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'Malcolm in the Middle' star Frankie Muniz suffers mini stroke

Posted by Emily Wright  December 5, 2012 10:00 AM

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Frankie Muniz has a lot to be thankful for today on his 27th birthday. The "Malcolm in the Middle" star announced on Twitter Dec. 4 that he was in the hospital last Friday and that he suffered a mini stroke. He added that he needs "to start taking care of his body."

Muniz gave an exclusive interview to "Good Morning America" today to discuss the incident.

"Something wasn't right, I know I did not feel right," Muniz said on the show. "I couldn't say words. I thought I was saying them. And my fiance was looking at me like I was speaking a foreign language."

Muniz was reportedly riding his motorcycle in Phoenix when he realized that something was wrong, losing sight in one eye and feeling his body become numb.

"Experts say fewer than 10 percent of all strokes happen to people under 45," ABC reporter Abbie Boudreau said on "GMA."

"I've literally to this day never had a sip of alcohol in my life, I've never had any drugs, literally never smoked a cigarette," Muniz said when asked what factors could have contributed to the mini stroke. "I can't get a deep breath in. I'm still trying to make sense of it, but happy that I'm alive."


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