Former child actor turned radio personality Danny Bonaduce has opened up about a mystery illness that forced him to take a two-month medical leave of absence from his morning show on iHeartMedia classic rock KZOK Seattle (102.5).
The first sign that something was wrong came in April when Bonaduce’s wife Amy noticed that something was wrong with his speech and mobility.
"I couldn't walk at all. I couldn't balance. I couldn't do anything like that," Bonaduce told Good Morning America. "She looked really nervous. And she said, 'You're not saying words, you're not speaking English,' which of course is preposterous to me… We call an ambulance and [it] took me to the hospital where I remained for the first five days and remember very little of it."
On April 29, Bonaduce posted to Twitter, “Some news to share. I’m taking a temporary medical leave from my radio show. I’ll share more when I know more. I’m still working towards receiving a diagnosis. What I know is, I need time to focus on my health. I love my job and talking to you guys and I’ll be back on the air soon.”
Bonaduce returned to KZOK on Monday, June 27, but the cause of his health issues is still unknown, however, a stroke was ruled out.
“I’d seen my dad have a stroke, and it was the same thing. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t keep my balance. I slurred really badly. I couldn’t remember anything," he said during the GMA segment. "I was afraid of everything. I was afraid of my stairs for God's sake – I was hoping for a diagnosis but did not get one."
Bonaduce, who has been open about past struggles with alcohol and drug addiction but is now sober, hopes once again to be an example for his listeners.
"There was nothing that said this was [going to] happen,” he continued. “Take time to consider your health and what you're doing. Pay attention."