Frankie Muniz suffers mini stroke

Frankie Muniz arrives at the premiere of "John

Frankie Muniz arrives at the premiere of "John Carter" in Los Angele. (Feb. 22, 2012) (Credit: AP)

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Former "Malcolm in the Middle" star Frankie Muniz, who turns 27 Wednesday, said he was hospitalized late last week after suffering a mini stroke.

"I was in the hospital last Friday," he tweeted Tuesday. "I suffered a 'Mini Stroke,' which was not fun at all. Have to start taking care of my body! Getting old!"

TMZ.com said Muniz was taken to an Arizona emergency room after friends noticed he was having trouble speaking and understanding them. Muniz has been living in Phoenix with his longtime girlfriend, Elycia Turnbow, to whom he became engaged in October 2011.

In a transient ischemic attack, or TIA, colloquially called a mini stroke, blood flow to part of the brain stops briefly, resulting in strokelike symptoms for anywhere from one to 24 hours, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. While considered a warning sign that a stroke may occur in the future, a TIA differs in that the blockage quickly dissipates and does not create dead brain tissue.

Muniz, who starred in the 2000-06 Fox sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle," recently appeared as himself in an episode of ABC's "Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23," and he filmed a starring role this year in the upcoming Syfy TV-movie "Destruction: Las Vegas." He put his acting career on hold in 2008 to become a race car driver, and was also a drummer in the band You Hang Up.

He drums for the band Kingsfoil, which is about to embark on a tour of northeast clubs. Muniz tweeted on Sunday, after the health scare, "Leave to go on tour with Kingsfoil on Friday! I'm always scared I'm gonna forget something important . . . like a drum or something."

The band has one scheduled metropolitan area concert, at The Studio at Webster Hall, in Manhattan, on Tuesday.

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