Gabriel Iglesias OK as he battles diabetes after health scare

21st Mar 17 | Entertainment News

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias has assured fans he's OK after scrapping tour dates to focus on his health.

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The Magic Mike star posted a concerning message to fans on his Instagram page at the beginning of the month (Mar17), revealing he was dealing with "some serious health and emotional issues that needed attention asap".

The funnyman added: "Attempting to work through my problems was not going over and I had to stop everything b4 (before) things got worse. Failing to make better choices and never taking a break in 20 years of intense touring has finally caught up to me. I need to get better b4 I can return to making people laugh and smile."

He returned to social media on Monday (20Mar17) to thanks fans for their support and give them an update.

"As of this morning I'm down almost 20lbs since I stopped touring and my diabetes is currently under control with exercise, diet and meds (medication)," Gabriel explained.

The comic has been working out with boxing trainer Ricky Funez, who he calls "an amazing human being", adding, "I came to him a broken, humbled man after I walked away from the road in Feb (February) and asked him for help. Not only has he kept me working out 5 days a week he has also become something I have needed for a long time... a friend away from show business.

"My physical health is well on its way to being where I want it to be as long as I stay the course. Emotionally I have some things I need to do for myself b4 I can be in a good place. I'm not ready to return to the comedy stage but I am ready to start being the great person I know I can be."

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