friends and fans, and now you know where it’s been in the last three and a half years.
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Several celebrities openly live with Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects the movements of the body. This happens when brain cells that produce dopamine start dying.
Dopamine is important for sending messages between the different parts of the brain that control movement, and when there isn’t enough of the chemical, it can lead to tremors, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and movement. coordination.
The disease can also cause non-motor symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Although there is no cure, there are treatments that can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, approximately 90,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year. Additionally, an estimated 1.2 million people in America will be diagnosed by 2030.
Celebrities other than Richard Lewis who openly live with Parkinson’s include Alan Alda, Michael J. Fox, Neil Diamond, Linda Ronstadt, Jesse Jackson, Jeff Cook, Ozzy Osbourne, and more.
The great Muhammad Ali also battled the disease for three decades before his death in 2016.
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