Frankie Muniz, a former child star who rose to fame playing the title character in the comedy series "Malcolm in the Middle," says he was hospitalized on Friday after suffering a mini stroke.
The actor announced the news on Twitter on Tuesday, December 4.
"I was in the hospital last Friday. I suffered a 'Mini Stroke,' which was not fun at all. Have to start taking care of my body! Getting old!" he Tweeted.
A mini stroke, or transient ischemic attack, occurs when blood stops flowing to a part of a person's brain for several hours, causing symptoms such as weakness, lack of coordination, memory loss, dropping in the face, vertigo and changes in mood, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. A mini stroke is most likely to occur in people older than age 55, those with high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol.
In October 2011, he announced that he and girlfriend Elycia Marie Turnbow are engaged.
Muniz starred in the FOX comedy series "Malcolm in the Middle" between 2000 to 2006 and went on to appear in films such as "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" in 2007. The former child star also worked as a pro race car driver.
He is now a drummer for the band Kingsfoil and posted a day before his announcement about his mini stroke that he and the group is set to perform next Sunday at "close to where I grew up in Teaneck, NJ at Mexicali Live," adding: "Hope to see my old friends and family!"
(Pictured: Left: Frankie Muniz is pictured on what appears to be a hospital bed, as seen in this Instagram photo posted by his fiance Elycia Marie Turnbow on Nov. 30, 2012. / Right: Frankie Muniz arrives at the premiere of "John Carter" in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Credit: Elycia Marie Turnbow's Instagram / AP Photo / Matt Sayles)