Sinbad, Legendary Comedian and Actor, Recovering From Recent Stroke

by Kayla Zadel

Stand-up comedian Dave Adkins, more commonly known as his stage name “Sinbad,” is recovering from a stroke. Sinbad’s family released a statement regarding his stroke to AP News on Monday morning.

The family states, “It is out of sincere love that we share Sinbad, our beloved husband, and father, is recovering from a recent stroke. 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,” the statement reads.

Dave Adkins, who recently turned 64, is famous for his comedy and acting career. He received his comedy break with several HBO specials in the early 1990s. Additionally, he starred in the “The Sinbad Show” on Fox from 1993-1994.

His stand-up comedy stints eventually led him to act. Sinbad played Coach Walter Oakes on “A Different World,” a spin-off of “The Cosby Show” that ran on NBC from 1987 to 1993 for six seasons.

Sinbad’s most recent ventures were the main role in Rel, a FOX Series. The show was created by Lil Rel Howery and Kevin Barnett. The show is based on Howery’s life. The comedian Sinbad plays Milton, Howery’s widowed father on the show. Rel ran for one season from 2018-2019.

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