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Kirk Gibson: Baseball Star Reveals He Has Parkinson’s Disease

Tue, April 28, 2015 1:55pm EDT by Add first Comment
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Poor guy! Baseball legend Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The famed former L.A. Dodgers player revealed that he’s been battling the disease in a statement given on April 28.

We can’t believe it. Major League Baseball star Kirk Gisbon, 57, gained his status as one of the sport’s greatest after hitting the game winning home run in Game 1 of the ’88 World Series. After such a storied career, Kirk shocked fans when he made the announcement that he’s been suffering from Parkinson’s, a debilitating disease. See what he had to say about the future of his health!

Kirk Gibson Parkinson’s Disease: Sports Star Reveals Diagnosis

Hang in there, Kirk! The 57-year-old, who now works as an analyst for Fox Sports Detroit, opened up about his struggles with Parkinson’s in a lengthy statement.

Before revealing the sad news, fans were alarmed because Kirk had been noticeably absent from the broadcast booth since the Opening Day telecast for 2015’s baseball season. In his comments regarding the diagnosis, the athlete attempts to stay positive. Good for him!

“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles,” the sports star said.”While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life.”

Kirk’s handling the news rather well. In fact, he plans to practice his swing again in the near future.

“I look back to being back in the ballpark as soon as possible,” he added. Now that’s the spirit!

HollywoodLifers — leave your well-wishes for Kirk in the comments below!

— Evan Real