Frankie Muniz Had a Stroke
It is hard to believe, Malcolm in the Middle ended 6 years ago, when Frankie Muniz was 21. I don't think any of us would have ever expected to see the headline that Frankie Muniz had a stroke. After all, the guy is only 27!
Well it did happen last Friday and it wasn't until People magazine broke the news after an interview with Muniz, the he believes is was because of what he was eating.
Though Muniz admits he eats "like a 7 to 10-year-old-kid," he lives a healthy lifestyle.
"I never in my life had a sip of alcohol or even touched a drug," he says. "I take a lot of pride in that."
But the incident did leave him shaken. "They say it is usually a warning of maybe what could happen in the future," says Muniz. "It's changed my mentality when I'm going to eat now. I feel a lot less invincible."
Since the end of Malcolm in the Middle, the story of an exceptionally brilliant young boy in a chaotic family and resents his life, Muniz has done very little acting, in comparison to other actors in his age group. Rather, he decided to dedicate himself to open-wheel racing and his band Kingsfoil. Occasionally, he did the guest appearance or voice-over, but he laid pretty low, something he hasn't been able to do since his mini-stroke on Friday, which rendered him dizzy, babbling, confused, numb and semi-blind in one eye, for a short period of time. He is now recovering, but has said:
"I'm home and trying to relax and get ready to get back to work. My biggest problem is I always want to be working, going non-stop. So it's a wakeup call to take a little time and relax a bit."
He is on the mend, but it is a good warning to all of us that, when we are getting a check up, ask the doctor what are your risk factors for a TIA or mini-stroke. It could be the smartest question that you ever ask.