The Chase’s Paul Sinha, otherwise known as the ‘Sinnerman’ has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
The 49-year-old Chaser who is a much-loved figure on the ITV show took to Twitter today to share the devastating news with his fans.
While it may come as a shock to many, Paul revealed that he has, in fact, been battling ill health since 2017, but promises to put up the best fight he can with ‘every breath he has’.
Two years ago, he revealed that he suffered an instance of a frozen shoulder, which then developed into a limp on his right side. He stated that the limp worsened dramatically over time and was unsure of the cause until he was given the diagnosis.
Sharing the details of the news on his blog, Paul wrote: “On the evening of Thursday, May 30th, an experienced consultant neurologist calmly informed me that I had Parkinson’s disease.
“It was a devastating denouement to a medical odyssey that began in September 2017 with a sudden-onset, frozen right shoulder, and took in an unexpected diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, a lifestyle transformation that enabled me to lose two stone, and a shoulder operation in January this year.”
“Nonetheless my reaction was not one of shock. I spent May this year in New Zealand simultaneously having the comedy month of my life, and worrying about why a right-sided limp was now getting worse.”
Paul claimed that it had been a really challenging time for his finding out the news and admitted that he was “deeply scared” about what the future held.
“It has been a really, really tough two weeks,” he said. “Cancelling my run at the Edinburgh Fringe, missing the World Quizzing Championships to have brain scans, performing club sets whilst emotionally bewildered, and of course working my way through my loved ones, delivering the bad news.
“With the diagnosis now confirmed, and a treatment plan in place, I now feel far more prepared for the new challenges ahead.” he said.
He went on to say that despite the life-debilitating illness, viewers will be pleased to know that he will still be appearing in The Chase as usual, but has refused taking part on Dancing on Ice early next year, after talks that he could be one of the new contestants signing up for the 2020 season.
He also thanked his fiancé Oliver for the support he has given him after the diagnosis. The pair got engaged back in January of this year when Paul asked Oliver to marry him.
“I have an amazing family, no strangers to serious medical illness, I’m blessed to have a fiance who is there for me, and I have a multitude of friends and colleagues whom I consider to be exceptional human beings,” he said.
“I don’t consider myself unlucky, and whatever the next stage of my life holds for me, many others have it far worse.”