Danny Bonaduce returns to work after ‘mystery illness’ left him slurring words and unable to walk


Danny Bonaduce returns to work after ‘mystery illness’ left him slurring his words ‘really badly’ and unable to walk

Danny Bonaduce is on the mend after being affected by a mystery illness that affected his ability to speak and walk.

The 62-year-old radio DJ, best known for his role as Danny Partridge on the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, returned to work Monday at KZOK in Seattle, where he co-hosts The Danny Bonaduce & Sarah Morning Show. 

‘Great news. I’ll be back live on the radio this Monday. Can’t wait. My brain is still a little fuzzy but that’s never stopped me — or the people who hire me,’ the actor announced of return to the studio via Instagram Instagram.

Back at work: Danny Bonaduce, 63, returned to work Monday after taking a two month leave of absence due to a mystery illness that affected his ability to speak and walk

Back at work: Danny Bonaduce, 63, returned to work Monday after taking a two month leave of absence due to a mystery illness that affected his ability to speak and walk

The son of veteran TV writer and producer Joseph Bonaduce shared information about his battle with the still undiagnosed condition on Good Morning America.

He began treatment in April when his wife, Amy, first noticed his speech was off and called for help immediately.

‘I couldn’t walk at at all. I couldn’t balance. I couldn’t do anything like that. She looked really nervous. And she said, ‘You’re not saying words, you’re not speaking English,’ which of course is preposterous to me.’

Medical leave: The radio host announced in he would be taking a leave of absence to deal with his health. Doctors ruled out a stroke, but have not been able to diagnose the cause of his illness

Medical leave: The radio host announced in he would be taking a leave of absence to deal with his health. Doctors ruled out a stroke, but have not been able to diagnose the cause of his illness

Doctors ruled out a stroke, but still don’t know why he suffered the health problems. 

While speaking of his condition, he noted that he ‘couldn’t walk,’ keep his balance, was slurring ‘really badly’ and had trouble remembering ‘anything.’ 

In April, the usually boisterous personality announced to his fans that he would be stepping back to take care of his health, posting a picture using a cane. 

Child actor: Danny began his career as a child actor, rising to fame in The Partridge Family, seen here circa 1971 with co-stars Suzanne Crough, Jeremy Gelbwaks, Susan Dey, David Cassidy and Shirley Jones

Child actor: Danny began his career as a child actor, rising to fame in The Partridge Family, seen here circa 1971 with co-stars Suzanne Crough, Jeremy Gelbwaks, Susan Dey, David Cassidy and Shirley Jones

‘A bit of news to share — I’m taking a temporary medical leave from my radio show. I’ll share more when I know more, as I’m still working towards receiving a diagnosis,’ he tweeted, at the time.

He continued: ‘What I do know is I need some time to focus on my health right now. I love my job and talking to you guys and I’ll be back on the air very soon.’

Bonaduce then added a self-deprecating joke about his walking stick as he quipped: ‘Charlie Chaplin, Willy Wonka, Danny Bonaduce. I’ve joined the club of cool guys with canes.’ 

The beloved radio personality received an outpouring of support from fans including Johnathon Schaech and Selma Blair.  He’s encouraging his  others to take care of their own health. 

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