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Comic legend Dick Van Dyke has had to cancel an appearance in New York next week due to an illness. The 87-year-old Mary Poppins star is showing signs of a neurological disorder, his rep confirmed.
In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, Van Dyke’s rep said that he cannot attend an April 26 event for New York’s 92nd Street Y because of “fatigue and lack of sleep resulting from symptoms of a yet-to-be diagnosed neurological disorder.”
Van Dyke’s doctors have advised him not to attend events that require him to fly. He is resting at his Malibu, CA. home.
92SY also sent a statement to The New York Post confirming the news. “Due to a medical condition, Mr. Van Dyke is unable to travel to New York for the program,” a rep for the group said. The group was set to present him with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Bettering Humanity through Comedy.
Based on his Twitter account, Van Dyke still hasn’t lost his sense of humor, asking his followers Wednesday, “My head bangs every time I lay down. I've had every test come back that I'm perfectly healthy. Anybody got any ideas?” He later sent out another tweet thanking them for their advice.
He also told one fan, “It has been going on for 7 years. I've had every test you can think of (CAT Scan, MRI, Spinal tap etc) Any advice?”
My head bangs every time I lay down. I've had every test come back that I'm perfectly healthy. Anybody got any ideas?
— Dick Van Dyke (@iammrvandy) April 17, 2013
Van Dyke recently received the Screen Actors Guild’s lifetime achievement award.
Get well soon!
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