Trailblazing comedian Sinbad has suffered a stroke, according to a statement from his family. The 64-year-old actor and legend in the stand-up comedy world is currently recovering.

“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,” the statement said.

Born David Adkins, the Michigan native joined the U.S. Air Force after attending the University of Denver. While serving in the military, Sinbad would hone his comedic skills at local comedy clubs, eventually competing on the popular 80s talent showcase “Star Search”. Sinbad is best known for his work on the television shows “A Different World” and “The Sinbad Show.”

Sinbad was one of the first guests on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. His annual Soul Music Festival was the inspiration for the long-running Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage. Always ahead of the curve, Sinbad also encouraged leaders in the radio industry to embrace new technologies to reach their audiences.

We send our wishes for a speedy recovery to Sinbad and our love to his family.