Comedian Rick Shapiro diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

Veteran comedian Rick Shapiro has been diagnosed with Parkinson ’s disease after he suffered a heart attack. The degenerative disorder affects the central nervous system.

The diagnosis was made April 25 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, according to Shapiro’s manager Tracy DeMarzo, who adds the news comes after 10 years of misdiagnoses at other facilities, Laughspin reports.

“It sounds like an old lady’s disease,” Shapiro tells Laughspin. “It’s Aunt Edna’s disease.” Shapiro says that his main symptoms are exhaustion and stiffness, which makes it especially difficult for him to write.

He begun to treat the disease with medication but that won’t be enough.

Actor Michael J. Fox announced he had Parkinson’s in 1999 and since then has become an activist in an effort to help find a cure. He made a campaign for raising money to find a cure.

The comedian used to perform regulary at clubs in New York such as The Comedy Village, Sidewalk Cafe, Laugh Lounge or Comix.

He speaks about this troubled past in his comedy, making light of what many comedians see as a difficult topic.

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