Sinbad Makes First Public Appearance Since His 2020 Stroke, Thanks Fans


Comedian Sinbad took to social media on Monday to thank fans for their support following his first public appearance in nearly four years, after the 67-year-old suffered a stroke in October 2020.

On Feb. 29, Sinbad had appeared at an event via videoconference at Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he joined his A Different World cast mates for a tour of historically Black colleges and universities. Watching footage back from the event in a video posted to Instagram, the actor and comedian, born David Adkins, seemed genuinely moved by the reception.

“Thank you for your prayers, support, and positive thoughts,” he captioned the video. “They’ve carried me this far and will see me through to the finish line. It really is a different world out here!”

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“Man, that was so cool,” Sinbad emotionally said in the clip, expressing his surprise that young people knew who he was, considering that The Cosby Show spinoff aired from 1987 to 1993. “It’s wild that the kids even know who I am. That was beautiful.”

He reiterated his appreciation to fans for their prayers and support, adding that he’s been reading emails from those who have reached out to him who have been dealing with similar or worse ailments, and that he would do his best to respond to each one. 

“Expect to see more of me soon, and don’t freak out if you turn around and I’m standing right behind you,” he quipped. “‘Sinbad, I can’t believe you’re here!’ You can’t believe it? You better believe it. Miracles happen.”

Sinbad’s family first revealed that he was recovering from a stroke in November 2020. Two years later, his family launched a website to give fans an update on his condition, explaining that the ischemic stroke had been caused a result of a blood clot that traveled from his heart to his brain. After undergoing back-to-back thrombectomy surgeries to remove the clot and another that reformed, Sinbad was placed on a ventilator and spent nine months hospitalized before he could return home.

But even then, the road to recovery was long and grueling, as his family revealed in 2022 that he was still learning to walk. However, he remained optimistic, relaying at the time: “I am not done. I will not stop fighting until I can walk across the stage again.”

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