Frankie Muniz says stress caused mini stroke


Frankie Muniz, who starred in the US sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, has told Newsbeat he thinks stress caused him to have a mini stroke.

The 27 year old was taken into hospital last December after he started having trouble speaking.

At the time, his band Kingsfoil had just come off tour and were releasing an album on their own label.

"I'm just a very high stressed person," he says and even predicted he would have a stroke.

"We handle 99% of the business side of the band as well, I put a lot of the responsibilities on my shoulders," he said.

"Not to say that it is funny but two months before (the mini stroke), our merchandise order was behind, we had to get the album out.

"I said to my manager, I'm going to have a stroke and sure enough I did."

Malcolm in the Middle
Image caption Frankie Muniz with the cast of Malcolm in the Middle back in 2001

A mini stroke, or transient ischaemic attack (TIA), is caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain.

Symptoms can be similar to a stroke, for example problems with speech and vision, but only last for a few minutes and are usually gone within 24 hours.

Fully recovered

He says he is fully now recovered from the mini stroke.

"It is something that happened to me, it's scary but I've kind of moved passed it and I am back to being just as stressed as I was before," he said.

"It is a lot of work (being in the band) and we do a lot of it ourselves, someone has got to worry and I'm the worrier of the bunch."

He says he makes sure his band mates know if he is feeling overly concerned so they can keep an eye on him.

Kingsfoil are touring the UK and he says organising that has been stressful.

"This is our first time here, dealing with renting gear, making sure everything is in place.

"I make sure I call them (the band) and say I am worried about this, just so you know," he laughed.

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