A little over a year after he suffered a “cardiac event,” Laughspin can now report that veteran comedian Rick Shapiro has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, a degenerative disorder that effects 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.
“It sounds like an old lady’s disease,” Shapiro tells Laughspin. “It’s Aunt Edna’s disease.” Shapiro tells us his main symptoms include exhaustion and stiffness, which makes it especially difficult for him to write.
Doctors have begun treating Shapiro’s disease with medication, which should alleviate his symptoms in the next few weeks. A “Shaky is the new cool” t-shirt is available for purchase to help raise awareness of Parkinson’s. 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.
We’ll post more info on Shapiro this Monday.