André Schwartz. (Photo: Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Afrikaans singer André Schwartz has revealed that he has been diagnosed with motor neuron disease – the same illness that former South African rugby player Joost van der Westhuizen suffered from.
At the time of his diagnosis André was starring as Captain von Trapp in a theatre production of The Sound of Music.
“MND is a relentless, progressive disorder, with only 10% surviving 10 years. There are notable exceptions though, like Prof. Steven Hawkins,” reports the health news website.
According to André he is not angry or upset over the diagnosis and says he will deal with the cards that he was dealt. The singer, whose upper-body is mostly affected, is currently undergoing treatment to slow down the progression of the disease.
He added that he has changed his lifestyle to ensure he eats healthier and avoids starch and sugar in his food.
In October last year the singer made headlines when he was robbed and held at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Wilgeheuwel Hospital in Roodepoort whilst visiting his mother, Ina Engelbrecht. He escaped the ordeal unharmed, Huisgenoot reported.