Sinbad admitted to hospital after suffering stroke as family ‘pray for healing’

US comedian Sinbad is currently in hospital after suffering a stroke at the age of 64, his family have confirmed.

Releasing a statement on Monday, the star's relatives asked fans to keep Sinbad in their prayers.

"It is out of sincere love that we share Sinbad, our beloved husband and father, is recovering from a recent stroke," read the family's statement, given to The Hollywood Reporter.

"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."

They continued: "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."

Fan were quick to tweet about the star and send him well wishes.

One person tweeted: "Wishing #sinbad a speedy recovery. He’s among the best."

A second person posted: "Aww prayers for Sinbad praying for his recovery," while a third added: "Oh no! Get well soon, Sinbad. Hope he’s doing ok."

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Sinbad – whose real name is David Adkins – found fame in the nineties with several HBO comedy specials.

As well as TV, Sinbad appeared in movies such as Jingle All the Way and Necessary Roughness.

For two years he starred in his own show, The Sinbad Show, before playing Coach Walter Oakes on A Different World, a spin-off of The Cosby Show.

It ran for six years between 1987 and 1993 and starred Lisa Bonet, Marisa Tomei and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Last year he starred in Fox comedy Rel, created by Lil Rel Howery and based on his own life.

Sinbad shares two children with his wife Meredith Fuller, whom he split from in 1992 but remarried in 2002.

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