Sinbad was one of the most successful comedians during his heyday, even having his own television sitcom and living during an exciting time to be Black in the entertainment industry. Apparently, the comedian recently suffered from a stroke, according to his representatives.
Recently, Sinbad was seen on NBC’s Rel for the 2018-19 season, appearing as fellow comedian Rel Howery’s widowed father Milton. He’s also still an active voiceover talent, appearing on such shows as Steven Universe and American Dad.
The comedian, real name David Adkins, is affectionately known for his role as Coach Walter Oakes on A Different World for six seasons in the late eighties through early nineties. His own show, The Sinbad Show, ran for one season in 1993 on Fox.
Even with that, he’s had many roles over the years and still had been touring and performing in comedy clubs as recently as this year. The coronavirus affected comedians and their ability to tour and according to his Instagram, the star appeared to have been back on the road in a limited capacity.
“It is out of sincere love that we share Sinbad, our beloved husband and father, is recovering from a recent stroke,” his family said in a statement to Variety. “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. 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.”